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Updates and Things [Mar. 22nd, 2011|02:00 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Tonight, I reminded myself that even doing a few minutes of neatening/cleaning up is better than nothing. So after TV (the BF watched the Celtics play the Knicks until dinner, then I switched to The Chicago Code and Castle), I left the news on & started by recycling a few magazines, but that felt too paltry and only took a couple minutes. Looking around, everything else felt too overwhelming. Plus I'm out of clear plastic crates. So I grabbed the box of give-away stuff and documented everything I'd thrown in there in order to be able to post it all to Freecycle. I haven't posted any of it yet because I thought posting at midnight might be stupid. I plan to post it tomorrow.

The last time I provided ya'll with an update on my progress with my 15-minutes thingy was Tuesday, 15 February 2011. Somehow, more than a month slipped by, which was weird because it only felt like 2 weeks & maybe a little bit. Anyway, for the last 2 weeks of February, I got a LOT of stuff done. But I wasn't documenting it because trying to make myself write down what I did every day was really REALLY hard. Instead of feeling like I was supporting my own efforts, I felt like I was just pointing out everything that was wrong because I had to do all this stuff to fix things up.

The beginning of March started off OK, but then I had some down days and couldn't get moving again. My 15-Minutes pretty much stopped. On top of that, my latest health problem cropped up on 3/6 and just cleared around 3/17.


Things I did get done but failed to document here:
  • I had three old laundry baskets full of laundry that hadn't been on my "wearing it" cycle for anywhere between 1 and 9 years, depending on the item. I emptied two of them completely, which required somewhere around 7+ loads of laundry.
  • Post-laundry, I donated 4 shirts that I didn't want anymore to a friend who is homeless; he said he'd pass along whatever he didn't want to the Harvard Square homeless community. I'm also periodically trying on shirts to determine whether I'd still wear them & have tagged 2 more for donation.
  • There were a few worms left in the "new" worm bin (AKA the bin that I didn't like); I transferred them back into the "old" bin, which I'd set up with bedding sometime in early February, and then added some food and stuff. I haven't checked on them since then, but I really need to get the kitchen container that is overflowing with scraps into the bin.
  • I completely miscounted comic short boxes in the living room. I think the number is closer to 18, maybe 20 boxes. I worked on them some more such that all the ones currently reachable are alphabetized. Once the room is clearer, I'll be able to check on the ones I can't reach right now (there are 5 of them) to see whether they're in order or need to be sorted. I have not yet unified all the boxes.
  • Set up a give-away box & started putting stuff in it.

Stuff that's not 15-minutes stuff, but still fairly important to me:
  • Made tabbouleh twice now to have something in the fridge that's easy to just spoon into a bowl and eat; each iteration is 3-4 bowls-full. (One of the problems I have with food is that, when I'm hungry, I get into this dithering state leaving me unable to make something healthy & filling, instead falling back on my high fiber snack bars and "healthy" - but still not great - snacks. Part of it is that I don't want to cook something up when I'm 2-3 hours away from dinner, but because I often sleep all day, I don't get enough nutrition to be healthy & active. The tabbouleh is helping.)
  • Changed my schedule at the Million Year Picnic so that I'm not longer working Friday nights. I was willing to go down to one day a week, but Tony was adamant that I get into the shop at least twice a week and asked me to take over Thursdays, 10am-6pm. I have been early, on-time, or no more than 15 minutes late (and that only once!) in the last 4 or 5 weeks of doing it! I still work Sunday afternoon & evening.
  • One upside of my new schedule is that I'm not as dead tired on Saturdays & have managed to get up and get stuff done a couple of different Saturdays! For instance, this past Saturday (3/19), the BF & I went to the Boston Flower & Garden show (formerly the New England Flower Show).
  • Set up a USPS.com account for MYP & ordered a huge pile of free supplies plus a batch of labels so I can generate shipping labels online & ship packages more easily by scheduling carrier pickup (wicked important since no one else seems to be able to make time for or remember to take packages to the Post Office; this means I can't pack boxes on weekends & expect them to go out before I come back in on Thursday). Yes, I sound like a USPS commercial, but man, what a PITA!
  • Got my W-2s from MYP.
  • Annual physical (haven't seen results yet).
  • Bugged two overdue clients about paying & they paid up.
  • Wrote down a bunch of information - addresses & phone numbers & such - so that it's a lot easier to get other things done.

Stuff I REALLY need to do ASAP:
  • Post stuff to Freecycle.
  • Get my car inspected.
  • Buy a new pillow, more clear plastic bins, more lavender soap, & hair products.
  • Do my taxes.

[User Picture]From: lillibet
2011-03-22 05:50 am (UTC)
Glad you made it through the crisis and that you dropped the updating thingy when it didn't feel helpful. Nonetheless, great to hear about all your progress and positive changes!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-03-23 12:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, babe. I appreciate your reading.
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[User Picture]From: wonderreader
2011-03-23 12:26 am (UTC)


I think it sound like you got a lot done - no sense writing it down if it doesn't help - except that when you list is it sounds like a lot. Sounds like you did a lot even with heatlh issues - glad you are off Friday night and cna spend fun itme on Saturday
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-03-23 12:50 am (UTC)

Re: progress

Thanks, Mom. It's not that writing things down doesn't help, it's that I've got a sorta warped perspective & need to work on it, I think.
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