I got nothin’

Jan 4, 2011 by

I had an idea for this entry at some point Monday morning…

Before I had five managers whining about something not being done prior to 8 AM that I told them last week wouldn’t happen before Tuesday at the earliest.

Before I had to threaten two vendors with grievous bodily harm — or escalating the matter up the chain to their boss — if they didn’t give me the information I’d been promised two weeks ago, oh, NOW.

Before I had to remind a project manager that no, I was no longer an admin and wouldn’t schedule his meeting that required a meeting room for an entire day, a projector, and twenty-eight separate people “just as a favor.” (He asked, “When did you stop being an admin?” My response: “June.”)

Before I found out exactly how badly the plans for a certain event were because some people have to make everything as complicated as possible — and it’s something I’ve been wanting to do.

You know that advice to have a note pad or something with you to write down ideas? This is why you need it. Because the day that started so promisingly can go haywire so quickly once other people get hold of it and your brain turns to mush. The 7:25 AM great idea packs a bag and heads for the Bahamas by ten if it’s not recorded for posterity.

The day was not a total loss. I’m pretty certain what idea I’m using for my workshop this month and I actually got off my sofa and went for a walk after dinner. I even missed part of “Top Gear” to do so.

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Because Today Really is The 10th Day of Christmas…

Jan 3, 2011 by

Yes, Matt, you’re wonderful and I love your performance, but even a year later, David Tennant is still my Doctor and probably always will be.

I don’t know who originally created this, but I’ve seen it numerous times on my friends list and couldn’t resist sharing.

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The Virtue of Being Selfish

Jan 3, 2011 by

I’m getting ready to say “no” to a worthy cause.

At the end of the month, my church will hold its annual meeting and elect three new members to the vestry. It’s been made clear to me that it would be appreciated if I were to stand for one of the terms. They say it won’t take much of my time, merely a couple of hours a month — and maybe a few more hours if I’m given a job. (My husband had been on the vestry; I have an excellent idea just how much time it takes.) They speak of the good of the congregation, how my gifts are needed, and perhaps they are.

Problem is, I’m going to be selfish.

There was a time, a decade ago, when I realized I’d filled my life with so much noise and so many things they were crowding out everything else. I started to say no to things, creating space where I could re-order my priorities and found myself met with charges of being “selfish.” I wasn’t thinking of others, I was told. The group needed me and how could I decide I needed to refuse to add more stuff to my plate just so I could find time to write?

I felt guilty the first time the charge was leveled. The second, annoyed. The third is when I got angry. Who was deciding my priorities, me or other people? I decided the answer was “me” and I learned to embrace the word “selfish.” Sometimes we need to be selfish, protective of ourselves and our work. If we aren’t, who will be?

That’s where I am now. After two years in which my main focuses were a) keeping my husband sane while he was dealing with his mother’s illness and b) keeping my head above water at work, I now have more free time — and people who know how I should fill that time. It’d be easy to fill it with noise and activities, but if I truly want to focus on my writing, I have to be protective of my energies. And that means when the direct question, “Will you stand?” comes, I’m going to be selfish and say no. 2011 is for writing; I’ve made that commitment to myself and I have no intention of blowing it before the first week of the year is done.

Of course, it will be interesting to see if the powers that be actually come to speak with me directly or if they’re hoping that by telling the husband how much I’m needed, he’ll convince me that I need to do this even I don’t think it’s a good idea. Since the date for announcing the candidates is fast approaching, I’m starting to thin the latter. Maybe I can just wait them out…

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By the way, the icons I’m using are designed by the lovely and talented Eyesthatslay and are from her website Captured Memories. Take a look; she does beautiful work.

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Sunday Roundup

Jan 2, 2011 by

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100 words a day/100 days — at 32 days now. Sitting down to write the words has almost become second nature, with shows the muscles are coming back. This puts me in a good place for the class that’s starting in two weeks, where I will have to do some exercises.

Knitting — Not much to report here except that I put more rows on the sleeves of the diagonal jacket, mostly over the past two days. With the holidays (and end of year madness at work) over, I’m planning to devote more time to this.

Books — Within shouting distance of the end of three books, but much of my reading has been clearing out samples on my Kindle App. When I feel broke, I have a tendency to download samples because it’s retail therapy without spending money. Sometimes, it’s led to books where the author is new to me or that I might not have picked up otherwise, but a number of times, I read, delete and move on. I will note that Kindle often provides a much more generous sample than the Nook does.

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Everyone is doing New Year’s Resolutions, but I thought this one Lora of LitDiva was one I should add to my list:

5. Fold clean laundry and put away rather than fishing matching socks from pile on living room chair.

Yeah, done that too many times myself.

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Over on The Debutante Ball, Deb Eleanor has some great quotes from Henry Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt had another quote which is one of my favorites: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” New Year’s is for believing and finding those dreams and their beauty again.

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And, on a perfectly silly note, Alastair Stephens shares an instructional video on how to survive a zombie attack during the holidays.

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On the knitting front, Sheri at the Loopy Ewe has posted her first quarter challenge: cables. The Loopy Ewe is one of my favorite on-line yarn pushers, where I spend more money than I’m ever willing to tell my husband. (He reminds when I said I wasn’t going to buy more yarn than I could fit in a single small plastic tub.)

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If you love beautiful costumes, check out this post from Enchanted Serenity of Period Films on Edwardian weddings. As someone who recreated a Regency Scottish Court presentation gown for her wedding, I’m a sucker for things such as this.

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The Intern compares manuscript revision to keeping the car she bought cheap — really, really, really cheap — running on a trip across country. Very funny, and very true in many ways.

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And, finally, I have discovered my small white cat hisses when he’s out of sorts. We’ve gotten used to him hissing at odd moments, but as I composed this, he was attempting to get comfortable on the couch and couldn’t because of where I was sitting. Finally, he just sat his fuzzy little butt down and gave a mighty hiss, letting the world know his displeasure. Trust me, he’s got a much larger will than his size would indicate. Probably one of the reasons this runt of the litter survived.

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Goals for January 2011

Jan 1, 2011 by

Slept rather late this morning after staying up to see the new year in. We went out to get a late breakfast which really was lunch and now intend to spend the rest of the day being quiet, knitting and doing some reading. Before that, though, I wanted to post my goals for January. Also, showing off the new site layout.

  • Write 100 words a day – this is part of getting the muscles moving. I’ve already done today’s, which turned out to be more than 100 words and gave me a scene that’s a nice little nugget.
  • Discovery Class – This starts January 16, and the big challenge for me here is keeping up with the homework, participating and not letting myself get distracted when life does its inevitable, “there are other things to focus on.”
  • Blog regularly — seem to be doing okay on that point already.
  • Deal with Facebook — Do I have to? I don’t really care for Facebook even on a personal level, so there’s an extreme reluctance here.
  • Deal with Twitter — More comfortable here, but I’m not quite certain how to actually manage it with everything else going on.
  • Back to the gym — Two years ago, I had just taken off twenty pounds; as of this morning, I’ve put twelve back on. Time to fix this.
  • Clean five minutes a day — If I start at this level, things will get easier as I go along and I’ll get the re-arranged house I want.

That’s a nice, compact list, and all of them are obtainable. Well, except for Facebook and Twitter, but I think that’s going to be a work in progress for a while. So, how are your goals going for the year going?

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Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2011 by

Welcome, 2011!

Here’s to a fresh, shiny new year. May it be filled with love, happiness and success for us all.

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