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Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Friday!!

Greeting added by pro. Please do not put personal check-ins in the day thread starter. Make that a general welcome message for everyone. Thanks.


sister - Today

Since I've wasted the early part of today (pregnant and not feeling well Cry), I'd better get some stuff done now so I don't feel totally guilty at bedtime.

-brainstorm unit 5, which should have been done yesterday

-begin writing unit 5

-leave at 6:10 to meet M for dinner

-buy gift for H

Recycler CI 7:10pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

Today: walked, stretched, work, got a lot of projects done, walked home.

I'm ok, not much overheated, but think resting is a good idea for tonight ;)

Have a great night, everyone! :)


Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

Journey 5 pm Well, Well.

I got off to a great start today but didn't keep the momentum going.  I got dragged into two unexpected meetings this afternoon, one on the new project, and one a problem that came up.  I really didn't have much time between meetings this afternoon, but I could have gotten some stuff done this morning and didn't.  

I haven't had many unproductive days lately, so I'll chalk this one up to not feeling well this week, forgive myself, and do better tomorrow. 

It's Friday night, no chores, and I'm not working at all this weekend! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

Fri C.I., and thanks

-- Thank you to those who helped with tips responding to my C.I. back on May 22.

-- My C.I. for today, Fri June 13, 12:25pm EDT:

- Write, finish CL for EPhys pos.
- Revise CV for same pos. (want to have done by 3pm).
- check my cv on humc site.
- go over hu vol form, prep for dr.,
- send to dr if necc.

Thank you, I may try the chatbox for help with short term tasks, as some have suggested. D in NJ

Fri C.I. update

-- I did not get the first two tasks done by 3pm like I hoped (getting distracted on misc computer and web things again hurt here), but I'm almost finished with first, & hope to have 2nd done by 4:15pm.

-- One note/question, I'm not sure if others have preferences on whether people should checking back their own Check In posts via reply feature or using the edit feature?

-- Again, this is a serious life/career issue, so I thank the other people on this site for their feedback and help. D.

Hi drun5

Hi drun5,

Sounds like you are having a productive day, despite some distractions! 

Others can chime in & say whether they agree, but I tend to think of the reply/edit thing as a matter of personal preference.  Some of us (like me) tend to check in several times during the day with updates, so we reply to ourselves rather than have one long post that goes on forever.  But some people like to put their to-do list up and then go back and edit to check items off as they get them done.  

I think either way is fine.  Anyone else have opinions? 


hi drun5 -

It helps if you put your name in the subject line of the check in too so we know whose post it is. 

As far as one post vs. multiple posts, I don't know which is better and sometimes I kinda obsess about it lol.  I usually do separate posts if I'm only checking in a few times, but if I have one of those days where I need to check in every half hour, then I'll edit one post so I don't feel like I'm hogging the whole darn forum with my boring neurotic existence.  

So, do whatever works best for you! 


"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

kromer 9:15 PST CI

I'm at my parents' for the week, and for some reason I have an awful time getting *anything* done here.

However, if I don't get through some work I'm going to be in trouble when I get back home... I go back on Monday, so today is my day to buckle down

Today I'd like to:
1)Finish mol bio reading
2)Get list of SWI/SNF like proteins
3)Double check EG ids
4)Redo histograms
5)Look at NCOA/NCORs
6)Run errand
7)Exercise (walk or run)

I've been half-working on mol bio for the past 15 minutes. I'm going to do 15 more minutes of focused reading. Then I'm going to check 30 EG ids, and then I'll look at GO to get a prelim. list of SWI/SNF like proteins. Back when all those tasks are done.  

Falcon CI Friday

Hi all,

Happy Friday!

Things I intend to do:

  • Get dressed
  • Take trash out
  • Take a walk before it gets too hot
  • Plan MITs for today 

The big thing is that I have to clear pretty much everything out of the fridge and freezer, since it all thawed out during the power failure.  It looks like a huge, hulking task but probably won't be once I actually do it. 

The danger is that while dragging my feet on that, I'll avoid doing all the other things I could be getting done as well.  I'll ponder that while walking and come up with a strategy for being productive today. 


Falcon CI Do-over

Oops. . . I just spent ten minutes fooling around online.  Rewind, start over. . .

Next up: get dressed! 


Falcon CI not as planned

That didn't go quite as planned. . . I took a walk, and by the time I got back I was feeling washed out & weak from anemia.  I had a crying fit (physical weakness seems to make me very tearful lately -- don't show me any tear-jerker commercials with puppies or kittens, o.k.? Wink) Then got calmed down and:

  • Called doctor's office to get hours so I can call monday to make an appointment.  I'm expecting to have a procedure done over the summer, but we're going to do something about this anemia now!
  • Thought about where I intend to be a year from now: healthy, living closer to where I work, saving some money, and in love with someone who loves me back.
  • Weeded some books from my bookshelves (couldn't quite face the fridge yet, and it was something productive I could do)
  • Took out the trash
  • Ate a snack

 Next up:

  • Spend 10 minutes working on the fridge.  Then I can look up tomorrow's weather online for making plans with a friend.  


Falcon CI Saturday afternoon

Not bad. . . the fridge and freezer are cleaned out, the dishwasher has been emptied and the containers from the fridge put in.  I'm leaving out some freezer containers until they thaw enough to dump the contents out.  Called my friend and took a shower.

Next: snack, go to the bank, stop by the restaurant to check out their menu, get groceries.  If I get tired while shopping and it starts to seem overwhelming, I don't HAVE to get all the groceries today.  I can just get some and get the rest later. 


Falcon CI revision

Revising plan again. . . I'm a little too wiped out for the bank, groceries and restaurant errand all together.  So I'll do the bank and restaurant on my way out this evening, and leave the groceries for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I got the containers emptied & put in the dishwasher, and have started investigating something online (Mechanical Turk - has anyone tried it?) that I've been wanting to check out for a while. 


hugs to falcon!

It's understandable that you're feeling weak if you're anemic.  Please be gentle with yourself.


Journey 9:15

Good Friday morning!  I'm really glad it's Friday, this has been a very long week for me.  I've been to the gym, still not back to my normal workout but increasing a little bit day by day.  I scanned through email and didn't see anything important so I'm skipping email for now and getting right to setting MITs.  After I get coffee.  If the dadblamed coffeepot is empty this time I'm going to have to hunt someone down and berate them.  It doesn't have to be the person who left the coffeepot empty, just the first person who gets in my way :).


"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

It wasn't me, Jo!

It wasn't me, honest!  I drink tea!  Don't hurt me!  Surprised


lmao falcon!

Lucky for them, there was a fresh pot!  hehe


"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

congratulations sister!

Congrats on the impending motherhood!    Being pregnant does make everything a bit more difficult though.  I haven't been pregnant in more than 20 years but sometimes when I'm sick or tired I still think "well, at least I'm not pregnant" lol.  It's all worth it though. 


"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

Thanks Jo! Yes, I think

Thanks Jo!

Yes, I think the pregnancy is making combatting procrastination a little bit tougher. I'm fighting some fatigue, so it's hard to balance work with rest sometimes.

But like you say, it'll be worth it. I keep telling myself that. :-)

e's check in

Today has been enormously helpful because of my
timer. I was able to get my kids off to school showered, fed, vitamined
and properly supplied by using the timer to be the nag instead of
myself. They don't have a good sense of time, especially in the
morning, and so it was great to say, by the time the timer goes off you
sh ould be out of the shower, etc.

I have also dealt with the dishes, the cooking, my
water and my meds. Today is the day I will go to the post office to
send off the (yes, I delayed as long as I could, TAXES) which must be
filed by June 15th.

ONE day I might find the secret to sending things
off in the mail: I just realized this past week that I am afraid to put
things in the mail, from bill payments, to letters, to sympathy cards,
to ...everything. Ironically, I don't have problems with telephone
calls (or not too frequently) but I do with the mail and with paperwork
of all kinds.

There is a lot to do, but I used the chatroom
relentlessly yesterday and it paid off by my getting the taxes
photocopied, sorted, and filed properly. Now I just have to own up to
my husband that I need his signature before I can take them to the post
office... ugh.

Timers for kids

Hi e,

Using timers with your kids sounds like a great idea!

When I was a young'un, I was a total spaceball in the morning (and I hated school, so procrastination was probably a factor as well.) My mother taped little flags to the clock faces in my room and the kitchen to show where the big hand should be when I finished brushing my hair, eating breakfast, etc. I was still a slowpoke, but the visual cues did help some.


re: fear of mailing

I don't think I've heard that one before but it makes me feel better about being afraid ot make phone calls lol.   

"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

post office": brrrr! Scary!

lol, actually, I think it is because...once it is in the mail it can't be turned back.... however good or bad it is, I cannot correct it...which is silly, because there is a whole lot of stuff I can't correct, but it does seem to have something to do with that. That and writing my college applications (procrastinated the longest on those), my practicum (still guilty) and my thesis for undergraduate school... ugh

e's great day (so far)

so, the chatbox did its miracle stuff on me again and I sorted, photocopied, enveloped and sent my taxes in registered mail this morning, despite my fear of sending things in the mail. I really wish I understood what that was all about, but at least I can see it now.

I also have made and eaten lunch at home, hit the drugstore for missing supplies, treated myself to a teensy bit of jewelry  and used my phone to remind myself to call for an appointment. Now, I need to phone for the appointment I reminded myself about!

e's checking back... again

 so, I made a slew of doctor's appointments AND WROTE THEM DOWN! There are these things, you may have heard of them, appointment books? Apparently, they help you keep track of things that must be done or places that should be gone to and... I am using one. Or actually, using Microsoft Outlook, which is a lot more handy and I don't tend to misplace it, and I can make it yell at me so that I don't forget things... which I have an enormous tendency to do.  Even though I know I will forget to do things if I don't write them down, for some reason I am terribly resistant to actually following through and writing it down. Before I had children I didn't need to do so, but once pregnancy hit my memory was history, history that I could not remember....

In any  case, microsoft outlook rocks. And apparently, so do I when I use it.


next up: find dress clothes for memorial service to pack for C and me....I got A to pack already 


Good morning! Thanks for starting the thread, sister! One suggestion: do a starter and then do a seperate personal check, otherwise people get confused when they try to respond to your comments. (I made the same mistake myself when I first started.) Congratulations on your pregnancy: it can be a rough road, but the results are usually worth it! :D