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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tuesday giggles from movingalong

Hello all!

Love the banter about the angry Tuesday lady vs. the fluffy kitten. I needed a laugh today!

I prefer the kitten as inspiration rather than the angry Tuesday Lady.  But I always understood Journey had some joyful glee when posting her.  

I haven't checked in yet this week...  Usually I check in on Sundays.

Progress has been elusive lately.  Or should I be honest, and rephrase to say that I've been not progressing much?

I've been dealing with gooey, heavy resistance.   Self-created resistance, but oh how tempting to blame whatever ...

Moving along .... very slowly.

Recycler CI 9:20pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies & Wave-N Kitties!

Yes, I feel much less traumatized now, with an adorable, fluffy kitty :) Thanks, Journey! :)

Today: treadmill, stretched, work. Filled in for our receptionist while multi-tasking on my own projects with a clear conscience ;) Dealt with a difficult situation at end of day that went into overtime. (Literally) ((sigh)). 2 volunteer meetings tonight.

Need to sleep, but slightly worried about condo inspection tomorrow. Turn it over to my Higher Power?

Have a great night, everyone! :)


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

GeorgeSmiley 6:24 PM

Well, I pulled a real all-nighter.

I was literally up all night finishing Project R draft. I was not at all efficient (no kidding!) but I did slog through it.

I still didn't have it quite finished in the morning when I had to go w/ No. 1 son to traffic court. After that was over (he got dismissed-lucky kid) I went home and finished the draft and sent it.

Then I took a 2-hour nap.

Now I'm at my occasional part-time job. I probably won't check in again tonight, but I'll be back on my regular routine tomorrow morning. And somewhere in there I want to book some time to process the last several days...

Thank you all for being here...

Good job George!

Finishing Project R!


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." 

Convalaria, Wednesday 8.07am, 20.05pm

Have to agree regarding the Tuesday lady! That is how I talk to myself sometimes and it does not work!

Any way, yesterday was a bit of a loss.
I am finding the evening routine not doable. I get home and collapse.
Today I have a full day and am organised for the first 3 lessons but have no idea how to go about the last three.  Shold have done something about it yesterday!!!

OK. Now I will find some notes for lesson 5 and 6, think about lesson 4 and check in at the end of it all at 13.30.

20.05 pm
Did not manange to check back i untill now.
found the notes for lesson 4 and 5 and mananged to teach the lesson quite well. Lesson 3 I had to wing it and made a number of mistakesCry. At 1.30 a number of my students had a make up test and I had lunch and surfed the net and chatted with coleagues until 3pm.

I had lot of errands  to run after school, had a bite to eat with a friend, saw my mother and fed my son.

So what do I need to do next?


Agnus lol and checking in

Y'all had some fun today, heh?  Guess it pays to check in late sometimes: I dodged the Tuesday lady competely!  :-)

Just had a fruitful first conversation with my business/finance coach and got some new hope. I learned in Step 7 that I'm not supposed to know everything (humility) so asking for help is actually a good thing. Now, will I follow this good counsel?, only with HP's help, that much is certain.  MITs from here on today:

  • Banking
  • Block out daily work hours and disconnect-days for next 30 days
  • Block out fixed time for personal bills etc.

Other: 1.5 hours on AP Project, decision on CBC project, envelope system for debit receipts

Journey 2:30

Well, I checked with the b.i.c. (brilliant intimidating coworker) about MIT #1, and discovered that not only am I done, but I went too far!  I have to go back and undo the stuff I did on System #3, it's not needed there.  But that will be quick.  Back here when I finish. 


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." 

Journey 6 pm

Well, I got product uninstalled on system 3, then got call that car was ready.  Went to pick up car,didn't have checkbook :blush:


They let us take the car anyway, and I had to run home and get money.  Came home to a message that some urgent Toastmasters stuff must be done today, so did that.  Whew!  I only worked 5 hours today and I'm exhausted!  I'm going to try to make up the three hours sometime during the rest of the week so that I don't have to take another 1/2 day of vacation, but I'm not working tonight . . .

See you tomorrow 


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." 

awwwww . . . you don't like the Tuesday lady?

She doesn't mean to sound so intimidating!  She's only trying to encourage us lol. 

Guess that's a good incentive for you guys to beat me to the forums on Tuesdays, eh?


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." 

Tuesday Lady

 I vascillate on the Tuesday Lady: if I am posting her I am usually in a mood to enjoy her. When someone else posts her I usually take it in kind, but in reality my demand resistance cannot deal with Tuesday Lady-like behavior. I think that is why I revel in her like you Jo.But I am glad she exists in mini!

:However, nothing scares me so much as the FLUFFY KITTEN!

kromer 1:40 frustrated CI

I worked productively this morning 8-12:30 (but mostly on urgent/short-term tasks). Then it was time to go to lab and I just got stuck. I didn't get any work done in lab last week, and so I've been worred about going in this week. So I sat and browsed the web and ate candy bars for an hour, which was not a good solution. Now I've finally got to lab, which is a big step. I'm going to take a deep breath, and remind myself that being a week behind in my work is not going to sink my career :-) Then I'm going to try and get through a relatively simple task: run alg. for a bunch of different values of gamma and make a plot of the results. I'll check in when that's done.

kromer 2:40 CI

Got through the task, yay! Now I'm unstuck and ready to set my MITs for the rest of the day/make a plan for what I want to accomplish this week.

Update 2:55--

MITs for today:
*finish reading A+D paper
*spend 1.5 hrs brainstorming about coreg. algorithm
*take grammar test (grr)
*balance checkbook
*Print probability notes

Other tasks:
*figure out what I know about tests/cell lines
*Mail change of address forms for bank, mutual fund
*Mail request for cert. driving record
*Get stuff to mount bookcase, clock, mirror

I have about an hour before the grammar test, so I think I'll spend that finishing the A+D paper, printing probability notes, and printing change of address forms. Then I'll take the grammar test, go to the hardware store and get mounting stuff, have dinner and check back in. 

kromer 8:15 CI

OK, I finished reading A+D paper, took grammar test, and printed prob. notes. A friend said he'd help me mount stuff this weekend, so that's being put off. And I can't send in request for cert. driving record because I misplaced my license and I need my license number (grr to me!). But I think I can get the rest done.

I'm going to run to the store and get a soda, then put forms in envelopes (I'll mail them first thing tomorrow morning) and balance checkbook, then spend 45 min brainstorming and check back in.

Update 9:20--I'm not doing so well today: all I've done is put forms in envelopes. I'm going to spend 10 min. on checkbook, then check back in

Update 9:40--OK, done with checkbook. I'm having a hard time getting started on this brainstorming, so I'm going to microburst: I'll get out my notes, pen, etc., and if it still seems really scary I can do something else.

Update 9:55--Got out notes etc. and now it doesn't seem so bad.  I'm going to brainstorm for 45 min then check back in...I'm hopeful I can get through my goal of 1.5 hours tonight. (I unfortunately left my info on tests/cell lines at lab, so that's going to have to wait until tomorrow.)

kromer 10:55

Did 55 min of brainstorming+outlined what I want to get done tomorrow. I'm going to go take a shower, then come back and do my remaining 35 min of brainstorming (in which I want to think through idea of randomization tests and then check #coregs, tfs genes, whether all are connected, how many tfs are only connected to 1 coreg and which those are

kromer 12 CI

OK, showered and did my 35 min of brainstorming...checked connections etc but didn't get to think through idea of rand. tests, so I'll do that first thing tomorrow.

Bed now! 

CL ci

bookending break time. It's 1:33pm. 10 min.

1:55 = 22 min but there was a snack in there and a note here, so that's not bad at all for me.

Now to 1/2 hr of next MIT. i should be done at 2:25pm. wish me luck. i'm gonna need it.


Mark CI 11:21 AM

clocked 7 1/2 hrs yesterday, mostly related to newly identified issues

x fixes from yesterday in test
- fix new customer issues
x deal w/ 3 things from email re q
- layout issue analysed
- clock 8 hours
- comment thang in test
- research tooltip/popup
x exercise
- cmp mayo/vcu used images count
- examine UP slow query log
x shower/shave
- pay cable bill
x clean off desk
- review bz items
x set up appointment

Journey 10:15 Where is everyone?

Well, I may be alone in here but at least I got to post the Tuesday Lady!

Still dealing with car issues, so I am working from my daughter's school in an empty classroom, at least until someone kicks me out.  I'm going to play hookey from my lunch&learn class at noon and have lunch with my daugher instead. 

So far I have been to the gym, read email, sent email to explain my situation today, and that's about it.  Going to set my MITs for the day.  I will have about six hours to actually work today so I need to make the best of it. 


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." 

I'm trying to learn NOt to talk to myself like the Tuesday lady!

I have been working all day on a demanding task I do not like. I would have done better if I had rewarded myself and scheduled more interruptions. I am trying not to slip into self-defeating anger and shame spiral, but instead to give myself some credit and keep going. I have made quite a bit of progress and there is still time to finish I think.

I didn't post a new day (even though I was on here early early) because I still don't understand how to do it :? : . Last time I tried it didn't work (help,please anyone!)

:?: Is the Tuesday lady's presence required? :blush: I have to confess that this image awakens the demons of resistance and fear in me :(( and that some of my battle has been about learning to talk gently, to believe things are possible and to take the first step. :)

hi chickadee

the tuesday lady can have that effect. I think journey takes her a mild encouragement, but i definitely see and feel that that kind of pressure is what you and me both p'cras.

I also wanted to say it looks like you're doing great today. It sounds like evaluating how you've been doing realistically and giving yourself reasonable advice on improvement. None of this seems to me to be extreme--the extreme that causes us procrastinators problems. Like kromer said.

If you keep this up, i think you'll be fine.

Now my break's over, so i gotta get back to work myself.

Take care!


I'm not a big fan of the Tuesday lady either...

I think I often procrastinate because I expect myself to work 100 hour weeks, so procrastination is the only way I allow myself to take a break. Maybe we could take a break from the Tuesday lady? :)

OK, I have replaced the scary Tuesday lady with a fluffy kitten.

Is that better hehe? 


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." 





re: snicker!!!


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." 

By the way...

...I love your signature comment these days! I may crib it and post it somewhere in my work space!

re: by the way

Thanks, I think it is a quote from Theodore Roosevelt but I wasn't quite sure so I didn't attribute it!


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." 

oops dupe


Hey, a smile--I mean , a purr

Thanks Jo, that is one cute kitty! :D :

And cats are a good example because they never procrastinate: they waken instantly ready for activity, concentrate effortlessly, sleep when they need to...

They do not know guilt. They focus entirely on one thing at a time. Hmm.... now if I could just be more like my cats. Maybe they are trying to teach me something!

okay today, but...

I'm doing better today than i would have a year ago, but it sounds more okay than it is becuase I am only allowing myself to focus on today.

 Thanks, Kromer and Clement, I am relieved that I'm not just oversensitive

 My backlog, overdue projects, (rightly) angry editors etc. make me feel anxious and paralyzed if I let them into my field of awareness. So only going day by day is partly a flight from that and partly the only way to keep going.

 My worst days are when I have no meetings and think: a whole day, I want to do everything. That ends up less productive than the interrupted days.

I am becoming more aware of the special burden that comes with working at home. And how I need to plan rewards so that work does not stretch on after dinner. --When I do that I am aware that I am turning myself into a slave to my unfinished work--and that only leads to unhappiness and less of the energy and confidence that I need.