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Thursday, October 16, 08

its' wear your pajamas to work day today!


I have had the opportunity to actually wear my pjs to work and it made all the difference. You just can't be that upset with anyone when you are in your pjs and vice versa. 

Recycler CI 6:50pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies & Garfield!

Hopefully this is one of the last days of my cold. I'm hoping that it will be all cleared up by the weekend (or at least by the end of the weekend ;)

Today: Took some things over to the new condo in the morning. Showered at gym & got ready for work. Did various projects. Went to post office and mailed package to international friend.

An insurance issue was part of what I dealt with today, too. (Those crazy insurance companies!) Can I tell if it is resolved? No, but I've made the two phone calls I need to, and made a note on my calendar to follow up on it in two or three weeks.

Part of resolving it included sending info in an email to ex-hubby. So hopefully there won't be any other Shoes Dropping from that, but sometimes you have to keep everyone up to date.

After work, bought a couple more paint roller refills from Home Depot. Yay, I can play (paint) a little more tonight ;) When I got lo mein take out for dinner, the chicken smelled so good, I got some of it, too. I think having some protein will give energy to my metabolism to get over my cold ;)

Next: a quick paint of one of the many room dividers ;) I tell you, I am nothing but thorough in testing each & every paint combination, lol! I guess painting each room will be such a big deal for me, I want to be sure of each color I am using. I might update my CI later, or maybe just update my Home & Garden project list.

7:45pm. Base coat of paint is finished on room divider ;) yay! I don't have to do anything else tonight except wind down & get ready to sleep. Well, hang up some clothes that are in the rinse cycle. I can do that! ;) Goodnight! :)

Have a great night, everyone! :)


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

Falcon CI - forgot my PJs

Dang!  I forgot to wear my pajamas to work today!  Thanks for the mental image, e!  I had a stressful day at work, and replaying it in my mind but imagining if I had pajamas on is totally making me chuckle!  Better yet if I imagine everyone at my job in pajamas.  Wink

I've been stressed.  Nothing major or tragic in my life, thank goodness, just a bunch of tiresome stressors all happening at once, with not quite enough time to recover.  I've been tense, jittery & headachy, and need to let go.

Tonight: Do centering exercise NOW (not after puttering around forever) to determine how best to let go of the stress.  Then maybe go out to eat if I feel like it.


Journey 11 am UPDATE 11:55 3:30 5:55

Before I got started on MIT #1, had long phone call from boss with asap assignment.   Phone call included a good discussion.  Sometimes boss can be ok :).

ASAP assignment is now MIT #0.

11:55 ASAP assignment complete. Break, then MIT #1.

3:30  Had trouble getting focused on MIT #1, which is a written report.  I am glad I don't have to write all day like George does!   It takes me a long time to get into writing, but once I get there, it's kinda fun.  I've done a dedicated couple of hours on this, and now taking a break.  I'm giving it one more hour, then moving on to something else.  I'd like to finish the report today, but it's not due til next week, so I'm good.   

Ended up working all afternoon on MIT #1, still not finished but feeling good because I really worked hard all day today. Going to work for the next FIVE minutes on my Oct. 15 budget which is obviously overdue as today is the 16th. I did really good on budgeting and tracking last month but not so good this month. I don't like facing money issues but I think if I can just GET STARTED on this it will be fine. So, setting timer for 5 minutes to just start.

6:05 did the 5 minutes, now going home!  



"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis

GeorgeSmiley 9:50 AM plus updates

Another one of those so-much-on-my-plate-I-don't-know-where-to-begin days...

*deep breath*

MIT#1: Finish drafting Project P-12. Noon deadline.

Update, 2:25 PM: Finished P-12 (way too long for the space available, but editor will want to see everything and make trims himself).

Now is always the post-deadline letdown, when I find myself trying tofigure out what to do next...





The Hero's Code:

Show up. Pay Attention. Speak the Truth. Let Go of the Outcome.

post-deadline letdown

something involving both chocolate and bubble baths would come to mind!
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis

lol jo

 fabulous idea!

10:42am, Lark

Hi folks. Back from the dentist this morning. After nearly a month my root canal is behind me. Of course the bill is ahead of me. It was very damp and drizzling earlier, but I see some sun peaking through. Work is backlogged, the shop is a mess, and every pile is a bit larger than before. A trip for work is coming up, and I've been putting it off. Though I can't be ready to go in one day, doing some prep work will prevent the "manic panic". I had car trouble a few years back, and memories of that have been freaking me out, and I put things off. Then the cycle begins. Ugh...
(X)morning things
spiritual time
two hours prepping for trip
two hours on project A
ten minutes on table pile
fifteen minutes on workshop
one hour on ANYTHING productive

Lark's car

Glad that dental appointment is behind you!  My peridontist called me last week to find out why I haven't been coming in for my quarterly appointments . . .yuck . . .because I HATE them??


Anyway, I do not have AAA but a lot of people here at work swear by it.  If you're taking a long road trip and worried about car trouble it might be worth getting for the peace of mind.


"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis

Dentist went well, Road trip cancelled for a while

Only the dentist's bill is ahead of me. The root canal is behind me, and went as well as they go. I spent the middle part of the day making progress on moderately important tasks. When I had car trouble a few years back, I had assistance through my insurance policy, but that's when there was a hurricane where the tool free authorization number was to ring. When presented with the bill later, they declined it since I didn't call. Catch 22, you know. Insurance companies!! Thanks for your support and thoughts.

Journey 9:30

Happy  Thursday everyone!  Back in the office today.  I hate to admit it, but I am more productive when I'm in the office, most of the time.  This needs work, as I want to telecommute more, not less.  It saves me time and money, or at least it saves me time if I do it right, but lately I seem to be goofing off more during the day and then feeling like I have to work after dinner just to get my work done.  This is extremely counterproductive.  I'm barely getting my work done, and building resentment because now I feel like I have to work until 8 or 9 pm at night.   Which leads to more procrastination during the day.   This vicious cycle needs to stop.   Next week when I'm working from home I will plan some really awesome rewards for staying focused on my work regardless of all the distractions of my household.  I know from experience that reward works better than punishment, but I'm still being mean to myself when I don't live up to my expectations, which are quite unreasonable. 

Anyhoo, today so far I have been to the gym, read email, and set my MITs for the day.  Coffee break time. 


"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis

same challlenge

Hi Journey... I am struggling with the same challenge: how not to make needing/thinking I ought to/ work after dinner create counterproductive resentment...and the same challenge about rewarding versus punishing myself.   small steps, small steps...

Hi Chickadee!

My signature quote says it all: 
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis
lol Jo

Hope-Faith 8:50

Hi all,

Wish I was still in my PJ's :rolleyes:

Back at work today morning start was about like normal, now that I am at work I am so overwhelemed with all the task that face me, past getting ready for my first class I am not sure where to begin. However I am feeling better took my first dose of antibiotic last night and as usually my body is already responding to it. Unfortunatlly I can not use chatbox at work because all forms of chat are blocked I could ask IT to unblock it and they would but then I would be giving up my privacy, so I will use daily-checkin's to stay focused. Here goes

  • Get HomeComing apps 
  • Meet with O about next weeks events
  • 8:50-9:10 Check in get organized
  • Get materials ready for classes, e-mail students, get quia game ready9:10-9:30
  • 9:40-11:10 class
  • Organize papers when students are working on independent activity
  • 11:15-12:00 2nd class
  • Organize papers when students are working on independent activity
  • 12:00-12:25 Lunch Check in



chat suggestion...

When I can't use the chatbox, I often "chat" myself through tasks anyway, by typing out my thoughts/tasks in Word or writing them on scratch paper. If you find the chatbox to be useful, you might try that...

cant chat

chat's stuck for me at the moment. "Chat loading... Please wait". I'll just use check-ins. miss you guys there.


re: can't chat

I can't chat at work either, so I just bombard the forum with numerous neurotic (sometimes psychotic) posts when I am really struggling. However, Kromer's idea is a good one too. I keep an online journal and sometimes I can talk myself through a stuck feeling in there. I'll write something like: I know I want to do x, and I should be doing x, so why am I not doing x?? Somehow writing it down helps me find an honest answer, usually some irrational fear of some sort. If you can't get to the computer, you might think about a paper journal although I'd have to come up with some kind of secret code because I'd be afraid someone would find it and I'd be embarrassed :) I'm dating myself here, but I learned shorthand in high school and still use it for secret notes. Nobody I know can read shorthand anymore (except my mother!).


"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis

re2: cant chat

yea i use the checkin flurry instead of chat, also. But for detailed, 10 minute chunks, i should consider using an editor. i will.

good luck today. HP be with you and give you strength.


hehe checkin flurry!

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis

oops dupe

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis

CL ci

i'm going to have trouble setting my MITs today, because i dont want to face them. So i'll start there w/ some intentionality.

2min later: i have MIT1. yes it is hard. It could sink all my time today, but i'm only going to give it 1hr now. bookending. breaking up tasks. trying to use the tools.

see that? giving it 1 hr doesnt make it nearly to dreadful as thinking i have to finish it now. it's 8:58.

30 min later. hrm. interruptions / distractions. Stuff could have waited. it's 9:26.

Back to MIT 1.

worked for about 1.5 hrs. 0.5 hrs more than i planned. I need a timer. But i could do more now, but i won't.

I will survey what else needs to be done. 15 min. set a timer.

1.5 hrs later, i have surveyed and taken care of some admin tasks i usually neglect. Then i started MIT 2 (quiet time) and am half way thru. But yesterday 2nd half took longer, so i'm checkin in on it. 1:36

ended on time. didnt go well, but at least it ended on time. Or maybe that means it did go well. hmmm...

Now back to MIT 2.

25 min later. MIT 2 done. well part a. MIT 2b for later.

Now select MIT 3.

another 1.5 hour completed. had .5 hr meeting. Set MIT 3 and started working on i.


kromer 7:50 CI

I haven't been totally focused the last couple days, with the result that today is crunch day!

What needs to get done (this is a somewhat overwhelming list, I'll just take it one step at a time):
*Revise/proofread SLG proposal
*Finish probability pset
*Write CSB100 short paper
*Brainstrom network post-processing ideas
*Go to genetics, 9:30-11:30 and 12-1
*Run calculation with deleted coregulators
*Make a list of new test datasets
*Email about Harambee
*Call CH
*Call AG

I'm going to start with the SLG proposal. Should take me about 30 min. Back when that's done.

kromer 12 CI

took care of SLG proposal, went to first half of genetics, took 30 min lunch break.

Now I'm going to go to 2nd half of genetics, then email about Harambee and start calc. with deleted coregulators, then work on probability pset. Update after genetics. 

Update 12:50--done with genetics, now sending Harambee email.

Update 1:30--done with Harambee email, now starting jobs with coreg. deletions. 

kromer 6:40 CI bad day

Not a great day...

I did calc. with deleted coregulators (but don't think I'll get a chance to look at results until tomorrow morning)

And I did most of the prob. pset; I'll finish the rest of it tomorrow

I got sucked into doing an hour or so more work on SLG proposal...should have just said no to working on it.

And a bad situation has come up with a potential advisor, so a priority is to work that situation out...I'm going to send some emails about it this evening.

Other than that, I really need to write CSB100 short paper and come up with a list of pp. ideas. And if I don't talk to AG I'm going to go nuts, so I'm going to allow myself an hour or so on the phone.

Now it's time to go home and have dinner! I'll check back in by 8.

Update 8:05--going to sign on to skype and see if I can find AG, in the mean time I'll work on the CSB100 short paper. Will work in the chatbox to keep myself on track.  


e's thursday

 so I am dressed for work!

I just wrote all this up and then my computer shut down on its own, so I am not going to write a lot

breakfast: done

dishes: put away






bed made


5 minutes of room tidying: living, dining, bath, kitchen, bedroom, c's bedroom, porch

rake leaves

mit: pay excise tax

mit: arrange transfer of funds

mit: job search..


rooting for e

i read yesterday's post too. Sounds tuf. Know that i'm rooting for you, and while it may not be easy, i believe you can do it. There may be setbacks, but i believe in you. There certainly are setbacks in my life, like last night and this morning is threatening to be one, so i'm here to prevent that. We can do that together.



 oh, clement, that was almost as good as a.... burrito! Seriously, I appreciate your support. It is not an easy time, and so 12 stepping is probably the best thing for getting me through the day. Also, some eft tapping would be helpful....

e's pissed-off at herself ci

 I procrastinated on dealing with an insurance issue: I had dealth with it twice before and thought it was cleared up, but should have checked on it. I went the day before yesterday to check on the status from the hospital and they called and said it was okay. But in going tyhrough old mail it appears my children are not elligible for coverage anymore because they did not receive the information! I don't have the patience for myself or the bureaucracy of getting this fixed right now, so I am going to go stew and make some stew. At 6 I need to be down at the high school to meet with c's teachers. Hopefully, all is okay. If not, I am going to get chewed out.

good luck with the insurance!

Hi E!

Good luck with the insurance! Those crazy insurance companies! I hope things will work out.

Best wishes!


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

Jo thinks E should be pissed off at the insurance co.

doesn't sound like this is your fault E!  course it has to be fixed, but even a non-procrastinator would have gotten bitten by this.    Funny how we are so quick to blame ourselves for everything that goes wrong . . . hugs . . .
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C. S. Lewis

e feeling entitled to be pissed off at the insurance company

 Thanks for the support, you all! I do think that I had followed through on things in terms of supplying what they needed, but I think I should have paid better attention to their lack of follow through....