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Thursday, 18 December 2008

journey 10 am

can't get into chat box, will try again later.   Didn't finish my plans for the day yet because a) friend called about lunch plans b) had a twinge in my side and was googling diseases of the spleen (rolls eyes).  back to work. 


"Hard work must have killed someone." - Charles Gregory


 omg,I was googling rheumatoid arthritis last night... nothing like a small pain to send a procrastinator off and running!

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - William Penn

Journey 1:20

Back from a very pleasant long lunch with old friends, and working another hour on Task E.  Chatbox isn't loading for me, it's kinda hit and miss from work , I think because it times out due to the limit on bandwidth.   I'll try again later.  For now, back to work!



"Hard work must have killed someone." - Charles Gregory

Journey 5:45 CO

I ended up working all day on Task E (except for long lunch break!).  I didn't make as much progress as I would have liked, but I did work hard on it all day, so that's something.   I'm calling it a day and heading home.  I'm picking up dinner, my clothes and gym clothes are ready for tomorrow, so the only thing I need to do tonight is fold and put away some laundry.   


"Hard work must have killed someone." - Charles Gregory

GeorgeSmiley 8:15 AM check-in + Updates

Once again, an hour late to start. I identify w/ pro's dilemma of being up too late. We pretty much have to set our alarm for 5 am on weekdays, and often don't get to bed until after 11 (last night, eg, when Mrs. GS was up doing Christmas cookies--a big thing for her). I don't have to be out of bed as early as she does and lately I've been sleeping in another hour or more. But that leads to 8:15 check-ins instead of 7 AM check-ins...

First: Spiritual reading time. Then:

MIT#1: Advance Project L enough to show editor Update, 9:55 AM: DONE

MIT#2: Clean up Project S Update 12:15 PM: DONE

MIT#3: Finish Project V Update 2:30 PM: SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS

MIT#4: Set priorities on other tasks

I'll be in chatbox all day. I've found that helpful to keep me on task.

Update 10:20 AM

Got distracted fixing a problem that had cropped up in Outlook, which was a result of my trying to do something about my habit of checking email much more often than necessary. I won't go into details here (that would just be another round of procrastination). Back to Project S.

Update 12:15 PM

Finished Project S. Had some lunch. Need to set next MIT. OOps.Already set. Project V.

Update 2:30 PM

Good progress on Project V.

Need to quit for the day because of numerous errands with kids, for Christmas, etc.

May be on later tonight to do more work on Project V and to update other tasks on my taskpad.

Later, all...



The Hero's Code:

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

Hope-Faith CI 8:30

Goodmorning today is a good day.

  • AM routine 
  • Coffee
  • Plan 2nd and 3rd
    • On-line games *  E-mail * Update Grades
  • Plan 4th
    • Copies of testUpdate Grades/
  • See Mrs. Griffin
  • Create SS Test
  • Check e-mail's
  • Lunch
  • Clean off desk - so I can think (clutter, clutter, clutter)
  • PM Routine
  1. CI 8:30
  2. CI 10:10
  3. CI 1:55
  4. CI 3:00
  • Software from E for printer
  • Send package back
  • Organize DT at work 15 min
  • Organize Q 15 min
  • Folders
  • Letter of Rec Friday


kromer 8:15 CI

*Lab mtg 9:30-11:30
*Final exam 1:30-4:30

Important Tasks:
*Finish pset 12 MIT
*Go over 2 old psets
*List of TFs+coregs table MIT
*Go to gym
*Email dad about driving cross-country
*Email PT to flake out out doing rotation, email MM MIT
*Schedule for next week, print out stuff I need MIT

Right now, I'm going to get list of TFs and email PF with it, then I'll clean room, pack lunch and head to lab mtg.  

kromer 11:20 CI

Got list of TFs, went to lab mtg (got out at 11, which was really nice), had lunch and took a short break.

Need to add 2 tasks to the list for the day:
*Go to bank MIT
*30 min brainstorming about xmas gifts

Right now I'm going to head to the bank, then finish pset 12. Back when those are done (I'll work through the pset in the chatbox). If I have more time before exam, I'll work on schedule for next week.  

kromer 4:50 CI

Went to bank, finished pset, went over  1 old pset, started making schedule of what I need to get done over winter break, took final exam (which went pretty well I think :) ), took a short break.

So I'm done with 2/5 MITs and have started 2 others.

Now here's my plan for the evening:
*Email dad about driving cross-country.
*Print work I need for plane
*Microburst email to PT (this is really scary to me, so I'm going to write opening, closing and 1 sentence and then stop until later this evening)
*Email MM
*Go to gym (not an MIT, but I think will be a healthy way to work off stress from finals. 

Then I'll head home, do another microburst on email to PT, finish schedule, do another microburst, get coreg table, finish email, brainstorm about xmas pres.

Will work in chatbox--think I should be heading to gym in about 30 min.  

kromer 7:30 CI

Been doing OK I think...
I microbursted email to PT, emailed MM, went to gym. I printed most of the work I need for the plane, but some of it requires the library, so I'm going to pop over there now.

I asked dad about driving w/ friend and it's OK with him and my mom...but now my friend wants to stay at my parents' for a couple days before leaving, and so I feel like I've gotten myself into an "if you give a mouse a cookie" situation :) I know he has other friends in California, so I'm going to ask him to please find someone else to stay with! (not looking forward to that, I have trouble saying no)

Will pop by the library, should be home by 8. Then will have dinner and follow the plan above. 


kromer 9 CI

Went to library, went home, had a healthy dinner, did dishes. Now I'm going to microburst scary email (2 more sentences), run to the store to get some soda, call my parents, finish schedule/organize papers to take home, check back.

Update 10:40--called parents, also emailed friend to say no he can't stay with me for a couple days. Went to store to get soda. Then just zoned out for 40 min, need to re-focus!

I'm tired after finals and just want to relax--but I really need to get work done, because break is going to be really busy. So I'm just going to *work* for 40 min, then I can go to bed.

I'm going to scale down my goals to something manageable...don't feel like I can do email to PT or organize my papers, but I think with some effort and the help of the chatbox and some energetic music I can finish coreg. table and finish my schedule. I'm getting out my music and heading to the chatbox now to finish the coreg table.

pro's first check-in - 8:25am

I'm starting to get into a habit of staying up too late - that's really bad for me. I need to stop.

So I'm up at 8:20am today - which is an hour later than usual for me, but earlier than I'd like because I'm still tired. Tonight I'll go to bed early and get back on schedule.

I'm making breakfast and trying to wake up. Breakfast this morning will be coffee and one of the muffins I made yesterday. I'm looking forward to this - one of my own, healthy, inexpensive muffins versus a $3 muffin loaded with fat from the gourmet deli.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

urban Channukah puzzle

When I was living in New England and had a wood stove with a big pot of water on it at all times, it was easy to clean my brass menorrah. I just dipped it in the hot water on the wood stove, and didn't worry about wax coating the pot because I never used that pot for anything but the wood stove.

But how do I clean the mennorah now - coated with wax in my New York apartment? Any ideas?

I have a smaller (much smaller) pot of water on the radiator in here. It's not hot right now, so I'm heating it on the stove and I'll try that. It's not really big enough. There's still the problem of what to do with the water. If I pour it down the drain, I'll wax up the pipes. Maybe toss it out the window?

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

e household tip

 After Channukah try putting the mennorah in the freezer: the wax should get cold enough to break off. 


"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - William Penn

really? freeze the wax?

Now that is something I have never thought of. Have you tried this? Does it work?

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

and now my problem is... to get rid of the water??

I did it - in the radiator pot. But the pot is overfilled and now the water is very waxy and I don't dare walk across the floor with it to the window (to backyards). Anything I pour the water into will be ruined because it all waxy. Trying to figure out what to do with it. (I'm on the fifth floor - walking down the stairs with it would be even harder.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Let the water cool after you're finished.

I'm pretty sure the wax will float to the top and congeal, like fat in chicken stock. (You could even put it in the fridge.) Then you could peel the solid wax off the water and flush the water down the loo. 


The Hero's Code:

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

that's brilliant, GS! I'll try it, thanks!

Thanks!! :)

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.