Monthly Archives: August 2014

Waiting is Agony!

So. I am a person in dire need of a personal assistant. (And probably also a maid and a gardener, but that’s another story.) I am constantly forgetting to add things to my Google calendar, or am running around the house seeking out an invitation to some event to try and remember exactly what time and what location I’m supposed to be at (usually I am about to head out the door and I don’t know where I’m going!). The problem is that I get my mail and things at home, and my home desktop is currently dead and my home laptop is S.L.O.W. like you wouldn’t believe. And then I forget to bring the mail or whatever with me to work and never get it entered. I suppose that I could enter it into my calendar via my phone, but that takes forever and just wouldn’t happen.

Rationale, Part Two: I love photography and am intrigued by scrapbooking. Intrigued does not equal talented, sadly. Because of my lack of talent, it takes me forever to complete a layout. Given the fact that I take about a billion pictures when I’m at an event (and want to see them all), this means that my scrapbooking endeavor is about 10 years behind. FAIL.

What I’ve been doing in the meantime is carrying around this composition book that I use for work and personal items. It’s only organization is chronological, and I have sticky notes hanging out of it to mark “important” pages. Lots of stuff in there like to-do lists, but not very searchable.

I also have a year-at-a-glance wall calendar on my cube wall at work. I can make highlighter squares around people’s birthdays and write in major events in multicolored pens and markers. I’ve even added a couple stickers and taped appointment tickets (to my dentist) and prayer cards to the relevant dates. But the squares are too small to contain everything that I need, and it’s not portable. Plus, every time I try to get into my overhead storage cabinet, it knocks into the calendar, nearly taking it off the cube wall.

Less than ideal.

Periodically, I’ll hear something about these Erin Condren Life Planners and Google/YouTube them up. They look so fun! And everyone is so creative about using them! So after perusing Erin’s site for a while, I bought a planner! Since I am all narcissistic and stuff, I got a collage cover, so I can see all the pretty pictures that I’ve taken. 😉

Unfortunately, as soon as my order was complete, I started Googling it in earnest, trying to see every possible example of how people used their planners. And I found out that if you order your planner from a referral from someone else (and these links were ALL OVER Google), you could get $10 off your order. So, I paid more than everyone else. Because I was impulsive. And didn’t research it first. Ugh! Oh well.

Now I’m excited to receive my planner and start putting — well, everything — into it! I ordered it about a week ago and it’s not supposed to ship until two-and-a-half more weeks from now! That’s like nearly a month. This is a super-long time to wait. Super, super long. I don’t know how you pregnant women can do it. 9 months is beyond long. But I digress.

In my waiting agony, I will be checking out all of the posts and YouTube videos and Pinterest boards, looking for great ideas. If you have any suggestions, please let me know or post the link in the comments.

Planner… I’m waiting for you! Come home soon!

My Erin Condren Planner - March 2014
I could do something like this, right?

Answer Me This #6

This appears to be the only consistent thing on my blog lately. *sigh* If only you knew what has been going on lately… Your prayers would be most welcome. Thanks!

1. What do you still want to do this summer?

All.The.Things. Alas, I will likely not get to do them all. I really want to make it to Lake Michigan. Not sure if that’s going to be possible. I want to clean up my house, which will likely happen, as I will be having people over sometime in September to help me do some yard work.

2. What’s your favorite kind of pie?

I like pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust, and lemon pie sans meringue.

Leafy Greens and Goat Cheese Pie
A friend of a friend has a pie business called Sister Pie. It is as delicious as it looks!

3. How much sleep do you need each day? How much do you get?

Not quite sure how much I need… I usually get about 5-6 hours of sleep. Although I tend to overschedule myself and end up going to bed 3 hours before I have to wake up to get to work. I can usually squeeze another 30 minutes of “sleep” in by continually abusing my snooze button. Then, I have other days when I’m not feeling so well and sleep like crazy. Like the 14 hours that I slept last night. I don’t think I even took my shoes off when I got home — directly into bed for me!

4. Do you prefer to swim in a pool, lake, river, or ocean?

Pool, then ocean, then lake, then river. Why? Pools are cleaner and fish will not nibble at you and there is no seaweed or icky stuff in pools. That and I can float on pool noodles to my heart’s content, hopefully without being splashed (which is why I need my own in-ground pool). I love the ocean and I dream of having a house on an ocean. I love the waves and the salty scent to the air. I like swimming far away from shore. But, then things live in there and it kind of creeps me out when they touch me. Same goes for lakes, although I tend to view lakes as being dirtier than the ocean. Less water, more algae. I haven’t really swam too much in rivers, so I left that one for the end.

Beautiful Surf
I could look at this all day

5. Do you know any poems by heart?

I don’t think so. Maybe a few really simple nursery rhymes, if they count. I remember being okay at poetry when I studied it in the 9th grade, but I prefer people to just come out and tell me what they mean. Or I’m bound to come up with an interpretation which is anything but what you meant. On the other hand, this has come to my aid quite a bit when trying to defend my questionable choices in music to my priest/best-friend:
Me: “He’s not talking about doing immoral acts with a woman who is not his wife. He’s talking about auto body repair.”
Fr: “Um… No.”

6. Do you use the public library?

All the time. The problem is that I don’t go often enough. So when I do go, I try to pick up all the books that I remember wanting to read, plus whatever catches my eye, and I end up with almost more books than I can carry back to my car. Then, my ability to read them in the time allotted is grossly insufficient and I end up renewing my check-out. Then, I run out of renewals, but feel compelled to read them before turning them back in. I mean, at this point, I’ve had them for NINE WEEKS. It would be like admitting defeat if I didn’t read them already, right? So, then there’s the actual deadline for returning them. You don’t actually get a fine if you manage to return them to the library before the library opens on the day after they are due. See what I did there? Another night to get the book read! I will admit to more than my fair share of fines, but sometimes it’s out of my control (like when I was in the hospital for meningitis). And all of this reminds me… I have a book to read by tomorrow….

Please visit Kendra’s blog, just because she’s rather awesome.  And take a peek at others’ answers to these questions

Have a great week and God bless!

Answer Me This #5

1. When driving, are you more likely to listen to the radio, to CDs or an iPod, or nothing at all?

I have seasons of listening. I will have a period of time where I listen to audiobooks during my commute, then it will switch to listening to the radio every commute (lately Sirius XM, occasionally a playlist from my phone), then it will switch to listening to podcasts streamed over my car stereo from my phone (mostly Catholic Answers, with some talks from my priest for variety). Each “phase” lasts about 2-3 weeks, then rotates.

2. Do you prefer window or aisle?

I used to like the window seat, to be able to watch during take-off and landing, but when I flew a lot, I developed a preference for the aisle seat. I have to get up and move around the cabin a lot and it’s much easier if I don’t have to climb over people or ask them to stand up for me. Plus, I can get to my carry-on faster. After someone nearly took off with my luggage and the flight crew did nothing to help me get it back after I pointed the man out, walking away with it… I like to get my hands on my stuff as soon as I can.

3. Do you fall asleep on your side, back, or stomach? What position are you in when you wake up?

I usually start the process on my left side, then switch to my back for the actual sleeping portion. When I am waking up (and usually hitting the snooze way too frequently), I move to either right or left side and tend to switch sides.

4. When is the last time you attended a zoo, circus, carnival, county fair, or parade?

I went to the 4th of July parade that our neighboring city puts on every year. I didn’t have any digital camera batteries charged and ended up spending $65 to get 4 rolls of film developed. Yikes!

The parade honored police and military, which makes sense, but then there were a lot of politicians, which is stretching it a little for me, and some local businesses and other interests. It was not as exciting of a parade as I recall from when I was younger, but I am still glad that I went.

5. Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational saying?

My favorite quote is from the Didache:

“You shall not hate any man;
but some you shall reprove,
some you shall pray for,
and some you shall love
more than the breath of life that is in you.”

6. What’s the best thing about summer?

I love the warmer weather because I *may* get the opportunity to go swimming — which I love. I also am happier with my commute, since summer means that I don’t have to worry about black ice or snow causing accidents on the highway, or having to shovel my driveway.

It’s a big driveway to shovel, and I’m not really supposed to be doing things like this…

For more answers to these questions, check out Kendra’s blog!