Friday, March 14, 2008

Fighting Inertia

It's that time of year. Everyone is crabby, everyone is sick of the cold, everyone is sick of wearing winter clothes and winter boots. Spring seems so far off and buried under so much snow there's no use even thinking about it yet.

must ... fight...urge.. to... do... nothing...

I have a looong list of To Do's for this weekend - things that I will not want to do or it will be too late to do once spring finally does arrive, so it's now or never.

I hold myself accountable to my loyal blog reader, Dodi - she'll notice if I don't get it all done : )

1- clean bathrooms - comprehensive cleaning - no quick swipes with a disinfecting wipe DONE!

2- sort scary piles of laundry in bedroom DONE!

3-do laundry resulting from #2 IN PROGRESS Only 1 load left DONE

4-bake chocolate chip banana bread for E (he is in charge of checking the cottage roof for snow damage so this is fair) DONE!

5-bake blueberry bran muffins for me DONE!

6-do something outside Sat that involves fresh air and exercise - xc ski? SUBSTITUTED: shovel back deck for 1 hr

7-do my long run Sun (90 min) DONE!

8-sort through bath products in bathroom and organize

9-clean office

10-purge office files

11-prepare tax documents for the accountant

12-plant the seeds I bought 3 weeks ago!!! IN PROGRESS

13-shovel a path from the back door to the composter IMPOSSIBLE - TOO ICY

14-dump the overflowing temporary compost container in the kitchen into the outdoor composter DONE - WALKED ON ICE

15-burn a new CD to listen to in the car

16-re-pot the plant that has been rooting in water for over a month DONE!

17-clean the grimy fish tank DONE!

18-research the cost of flights to Tanzania (might be able to get E to do this)

19-upload winter camping and other recent pictures to flickr

20-sign up for writing conference in April

ok, that's it. doable? I might have to forget I'm K and pretend to be E, although he wouldn't have a clue what to do with all the bath products.

I actually do believe it is possible to get all of that done. I'm not starting until whenever I wake up Saturday, and after I've had 2 lattes and read the paper.


update: 10 a.m. Sat.: I've had my 2 lattes, and I'm starting the list. go go go

update 2 p.m. Sat: 5 done, 15 to go

update 7 p.m. that's it for today. excellent progress!

Update 10 p.m. Sunday. Substituted finishing my list with finishing a book. Well, I'm definitely K, and happy with how much I did get done : )


grandorse said...

Nate said it was warm enough to go out without a coat today. Here it was almost 50 so a thaw should be on its way. No one here has any energy either. everyone yawned all afternoon through the master gardening class yesterday and it was interesting.

Dodi said...

You make me tired just reading all that. Great job!

I made homemade laundry detergent and it seems to work really well. Um, I also ripped most of my CDs onto my mac. Now of course my music library is too big for my little nano. I think there are about six CDs I can let go of. Um, all my dishes are washed. That's all the chores I did. Mostly played.

Anonymous said...

Making a list is a great idea! Good bye winter!


Why is it that every time Obama provides actual detailed policy ideas they are always scary? For example, his foreign policies are, at best, unsettling.
His recent idea today to "get involved" in the oil markets by leveraging the Strategic reserves is 100% opposite the reason for the reserves: the reserves are there for times of global crisis, not to meet unsustainable demand.
The more he's forced to come up with concrete ideas, the more he sounds a little flaky.
I wonder how much of this is going to haunt us and contribute to the Republicans winning (GROOOOANNNNN) in November?
It's too bad the first black man to be president is such a light-weight. He's got racial momentum now and that is going to be imposibl to detrack.
It's like the line from that Fool's Gold, where Kate Hudson's lawyer tells her "you married the guy for the sex, and you expected him to be smart."
Let's see how far the sex carries us through this year.

Anonymous said...

The previous post got it only half-way. It is irresponsible (and baffling) to use the Strategic Oil Reserves as a buffer to rampant consumerism. They are there in case there is a DISRUPTION in oil production or to the oil supplies, not if (or when) the price of oil impacts on our spending (or driving) behaviour.
It makes you wonder what Barrack's grasp of business, economics and foreign policy is like when he is away from his handlers.
The only question is whether enough of his ideas will show in time for the party to shift to Hillary, or whether he will win the nomination, at which time McCain will trash him sometime during the summer.