Sunday, April 27, 2014

Still Thinking . . .

I still haven’t come up with goals for the Round. Also, I haven’t figured out yet why I can’t get it together. Am I just burned out? Have I hit the wall and just can’t rally any longer? Or have I lapsed into the laziness cycle and can’t get out of it? Do I have Spring fever, or wishful-thinking fever, because looking out my window, Spring has not sprung. (Spring is oozing under the door like a vapor instead of bursting into my world.)

I think that until I figure out what is in my head (and my heart), I am going to try to write up weekly goals only. Goals which I am fairly confident that I can attain. (Number one goal really should be to figure out what is wrong with my line justification.)

That being written, my goals for this week are:
1)      Run two days (I need to work up to this running-thing slowly and the weather forecast is not too promising)
2)      Check the gmail accounts for half of the people I need to. I won’t go into great detail, but I am a member of a state society for which I have set up gmail accounts for certain members. Once a year or so, I need to go into all these accounts and make sure people haven’t messed stuff up, or add more gmail addresses for them, and stuff like that, because a lot of these people are not internet-saavy and it was enough just to teach them how to access their accounts and send out emails.
3)      Send out belated Easter cards to my college kids from church
4)      Post three times to my other blog
5)      Revise, finalize and distribute the Friend-raiser flyer for Tumaini Volunteers

Now, look at that list. Does this look like I am cutting back? Arrgh!!!

In the meantime, here is a picture of some of the gals I was with this weekend at the convention I was at for the society mentioned in #2 above.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Yes, I'm Confused.

So, how far are we into this Round? Only two weeks, right? So just because I still have not come up with any goals doesn't mean I have fallen completely off the tracks, does it? Just because this is only my second post of the new Round doesn't mean I won't be able to still get it together and finish strong, does it?

Ok, so let's not look at the big picture right now. Let's look at the next few weeks. I leave this Thursday for a convention for work. That means I have a few days to get ready for the convention (I have a speaking part on Saturday which I haven't even looked at), attend the convention and be home sometime Sunday afternoon.

The following weekend will be spent in a cleaning frenzy because the weekend after that we are having a surprise birthday party for my mother-in-law. And well, the weeks just keep adding up after that. Right now, I think my next totally free weekend is the end of June.

Ok, but what about my evenings? Believe it or not, and I don't even want to say this out loud, I think that spring has finally arrived in my neck of the woods. Yes, I still have three foot high snowbanks in places, but I also have a wide expanse of front yard which is bare. Yes, there truly was grass hibernating under all that snow! Who knew?

So evenings may be spent raking or running or just staring out the window absorbing something other than the white-ness which I have been looking at for six months.

I think that during the last Round I burned myself out, which, even though I have all the above excuses, is why I am dragging my feet right now. But I will survive. I will do it by taking baby steps. Right now I have one goal for the week - besides getting ready for that convention - I will blog about my vacation earlier this month.

That's it, that's all I got until next week. That and a picture.

I took this picture our first day on vacation, outside of a courthouse that I thought was cool. My question is: should they confuse people like that? I know there is a handicap accessible entrance in each direction, but it just seems like they should pick one to direct people to, because I know how easily people get confused.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Being Lackadaisical

Accept my apologies for not posting yet this Round and for not coming up with concrete goals yet. We were on vacation in Missiouri all week last week, and I really took a vacation from everything! I checked Facebook and email every day, but other than that, I was on an internet fast. A writing fast as well.

But here I am back in reality and just not feeling the motivation. The next three weeks my schedule is jammed; I won’t even go into it. I will only say that I am not making any goals at this stage. I will get back on track as far as blogging on a regular basis. I also plan to finish writing my novel. Other than that, I am not going to do much.

There. I said it. Looking at the calendar- well, let’s not look at the calendar. I am not free until mid-May, and by then the weather had better finally be nice and I will have a garden to plant. Think I can take the whole summer off? 

(In fact, I am so lackadaisical that I am not even going to stress over why that first paragraph is being dumb.)

(Where I spent my spring vacation. No wonder I don't want to work anymore.)