Archive | November, 2009

Listmaking and Me

29 Nov

I recently set for myself a strict, job-hunting schedule. I’m applying to two (or more, but at least two) places of employment per week. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is a lot to keep track of. I’ve got a whole spreadsheet going on. I’m hoping to find a full-time job soon after January. But any time before that would just be swell.

I’m very excited at the prospect of making more lists. I always enjoy when I have multiple items in my to do list, and I love writing out my to do list every day. I love the satisfaction of crossing something off. Then again, I cheat, placing things like “wake up” and “drink tea/coffee” on my list. Still, it makes me feel productive and motivated to do the less desirable items, such as “laundry” and “deep clean”. In truth, I make lists for just about everything. Things to buy, things to sell, things I like, things I don’t. I make pro/con lists for just about every major decision I have to make. I have color-coded lists. I have a color-coded highlighter system, which shows me which things I’m likely to enjoy the most. Yellow being my favorite highlighter color, those are my favorite activities (coffee). Purple being my least favorite, those correspond to my least favorite activities (dishes). The Boyfriend does not entirely understand the my madness. He’s noted, especially, my tendency to leave many, many lists only half-completed by the goal date.

The punchline to all of my anal-retentive listmaking is that I’m not an organized person at all. My room is usually in a state of what can only be described as “mess”, my bills and papers askew, and my books not alphabetized. But every so often, when the moon is full and the planets are aligned, I get the insatiable urge to clean my room (or entire dwelling, though currently I’m limited to one 7×7 room) to shining, spotless glory. Tonight is one such night. The only problem with that, is that it is 12:34 AM and I have to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 8:30 AM to get ready for work. Which will be followed by a family dinner, and possibly meeting a friend at the train station.

So, dear reader, I go off into the night, straightening and organizing and tidying. Pray that I’ll get some sleep and I won’t tear some poor customer’s face off tomorrow morning.


Today I Realized

24 Nov

I was with The Boyfriend last night when I ran into someone I don’t particularly like, and whom I know doesn’t particularly like me. Why? This individual has some preconceived notions about me. That’s fine, because I have some notions about him that definitely aren’t preconceived, but it got me to thinking.

I’m glad that people dislike me before they get a chance to know me at all. Because that means I get to avoid speaking to the kind of people that dislike other people without getting a chance to know them. It saves frustration and fakery. It avoids awkward politeness. And I’m all for saving myself from situations like that.

So please, by all means, judge me. It’ll save us both time in the long run.

Hello world!

13 Nov

Hey world, this is a continuation of my other blog, I guess I just got tired of Blogger, and I want something fresh and new. So this won’t be an intro post. Any back stories or other anecdotal references can be found on that website, which will continue to exist since I already paid for the domain. So, here’s to the new blog! Enjoy!