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Archive for December, 2011

Saturday Morning Motivational Poster – New Years Style

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Merry Christmas!

 

Happy 6th night of Hanukkah as well… unfortunately, I’ve never tortured my cats with Hanukkah outfits…

Saturday Morning Motivation – Christmas Style

My day will be consumed by wrapping gifts and baking. So here’s some motivation about wrapping:

What I'll be thinking about when I'm sick of sitting on the floor with paper, tape, and scissors

Not my family, but they bring a smile to your face, don't they?

 And, I feel guilty posting my Sunday Morning Snark on Christmas… so it’s a day early:

Shopping, Eating, Resting, Feeling Accomplished

Well, I am 100% done with shopping and all of my holiday cards will be put in the mail tomorrow morning (let’s hope they all arrive before Christmas… most of them will be close, VERY close.). I’m never this close to the deadline, but life happens and I’m not going to beat myself up about it.

I’ve had a busy but wonderful week. My best friend stayed with me the last few days. We went shopping, we went out to a lovely dinner with our other best friend (we’re a group of 3), and we stayed up until after midnight every night. But it was worth it because I was so glad to see her. I have missed her since she moved half way across the country.

The three of us, 2 summers ago

Today is like my Friday too, because I have tomorrow off. Plus, my company is being wonderful this year (as they have been the last 2 years) and they are giving us the entirety of next week off, paid. I’m so excited. It’s the best vacation ever because everyone in the building is off and I know when I come back, I won’t have hundreds of e-mail like on other vacations (where I’m the only one taking time off). I’m so excited!

I’ve scheduled a date with my DVR for some of my vacation time. I’m planning to spend an entire day sitting on my couch, in my pajamas, eating my favorite snack foods (which are, admittedly, pretty lame: fruit and popcorn, there might be some chocolate though) and catching up on weeks of shows that I missed during the semester. There may also be some kitty cuddling planned for that day, we’ll see if it happens. It may sound lame to you, but it sounds awesome to me and I can’t wait. It’s been a really rough few months and I’m very much looking forward to some rest and relaxation.

Also, I heard back from my professor. For one of my classes, I ran a playmaking workshop with a community theater. We would get together on Wednesday nights and tell stories and improv some scenes, and I would take copious notes. That 27 page “paper” which I was excited about, it was actually a play. And it took me awhile to write (it’s hard to throw out people’s personal life stories). Finals were over on Saturday, grades were due on Tuesday or Wednesday… I slipped that play in on Monday!

And I just found out that my professor is awesome and graded me anyway. I had been hating on the first draft, but I thought the second draft was ok. I was thrilled when I got an e-mail today that said “I really liked this script, oh self-abusive one!” She knows that I have a “loud, negative, inner voice.” Some may view it as a flaw, but as she pointed out to me, it’s also a strength because it pushes me to always do my best. I try not to bullshit myself, I know when I’m not putting in the effort. I’m really happy that she liked it!!! Because I certainly stressed out and put in the effort on this one (although I think I learned a lot about what to do next time).

Now, I’m just going to take her advice and edit this draft. Then I have to show the 3rd draft to the community theater group that helped me craft the play. I hope they like it, too. But I won’t have to show them until January.

I am going to focus on all of the good things though. I stress myself out and beat myself up a lot. However, I also know that can get old. You have to celebrate the wins too!

So I’m psyched to:

  • Celebrate someone liking my play/hard work
  • Be done with shopping
  • Be done with cards (aka mailbox love – sending love to someone’s mailbox)

I’m going to enjoy my time off by:

  • RELAXING and not feeling like I have to do anything
  • Catch up with some friends
  • reading for pleasure
  • RUNNING AGAIN!

It’s going to be a great week and I can’t wait to enjoy it.

 

Yay for Productivity!

My weekend was totally productive and I’m very excited about it.

I managed to:

  • Clean my house like crazy (it doesn’t really look like it though because most of the hours were spent putting away rogue things like left-out Halloween decorations)
  • Finish my final paper for one of my classes. 27 pages! Woo! 
  • Started my holiday cards (although I started at 10:30 at night… so my handwriting is terrible and I’m not sure I was coherent)
  • Not my actual card, I sent out Susan G Komen cards... but now I feel bad that I didn't do silly, festive cards. I feel like I'm sending my friends a reminder of cancer...

So I’m officially done with this semester and I am psyched about it!

What motivated me?

  • My best friend coming to stay with me (she moved half way across the country) and her house is always immaculate.
  • I CANNOT fail a class!!!! (I know how much I’m spending on them and I’m not letting that kind of money go to waste)
  • Um… Christmas is this weekend… at this rate, my cards will be New Years cards…

* N.B. I totally thought I posted this on Monday, just found it in my drafts! Oops!

Ugly Sweater Party

With all that was going on last week, I’m pretty proud of myself for finding some time to find an ugly sweater for my company’s “Ugly Sweater Holiday Party.” Even being crazy busy, I was still able to find something pretty sweet:

It looks a little better when it's not laying across a chair...

 

The eBay photo (where I found it around midnight a few days before the party)

Now, by no means did I win for ugliest sweater. Some people covered theirs in ornaments, bows, bells, garland, door knockers, and the heads from Santa dolls. Those were pretty fabulous! I don’t have any pictures that do them justice though…

 

They looked so much better in person (two of the sweaters lit up too)

It was a really fun party theme though. I think next holiday season, I might try to host one with my friends. Friends: consider this my expectations! 🙂
 
When my boyfriend (who had no idea about the party) first saw my sweater in the kitchen, his first thought was “Oh, please tell me she didn’t seriously wear that to work!” I’m glad he thinks I might have. I didn’t even wear at work until I walked into the conference room for the party! I sit on a different floor though… the people around me were not part of the party…
 
Although I would never wear it seriously, I do think the snowmen are cute.

Saturday Morning Motivational Poster – Cleaning

That’s right! The Saturday morning motivational posters are finally back! Sort of. It’s hard to find motivational quotes about cleaning… so I’m bringing you these instead:

 

 

“Sometimes the greatest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the decks.” David Allen

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