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Writer's Block: The Supper Club

Which persons, living or dead, would you invite to a fantasy dinner party? What topics would you discuss? Are there any subjects would you avoid? Lastly, what kind of food would you serve?


Invitees:

Walt Disney
Julius Caesar
Catherine the Great
Bette Davis
Humphrey Bogart
Agatha Christie
William Shakespeare

The menu would be relatively simple and recognizable, so everyone would be comfortable eating what was offered. I would hope the discussion would be lively, and I'd love to hear my guests' thoughts on creativity, motivation, determination.

New Year's Resolutions, 2010 Edition

In an attempt to keep my New Year's Resolutions, I'm creating an overall resolution, with small, measurable goals. Once I feel I've made progress on one goal, I'll come up with another.


Eat Healthier
Goal 1: Learn to cook
Exercise
Goal 1: Set an exercise schedule (and stick to it)
Read More Varied Materials
Goal 1: Read 5 non-fiction books this month
Continue to Simplify
Goal 1: Clean old toys out of attic
Get out of the House and Do Something New!
Goal 1: Museum Trip + New Restaurant
Inspire my Creativity
Goal 1: Create two new creative works this month (writing, jewelry, scrapbooking, etc.)
Career Aspirations
Goal 1: Commit to creating and updating my blog with new, insightful material

I'll be checking back in on these at the end of the month. With any luck, I'll have had success in some of these areas.

Feeling the Pressure

Finally posting again, since I'm sort of stuck at a school for my old job and have nothing better to do in between clicking buttons on the computers. Of course, I'd much rather not be sick while I'm doing it, but that seems like a futile hope at this point.

Plus, when I get home, I have to do some work on my stupid sports fan paper. I really couldn't care in the least about it at this point, but I made a committment and I have to honor it. Too bad I've been sick the past couple days and have gotten exactly zero work done on it. With any luck, I can finish it fairly quickly once I get home and then take a nap.

In the meantime, I'm still stuck here. That's just great, considering I'm past due. Today is going to be a very long day.

Rounding up July

As always, I mean to post, forget to post and realize that it's a lot simpler not to post than it is to post. It ends up being three weeks since I've last posted, the fact of which Live Journal loves to taunt you with whenever you visit the site. But no matter! I am finally back with a post about July, the gist of which is pretty much I went to Disneyland, why am I not in Disneyland now? The good news is that we upgraded our tickets into Annual Passes, so we can pretty much go back to the park anytime we'd like. Currently, we're aiming at early October, so that we can finally see the park in all of its Halloween glory.

In other news, I am still gainfully unemployed, with even fewer prospects on the horizon and no replies to my applications. Perhaps someday soon I will get an interview, and, God willing, it will be somewhere near home and not out in the boonies somewhere. In any case, the job hunt gets tiring very fast, which is why I spend a great deal of my time obsessing over Disneyland. It, at least, is a more inviting subject to mediate upon and promises good returns on my emotional investment. My job search? Not so much.

There's really nothing else to report. I'm sure I do other things with my spare time, though they are so boring or mundane as to not even pop into my head as I write this. Reading, fooling around with the computer, watching television, etc. I keep looking for some self-discipline or initiative, but apparently they are in short supply. In any case, I am exhausted and heading to bed in short order.

On Organizational Accomplishments

I actually got quite a lot done today, though in some ways it doesn't feel like it. I suppose that's because you don't get the emotional payback on a project that doesn't significantly alter the landscape of your life. I emptied an entire box from my apartment filled with stuff from my bathroom, worked to either put things away in their proper place, combine them with duplicate items to reduce space or threw them away. I also cleaned up all the bins that the stuff was in and packed them away in another half-full box. It was a big task, but all I'm left with is an empty box in the garage, which doesn't really make me feel like I got anything accomplished. I think that's why people don't follow through with organization/decluttering projects often, simply because it is hard to see a constant improvement. It's there, but it's not always visible, so you feel like nothing has really changed and you're just wasting your time. I'm working to keep from feeling that way, being content with what I do get accomplished. In the long run, I want to live a more simplified life without piles of stuff everywhere, and I definitely do not want to move somewhere and end up opening boxes full of crap because I was too lazy to go through them now, when I have the time. I may never have everything perfect, but I can definitely make things better.

Happy Fourth

I hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July!

Mine was quite nice; I spent the morning hanging out at home, reading and watching National Treasure: Book of Secrets. In the afternoon, we went to the pool for a while, then headed to the country club to watch the local fireworks display from there. I enjoyed my Fourth, but I do find the recent focus on the holiday as one of grilling and fireworks slightly distressing. Where's the focus on patriotism and our nation, advertisers and networks? Believe me, there's more to this than a day of work to eat hamburgers and watch pyrotechnics. The band at the country club played Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" twice, but didn't bother to play our national anthem.

So I ask everyone who reads this to take a minute and think of the men and women who decided to break away from tyranny and form a new republic that sought to provide "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" to the people of this nation, at great personal risk and with no assurance of success. They are the ones we should be focusing on today.

Moved Out

I am now officially moved out of my first apartment. Even though we moved just about everything out last weekend, I still got a little sad thinking about it. Maybe I wouldn't feel quite as sad if I was moving someplace new, but for now I'm back home in Houston, trying to find a job. The good news about my apartment was that they're upscaling the whole complex and putting in brand new everything, which meant I didn't have to do any hard-core cleaning to get ready to leave. That was a pleasant surprise, especially since it was over one hundred degrees in Austin and I really didn't feel like sweating more than I had to.

While I am sad to leave my apartment and Austin, now is the time to focus on a) getting a job and b) getting all of my stuff sorted, organized and ready to move when I do get a job. I honestly did not realize how much stuff I accumulated while I was living there! And not big stuff, either just little knick-knack things that sort of appear over time or duplicates of things I already have here at home that I got for convenience, but now just take up space I don't have. So, there are plenty of boxes to be sorted through and repacked, things to be given or thrown away, etc. That's enough to keep any feelings of sadness at bay for now!

Waiting for my Heart to Slow Down

The puppy tumbled partway down the stairs today. He's perfectly fine, but I about had a heart attack. Taking care of a puppy has me pretty much determined that I'm not cut out for having kids. Case in point, the puppy was actually more upset by my screaming than by his actual fall. So, if raising children is worse than raising a puppy, I'm probably going to be dead of a heart attack before they turn a year old. I'll stick with the puppy, as long as he sticks to the ground floor.

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Who Wants a Clean House?

Whenever I need to feel motivated to clean up/declutter, I just watch some Clean House on the Style network. Today's task was tackling the pile of makeup that had accumulated in my bathroom since I cleaned out my apartment in Austin. The problem with having two places to store things is that eventually you fill both places up. In order to get my makeup under control, out of ziploc bags and into containers and drawers, I had to clear some of it out. Luckily, Niecy inspired me to not hold onto makeup I've never worn, or haven't worn in years (which is gross). I still need to run to the Container Store to buy some more matching containers to fit in my drawers, but everything is pretty much in its place and I actually have some free counter space.

I spent yesterday working in the office, getting that cleaned up, but there's still more to go. I have a few more miscellaneous boxes from school to go through, as well as some clothes that need to get hung up somewhere. I'm trying to accomplish something every day, but with the new puppy to keep an eye on (and snuggle), I have to pick my battles and spend my time wisely. I'm currently unsure as to what I'm tackling next, but I figure if I work a little while each day, it should get clean eventually!

A Little Update...Finally

I suppose it's a little cliche to start an entry with a cheerful little statement about how long it's been since I last updated, but it has been a few months, so I'll ask for forgiveness and move on from there. I don't know if anyone is still reading my (sporadic) entries, but I suppose I can keep journaling for posterity, if no one else. A lot has been going on in my life lately, both good and bad, and while I may not be interested in reliving it at the current moment, I would like to have a record to look back on and reflect.

I've also found that as I avoid writing in my live journal, I also avoid doing anything else creative - fiction writing, photography, scrapbooking, etc. At the very least, I need to try to devote more time to doing the things I love and less time staring at the computer or TV screen. While it might seem counterproductive to be writing in an electronic journal, I think the simple act of writing, even if it's with a keyboard rather than a pen, will stimulate the creative flow I've stifled over the past year or so.

The first half of 2009 hasn't been all bad, but I'm hoping to accomplish a lot more in the remaining six months. With luck, that will include a job, but I'm going to remain positive and focus on enjoying myself and using my time wisely. I'm not sure where I'll be six month from now, but I hope I'll be happy with how I got there.

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