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Sunday, January 15, 2006
Inspired by my recent list of distractions, I set out this weekend (and particularly today) to get eliminate them so that I could be ultra-productive this coming week. I am proud to say that nearly everything on my distraction list is almost fully eliminated, except for the reading thing. I couldn't come close to finishing Vollmann's book (heck, I'm not even on page 200 yet, and the book is over 700 pages long, I think), but that's OK since fiction reading is a nice way for me to end a day of reading dull dissertation-related articles and books. And of course the blog-reading thing is difficult to eliminate, and I wouldn't want to, anyway*.
So, what did I accomplish this weekend? I am happy to say that, with the exception of the two loads of laundry that are in the washer and in the dryer, all of the laundry is DONE for this week. There is not a scrap of dirty clothing in this house, all the sheets are clean, the towels... even the old towels T uses to dry the cars after he washes them. Placemats, towels, washcloths, and sponges are also clean. And the famed sink of mine, you might wonder? Sparkling. Germ-free and absolutely radiant after I polished it. Without dirtying the sink (much) ST and I also made a batch of Chocolate-Almond Biscotti from my new cookbook, The Good Cookie. (Fantastic!) That takes care of my kitchen cleaning, baking, and laundry distractions.
In addition, T washed the cars and swept, vaccuumed, and mopped the house. I cleaned the kitchen top to bottom (even washed out the silverware organizer, yes I did) and then completely cleaned our master bathroom (right down to washing the vinyl shower curtain liner). I am happy to note that this house is soap-scum free. Then I made a master grocery list and our six-day meal plan (I usually do seven days, but T isn't going to be home tomorrow night and ST and I always have baked oatmeal and applesauce when T isn't home for supper) and went grocery shopping. Because I was (at last) really careful with my list, I didn't forget a thing and we are fully stocked until next Sunday. I like to make everything from scratch, as you'll notice, so stocking up for the entire week takes a lot of forethought.
I do a meal plan every week, but I often forget to keep a list of the week's meals after the week is over. That is, I go through all the trouble of making a list of meals, preparing and eating the meals, and then I toss the list so I never see that neat weekly "plan" again. That is stupid, since part of the "work" involved in making a meal plan is having a huge list of weekly plans you can rotate and mix up. So, a new feature of this blog (more for my benefit than yours!) is The Weekly Meal Plan, which will be posted on Sundays. Here it is for this week:
So, I'm feeling good and feeling ready to tackle the work tomorrow. Wish me luck.
* Does anyone else think of fellow bloggers as pals you have to check up on during the day? Sometimes I'll be working and think, "Gosh, I wonder how Mon is doing? Is ABD Me stressed out today? Will ABD Mom be able to get on that plane?" etc. and then I feel compelled to check. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that all of my very close friends from graduate school are now all gone -- putting in time as Assistant Professors all across the country -- and my academic blogging friends seem so much closer because I can check on them during the day. I can only correspond with my other close friends via email, as 1.) they do not know I keep a blog; and 2.) they do not keep blogs themselves, as least as far as I am aware.