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Thursday, March 30, 2006
Me, Busy Bee
I'm having a "get stuff done" day, one of those days where I cannot let a loose end remain loose. I don't have very many of these days, unfortunately -- I'm a world-class procrastinator, and so I have to suck the marrow out of "get stuff done" days when they come around. Here's what I've been working on today:
  • Finished boring section of writing -- only the fun part remains! This is the day's largest achievement, as it means the really complicated arguments are behind me. I'm sure I'll have to go back and revise the boring and complicated (and long) section, but for now, I'm leaving it as is. I can easily work with what I have.
  • Did three loads of laundry early this morning (before 9:00am) -- washed, dried, folded, and put away. This was kind of fun for me; I'm one of those sick people who actually enjoys doing laundry, which is good for this family since we have so much of it.
  • Figured out (with T) the terms of our counter-offer on the house. While we really want this family to buy the house, we don't really like the contingencies in their offer. I think we've come up with a clever compromise that allows both families (ours and theirs) a degree of security about this sale. We'll see what happens. I'm impatient, but I know that deals like this take time, especially when there's another house (theirs) to sell.
  • Finished glazing the Oatmeal Apple Crumble Bars I made last night for my sister's arrival tomorrow. These bars, which are from the More From Magnolia cookbook I bought months ago, are like portable apple pies -- absolutely fantastic, and so easy to make. I made them especially for Julie, since apple pie is one of her favorite desserts.
  • Made a list of things to accomplish tonight in preparation for Julie's visit (she's coming with her boyfriend, who we'll meet for the first time) and for ST's birthday party this Saturday. All I really have to do is wipe-down the guest bathroom and then the house is ready (since my house is technically "for sale," it's always squeaky clean these days!). We bought ST's birthday present last night, a 16" child's bike* from Target, and since the party has a Curious George theme, T found the book Curious George Rides a Bike for him.
What's left to do tonight:
  • Ironing, a task I really don't mind most days. I dont' have that much to do, since I've been keeping on top of it lately. (I used to let it build up until I had 20 of T's dress shirts to iron at a time... not fun.)
  • Finish a large chunk of the "fun" section of this Chapter, so I can be in good shape to finish it tomorrow (or come pretty doggone close). I wanted to finish it earlier this week, but I knew it wasn't going to happen. Oh well. It will all come together, sooner or later.
  • Make notes about my concluding chapter. I really, really, really, really hate writing conclusions, and because of that I'm bad at writing them. My dream is to write a conclusion like this: "In conclusion, sometimes my hypotheses were correct and sometimes they weren't. For details, see Chapters 1-7." Since I know that, aside from Profs. C and G, the other members of my committee probably won't pay too much attention to my case study chapters, I know that this conclusion is important and has to be good. Grr.

And it's already after 3:00pm here, so I'd best keep tying up the other loose ends in my day. After all, who knows when the "get stuff done" day actually comes to an end?

* That seems so large to me, but ST is already 41" tall and the 12" bikes are only recommended for kids up to 38" tall. I hope he can ride the bike we bought; the 12" bikes really looked too short for him.
Posted with care by Prof. Me @ 3/30/2006 02:56:00 PM  
3 Words of Wisdom:
  • At 6:10 PM, Blogger ArticulateDad said…

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  • At 6:11 PM, Blogger ArticulateDad said…

    Keep going. Sooner than you think, you'll be done, filed, hooded, sold, packed, moved, bought, unpacked, and sitting in an office with a stack of papers to grade, and a quizzical look on your face that says hey, wait, I'm not here, this couldn't be me... I mean... I was just over there a minute ago.


  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger Peri said…

    What a busy and wonderful week for you! I can't wait to hear all has been concluded on the sale of the house. Let us know how the birthday party goes. Curious George rocks-- Happy Birthday to ST!

    Hey, post the recipe for the Oatmeal Apple Crumble bars. They sound amazing. :)

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