People are always asking me "how do you do it?" I work over 60 hours a week at three different jobs, I'm always crafting and joining craft swaps, plus all my side projects like blogs and whatever else I happen to want to dabble in at the moment. The usual answer is just, I do it. I have momentum. I'm constantly busy, so being busy is normal for me. But sometimes, I don't just do it. I lose momentum or I take on too much and I get overwhelmed. I still usually manage to get almost everything done (although usually there is a delay, or the quality suffers) but I go crazy doing it. Now is one of those times. I guess I probably lost some momentum with the four days off from all work for Thanksgiving, but if I hadn't had those four days, I would be completely burned out and probably wouldn't even be able to drag myself out of bed in the morning. Mostly, this time, I just took on too many projects. Birk knows this; he hates when I join a new craft swap because he knows it's one more thing I don't need to work on that just adds onto the pile of stuff I have to get done. Lucky for him (and me) I'm shipping for three swaps tomorrow and I'll only be in one, which is a very low-stress, long-term swap that I'm really enjoying being in. So, long story short, I need to learn how to say no to myself. Sure, that swap would be really fun to join... if I had time to enjoy it. I'd love to start another blog... if I had time to enjoy it. Of course I'd like to learn that skill... if I had time to enjoy it. Looks like I have a new mantra... "Will I have time to enjoy it?"
Also, since I haven't been posting my NaNoWriMo daily counter, here is an update:
NaNoWriMo counter: 46,207 words (92.414%)
(I know it seems oxymoronic to talk about how I shouldn't be taking on new projects, then brag about my NaNoWriMo word count, but NaNo is something I really enjoy, doesn't actually take that much time, and it has not added to my stress. In fact, it's something I have worked on when I'm trying to avoid thinking about the things that stress me out currently. So maybe I'm using it as a procrastination tool, but if that's really the case, then I don't need to worry about that after Friday, because it will be over after then.)
Yup, I skipped yesterday. Didn't write a single word for NaNoWriMo. But I'm well ahead, so I didn't stress over it. I just had to get back to it today, for the sake of recovering my writing momentum. And I did; hooray! (Also, Cassy has won! Congratulations to Cassy!)
There are two signs that Christmas is coming, as far as I'm concerned, and one of them has arrived! One is the arrival of Clementines in grocery stores, which I'm still waiting for. The other is when Target starts carrying these:
Oh hell yes. I will eat about 23 boxes of these before January. (Note: That is probably an exaggeration.)
In other news, I betrayed Gimli's trust. With Birk out of town, and us late on giving Gimli his flea goop* already, I had to do it myself. Lucky for me, he got in my lap and eventually sat still to bathe himself, and even luckier for me, the flea goop was already unwrapped and sitting on my desk. So I just put it on his neck. He stopped moving, looked at me, then scrambled to get down on the floor, knowing that I had done something unforgivable (in the form of cool liquid on his neck).
He came back to consider getting back in my lap after a few minutes, then changed his mind and decided that the carpetless floor of the closet (currently undergoing necessary renovation) was a better sleeping place than my lap of lies and trickery.
But here's a cute picture of where he was sleeping (also in the closet) when I got home:
*"flea goop" is, of course, the technical term for topical flea medication. But you had probably guessed that already.
So... We filled out all the online paperwork to get an apartment. We'll go in to sign the lease and get the keys and whatnot on December 8. (This is also the day I was already working a half day so I could drive up to Fairfax in the afternoon. Because I love a good busy day.)
(Wouldn't it be cool if we still used keys like that? Neat.)
Not that it's half as exciting as apartment-procuring, but I will have a NaNo update later.
As you may have noticed from my last several posts, I hit a bit of a slump with NaNoWriMo. It happens to the best writers, so if you're having the same problem, worry not! You can power through it. I think I might finally be past the part of my story that was giving me trouble (why on earth did I allow two post-apocalyptic survivors to decide that they needed a garden? That is not fascinating reading!) and I might be able to pick back up to my earlier pace. At any rate, though, I'm still ahead of the average needed to win, so I'm not too worried about it.
If you happen to find yourself between Australia / New Zealand and Chile tomorrow, check out the total solar eclipse. If you want better details than that, check out this map that NASA and Google made. I had a lot of work to get done today, so I had an extremely slow writing day...
NaNoWriMo counter: 27,472 words (54.944%)
Also, side note: We are looking at an apartment on Thursday! I hope we like it and can take it and move in over Thanksgiving weekend.
Still moving right along with Epilogue (the title of the NaNoWriMo novel).
NaNoWriMo counter: 16,573 words (33.146%)
But in even more exciting news, my totally mysterious guest blog post goes up tomorrow morning! Check here first thing tomorrow for a link to it! (Or check my Facebook, or my Twitter @alexampersandra, or talk to me in person, because I'm going to put it everywhere tomorrow.)
I did my democratic duty and voted yesterday, and I'm very pleased with the results of this election. I won't analyze anything; I just wanted to share that I'm happy about how things turned out this year. I forgot to include a NaNoWriMo count for yesterday because everything was so crazy. (Voting in the morning, then I had to get some lunch and go to work a little earlier than normal, then I had a class to teach and projects to get done, and when I got home, I stayed upstairs to eat dinner with Birk's parents and watch election results come in.) So yesterday's count is:
NaNoWriMo counter: 13,416 (26.832%)
That wasn't so good for my daily average, but at least I made some progress, despite the crazy-busy day. I will update with today's counter later. Update for today, as promised. (I wrote less than 1000 words today! Eek!)
Also, a revised version of my guest post was sent in today. And I sent my Christmas list to my aunt. (What? You other 26-year-olds don't make Christmas lists? Laaame.) And I checked out a book on how to use Microsoft Access so I can teach myself.
But perhaps the most exciting part of the day was having breakfast with Soaper at Pop's Diner Co! Delicious and fun.
I got word today that if all goes well, my guest post on Blog-More-Famous-Than-Mine will go up a week from today! In other news, I'm up to 5502 words for NaNoWriMo (even after starting over this morning!) I'm writing it in five parts, and the first two are the shortest, and they're done. So I'm working on Part III now. It might be the longest, although four and five have potential too.