It’s Project Club Time!

My main goal this week is to clean the apartment, which is very gross. I also need to work on snapping myself out of the winter doldrums, which are really hitting me hard this season. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

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20 Responses to It’s Project Club Time!

  1. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I put in for a vacation day on Friday – partly because weekends are never long enough and partly because we are supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow, and I am tired of going outside in the winter.

    I have so many projects to keep me busy! Clean the bathroom, build a website, sleep, exercise, read, finish a freelance design job, watch the finale of Halt and Catch Fire, vacuum, laundry, edit photos from last weekend’s work event, plus a bunch of other projects for my side job.

    I guess sleeping, reading, and watching TV shouldn’t technically be part of my project list, but I’m trying to balance productivity and relaxation.

  2. hotspur says:

    The minor projects never end. Years ago I sealed a window with a plastic sheet, and now the plastic has been ruined by sunlight and it’s cracking and beginning to flake into the room. So I have to clean it up and reseal the window, or live in a constant draft and bits of trash. But I feel like because I vacuumed behind the bed this week, I shouldn’t ALSO have to manage the window. What is this life.

    The major projects also blow. I one three weeks ago and this week, for the second time, I threw out all progress and started over again. Now I’m about 3k words into my third pass at it, having thrown out about 20k words. Third time’s the charm? The going feels more confident this try, but honestly, I thought the same thing last try. And the initial try, I was so happy with my first page I practically framed it. (Seriously, I printed it out and put it on my desk so I could glance at it as a reminder of my awesomeness while I wrote the rest of the pages: “When in doubt, just do more pages like this one, you are killing it.”) But now I see that page was totally on the wrong track, and my new first page (first page #3) is nothing like it. I am literally the very worst at my chosen profession (hobby). (PROFESSION.) (Hobby.)

  3. taoreader says:

    “Winter doldrums” is why I’m in Florida right now. If doldrums means just go ahead and stick a fork in my brain, I’m too tired to care.

    So I took my dog Tiberius to the vet to have his butt squeezed. I mean, his “anal glands expressed.” For some reason, his butt glands won’t empty on their own, so I’m taking him in every other month to have a pro do it. I could do it–the internet told me how!–but really, what’s a vet for if not squeezing dog butts.

  4. actionjackson5 says:

    I could use some tips too. Laundry is generally done, but I’ll be damned if I can muster the energy to put it away. Same with emptying the dishwasher. It’s clean, shouldn’t that be enough?

    • Tracey says:

      I’m seriously considering buying a second hamper so I have one for dirty clothes in addition to the one I currently have that is home to my clean clothes.

  5. I’ve been pushing towards a deadline tomorrow that I was totally on track to hit a week early and then today my boss was like “oh yeah, there’s this other part of the project we are still waiting on” (that I didn’t know about) and we don’t even have a meeting about until 3:30 tomorrow and so I’ll maybe have to push it to next week or, if I’m lucky, stay late to finish. I’m really annoyed. Like why did I work while I was sick to hit this early if there’s this whole other part I didn’t even know about?

    • hotspur says:

      People who know me know that I would never slag a coworker, truck, but it sounds like bad management that he did not tell you what-all was involved in the project he assigned you.

      Also: My coworker is driving me nuts. You would be shocked at how much conversation she is squeezing out of the fact that all three of us in the department coincidentally got haircuts this week. We are in day three of her bringing it up. That’s bad enough. However:

      She is also running around the building today trying to get information about the shifting timeframe of a project that’s underway. It’s shifting, so any info she obtains will not matter in an hour, but this is what she’s doing with her day instead of work. Then she reports all details breathlessly to us and we don’t care. An added reason this is annoying is that the project is likely going to involve someone working on Sunday and she’s going to excuse herself by saying “I don’t work weekends. No one should.” Sure, great reason, and please note, your brave stance just means other people doing all the work, you ass.

      And maybe worse, today I also heard about how the “tire pressure” light in her dashboard came on during her commute and how this is a very big problem. When I said, “Seems like an easy one to solve” and turned away, she got visibly angry and shifted to stay in my line of sight. Then, as I was cornered, she recounted the history of times this light has come on, to prove I don’t know what I’m talking about, it really is a big deal. See, she has to take the car all the way to the Valley because sometimes the light comes on even though the tires are fine. There’s one mechanic she trusts to handle this. (Naturally she chose a mechanic two days’ drive from where she lives and works.) So, having thwarted my first choice of reaction (visibly not caring), she forced me to stand here and nod and say “Wow” and “I hope it works out” and “Cars!” That seemed to gratify her. Is this really the life she wants?

      I miss when they sat me with normal people last year.

      Hahah, she is now on the phone telling a friend (?) about how her tire pressure light came on. It’s very elaborate. She can’t solve it. When will she drive to the Valley? What should she do if the light goes out on its own? She is recounting the specific points in her commute when she first noticed it come on and when it winked out and then when it came back on. She really hates this, it is a real problem. Etc.

      You guys. If I ever call any of you to tell you that my tires light came on, or even “check oil,” please drive straight here and kill me.

      • Tracey says:

        I’m sorry but I can’t help it: I love your crazy coworker stories.

      • Someone help her.
        How does she pay taxes?

        I have a guy in my office who is SUPER nice, so I can’t actually hate him, but I think half of his job is making excuses to talk to people. Once there was a fire in our parking garage and I spent the entire rest of the day overheating him say to every. Single. Person, “So…did you hear about the fire?!” He also will walk past when we’re clearly in the middle of a meeting and say something stupid like “so this is where the brain trust meets, huh?”

        • hotspur says:

          Oh my gosh, I think she just swiped right.

        • hotspur says:

          (It’s funny picturing her swiping right because she doesn’t own a cellphone. Not even a flip. I have been repeatedly informed of this fact. Meanwhile, I know how and when she does her taxes because she always apprises me, “I’m meeting my tax advisor tomorrow. It’s that time of the year!” Then she explains that his office is not conveniently located, so she might be late. She is late every single day and really does not need to call out specific days when there might be an actual reason for it. “Take your time,” I always tell her.)

  6. catweazle says:

    Apparently there is going to be a big winter storm tonight/tomorrow so I get to work from home which means I’m going to keep one eye on my work computer while I’m applying for Milwaukee jobs on my personal computer.

  7. Tracey says:

    I have fewer than 6 days to finish my project. I just got another round of edits to implement and am currently trying to summon the energy to do this. I’ve accrued a long list of things to take care of once it’s finally done, since I’ve been putting everything off. Next week I need to get a haircut, pedicure, electrolysis, and car wash. I also want to purge my apartment of things I’m not using to make room to put away the stuff that currently resides on my floor. The library app recommended this book to me so I’m going to follow its six-week home organization plan: https://www.amazon.com/Lose-Clutter-Weight-Six-Week-Total-Life/dp/1623366674

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