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I’ve tackled this week head-on: an entire week of anti-procrastination. So far, so good, but I’m getting a little tired because when I’m on—I’m on. I have a hard time relaxing, doing one thing at a time without 20 other to-dos’s running through my head. Good thing tomorrow is Friday.

Great yoga class today. I’ve really slacked on the yoga this summer and have not gone regularly. But today I made it to a 9:15 and one of my favorite instructors was the sub! So that was great, although it was a lot of work since I’m pretty out of shape. But hey, I did a headstand against the wall, which was fun.

Lots of things to think about this week. I’m considering a Humane Education masters program for the fall, so I’m doing fact finding there. I’m working on purchasing some software and setting aside some regular time to ramp up my WordPress skills and consulting, and I’m also putting together some SharePoint training materials. Meetings have been scheduled. Hoping good things will come.

The kids came back from their mom’s yesterday. I was glad to have the 5 days to get myself organized and motivated again. I love them and am glad they’re back, but they take so much mental energy and time away from concentration, even when I’ve asked them not to bug me. Either they interrupt me anyway, or they walk on exaggerated eggshells, which is just as annoying. I’m learning ways to juggle it and to identify when I just need to take my laptop and work elsewhere for a few hours. Really wish I had a home office with a door, though.

Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows… and the hills you choose


I’m often discouraged, envious, and bitter. And I’m not afraid to say that out loud. It’s not all rainbows and lollipops, and it’s not healthy to pretend or project that it is. You know that in your gut, right?

But I can’t help having a glimmer of hope sometimes that things might be better. That all of these bits and pieces of life and work experience will coalesce in just the right way, for one moment, into something… meaningful. For me, for my family, for the animals, for my community, for my country, for my world.

I’m taking the time this week to think about what I can do next to encourage this to happen. 

Erik of vegan.com is adept at pointing out things on his blog that encourage reflection by animal advocates. Today he linked to this post on Seth Godin’s blog: An endless series of difficult but achievable hills. Seth says that:

“achievement is often the result of stepwise progress, of doing something increasingly difficult until you get the result you seek. … Repeating easy tasks again and again gets you not very far. Attacking only steep cliffs where no progress is made isn’t particularly effective either. No, the best path is an endless series of difficult (but achievable) hills. … The craft of your career comes in picking the right hills. Hills just challenging enough that you can barely make it over. A series of hills becomes a mountain, and a series of mountains is a career.”

In spite of the business-speaky, positive-thinking  sound of Seth’s words, maybe there is something useful here. Maybe, instead of starting over, everything so far is a series of steps taking me where I need to be—to be the most effective—to be of use.

What hills are you climbing?

Routines and habits to the rescue


The weeks ahead may be rough. They must be endured; there is nothing to be done about it. Routines and habits will save me. Think I’ll check out zenhabits again—it’s been a long while.

But if I can set worry aside now and then, this will also be a time for introspection, dreaming, and scheming. And that {should be} a good thing.



Well my gut feeling was right. But I’m trying to look at it as a crisitunity, a la Homer Simpson.

The twins made it through their first week at the magnet school. Also, the WordPress app is now available for the Fire, which is cool {no spell check, though. What’s up with that?}. Gotta celebrate the good things.

My Weekneverend


Well, there’s a weekend of my life I’m never getting back. We finally got the SharePoint/.NET apps up and stabilized after 5 very long days. Hopefully all goes well with the live site tomorrow.

Super super bummed that I didn’t get to take the kids anywhere in their costumes. They’ll be going back home tomorrow and will get to celebrate their first Halloween ever handing out candy at their house, and will wear their costumes for that, but I really wanted to take them somewhere here in Bend. Sigh.