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wtf, life?

May 23, 2010

Okay, so recent mistakes have led me to this somewhat desperate attempt to determine what I’m doing wrong and how to fix it.

Here’s the issue:

School got overwhelming and burned me out the last 3 semesters (it was all a downward spiral since study abroad – how can you come back from that kind of experience!?). Every day, I’d come back to my room and stare at all of the clutter in my room and want to take a torch to it all, or maybe get someone to come in, bag it up, and carry it out Santa Claus style. I figured, once I got home I’d have all the time in the world to figure out what to do with it all, that I could sell it on ebay or in a yard sale or whatnot.  **problem #1: the parents won’t let me have a yard sale on account of they don’t want anyone “casin’ the joint” (paranoid freaks)

So I get home, unload my junk into my room so that I can’t see the floor and then try to establish an organizing/selling game plan. This is very obviously **problem #2: how can I figure out where to start when I can’t even distinguish where one thing ends and another starts!?

Add to all of that the fact that I’m peacing out June 1st, much earlier than planned, and as the “deadline” approaches, my anxiety has kicked up several notches each day.  Now, I know this may seem to be a bit of a trivial problem, but if you’ve read any of my earlier blog posts, you’ll know that I consider the state of my living quarters to have a large impact on the state of my life. In other words, for me, messy room=messy life.

That’s really the number one issue here, I have a lot of loose ends that I need to tie up before I can head off to the unknown, and not just cleaning up the physical mess.

But first, I need to take care of some of my more basic needs:

1) Get up before the sun is high in the sky.

My main problem with this is, believe it or not, not the waking up part, but the trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do right after getting out of bed. In other words, I sit up, look around, can’t think of what it is I’m supposed to do in the morning, and then remember how cuddly my pillow was and just lie back down. So I am now establishing that I shall shower in the mornings (I’m normally a night-shower-er) followed directly by getting dressed and then breakfast. 9am, that is my established get up time.

2) Make lists

I need to follow my own advice and start making more lists! And to actually complete the items I put on my lists! I think one way for lists to be successful is to have one, over-arching list, with also a day-to-day list that has only the things you can accomplish that day on it. And I think it’s best to underestimate, that way when you get through the list and get started on the next day’s list, you can feel like you’re ahead of yourself.

3) Stay active and eat healthy

I must admit, my laziness and slight stint of depression (I hesitate to really call it that as it’s more of an after-school confusion than anything) have also affected my health. I haven’t been eating well (mostly because I’ve been too lazy to make any food for myself so I’ve been surviving on left overs) and I haven’t been staying active. So this week, I plan to actually have 3 meals a day and get some physical exercise (even if it’s not treadmill style) every day. I even went to the store and got some chocolate milk!

Here’s one blogger’s way to make new habits stick!

What I’m listening to: Black Tambourine – Beck

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Chocolate Milk Diet!?

May 17, 2010

Holy balls, batman!   Chocolate Milk Diet

What I’m listening to: So Far Around the Bend – The National

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Graduation

May 15, 2010

So, yeah, I’ve graduated. I walked across the stage, I have the diploma, I have packed up my life and come home for the time being.  I also apparently still have two library books that I need to return, but I’m going to have to work that out later.

Obviously, I have neglected this blog over the course of this last semester, for which I apologize. The very last four months of my college career have been a little bit like drowning – where you can see the surface of the water only a few feet above and you know that inevitably your body will float to the top, but you’re still not convinced you’ll make it there breathing.

I do have one constructive thing to share:

A way to be active, productive, and have fun:

Give your car a bath!

Today I spent a good five hours cleaning my car from the inside out. Now, five hours would probably be overkill on the average car, but mine needed it.  Just to give you an idea, there was half a box of crushed graham crackers on the floor and in one glance you could tell I live on a dirt road (even though my car is sand-colored).

So, in washing my car (with soap and window cleaner, etc!), I spent a good amount of time outdoors, I kind of got to play in the sprinklers, and if my sore muscles are any proof, I got a workout.  But in my opinion, the biggest benefit is something much different. To me, my car is an extension of my living space, and generally my living space is a reflection of my life. If things are cluttered and dirty, that’s how my life is feeling. If things are sparkly clean and organized, I feel better in everyday life.  So get out there and take care of your vehicles!

Helpful Car-cleaning sites:

what I’m listening to: Acid Food – Mogwai

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