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Productivity
Considering that I absolutely intended to have a completely unproductive day, I managed to do quite a lot today. Since I got to bed at 4am, I figured I'd sleep 'til 11 or 12, but that didn't happen. I woke up around 7:45, read in bed until about 8:45 and then got up. I was pretty slow about getting anything accomplished and even stayed in my PJs most of the day (the Flylady would be very disappointed in me). I read LiveJournal for a while, updated even (which is rare, as you know), and read my book (I'm reading The DaVinci Code right now), and continually thought about taking a nap, though I never did.

Eventually Seth called to let me know he was coming home early and I decided that hanging around in my PJs just wasn't going to look very wifely. So I went upstairs and took a ridiculously long shower that will probably throw our water bill through the roof (yes, I'm joking about the water bill). It was positively delightful. As I was getting out of the shower, Pipsqueak (one of our cats) decided to join me. She came in the bathroom, put her little paws up on the edge of the tub and said "mrow?" So I picked her up and put her down inside the tub. She was very confused and suddenly bolted out of the tub after standing there wondering what to do. That made for a great laugh. :)

After I got out of the shower, I decided to work on our "Master Grocery List" at long last. I'm so tired of realizing that we have no food in the house but being completely uninspired as to what to buy. Worse is after we've gone to the grocery, only to come home and discover that we have no butter, no milk, and no flour. We should never be out of staples in our kitchen...that just becomes annoying. (note to self, I didn't put butter on the master list). I created a lovely list so that all I have to do is highlight or circle the items we need and write in a quantity in the column next to the item. It's pretty darned nifty. Seth came home while I was working on that, and he helped me a bit. We're going to start the South Beach Diet after Purim, so he was going through the menus in the book finding things to add to the list. Then we took a nap.

Tonight, after several attempts to have dinner with my mother for our birthdays (several weeks ago at this point), we finally got together with my mother for dinner. A rocky start, of course, because my mother and I are completely incapable of not fighting within the first 30 seconds of being together. No, it's not all her fault. No, it's not all my fault. Yes, I could completely change my behaviour and avoid the fighting all together if I could just learn not to let her annoy me. I'm working on it, chill out. So yeah. Eventually, we did make it to dinner. We ran into the president of our shul at dinner, so I grabbed him for a few minutes to talk about some shul banquet details that I needed some information on. I felt a little bad about disturbing his dinner with business, but he was already done eating, so I don't feel too bad about it.

After dinner, Seth and I went to Staples and I bought a huge calendar for the wall near the door so that we can keep better track of each other's schedules. Seth's schedule changes every week (every day, really), so I can never keep track of where he is. He's pretty good about emailing me the schedules, but they come last minute, they change a lot, and I get so darned many of them, that I lose track. I'd just like it on the wall in front of me. Plus, I've been really busy every evening lately, and it's gotten difficult to keep track of what I'm doing on a given night, so it's good to have a place to keep it all together. Palm Pilots and Day Timers just don't work for me. I need some huge reminder where I can see the big picture right in front of me. Day Timers and Palm Pilots are supplements as far as I'm concerned. I also bought some supplies to start making a "Control Journal" a la FlyLady.

When we returned home, Seth was exhausted, but he was nice enough to stick around long enough to fill in some information on the calendar and hang it for me. Then he fell into bed (which I should do soon...it's nearly midnight). I, however, cleaned the kitchen. It's not done. But it's SO MUCH BETTER than it was. The dishes are done (though not put away). My sink is clean and shiny. Two of my counters are clear (and clean! no more stickiness!). One still has junk on it, and the other has our dish drains on it. Since I'm too lazy to put the dishes away, that last counter isn't getting cleaned just yet. I neatened up the table. My table collects crap. I'm taking steps to change that. I got rid of 80% of the stuff on it. Now just a little more and I'll be happy.

All in all, my house is looking pretty decent these days. I've even ... *gasp* ... started doing laundry. :) (I always maintained that Seth would be stuck doing the laundry until he got me a house with a full-sized washer and dryer...I've since decided that's not ENTIRELY fair) I'm turning into a wife or something.

Anywho, off to neaten up the living room a teeney bit more and then SLEEP!

Current Mood: productive productive

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caryabend From: caryabend Date: February 16th, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bad precedent.

After reading this, my wife is going to kill me, and it's all your fault. :)

Of course, if I got off my butt and actually did stuff around the house while looking for a job, she might feel differently.

In either case, I am, partially, a Bad Husband(tm).

I haven't made any progress on my pursuit of the South Beach Diet, but I think that will change, given a few things I just read.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 17th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bad precedent.

After reading this, my wife is going to kill me, and it's all your fault. :)

So your wife thinks you should be more wifely?

Of course, if I got off my butt and actually did stuff around the house while looking for a job, she might feel differently.

You said it, not me. :-P

I haven't made any progress on my pursuit of the South Beach Diet, but I think that will change, given a few things I just read.

What did you just read?
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 17th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bad precedent.

Um, yes. Yes I am.

Why?
caryabend From: caryabend Date: February 17th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bad precedent.

Actually, it was an article on ABCNEWS.com about a paper presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Seattle.

The paper was about the accuracy of a particular psychologist's mathematic prediction of the success of marriage.

I had previously heard about this guy and his theories, so the article spurred me to finish reading some of the self-improvement books I own on the theory (mine) that the more improved I am, the better I'll feel about myself. It's also my theory (read: vanity) that if I feel better about myself, so will others. This leads directly into two things: If I feel good about myself, Jo will want to keep me around; and, reading your post sets a standard of behavior against which I'm judged and currrently fail, thus affecting my self-image.

Plus, Jo thinks that I'm the girl in our relationship. I don't know what this says about her, beyond:

Yes - she wants we to be more wifely while I'm unemployed. :)
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 17th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

I am so going to get flamed for this in my own journal

Honey, you're not girly enough to be a gay man.
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From: gittygiggles Date: February 17th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
you should do weight watchers...its WAY cooler! i've lost 16 lbs in 5 weeks!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 17th, 2004 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)

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I have done weight watchers. I gained weight on weight watchers. While on WW, I actually had to eat MORE than I usually did in order to get to my minimum number of points (and they tell you not to go below your minimum points).
From: gittygiggles Date: February 17th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)

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really? huh! guess it isn't for everyone!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 17th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)

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No one diet is for everyone. Everyone has different body chemistries, everyone has different things that will motivate them. I liked the WW plan in theory, it's just that it doesn't work for me.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 17th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)

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you know, i tried all these diets...i was even on jenny craig. and nothing was happening. ww is the first time i've ever had control over my body! i'm feeling really empowered!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 17th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)

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I hear that from a lot of folks.

My mother gained weight on WW also. It's just not good for us. I really wanted it to work because it really did seem manageable. But, we'll try South Beach and see what happens.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 17th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)

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good luck! lemme know how ti goes!
yermie From: yermie Date: February 17th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: diet

Personally, I prefer the hacker's diet....

More info here.

Basically it's the "rubber bag" method. You are a rubber bag. You put x amout of energy in, use y amount of energy, and excrete z amount of energy. To gain weight, make X > Y + Z. To lose weight, make X < Y + Z.

Basically, all other diets boil down to that. They just adjust what foods you eat to get X. Remember, all it takes is 47 pints of Guiness, 2 glasses of milk, and 1 glass of OJ a day to reach your RDA of vitamins / minerals. And it tastes good too.

This message sponsored by Guiness, the beer you eat with a fork. Brilliant!
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yermie From: yermie Date: February 19th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: diet

It's not the cost so much as... well, having to drink 3 an hour, for 16 hours a day....

oh, wait, that was one of the benefits....

um. Yeah, the cost... that's a bummer. (Would run around $50 / day, unless you were able to splurge and get a keg... but then it'd be a keg every few days.)



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