Sunday and Homework

I’ve got to stop this. I keep pro­cras­ti­nat­ing each week, so I end up with a bunch of home­work to do on Sun­day. Blah. I know per­fect­ly well that I should­n’t do that, because I can’t count on being able to focus on any par­tic­u­lar day. I even advised oth­er stu­dents with FMS against pro­cras­ti­nat­ing, for that very rea­son. So why do I end up, every week, rac­ing the clock to get it all done?

Not only is it stu­pid for me, it’s a bad exam­ple for the girl. And it adds to my stress, which makes me feel worse. Stu­pid, stu­pid, stu­pid.

I know part of it is a perfectionism/OCD thing. I put it off because my brain isn’t focus­ing mar­velous­ly, even though ratio­nal­ly I know that it does­n’t ever do that any more, and I’m not going to get mag­i­cal­ly less fog­gy on Sun­day just because I have assign­ments due.

I fall into doing oth­er things, too, then get obsessed with doing them per­fect­ly and spend hours on what should have been a 15-minute job. For instance, I was just going to add the books I’m read­ing at the moment to Now Read­ing yes­ter­day, and instead of stop­ping there I end­ed up putting in a bunch of books I want to read, and com­plet­ing entry of series I read in the past, and adding images to some records that were miss­ing them, and…

This, of course, is also when I get stuck on things like, “This desk is too clut­tered. I’ve got to put some things away. Where is that piece of paper with the new doc­tor’s num­ber on it? Oh, I need to call…” Half the things that start whirring through my head as my urgent can’t even be done on the week­ends, any­way, like mak­ing appoint­ments or check­ing on my Social Secu­ri­ty claim. Mak­ing to-do lists helps get some of them out of my head, but I don’t need to be mak­ing lists or blog­ging or any­thing else. I need to be study­ing!

I just real­ized that part of my “save it for Sun­day” thing has to do with Sun­day being Sam’s pod­cast­ing day. If he’s avail­able, I’d rather spend time with him than study. He won’t be avail­able on Sun­day, so I know I won’t have any­thing bet­ter to do then. It would be far more func­tion­al, though, to be work­ing on next week’s assign­ments while he’s busy, rather than scur­ry­ing to get things fin­ished on time.

This post spon­sored by Cyn’s dys­func­tion­al brain

Sunday, T‑a-Day3

I did more web­i­fy­ing today, and got all hap­py because I resolved a tem­plate prob­lem. I don’t “know” php, as in I don’t write my own scripts. I’m learn­ing more and more about it work­ing with oth­er peo­ple’s tem­plates, and have got­ten to where I can mix and match from dif­fer­ent tem­plates to get the effects I want. I also spent some time in mysql, try­ing to clean up some of this site’s tables to make it load faster.

I also read a lit­tle, and I’m real­ly, real­ly try­ing to fin­ish the book I’m on before div­ing into the deli­cious stack of books my sweet­ie brought home from the library for me. I wrapped up the week’s class assign­ments, too. I want­ed to stitch, but I was attacked by a rogue nap.

My project man­age­ment teacher released the study guide for the final, which is 3–4 weeks away (you can do it any time dur­ing week 8, and we just fin­ished week 4). Um, does any­body real­ly study that far in advance? I’ve nev­er been very dis­ci­plined about study­ing.

Sam is edit­ing a chap­ter of Fledg­ling, which he re-record­ed because he was dis­pleased with the sound qual­i­ty. He edit­ed Square One ear­li­er. Sor­ry, Hope, but I don’t think he got to record the lat­est chap­ter of Heart of the Hunter 🙁

It’s still Feb­ru­ary, right? The tem­per­a­ture was way up in the 70s today! It’s back down to 50 now—outside. Inside, the temp is still too hot for sleep­ing com­fort­ably. Pout.

Are there any Word­Press geeks read­ing this? I could have sworn that I saw a plug-in that allowed com­menters to send a pri­vate mes­sage to a blog’s own­er, sort of like hav­ing com­ments screened in LJ except that the own­er does­n’t ever (could­n’t, as I under­stand it) make the “whis­per” pub­lic. I can’t find such a thing in the offi­cial plu­g­in repos­i­to­ry at WordPress.org, though. Any­body know of such a thing? I don’t want to use a com­ment form, because of secu­ri­ty con­cerns.1


1 All the com­ment plu­g­ins and forms I’ve seen use the web host to send the mes­sage, instead of the sender’s out­go­ing mail serv­er, mak­ing it hard­er to get any­thing done about inap­pro­pri­ate mes­sages.