October 29, 2010
Organizational Friday or Procrastination Depot
I have just finished tidying my chest freezer and inventorying its contents in order to discover what I need to buy to stock up for winter. (I have been told I am the only person in Christendom who has a catalogue of her DVDs ... and now this!)
What I discovered: I do not need to buy ground beef or sausages until 2020.
Likewise chicken thighs and pork tenderloins.
I am not terribly keen on chicken thighs and that is likely why I have a surplus, but I suspect that the reason for everything else is that I can never find what I am looking for in the cavernous depths so I always eat from the top down.
Does anyone out there have a simple solution for keeping a chest freezer's contents under control and available?
I am thinking of boxes or bins of some kind.
The birds are busy emptying the feeders ... jays, chickadees, red breasted nuthatches, snowbirds, downy woodpeckers, and sparrows so far. The red squirrels continue to be foiled by the cds that hang along the line between the trees and the feeders ... or maybe they are simply content with the seed that the jays deposit on the ground.
My next task is to organize the bins and satchels containing teaching paraphanalia.
And then I will get down to writing based on last weekend's writing workshop.
I just read an article about procrastination. Apparently we procrastinate because our various selves are thrashing things out. The first step we need to take is to identify those different warring selves. Blogger Oma is often at odds with Lazy Oma who cannot abide my tidy self. My persona that detests such things as bills and taxes is always at loggerheads with most of the others. Then there are Funky Furniture, Reader, Movie Buff, Gardener, Dog Walker, and... and... and ....
And that is why we clean out a freezer rather than go through a sloppy in-box (the real tangible wooden kind that contains bills) or sit down to write a travel piece. Of the three, the most enjoyable is undoubtedly the writing assignment ... but it requires time and effort .... concentration ... whereas the freezer just is ...
I am trying to clear the decks of distractions ... so that I can write. Maybe the travel pieces. Or maybe start something for NaNoWriMo. Monday is November 1, the beginning of the next challenge. I might decide that it won't be a novel this time ... and ... if I do it ... I won't subject you all to the throes (and vile prose) of daily first draft NaNoWriMo writing.
Instead my blog posts might become 5 minute warm-ups for the contest. Or maybe they will be become a means of putting off writing the book. NaNoWriMo Oma foiled once again by Blogger Oma.
Procrastinator Oma who has played a game, hung out a load of laundry, spent an hour on the phone, cleaned out the compost pails, and packaged the outdoor solar lights and their batteries after sorting according to viability ... instead of getting on with the business at hand ...