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WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO
Ever tried to see how many things you can do at once? If you're one of my women readers, that is...we all know men can only handle one thing at a time. >:P

I think most people can handle 2, maybe 3, things at once. You can cook dinner and keep an eye on the baby, perhaps. Or watch television and knit a scarf. You can certainly walk and talk simultaneously, I'm sure.

Today I think I accidentally multi-tasked myself to a standstill. I had 8 projects in progress at once: weeding the front garden bed, cleaning the fish tank, vacuuming the house, laundry, recording music, working on the AWC website, going through and cleaning out the overflowing basket of magazines, and doing dishes.

Of course, I didn't REALLY do them all AT THE SAME TIME (though the laundry was/is going on at the same time as the others). I dashed from one to the other, feeling a bit like a chicken with my head cut off, complete with squawking and wing-flapping. In between I went to the grocery store and the fish store and emptied the garbage cans. I even made popsicles to freeze for the kids! I answered emails and read through my blogroll. In addition to all that, I talked to both my brother and my sister on the phone for quite a long time.

All this by way of distraction from some bad news I got last night. I don't particularly want to talk about it here yet. I am suddenly beset with the superstitious fear that if I mention its name (Voldemort!) I will be giving it both power and presence, and I flatly and categorically refuse to do so because it is something that can and will be beaten. (And for those of you who might be jumping to conclusions, please jump back)

I don't know any better cure for worry than to get busy and stay busy.

But guess how many of those 8 projects are actually done, now that I'm near the end of the day? Yes, that's correct. None of them.

Which is fine, as it means I'll have plenty to distract myself with tomorrow.
 determined
mood: determined
music: Jellyroll—Your Old Man


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And although I've had the day off, my sole accomplishment today is my entry. Go look at it, it will distract you and make you smile. :-)

It did :)

you're the task-master!

i hope whatever it is works out and that you don't task yourself to death trying to distract yourself from it!
*hugs*

glad u have some distractions... hope all is ok

(Anonymous)

My thoughts are with you.

And I understand the need to be busy. Even when things are good, I have too much going on at once. My fiance often asks if I have ADD because I seem to become distracted easily, cannot clean methodically and one room at a time. But that's how life is so often--a big old whirlwind. Just grab something and hang on! :)

Here's hoping your determination pays off! It's often bad things that inspire us to push on and succeed.

(Anonymous)

(That was me, by the way, up above:

- Molly
www.sylviatheteacher.blogspot.com)

(no subject) - (Anonymous)

If you ever need help kicking Voldemort's bony ass, just remember, I have steel capped boots in my closet, and really muscular calves!

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind :)

(Anonymous)
multi-tasking

I have totally given up on multi-tasking myself. I find that I don't really do a good job on any ONE thing if I am doing even 2 at once. How can I enjoy Jon Stewart's wit on the Daily Show if I am also trying to get caught up on world events by reading the NY Times? I miss bits of both of them and end up feeling incredibly frustrated. I have to admire people who can handle many things at once, but I am just not one of them.

violetismycolor
http://valentinois.typepad.com

Re: multi-tasking

Well, I agree...reading and watching TV at least are 2 activities that do NOT go hand in hand. :)

You really are my MultiTasking Hero. But I do wish for you that it were not due to the evil vibes of Voldemort. You know I hold you in my heart and mind.

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