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I’m one of those people who, when they have way too much to do, gets overwhelmed and ends up doing absolutely nothing. I make giant lists of things I need to do, and then I do none of them. Instead, I do things like make microwave s’mores. And make/eat 12 batches of cinnamon buns. And drink coffee even though it gives me an instant panic attack that completely incapacitates me for hours. I make plans to get up early and do productive things, but then stay up way too late watching New Girl re-runs, or X-files marathons even though I really shouldn’t watch X-files after dark, and end up turning off my alarm.

I’m not the brightest.

New mug. Thanks, mom!

There are three laundry baskets of clean clothes on my couch, with another to be taken out of the dryer. My garden is overrun with weeds. My kitchen counter is covered in dishes. My table is littered with clutter. I haven’t gotten dressed since Sunday.


But I’ve crocheted a few rows on a blanket that’s taken me over a year to make so far, and at this rate will likely take me another 15 years to complete. I’m on level 383/400 of Cover Orange and have downloaded Cover Orange 2. I’ve basically looked at every single item on the IKEA website. I’ve listed a solitary item on kijiji. And I’ve dyed my hair blue. Not on purpose.

I made myself a do-able list for today and even set myself an alarm. Shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish a few simple tasks, right?

Here’s where you say, RIGHT.

ps. Happy 33rd Birthday, Harry Potter.

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  • Carla Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:26 am

    Blame it on summer – I find there’s something about it that greatly hinders motivation! We get so little summer here on the prairies so why waste it?
    That being said, good luck with your list!

    • Jen Wilson Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:02 am

      We DO get so little summer. And thanks. :)

  • Bex Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 1:37 pm

    I do these things, as well. That’s why when I get behind on my 20 minutes of productivity a day for more than a day or two, I shut down and just stop trying for a couple of weeks or until I can’t stand it anymore.

    Also? There’s ALWAYS time for rainbow blankets (that looks awesome, btw) and X-Files marathons. ♥

    • Jen Wilson Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:03 am

      I do the EXACT SAME THING.

      And thanks! I hope I finish the blanket before I finish my x-files marathon, because goodness, it’s taken me forever. :)

  • Angella Thursday, August 1, 2013, 10:38 am

    You can do it! Well, I’m two days late, so I hope you did it. ;)

    • Jen Wilson Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:05 am

      I did absolutely nothing. Ok, that’s a lie. I showered, got dressed, actually put makeup on, and then got horridly sick (my new meds hate me) and spent the rest of the day in bed. So!

  • bethany actually Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:22 pm


    Also, I in NO WAY stayed up until past 3am the last three nights in a row, crocheting and watching Netflix. Nope. Not me.

    • Jen Wilson Thursday, August 1, 2013, 10:34 pm

      Ha! I’ve become such a pansy about staying up late, it’s so annoying! And I might have spent about 12 hours today working on a post about our LeakyCon trip … though in my defence, I was sick today, so was couch/bed-ridden anyway, and therefore didn’t feel like it was a complete waste of time. ;)

  • mamalang Friday, August 9, 2013, 10:58 am

    I do this. And I declared this summer the Summer of Yes and the Summer of Fun, so it’s not like I’m home much anyway. All this to say, my house is a mess, and I know I just need to buckle down and do it, but I am so tired of being a responsible adult.

    I feel ya :)

    • Jen Wilson Friday, August 9, 2013, 11:05 am

      EXACTLY. :)

  • bonnie Monday, August 19, 2013, 12:18 pm

    OK so I’m only like 20 days late in reading this, but OMG ME TOO. Overwhelm = SHUT.DOWN.

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