Monday, March 26, 2007

The Trouble with Procrastination

So, it's been two weeks since the last post (but who's counting, right?) and I'm sorry for disappearing on you guys! But, I have figured out why I tend to just up and leave: I'm a procrastinator. This creates blog posting issues for two reasons: 1) If I don't have a deadline, I won't do anything. Really. If I want to get things done, I have to create imaginary deadlines just so I'll eventually get around to taking care of whatever needs to be done. And I really think that creating deadlines for my blogging would just push me over the edge. 2) Because I'm a procrastinator, I am always on a very tight homework schedule. For instance, I have two reader response journal entries due tomorrow at 6pm. Before writing said assignments, I have to read two books. Currently, neither book has been read... heck, they're not even in my possession! And tonight, I'm going to concert and I have to work tomorrow morning so I'll be reading Ella Enchanted and The Giver tomorrow afternoon... and then writing hastily thrown together reader response journals. Needless to say, it's rather difficult to squeeze a blog entry into my self inflicted stressful life.

You're probably thinking, "But Katie, why don't you just stop? You'd be less stressed out and you'd have more time to post on your blog (and clean your room and exercise and do your laundry and hang out with your friends and do your dishes and make a nice dinner once and a while)." Honestly, I'd love to but I can't. Procrastination works for me... it's like my brain won't work unless it has to (so sad...) And in general, my bad behavior is reinforced with good grades and positive feedback from my teachers. And I only have a month and a half more left of school. I'm slightly concerned that my procrastinating tendencies are going to follow me into my job but I really don't have time to worry about that right now :) We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

So, once again... sorry for the lack of posts. If it makes you feel any better, I'm not withholding any fun or entertaining news from you. Life is pretty boring right now. But, come Friday, I'll be leaving for Key Largo!!! Hurray vacation! Hurray last spring break before the real world beckons! Hurray sun and sand and key lime pie and fruity drinks! You can bet I will have something to post about then.

Oh but before I go, here's something I overheard last week at the public library at my practicum:

Mom to 1 year old daughter: "We're going to check out at the front desk. Can you say front desk? Front desk! Anna, say Front desk"
Daughter: "Elmo!"

Monday, March 12, 2007

Raindrops on Roses

Today was a very very very bad day at the Astronomy library. I screwed up. Well, rather I have been screwing up (and not realizing it obviously) for the last um let's say eight months and it's bad. I'm an idiot. It's now quite clear that I was not made to be the head student assistant at the Astronomy library (it was clear before but now the clarity is astounding) and I'm quite sure that my bosses will be glad to have my gone. In short, this afternoon sucked ass.

However, when when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad. Here are a few of my recently discovered favorite things:

1) My practicum at the public library. Have I mentioned how much I love my practicum? It has fully cemented that I belong in a public library. Tonight I was helping a little boy find two books that he couldn't seem to find on the shelf. After tracking down both of them, he told me, "You're amazing!" Sure, I can't function at the astro library but damn it, at the public library, I'm amazing. It's pretty darn cool.

2) Indulging in my love for oldies. Recently purchased songs on iTunes include "Hello Stranger" by Barbara Lewis and "Runaround Sue" by Dion and the Belmonts. Yes, I am an old lady.

3) Planning for the future. Apartment hunting is in the works; I've been looking for a place with two bedrooms and, shockingly, I do believe I can afford it. Two bedrooms! That means two closets! All for me! I am so excited to have space and a place to call my own and to stay there for more than a year...

4) Wes Anderson. I wish my life could be directed by Wes Anderson... and then as a huge bonus, my life would have the coolest soundtrack ever!

5) Outlet mall shopping. Particularly when the shopping partner is my mother, who for some odd reason thinks that I have no summer clothes and thus will have nothing to wear to Key West. I'm going to be gone for four days but with the amount of clothing purchased, I could stay for the next three months.

See? Not so bad. Astronomy schstronomy! Now, I really must go and make some clothes out of my bedroom curtains!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

10 Minutes in My Head

Tomorrow I'm going to get up early and I'm going to do my dishes. And then I'm going to read ahead for class before I have to work.... Well, I should actually get some groceries so maybe I'll do that and dishes instead of reading.... No, I'll do dishes when I get back from work... Oh but wait I have to go to cardio tomorrow... Okay, well, after work and after cardio, I will do my dishes... and then I can go to Woodman's in the morning... Ohh, instead of going to Woodman's, I'll go to Trader Joe's and get something pre-made for lunch, like one of those veggie burritos.... or one those salads... But I should really be working ahead for school, especially since that spring break trip is coming up and I know I won't get anything done that week... ooh, I wonder if Target still has those cute wedges... those would be perfect for Key West.... Oooo, instead of going to Trader Joe's, I could go to Target tomorrow morning and buy some cute sandals for spring break and perhaps some earrings.... oh and some lean cuisines and a box of granola bars. Yeah, that'll work.