Again, it wasn’t a big week for reading or writing, however I did some facsimile of both. I’m still in the throes of redecorating and spring cleaning, with a self-imposed deadline of getting as much done as possible before leaving for our Florida vacation (in one week).
Hubby and I are both highly focused types, sometimes to our detriment, but frequently to our advantage. In Enneagram parlance (and I will discuss Enneagram types during March and in April for my A-Z blogging challenge), we’re both “gut” types (as opposed to “head” or “heart” types)—which means we have bountiful physical energy. We don’t spend a lot of time thinking or brooding about things, and especially not “feeling” things—we’re quick decision makers and speedy at completing tasks.
As with all types, being a gut type has advantages and disadvantages, but as far as getting things done, it’s an advantage to be a gut type.
Reading this week: . . . umm . . . I did sit down in the evenings and go through the list of 700 people (so far) who’ve signed up for the A-Z Blogging Challenge in April. I open about 15-20 at one pop in my browser, find out who they are, and decide whether I want to visit them again in April. I can generally get through 30-40 blogs in an hour. If I decide I want to revisit them in April, I RSS them, putting them into a folder in my Google Reader called A-Z challenge 2013. Then when the official challenge starts in April, those are the blogs I will read again, and possibly follow. So far, there are 138 such blogs, however with a number of them, I already followed them during past A-Z challenges, and so I’ll just be stopping back and saying “hi.”
I downloaded Newbery winning Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, which is on sale at Amazon for $2.99! (Do you get Amazon deals in your email every day like I do? I love being alerted to what's on sale.) I haven’t read any of Ms. Schlitz's works, but I recall from buying all of her books for the library, that they always intrigued me. This will be a good start, and maybe I’ll go back and read the rest.
I also downloaded Wonder by R. J. Palacio. It wasn't on sale, but a couple of people who commented on my blog recommended it.
Writing: I did actually set some thoughts to paper this week. On Wednesday, I sensed that I’ve been moving too quickly these past two weeks, and was feeling overwhelmed, at sea. I’d accomplished a lot but, typical to gut types, I hadn’t slowed down enough to think about what I’d completed, and also what is still unfinished. I could not hold it all in my brain (which some Enneagram types—the “head” types, and especially style 5, are able to do), I needed to write it all down and see it on paper. So I spent some time doing that.
What I’ve completed over the past two weeks:
- Read 4 (of 10) Golden Heart contest entries for judging
- Signed up for A-Z and Have checked out all signups so far (about 700) and will stay current;
- Selected image matches for 27 pairings for my theme, uploaded and scheduled the posts
- Began work on the writeups
- Prepared and Painted Kitchen, dining, family room
- Cleaned and organized all kitchen cupboards
- Selected, ordered, received a Spice Rack
- Painted laundry room
- Cleaned and organized laundry closet and put all appliances in new appliance storage closet
- Cleaned and organized main floor bathroom cabinets
- Re-hung curtains in laundry room
- Living room area: “dusted” the big tree; vacuumed and dealt with clutter
- Washed 13 windows in all
- Re-hung curtain valances in kitchen, dining, family rooms
- Took everything out of the closets in my bedroom
- Painted my bedroom
- Put everything back into the bedroom closets; brought out spring/summer clothes; now my closet is holding all of my clothes except the wintriest, due to spring’s fast approach and our Florida vacation’s faster approach
- Shopped for wallpaper, artwork and other decorative items for the new bathroom
- Moved all of my things back into the bathroom—filled the new cabs!
- Spent time online selecting art prints of places visited in Hawaii; selected sizes, mats, designed a 5’x7’ layout—but then decided against the $600 price tag. (Will see if I can come up with a DIY version)
- Repotted six plants
- Selected and ordered new carpet for bedroom; set installation date (Friday, Feb. 22)
- Cleaned/reorganized linen closet (4’x8’) (took a full day—I’d been holding on to linens for bed sizes that no longer exist in this house!)
- Spent two hours light ironing the curtains, valances, bed skirt for the new window treatments in our bedroom
- Clean/organize the closet that still contains my wintriest clothes
- Figure out curtain situation in main floor bathroom—order new curtains?
- Clean/reorganize my office
- Go to Home Depot and buy 3 more curtain panels
- Take movie back, get other two (Tom Selleck starring in Jessie Stone, a character created by Robert B. Parker)
- Go to Pier One and (maybe) buy the Transom Mirror; spheres; bird print artwork
- Go to Walmart and get BP med; buy 12 white towels and xx others (rust; coral; lime; emerald; baby blue to navy blue); curtain holdbacks
- Buy xx rugs that coordinate with towels
- How many curtain rods do I need, if any? [my bedroom; my office; 2 windows on main floor]
- Buy ironing board cover
Mike still needs to:
Hang spice rack; hang curtains in my office; hang curtains in our bedroom; re-hang the ivory shades in the living room windows (?); hang smoke alarm
Jonathan needs to: (Completed on Saturday)
Hang toilet paper holder, mirror, above-toilet cabinet; towel bars; plant hanger; curtain rod; peacock art; rip out the window trim and base in master bedroom; install base in laundry room; install base and trim in bedroom (after carpet installation)
- Monday morning: be interviewed for newspaper column
- Book a motel room; car and figure out what to do/see in Florida (It’ll be our third trip—we’ll see what we haven’t before, the NW corner)
- Finish reading GH contest entries
- Finish writing A-Z posts and upload
- Write two book reviews
- Spruce up blog for A-Z—change background
- Friday morning: remove dresser, end tables, bed from my bedroom
- Vacuum the new carpet and put dresser, end tables, bed back into bedroom
- Wash old comforter
- Install new comforter
- Pack for Florida trip
- Begin writing query letters, if time
- Saturday Morning, assuming the wallpaper border arrived according to schedule: Hang wallpaper border in bathroom
In March, after returning from Florida:
- Shampoo all carpets and upholstery
- Ammonia-clean the vinyl flooring in the kitchen (meaning, use ammonia to melt and scrub the imbedded dirt out of the divots)
- Go thru my own Hawaii pix and find similar; Find collage frames and see what I can do on my own for $100 instead of $600
- Put Scrapbooking on my plate as a regular part of my schedule: maybe one hour daily: Begin scrapbooking 2012, 2013; Make page backgrounds with inchies
- Decide whether to repaint kitchen/dining/family room and if so, what color?
- Think about replacing tile backsplash~see what’s available
- Clean/reorganize storage room
- Begin or continue the querying process
- Begin a new book
- Begin designing a website
- Read and review more books
- Participate in the A-Z blogging challenge
- Help Mike move machinery/spring work
- Weekend flying trips, when time is available
- Begin yard cleanup; clean up the back patio area (and decide what should be re-planted, and where); re-plant the flower bed on the North side of the house
- Contract someone to build our new deck (maybe with a sunroom aspect) or if not that, a Pergola
- Mike needs to: Replace garage door and finish painting the outside of the house
CONTINUE THE QUERYING PROCESS
BEGIN OR CONTINUE WRITING NEW BOOK
CONTINUE READING/REVIEWINGCONTINUE SCRAPBOOKING AS A REGULAR THING IN MY SCHEDULE!
How was your week, reading, writing or otherwise? I love to hear from you!