Trying to get something done

I’ve had a lot of time to myself, but not a ton of motivation. That isn’t quite right either, I desired to work on some writing related projects, I just didn’t feel like it. Today seemed like a day to accomplish a bit more.

My daughter happened to be home again today. This means she talks my ear off. I’m pretty patient about such things, because I know there will come a time when she has better things to do. For the last three days, I’ve learned how to load a pit on an airplane, how bags get broken by falling off the conveyor belt, how some people try to sneak pets on the plane without paying for them, etc. Today I learned all about the color wheel and how to apply eye makeup. At some point my ears started to get tired.

After my makeup tutorial, I told her I needed some quiet time to get some things done. She decided today was a good time to run some errands downtown. It feels kind of mean, but she is an adult and I need my time too.

My partner and I went to work on projects.

I opened my art program and did what I could to decorate for Christmas on my blog. Could be better, could be worse. It was time to retire the time machines and move ahead. It may seem like a tiny effort, but I’m counting updating the site as an accomplishment.

My app added some cool new brushes to the mix. Now it does things like add falling snow with one swipe. There is even one for a corrugated tin wall. Don’t know how I’ll use those just yet, but they’re cool.

I finished up a small guest post I committed to and sent it off. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, but it’s all delivered.

I lengthened my manuscript out to the end of a short chapter one. Two thirds of my characters are on the page, they have a problem, and a dream for the future. What they don’t have is personality. The damned thing reads like deadpan facts. I need to work on it, and have a few physical hand brushes and such that can add something to their relationship. Rather than just grabbing a quick bite before they head for the shelter they could feed each other. Little flourishes, but I’ll work on it.

Chapter one ends with a scream, and chapter two will introduce my antagonist. (There are only three characters in the story, plus a few news reports and such.)

I’m going to claim daily blog updates as an accomplishment too.

I fiddled around with Pinterest, which is a great time waster. One of my folders is called Loose Collections, and it’s getting too big. There are some things I can break into their own folders, and should do that. I have a lot of classic cars, some pinup art, that kind of thing. I also need to revisit the board for Estivation. I’m writing it now, so there some inspiration and a few reminders are stored there. Moving things around is kind of a pain from what I can tell. First I have to make the new board, then re-pin everything I want in it, then delete the pin from Loose Collections. They really need a way to mass select and move the pins.

On the spinal front, I managed a tiny pop yesterday, and it felt a bit better. The pain has virtually gone from my left leg. I started waddling up and down the sidewalk out front. Just short stretches, multiple times. I feel like I need to move around.

Yesterday I was limping on two legs, today it’s just one. I didn’t feel like I was getting a full stride, if that makes any sense. I leaned against a post, and just swung my leg. It may have looked like a kick, but it was more of a dead-weight type thing. My back popped again. I felt even better.

Everything is improving at the speed of a glacier, but it is improving. I’m determined to go into the office tomorrow. It all depends on how hard it is to get out of bed, and get socks on my feet. I’ve been sleeping in a chair, and I’m trying the bed again tonight.

I already told my boss I would try. I also told her I might not last all day. That all depends upon how my desk chair treats me. It’s pretty hard, but it’s uber adjustable too. She has no problem with me staying home, but I’m dedicated.

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50 responses to “Trying to get something done

  1. Hugs and wishes for a swift recovery! I wanted to accomplish more these past two days as well, but it’s all good. One-day-at-a-time.

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  2. I’m sorry you’re still limping, but in this case one leg is better than two. Pops are nice. I have to pay people to make me pop, but they’re always like, “Take this immuno-supressant and these steroids,” and I’m all, I gotta go now, bye!” LOL
    Anyway, Moo will talk my ear off for about 30 minutes every evening. I’ve got her to stop, mean or not, in the am, but I let her unwind it all at night. I am also subjected to makeup tutorials, which may be more interesting to me than they are to you, but not by much, I’d bet.
    I’m glad you’ve got such loving pups, I mean, partners.

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  3. One never knows when one will need a full colour eye makover. This is vital information for any author! 😀
    Congratulations on your back pops. 🙂

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  4. Hurray for progress. Really curious about all that airline stuff. Sounds like good story fodder for a comedy.

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  5. I didn’t realise you had injured yourself, Craig. Sorry to hear that. I hope your day at work goes well. My children also talk their heads off to me. I get lots of ideas from their chattering.

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  6. Glad you’re making progress, even if it’s slow. Good luck at work.

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  7. I was thinking about your muscle spasms and wondered if they would be helped by something I use when my muscles refuse to unlock. They are called Mag Phos (magnesium phosphate) and you put them under your tongue to dissolve.

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  8. Glad you were able to get some things done, and that there’s improvement in the back situation. I’m also glad you have a boss who’s nice enough to be understanding about such things.

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  9. Any progress is progress, Craig. Take the win.

    Hope you’re even better today!

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  10. Liking the warm seasonal look! 😀 Hope you continue to progress and make it in tomorrow – just in time for a weekend tidy up! 😉

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    • The snow flurry brush laid it on kind of thick. It hides my Christmas lights on the iPad. Hopefully they show up better on a PC. The brush is probably adjustable and I need to monkey with it. No snow here yet, and unseasonably warm.

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  11. Slow steps are good. Slow progress is frustrating, but at least it’s progress. I see you’re back on Aleve and the heating pad again. Maybe you’re trying too hard?

    Nice that you have company to lounge around with. Is that Frankie or Otto? I bet the other was close by too.

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  12. Small accomplishments are good. There is nothing with slow and steady. Hope you have a good day and continue to improve your pain level.

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  13. Nice to see you are improving. You ought to run a caption contest with the picture. Mine is, “Thanks for the shave boss.”

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  15. I’m so glad you’re improving even if the recovery is as slow as molasses. 😉

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