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Sunday, September 03, 2006

The 100th Blog: Bird Documents Her Procrastination Technique

Today, I had planned to:

Sit in my big, red, comfy chair and grade a stack of student papers.
Do my laundry.
Empty my dishwasher.
Straighten up the wreck that is my study.

Prune my potato vine and sweep the balcony.

Take care of my personal accounting.

Instead, I took a four-mile walk with a friend, had coffee, yakked on the phone with my sister, and took pictures of what I was supposed to do:

The stack of student papers, waiting for me on the ottoman of my big, red, comfy chair:


My laundry (I have one clean towel left in the house):

The dishwasher full of clean dishes:

The shambles that is my study:


My potato vine and balcony:

And my cat, Cat (didn't need to do anything about her - she is low maintenance - course I am curious how she got from the balcony floor (see above) to the balcony wall...):

My personal accounting and the instruments by which I handle that accounting:

I did manage to empty the dishwasher. I have proof:



I am relieved that cleaning the toilet is not on the to-do list.

I wonder what I will do tomorrow.

Flap/Flap/Swoosh!



39 Comments:

Blogger CROAK said...

I love the fact that you put people before doing 'things'.

I think your cat is the only one I can love. Hope that is ok with you... and it is thousands fo miles away... purrrrfectt!

plop,plop,splash...

September 03, 2006 6:14 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

You are my hero.

I love exceptional procrastinators! :)

I hope you do some crossword puzzles tomorrow. That is what I will be doing instead of my "to-do" list!

September 03, 2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger Blue said...

I love your procrastination - it makes me feel so much better about mine :-)

Althougth my photos would be more along the lines of a picture of my monitor & the back of my head. hehe

September 04, 2006 12:25 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

Procrastinators unite!

I managed to do half of my student papers this evening - so I am up and wired now and sorting through photos (and anything else besides doing the other half of the papers). This is ridiculous! (12:42AM in my part of the world.)

As I did get some of my work accomplished, I suppose I am not really excelling at procrastinating (I am merely competent at it) - I will try harder tomorrow - unless I think of something else to do instead.

September 04, 2006 12:51 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

enjoy the view of your home! now i can stop visualizing ou and jae a victorias secret. i can think "diswasher" now. howl
procrastination is a strategy! i use it to drive creative must do tension. it works...most times. ahhh, to dash out onto a sunny porch and drive the kitty off. (jus kiddin)

/grr

September 04, 2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger /t. said...

bird,

am going
to leave
a comment

maybe not

/t.

September 04, 2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger savagefredd said...

Bird,
Interesting insights into Birdland. My mind spins and plots.
Where are all the wine and whiskey bottles strewn about, the ash trays teeming with cigarette butts, the broken furniture?

September 04, 2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Flapping and swooshing is a full time task. Perhaps other activities can be worked in sometime, or not.

The whole concept of multi-tasking gives procastinators even more opportunities to change priorities of things to do. The possibilities are staggering. I need to rest with the weight of it all. Perhaps I will get back to this comment later.

In the meantime, flap, flap, swoosh some more, bird. It will help you clear your mind and schedule. lol

September 04, 2006 2:57 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Oh, btw, I almost forgot, Happy 100th. I keep forgetting to count mine.

September 04, 2006 2:58 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

K9 my dear rottie,
I simply cannot allow you to have that domestic image in your head. Take a look at the balcony picture again - the lovely greenery and chair and bench. Now imagine the ever-so-luvvery Double D Babes sipping champaigne, dressed in only their jeans and lacey bras (jae is in red, I in black. We have beautifully manicured toes (pink) and fingers (french). We are dancing to Santana, War, Al Green and Marvin Gaye(by turns of course - not all at once).

Better now?

/t: when you get around to it post a comment.

Savage,
That's another set of pictures...hahaha!

Jack! Yes I managed to procrastinate some more today - and get some work done as well. Took a 4-mile hike, cleaned the bathroon, grocery shopped and graded more papers. My god - I am a wonder woman! Procrastinating can clear the mind and make one more efficient (deadlines help too!)

September 04, 2006 5:05 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

PS to Thursday Next - no crossword puzzle today, but I did pick up the Economist at the grocery store and will read the article "Who Killed the Newspaper?" while I soak in a lavendar bubble bath. I will not procrastinate on that "task" however - off I go!

September 04, 2006 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh goodie! yet another procrastinator! feel better already ... 3 months in my new apt and not a single framed print (and i have lots and lots of them) ... or anything for that matter, on the wall!

enjoy your week ... happy september. :D

ps its velvet (gotta post anon b/c of that blogger-beta upgrade thing ...)

September 04, 2006 5:44 PM  
Blogger /t. said...

there is something
magical about the
100th

so what, he wonders,
might the bird have planned for that all-important 101st...

/t.

September 05, 2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

You might want to check out holtieshouse for more information re: procrastination. When you get time, energy or inclination. lol

September 05, 2006 2:36 PM  
Blogger Hellpig said...

http://www.coxandforkum.com/

September 05, 2006 8:11 PM  
Blogger Mayden's Voyage said...

I think you've inspired a post for me Bird! I'm going to take my camera around the house and do random, and honest (I'll try) shots of what procrastination has done to my home..but I did get my craft room desk cleaned! :)

Hope you are feeling better-

September 05, 2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger Mrs. B said...

We harass our students for being procrastinators, and then we can't help but to be one (or some, the grammar sounds funny).

I have decided not to be the person who grades papers into the night. I will work a regular work day (with the exception of a few late shifts) and "clock out" when it is time. No more grading and eating.

I am glad to see that I am not the only procrastinator.

September 05, 2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

/t - oh dear - that's pressure.

jack - nice link. hahaha!

pig - goodness! are you happy with amadjehin (sp -what the heck is that guy's name?)

mayden - we can compare disasters,eh? it's so much more fun to take pictures of the mess than to clean it up!

mrs. b - i am trying not to work at home too much this semester, especially in the evening. alas, some of my procrastinating yesterday has led to working at home tonight. always a price to pay. sigh.

September 05, 2006 11:44 PM  
Blogger disguised said...

Perhaps something of a dog theme for #101? (As in dalmations or rottweilers?)

I'm procrastinating right now. Isn't SHOULD a terrible word?

September 06, 2006 12:01 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

disguised, I agree, SHOULD is a terrible word.

September 06, 2006 5:06 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

hee hee, cute pun there disguised. shamefacedly, i admit that in my early-morning stupor, it took a moment to sink in.

maybe i should take a vote on the topic for post 101?

September 06, 2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger /t. said...

bird,

didn't mean
this should become
a burden for you...

101 is an opportunity to begin anew, should one wish to do that, or further solidify directions established by the first 100, as you please

the idea of a vote sounds good -- keyword: participatory

/t.

September 06, 2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Who done that drawin' behind yore red chair? it's good.

Procrastination? ya' chose the better path, Bird Beauty.

September 06, 2006 3:44 PM  
Blogger Hellpig said...

No not happy just showing what I have been telling you from the start.....Liberal Teachers will be the first to go in a muslim society.....44 more days in Alaska when I get back you can trash me proper

September 06, 2006 4:00 PM  
Blogger infinitesimal said...

Will you come over and clean MY toilet??

It's bad.

and i will NOT take a photo to prove it!

Seriously,

I have something that I want to sen you.

Something to make you smile.

Will you email me with an address that I can ship it to?

Tanks Boyed

September 06, 2006 4:29 PM  
Blogger infinitesimal said...

oops!

SenD you.
the D key sticks a bit....

September 06, 2006 4:30 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

I shall brag, AB, about the painter of that pic behind the red chair - that's a goat my daughter painted in 6th grade. she had watched a pbs show that demonstrated some painting technique and decided to try it. i love that pic.

she also did a lovely painting of the NYC horizon - with the Towers included - done in greys and browns - sooty, dirty city affect and quite good. and in hindsight, somewhat prescient (sp?).

more bragging - she is like that - learns things easily and retains the info to apply later. saw a demo of how to fan a strawberry and a month later, remembered it and made a beatuiful strawberry tart and decorarted with fanned strawberries.

ok, enuff bragging. but she is wonderful i think. very competent in ways her mother is not.

September 06, 2006 4:39 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

pig - won't trash you at all

i agree that SOME muslim societies are wretched and will come after my kind (already have in their own commnunties). but i still disagree that ALL muslims evil and that we need to stoop to unethical actions to protect ourselves or that we need to strip ourselves of our civil liberties to protect ourselves.if we do that - we destroy ourselves anyway.

September 06, 2006 4:42 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

oh hell - i forgot to say to infini:

presents? ooooh....


but i will not ocme over to clean your toilet no matter what.

but i might take a picture of mine...hahahahahaha!

September 06, 2006 4:44 PM  
Blogger White Forest said...

colorful pics :)
liked the post :)

September 06, 2006 6:11 PM  
Blogger Mayden's Voyage said...

Bird...the pic's are done :)
I did make my bed, but I didn't clean up the pile of books next to it, or the mess in my office downstairs...of which I am quite embarrassed at how bad it looks!

My brother moved to San Diego in August :) Just thought you'd think that was interesting...I'm not planning a visit yet, but maybe sometime next year? We'll see :)
I'd really rather go back to Asia first! :)

September 06, 2006 6:56 PM  
Blogger fatty ~ said...

talking about and taking pictures of the work you should be doing is a tried and proven EFFECTIVE form of procrastination. I am also an expert.

Especially when you can make it look like you're getting stuff done! =D

September 07, 2006 3:45 AM  
Blogger Polyman2 said...

Congrats on 100th post.
A messy space is signs
of an organized mind.
We hope.

September 07, 2006 11:08 AM  
Blogger infinitesimal said...

Boyed,

I made a poem just now.

come squack at it for me....

September 07, 2006 5:05 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

hey velvet acid - i can't get to your blog by clicking on the anonymous - hope you come back by and leave your address. i don't knwo why it's not in my bookmarks. darn.

September 07, 2006 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey bird ... its velvet ... here's the link to my blog ... (it hate this beta blogger thing its makin' me krazy -- way too complicated!). i wrote a post for ardlair and he deleted his blog. tell me, should i think its a coincidence? i dunno.

this post i just love. i think i may have to do the same -- get my camera out and show you all just what a cavern this underground lair of mine really is! thanx for this.

if you like georgia o'keeffe's work, you should check out my latest post - about erotic flowers. enjoy your weekend!

September 09, 2006 11:24 AM  
Blogger Crashtest Comic said...

Dude, you're a slob.

September 09, 2006 7:22 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

Don't even listen t'them gloomies.
Yer place looks neat enough fer a party!

Now, if ya wanna see "messy"....
Try thirty miles north of Indianapolis at my place.
We have wood floors at the house, but, honestly, I haven't seen wood in m'room fer a few years now.

September 10, 2006 6:17 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

haha boneman - the only time my place gets really clean is right before a guests arrive. perhpas i should just have more quests.

has some this weekend - actually did 4 loads of laundry before they arrived (those damn towels - overnight guests need towels - and sheets).

oh, what a mundane thing to write about.... i need to get another post up.

soon.

September 10, 2006 8:33 PM  

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