February 2, 2015

Today the school I work at was closed. I stayed at home and tried to get work done. Again, I got distracted by a big project. At least this particular project was one that needed to get done. Because I was sick, I was very behind on grading papers. I spent several hours catching up.

With this month’s focus, I have decided to focus on one area at a time. I live in a studio apartment, so my focus will be on the living room/bedroom since that is where I spend most of my time. Once the obvious things get done, I will move on to the kitchen. I am starting with any visible clutter in each room. Then when all visible clutter is taken care of in my whole apartment, I will go through cabinets, drawers, and closets.

With the cleaning, I will do the obvious cleaning in each room like dusting, sweeping, mopping, etc. I will save the really specialized, nitpicky stuff for later, like baseboards, cleaning under the furniture, dusting the top of door and picture frames, etc.

Today I decided to start with the dusting. I started in one area of the room and went clockwise. I don’t think I’ve dusted this place more than once since I’ve moved in. It took all 15 minutes to dust, and it’s not like it’s a terribly large room. What took so long was having to move everything off of every flat surface dust under it, then replacing the items. In some cases, the items were decorative. In other cases, the items were there because I used them a lot and it was convenient to keep them there. Even though I didn’t get to de-cluttering/straightening up today, I decided that my focus the next time that I do would be to find ways to have less things on each flat surface. That way, it’ll be easier to dust next time.

My back hurt all day. I kept waiting for the point in the storm where my back starts to feel better, but that point never came. I went to the chiropractor later in the day. The adjustment hurt worse than usual, but I actually felt some relief afterwards, which was new.

Bryan called me later in the evening and we talked until past midnight. I was very thankful that my school had decided to have a two hour delay tomorrow!
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De-cluttering and cleaning: I cleaned for 15 minutes but did not de-clutter.

Hygiene: I showered but I did not brush my teeth today.

Mood and temperament: I felt pretty blah today. I interacted with nobody except on my phone call with Bryan, so temperament wasn’t really an issue today.

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February 1, 2015

I don’t understand why, but I seem to be remembering my dreams a lot lately.  In this dream, I was at some event at a hotel or a college.  It was difficult at times to tell which.  At one point, a guy grabbed something out of my hand and lingered with his fingers on top of mine as he took it from me.  I looked up at him and he kissed me.  I thought about Bryan, but for some reason thought this would be okay.  Then maybe a half hour later my friend Will kissed me right in front of the first guy i kissed.  There had been a lot of sexual tension between me and Will in the past, but I haven’t seen him in years. Then I found myself having sex with my ex-husband in a public place.  I haven’t dreamed of him in years.  Later on, we were caught naked by a young boy that was around 10 years old.  The man who looked like my ex-husband acted nothing like him and insisted that it was fine and tried to have sex with me again.  My second dream involved me and a few other people searching around my apartment building.  The initial reason was we were suppose to be counting doors or apartments or something.  I ended up discovering much more.  There was a fruit and vegetable stand one of the floors.  And the little kid who was accompanying us was playing with a door to the old dumb-waiter in the basement when we opened it and discovered a well-furnished room where men were sitting, smoking, and playing a game like poker.  There were also working washing machines in there.  The decor was purple with great spots.  I also discovered several different sets of stairs when I had to run from them after they discovered me. I managed to elude them when I found a staircase so narrow that it really only fit one person at a time. My dreams keep getting weirder.  I wonder if there is some meaning to them or they are just random manifestations of my sub-conscious.

I mostly stayed at home.  I have no interest in sports and did not attend the one superbowl party I was invited to.  I had planned to get a lot done today, but I ended up getting distracted by one project I had to do.  It shouldn’t have taken most of the day to complete, but I messed it up and had to start over again.  That was VERY frustrating. I really ignored everything else that I had to do to finish this project, even though it was not necessary to finish today.

I slept in until 9:30. Being one of those rare creatures known as “early birds”, I am usually awake by 7:00 at the latest. Even on weekends. I was tired all day and feeling slightly sick again. My back pain was still bad today. I had great difficulty scooping the cat litter this morning. I can’t wait until the oncoming storm arrives so my pain will go away!

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De-cluttering and cleaning:  I de-cluttered for 15 minutes.  All it really did was allow me to get my living room into decent shape. I did not clean anything today.

Hygiene: I did not shower or brush my teeth today.

Mood and temperament:  I felt pretty blah today.  I interacted with nobody, so temperament wasn’t really an issue today.