Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Practicing What I Preach

At school I always tell my students not to wait until the last minute to do things. I tell them not to wait until Sunday to do all of their work. I even advised them recently to get an hour's worth of work done on Friday so they'll be a little better off later in the weekend.

Procrastination is something I have to fight against every day. I know, you non-procrastinator, type-A people never have any trouble with it and say things like, "Well, why don't you just not procrastinate? It's so easy." I say hah! Hah! It's not easy to kick a bad habit when you've cultivated it and crafted it so well.

However, I've bought something that I think will help: Real Simple makes organizers! Real Simple is my Bible: Just the other day I cleaned my drain with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water, just as they said. Good bye, backup! But I digress. Real Simple makes an organizer with two different calendars: On one side you can do your home calendar; on the other you can do work/school whatever. This keeps them separate but together all in one. Hooray! Seriously, I'm finding it extremely helpful. Step 2 is keeping it updated but it's so fun that I think I'll do it. That's rudimentary, but it works for me.

Any suggestions you have of keeping your lives organized? I welcome any and all!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Friends!

I know, it’s been far too long…hope some of you are still reading! During my hiatus, I’ve been thinking about a deceptively simple concept: friendship. People who know me will agree that one of my best assets and failings is that I am unfailingly loyal to my friends. While this means that I’ll always stick up for them and support them as much as I can, it also means I have allowed those I consider my friends to treat me poorly, making excuses for their behavior.

See, I consider the basic tenets of friendship to be loyalty and caring, having similar interests, doing things together, and treating each other well. I realize that’s a simple list, but I think there’s not a lot of complication to being a good friend—there shouldn’t be, anyway. It’s this last part, treating each other well, where I’ve allowed others to take advantage of me in the past. Friends call you back, friends make time for you, friends seek you out not only when it’s convenient. I’ve actually “fired” a few former friends—though ironically, they don’t know it because I haven’t heard from them in so long.

I think I’m sounding too bitter, though, and I don’t mean to. What I’m trying to say is that instead of letting my feelings be hurt by the actions of those whom I considered friends, I’d rather surround myself with those who want to be with me and show me the respect of a friend. I know we all lead busy lives and have hectic schedules, but if we don’t continue to cultivate our friendships, they will go away. It’s a special relationship that has to only be rekindled every few months or so, and it usually springs from having spent a lot of time together in the first place. They do exist, but most are like plants, to use a simple simile. If you don’t cultivate them, water them, look in on them to make sure they’re getting enough tending, they wither and fade. Even a cactus needs to be looked in on every so often.

So, to all my friends out there, I apologize for not having given you something to read in so long. You keep me going every day. You make me happy when I hear your voices and see your faces. You make me a better person. I’ll try to practice what I preach and be better about keeping in touch. I know I’ll hear from you and I know you’re thinking of me even if I don’t see you there. Have a great day and know that I’m thinking of you and I love you all.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006


No, not real rats.

I had this fabulous little post of all these great Google videos to see and the browser for some reason shut down out of nowhere and didn't save a thing! Currently it's 10:45pm and I'm still doing comments so I can get them finished on time to be proofread for Friday, so I will have to put up the post again later, dear readers. I'll probably be here for a few more hours: I will say that they really make you earn your keep at the private schools. Quality takes time!