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Currently: January 2017

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Whew! That was kind of a long time to go without posting properly. Back to it now.

Here’s what I am currently…

Gathering: My hair around my head at bedtime. My hairstylist gave me a Christmas goodie bag with a hair wrap in it, so I’ve been wrapping my hair. Forgetting to pack the wrap when I was home over Christmas was a setback, but I’m back on the wagon now. It took some experimenting to figure out how my hair responds, and I had to buy a boar bristle brush to make it work, but I’m getting much better at the whole process. My hair stays way straighter now. I might have also spent too many minutes gathering tips from the Glamtwinz’s other hair videos. I don’t know any other black women with hair as long as mine, relaxed or natural, so I’m always looking for advice.

Making: A legit Christmas card display. I do not come from a Christmas Card Family, but I have been a Christmas Card Person since high school. My grandma was also a Christmas Card Person. This was the first Christmas since she died, so I felt a little extra joy knowing that someone in our family still has still got it. Oh, and the secret to displaying flat cards like this? Binder clips!

Sipping: Pure Cane Sugar Dr. B ( a Dr Pepper imitation) from HEB; they had a coupon kind of a long time ago. Maybe a year ago? I forgot to drink them because I almost never drink sodas that have both sugar and caffeine. And I put them on the top of the wall cabinets in our kitchen, which is my extended storage space because I’m the only roommate tall enough to reach (without a chair, I guess). During my last grocery run of the year, I forgot to get my usual case of Coke Zero, so I drank those instead. They were tasty, but the extra sugar threw me off balance for a while.

Following:-slash-stalking Yahoo View for new episodes of my TV shows. Grey’s Anatomy had a most excellent cliffhanger, and Bones has started back up after its amazing finale. At least Black-ish has been back online already. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but cutting the cord and hand-picking what I watch has given me an almost fanatical devotion to the few shows I do watch.

Resolving: To write “2017” instead of “2016.” That’s the closest thing to a resolution you’re getting from me!

Recapping: December

  • I have morphea. I sat on that post for a long time before finally publishing. It was on my Epiphany cards, so it was time to just come out and talk about it.
  • Mr. Man went home with me for Christmas. We survived meeting my family, some classic tourist confusion about the DC area, and shoe shopping. It was delightful.
  • I got a filling. It was literally painless. My dentist is great.
  • I rang in the new year with a friend. We had a lovely hotel dinner with her mom and went to a great local brewery party.
  • I took myself on a date to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I liked it!

So what’s new with you? What are you gathering currently?

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Currently: December 2016

Currently at Lindsay Loves

November is always a frustrating month. People want to try to stop doing anything useful a full week before Thanksgiving Day because “it’s almost Thanksgiving,” and then it takes several days to get back into the swing of things because “it was just Thanksgiving.” Then it’s December. So for these last six or seven weeks of the calendar year, I am happy if I manage to get anything done, really.

Here’s what I am currently…

Doing: Trying to maximize the rest of the calendar year. I’m not planning anything new for January because I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. The only thing I’ve added to my usual December schedule is sending my Christmas cards before Christmas instead of roughly at Epiphany. My goal is to figure out what can be realistically done this month and what needs to be deferred to next month. I’m trying to treat December-to-January like any other month-end transition, except that many other people will be out of the office at the same time I am.

Enjoying: My non-traditional Advent wreath. As I shared on Instagram, I finally figured out how to get two full lightings out of each tea candle. It’s an art, guys. This year, the Fourth Week of Advent is much longer than usual, so I will get to see the whole wreath lit for several days. I’m excited.

Cooking: Nothing special. Since Spirit & Truth disbanded, I have one additional night at home each week, but I haven’t established a new meal plan for that night yet. I eat, so clearly I’m figuring it out, but I like my simple solo meal planning so much that I want to include this “new” night, too.

Wrapping: A White Elephant gift. I don’t like White Elephant exchanges (or Dirty Santa, Yankee Swap, or whatever you call it), but I have a greater dislike for being called a poor sport for not participating. How is it fun to spend money I don’t want to spend on something I don’t want that no one else wants, either? So I went with my typical gift when I get sucked into these things: a cube of Post-Its. It’s easy to wrap, no one ever guesses what it is, it’s appropriate for all ages, and it perfectly straddles that line between useful and useless.

Playing: Codenames. I spent Thanksgiving with an old college friend who is now local, his wife, and an assortment of international Ph.D. students. This game was perfect since it relies on pretty broad knowledge of English (for practice) but works for fairly large teams (we had about six people each). It was even better than Werewolf/Mafia. I loved both being a spymaster and being on one of the teams. Randomly, another friend who is temporarily in the U.S. after living in Europe mentioned this exact same game at another event with completely different people. The synchronicity was awesome and slightly creepy.

Recapping: November

  • I voted.
  • I went home for my grandmother’s funeral. I’m glad we could finally, finally, lay her to rest.
  • As mentioned, I had a low-key Thanksgiving. It was excellent.
  • My favorite band, Switchfoot, live-streamed their Day After Thanksgiving concert from L.A. They put on such a good show, and I remembered why I love their music best.
  • I made plans to see Mr. Man again: I’m taking him home for Christmas. (Technically, he’s meeting me there.)

So what’s new with you? What are you playing currently?

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Currently: November 2016

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There are only two months left in this year! I had to start my end-of-year planning very early, so I’m already thinking ahead. I’d like to figure out how to finish the year strong. Even with all the preparation required for year-end holidays, there is also a lot of downtime. I want to use that time productively and not let it slip away.

Here’s what I am currently…

Discovering: Student loan co-signer release. I wrote a relatively impassioned plea in my 7th quick take last week, but it’s worthy of repetition. If you have private student loans, please read up. If you qualify, apply! I sent my applications in yesterday. I chose to fax them, not because I have to submit my applications to 1982, but because I could do that sooner than I could go to the post office.

Celebrating: A milestone with Mr. Man, and a wedding (not ours). That was my only wedding for the year, which is highly unusual. I went through a season when all my local friends got married, and then everyone was either married or completely single. It was weird.

Starting: To plan for the end of the year, as I mentioned above. I have a budget, so I’ve been saving money for Christmastime expenses since January. The challenge now is to budget my time and energy in the same way. I took a quick glance at last year’s yearly reflection as I was setting it up for this year. I can already see the ways in which I succeeded and some ways I’m still struggling.

Wearing: Still summer clothes, somehow. What is up, Texas? It is usually at least chilly by now. I refuse to start wearing boots and sweaters until the weather is appropriate. I sweat enough in regular clothes; there’s no need to cause my own misery with unnecessary layers.

Googling: Best practices for OneNote and for Evernote. My first try of the OneNote web clipper didn’t go so well. Evernote sounds awesome, but I’m not sure I’m ready to take the plunge just yet. OneNote is free and stays free (like my BFF Wunderlist). My organizing bug is a perpetual syndrome; it’s spreading to my personal documents. I’ve got this weird hybrid system right now of Dropbox, Google Drive, PDFs and text files and Word docs on my hard drive, and physical files. Setting up my tickler started the ball rolling towards purging and redoing my existing physical files, but since I also have some things electronically (like my tax returns), I’m not always sure what is where. The purging is the hardest part, so I guess that’s a step in the right direction.

Recapping: October

  • My good friend and former roommate had a birthday brunch at her new house. I have entered the season of life when birthday parties are less “ten til when” and more “leave by noon.”
  • I wrote an article for our diocesan Catholic newspaper. It was published in this month’s edition just yesterday, so I don’t have a direct link yet, but it’s totally real!
  • I went to the dentist for the first time in an embarrassingly long time. It was not completely terrible.
  • I attended the wedding of two good friends. We never thought the groom would get married. He had an excellent bachelor uncle thing going on, but he finally found the woman who shares his odd sense of humor. They are adorable.

So what’s new with you? What are you Googling currently?

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Currently: October 2016

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No one in my life died in September. On that basis alone, it was a much better month than August. Other than that, it was pretty neutral.

Here’s what I am currently…

Cheers-ing: I’m glad “toasting” a couple of months ago really did mean “putting in a toaster.” That’s how I answered it. It could have meant this kind, though. I don’t really have anything specific to celebrate at the moment. I have a local wedding towards the end of the month, so there should be some bubbly festivity there.

Organizing: My calendar and task list, as usual. I have a very full schedule until the end of the calendar year. My saving grace is that I’ve been using GTD for over two years now, so I don’t have emergencies so much as new Projects. As long as I write everything down, minimize my inboxes, and review my calendar and task list every day, I’ll be fine. And yes, saying “I am not going to do any of those things on my list because I need a break” is a perfectly acceptable approach to task management. As David Allen says, you have to know what you’re not doing in order to feel comfortable about not doing it.

Dreaming: Of a life with adequate sleep. I have been trying extra-hard since I made it through August to go to bed on time and get up on time. I feel less exhausted than I used to, but I’m struggling with the flip side: I’m not getting as much done as I used to. It is very hard to close up shop and go to bed, especially because I have no human help with getting anything done. (Technology is great. I make the machines work for me as much as possible.) So I’m dealing with the chronological and physical aspects of sleep, but I need help with the emotional part.

Buying: A birthday present for my godson. He lives far away, so I basically never get to see him, but I send presents. He might be the closest thing I ever have to a child of my own. He’s still little, so we can’t write to each other, but presents are a language all kids understand. I try to find a balance among fun gifts, religious gifts, and educational gifts. I would like to think those adjectives also describe my personality. Maybe add “extremely organized” (see item 2 above).

Listening: To a lot of podcasts, as usual. Fr. Mike Schmitz is back at school, so he’s doing a new series, and it is a gem, as usual. I marathoned Catholic Bytes a few weeks ago and got hit between the eyes once or twice. I don’t always agree with Catching Foxes, but I always laugh, and that’s worth something. I also slipped in archived episodes of Productivity Book Group for The 12 Week Year and Making It All Work. I have a long commute.

Recapping: September

  • I didn’t blog much. Something had to give.
  • Mr. Man and I have a tiny two-person book club. Our selections lately have been pretty solid. I reviewed one for ATX Catholic.
  • The heat finally broke, weather-wise. It’s still 87 degrees at 9 p.m., but the mornings have been almost chilly.

So what’s new with you? What are you organizing currently?

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Currently: September 2016

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Oh, hi, September. I was really eager for you to get here because my August was so awful. You’re not great so far, but you’ve got a little while left to turn things around.

Here’s what I am currently…

Reading: Whatever my Goodreads account says I am. My main book right now is Walking with God, which I’m reading with Mr. Man for our tiny two-person book club. Strictly speaking, he’s finished reading. I’m still plodding along slowly, refreshing my memory from the 8-week Bible study version of the same content from several years ago and getting ready for the 24-week version at my parish this month. Salvation history is amazing. I love geeking out with Mr. Man over our insights.

Trying: To keep going. As I said, I struggled through August, and I’m still struggling. I tried some new West Coast Swing moves. Wrist slips are very tricky.

Hoping: Not for a whole lot at the moment. I’m taking things one day at a time, so I guess I’m hoping I get more days in which to try again. Tomorrow is not promised to you.

Decorating: File folders. For my main Labor Day project, I set up a monthly tickler file. (This page has instructions and a ton of photo examples.) It’s part of GTD, but it only works with paper and other physical items, so I got by without one for a while. I bought all my supplies last May (not this past one… the one before that), but I never prioritized actually building the thing. I finally moved it off my Someday/Maybe list and got it done. There isn’t much in it at the moment, but it looks so pretty! I detest color-coding; I love colorful things.

GTD Tickler at Lindsay Loves

Just the middle part. The part in front is files that need purging and relabeling.

To-do Listing: That is not a word. Due to my love of Wunderlist and GTD, my to-do list is technically several lists. I did cross off two noteworthy items last month. I paid off another of my student loans, leaving me with only two left. I needed a win, and my debt snowball was finally large enough. Say what you want about the math; I’m getting out of debt. I also completed one of the monthly syllabi for my West Coast classes that I missed during my first go-round at this level. Learning new material on top of everything else was a challenge, but it was a challenge I could do. And I did.

Recapping: August

  • My grandmother disappeared for just over three weeks. She was found dead just over a week ago. We won’t be able to schedule her funeral for a while.
  • I got a staph infection and folliculitis at the same time. I’m better now.
  • Mr. Man’s family also went through some tough times.
  • I was slammed at work, which made all of the above a lot more difficult.
  • It was my birthday. I celebrated quietly and unremarkably.

August was a tough month. I am glad that it’s over. What’s new with you? What projects are you finishing currently?

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Currently: August 2016

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The worst part about adulting is that I’m not on a school year calendar, so summer doesn’t feel any different than the rest of the year. Except that it’s hot. I feel the heat.

Here’s what I am currently…

Hearting: Mr. Man, again and still. ;) Our visit in Houston was delightful. I also remembered how much I heart breakfast. I never have any reason to cook real breakfast food for myself, I almost never go to IHOP despite loving it and living near one, and I am never up and out early enough for brunch on weekends. But we went to brunch at Black Walnut Cafe, and it was delicious.

Watching: The last few episodes of the just-finished season of Bones. I’ve only been watching new episodes since Bones was pregnant the first time, but I’ve been hooked since then. I’m convinced that David Boreanaz has found the fountain of youth. I accidentally saw a spoiler of the finale, and wow! It’s kind of nice because I can see how they set up the plot twist in these last few episodes. I’ll be sad to see it go, but I’m excited to see how they finally, officially wrap it all up.

Exploring: The boundaries of time usage. After settling into GTD, creating my Life Plan, and reading 168 Hours, I have been very focused on the way I spend my time. What can I actually, honestly accomplish in a day? One hour? Fifteen minutes? Am I planning for realistic travel times? How long do I spend scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook? Is it better or worse to underplan my days? If I can’t manage all of this while I am unmarried and have no children, there’s not much hope for the future.

Creating: A solution to temporary contract binding. My job involves a lot of hard-copy contracts of various sizes. One recent batch is so large that even the largest binder clip cannot contain it all. So I dug around in our office supplies for something that might work (besides a rubber band). I settled on an expanding file pocket. It’s not perfect, but it is big enough, with room for expansion.

Eating: Bell peppers! I love the red ones, so I keep an eye on them all year for sales. I once bought them two for a dollar. The yellow and orange ones were on sale, too, so I bought all the colors and made so, so many fajitas. I decided to try out tray freezing with my second batch. It worked; they’re frozen. I haven’t cooked with those yet. In the meantime, I like the way they brighten up my freezer. Fun fact: Green and red bell peppers are the same vegetable. They change colors as they mature! They start green, which is why those are cheaper and more bitter. Then they turn red, which is why some underripe red peppers have patches of green.

Recapping: July

  • As mentioned, I went to Houston to see Mr. Man.
  • I got a diagnosis for a health problem I’ve been ignoring for a long time. It’s not contagious, and I’m not dying. It is kind of a big deal, though, so it deserves more blog focus than just a quick take or a recap. Watch this space.
  • I published another Wunderlist + GTD post. This one was mostly about inbox zero, though.
  • I made my own stereo when the old one died. It’s going okay so far.

So what’s new with you? What are you exploring currently?

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Currently: July 2016

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I am not ready for it to be July yet. I was also not ready for it to be Thursday. I’m glad it’s not the 6th anymore, though. I write the date on things all day long at work, and I’m one of those people who does all numerals and slashes, so I had serious trouble with 6/6/16 and 7/6/16. So many lines and slashes! Can we get to August already? I don’t think 8’s will be quite as confusing.

Here’s what I am currently…

Toasting: Bagels. Same as always. I eat a bagel for breakfast almost every day. I am a butterer, not a cream cheeser. And these days, I can only have them toasted. For some bizarre reason, our thermostat defaults to 79 or 80 in the summer. I haven’t figured out how to change the default (we rent), so I just override it manually when I get home and before I go to bed. The heat makes the pantry so warm that my bagels kept getting moldy, so I started keeping them in the fridge. No one likes a fridge-cold bagel, so I have to toast them first. No room-temp bagel eating until winter. I do, however, love fridge-cold french fries.

Going: That’s more of a “where” than a “what.” #grammarhammer I am not a “week away” vacation kind of girl. I much prefer using a day here or there for a short road trip (like when I saw my heavenly BFF St. Maria Goretti last fall) or to attend an out-of-town wedding. And since I go home for Christmas, I have to save up days all the way until the end of the year. So I haven’t been going much of anywhere, and I’m okay with that. I do have another visit to Mr. Man scheduled soon, though. That should be pretty delightful.

Smelling: Grossness. We got a new dishwasher, and I hoped that would solve the mysterious dirty dishes problem. Things weren’t really getting clean. Without that essential quality, a dishwasher is just a cabinet with lots of organization and a weird door. I’m also tired of seeing obvious fingerprints and lip prints on our glasses. I wear tinted lip balm, and I reuse my water glass several times, but I’ve never had this problem before. Maybe it is “operator error,” as we say at work. The new dishwasher also seems to have an excellent seal, such that it holds dirty-dish smells exceptionally well. Should we be running it more often? We try to wait until it’s full, which can take a week. (We don’t always eat at home.) That wasn’t a problem when I lived alone and ran my dishwasher probably every 10 days or so. More operator error?

Wearing: Shorts. I gave up shorts completely several years ago. I have unusually long thighs (that’s what makes me so tall), so when trends moved towards 3-inch inseams, I opted out. After several long, hot years, bermudas came back in style, and I was a happy camper again. We had uncharacteristically mild weather in both winter and spring here, so the rush of summer was even more unsettling than usual. Welcome back, A/C, my old friend.

Wishlisting: Didn’t we just have this one? (Yes.) My new computer is fantastic. Now I need a new laptop sleeve. For my previous laptop, I bought one that matched the cute design on the laptop lid itself. The new one is just slate gray, so I have basically limitless possibilities. Any brand recommendations?

Recapping: June

I knew June would be a very full month, but it’s intimidating to look back at it now! So what’s new with you? What are you smelling currently?

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