Blogs are like plants: they need to be watered or they will shrivel up and die.
(Excuse me while I strain this metaphor.)
Dear readers: I keep my blog alive with words, but today my watering can is empty. Still, I promised myself I would post something and I just can’t leave that darn item unchecked on today’s to-do list.
That’s right, today’s to-do list. I write one almost every single day.
And, on top of this craziness, I have a master to-do list that keeps all my bigger commitments nice and itemized while I chip away at daily minutiae. Two days ago, I sort of panicked looking at this semester, which ends in early December:
First Semester (in no particular order, or grammatical structure.)
- Two-week stint at the Globe and Mail: weeks of Nov. 15 and Nov. 22
- Web design for Peter Klein’s shrimp project from last year
- TA work for the iJournalism course re: wordpress and blogging
- The behemoth (a.k.a. my thesis research — revised proposal, lit review, secure a secondary advisor)
- My final external course (reading, assignments, presentation, paper…)
- Mini-documentary on feminist bellydancers for the Tyee in conjunction with Advanced TV (factor in hours upon hours of shooting and editing)
- Freelance book review for THIS magazine (Due by Halloween)
- Auditing & doing reading for Candis’ Environmental Journalism course
- Joe’s colloquium (reading, presentation)
- Having Andrew visit for 5 days
- Community involvement at Green College (Media committee & Green team)
- Maintaining my online presence
- Miscellaneous small projects (Ex: video editing Candis’ recent talk for the school website)
I hear 13 is a lucky number in some cultures, but I’m thinking it’s a little harsh.
Other than my beau’s upcoming visit (which I am deliriously excited about) there’s nothing on this list that has to do with friends, family, having a social life or eating candy. (Mmmm, candy.)
And when I got sick this morning and lay in bed agonizing, I actually had a dream about losing my to-do list … and I’m fairly sure it ended with the apocalypse and/or a really bad rendition of an 80s power ballad.
I think it’s fair to say that I need a bit of a reprieve.
I wonder if other people are as list-crazy as I am, and if blogging about it is advisable. You know how everyone thinks in terms of what their potential employers could potentially see? Well, I’m not worried about this turning them off.
Actually, I’m picturing some sinister boss-to-be sitting in a nicely upholstered chair petting a fat cat and breaking into deep belly laughs.
“Yes! Let’s hire the workaholic with the unhealthy addiction to checking off little boxes! Muhuhahahaha!”
So, there you have it, folks. I can cross off “blog about anything” from today’s list and replace it with “reintroduce a sense of balance into my life.”
Totally achievable, right?
Now, in honour of the behemoth (item #4 on my master list) I leave you with a comic that me laugh and cry a little.