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Cathy: 24 ways to avoid your manuscript

Distractions after announcement of finding the creative groove:

  1. Joined Obama campaign as a volunteer.
  2. Sleep deprivation from Baby C, even though we started her on foods very successfully.
  3. Now, if she’d only poop a good one. It’s been days. Poopwatch.
  4. Wrote a letter of recommendation for a friend’s aspie son to get into a good private school, since he’s having such a hard time in public and homeschooling combo.
  5. Baby C’s wellness visit and wait in the lobby for popular Dr B. who really takes the tiiiiiime with aaaaaall his patients.
  6. Mom time hair appointment — 2.5 glorious hours talking the ear off my young stylist with no kids and flipping through vapid fashion magazines.
  7. Take S to Taekwando, sit there 2x per week to help redirect him to stay focused.
  8. Obama Rally, need I say more?
  9. Sleep deprivation from the Red Sox in the playoffs. Hate that 12th inning stretch.
  10. Take K to his own hair appointment, same stylist, poor thing. The stylist, I mean.
  11. Then take him to a birthday party movie sleepover while:
  12. He tells me about how he’s waiting to hear if he has a girlfriend. GIRLFRIEND?!
  13. And by the way, thanks mom, my new haircut makes me look sexy  SEXY?!
  14. Mom. Mom, mom, mom,mom,mom,mom, mom.
  15. Take S out to decommissioned air and space craft park since he missed out on the rally.
  16. Got my period for the first time since July 2007. Ain’t pregnancy and nursing grand?
  17. Must bake cookies and eat even more sugar. And pasta. Lots of pasta.
  18. Walk the dog. Throwing that one in for good measure.
  19. Break up sibling fights.
  20. Laundry, always laundry
  21. Cooking. Or getting dh to cook, really I should just take care of it myself. But I’m nursing. See?
  22. Did I miss anything?
  23. Oh yeah, new tv season. Sucked in to the new episodes of Oprah, Ellen and what’s on tonight?  Dancing with the Stars. Oh, I really hate myself now!
  24. Facebook.

Now that’s out of the way, I hope I can write this week! Good luck to the rest of you in your creative endeavors!

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  1. I totally feel your pain. I should take a picture of the laundry pile and post it on here. It’s taller than me. Fortunately, it’s all clean.

    October 7, 2008
  2. Cathy #

    yeah, me, too. periodically it’s sorted, but never quite makes it into dressers.

    has anyone seen that new washer commercial in which a giant ball of 6mos worth of laundry comes rolling down a hill at a mom? cracks me up every time.

    October 7, 2008
  3. It doesn’t help that Tom has particular-day-of-the-week outfits. He goes into apoplectic fits if on Monday, his Monday shirt is in the wash but his Wednesday shirt is clean…

    October 7, 2008
  4. Cathy #


    i once teased an old friend about his thursday suit, and he never wore it on a thursday again!

    October 7, 2008
  5. I think I have to make a list of my own, just to get really “honest” with myself. Oh goody, one more thing to do before I start on the manuscript….


    October 7, 2008
  6. Cathy #

    haha! i figured, first i was kinda twiddling thumbs and still considering ms, but then, last week was just one thing after another. i needed to revisit exactly what happened before i could move along back to ms. want another writing date, miranda? i’m at the campaign office at 10. would 11ish work for you tomorrow? hm, walk dog after, so maybe 1230? are little guys napping after lunch?

    October 7, 2008
  7. Tomorrow is a work day for me (sitter) but with current workload I can/must/will take an hour for ms. So 12:30 (GMT -5) is a date! Anyone else who can join us, please do.

    October 7, 2008
  8. cathy, i am now thoroughly convinced we were separated at birth. 🙂

    October 7, 2008
  9. Kristine #

    I love your list, Cathy. I can share some of your distractions and probably add a few of my own. My biggest distraction this week seems to be the Internet. I’m reading entirely too many news sites. Need to get back to work on the manuscript big time.

    And I don’t even want to talk about the laundry pile. It’s out of control at my house. (groan)

    October 7, 2008
  10. Charlotte #

    Ummm. Cathy, in theory the only procrastination technique we share is number 24. In practice, however, I am the procrastination queen. I am able to procrastinate simply by doing NOTHING AT ALL… (aargh!)

    October 7, 2008
  11. Cathy #

    lol! kelly! hope things are slowing down.

    charlotte, i stared out a window today in lieu of the nap i should have taken while baby c slept! but the sky was reeeeeally blue! k walked in from his bus and said, ‘mom, why are you just lying there?’
    (because i can, kiddo.)

    kristine, none of us wants to talk about our laundry piles, but oh, we do! it’s laundry therapy – a complicated domestic relationship if ever there was one. this is the support group.

    miranda, it’s a date. if i don’t i’ll never open the ms again! at least that’s how i feel at the moment….

    can i just throw out there that my 13yr old considering himself sexy is me out?! but i’m not showing him or bursting out laughing in his face which is my internal reaction….

    October 7, 2008
  12. oh no!
    a friend just talked me into joining face book … i SO did not need another method of procrastination … but on i go …..

    October 7, 2008
  13. Ha! This is the best post ever. Does this make us BFFs since I share at least 15 of your procrastinations? Because, really, I think it does! 😉

    October 7, 2008
  14. Cathy #

    i need to add fall asleep during political debates…

    chuckles to elizabeth and bethany!

    October 7, 2008

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