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December 5th, 2008


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07:12 am - Unfocused
Friday morning, and I'm so scattered...

Work commitments are more under control now than they have been in the past week, but I still am not sure in what order to attack approach them. This stack in danger of toppling, or that one? What do I save first?

I've carved several hours today and (possibly) tomorrow afternoon to write, but it's as if I'm sitting in a Willie-Wonka room trying to catch at sugar bubbles, I have so many ideas and so little sense of where to close my fist (and what won't pop). The Big Texas Work-in-Progress has been fallow for a while, but even it's coming back; I've got a short story to revise; I have another (not fiction) project cooking; I got an idea for another short story, which might wait until I'm in the Southern Plains for Christmas...

Let's not even talk about the holiday commitments -- I'm ahead in one sense, but careful, nay, pinpoint planning is necessary for the cookie-baking portion of my gift-giving (because I, um, need to be able to go to the post office relatively soon after I bake, yes?). And then I have to come up with a theme for this year's mix-CD, too.

And, breathe.

All I need to do is focus. I'll start by going in and choosing an outfit (after reading Isaac Mizrahi's style book, I have been inspired to crawl out of my "jeans coma," in his unforgettable phrase). Then I'll take the Dog of the House for her day of beauty and her session with the pet photographer. (My father and my baby brother, in separate phone calls, exclaimed, "Is she having her picture taken with Santa?" These are the smart-asses I've had to grow up with. Also, the answer is NO.) Then I'll pick one item from List A, one item from List B...

Focus. Breathe.

Hugs to you all, and may you be focused on the things you love today!

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From:freixenet
Date:December 5th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
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No picture with Santa? Darn, my hopes are dashed!

if "all" you need to do is focus, well...that's a lot, though. ::hugs hugs:: It's Friday. There is plenty of time.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
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The Dog of the House will be fussy enough without having to deal with a jolly red-suited man on whom she'd shed. ;-)

Hugs hugs! Friday!
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From:paratti
Date:December 5th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Oooooommmmmmm's with you.

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
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The Dog of the House: [bounds in] Lesley, what have I told you people about the evil in chanting Ommmmm!

L: [hugs Lesley for the thought anyway]
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
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[hugs and good one-thing-at-a-time thoughts to you too] Happy Friday!
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From:lounge_lily
Date:December 5th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
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I for one would love to see a Santa photo! [squeezes you gently so you can breathe]
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I don't think the Dog of the House would take to Santa, actually. ;-)

Hugs hugs and joy!
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From:anne_d
Date:December 5th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
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A thing that helps me when there are too many usefuls to slay: Pick one, set a timer for fifteen or twenty minutes, work until the timer goes off, take a ten-minute break, work for another fifteen minutes, repeat as needed until the task is complete. Knowing that there are limits and tea breaks seems to help.

Hugs, and I'm sure that the Dog of the House will look stunning. More stunning, of course; she is always beautiful.
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From:anne_d
Date:December 5th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
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And as I say to my bestest buddy, Don't Forget To Breathe!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
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[breathes]

[sends thanks and good cheer]
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
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The Dog of the House was v.v. displeased to be at the house of canine beauty -- we'll see how the whole experience works for her. ;-)

Hugs, and thanks for the reminder of ways to tackle the madness! Happy Friday!
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From:winding_path
Date:December 5th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
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*sends you lots and lots of hugs*
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Hugs hugs, and a soft "awww" for the icon. :-)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:December 5th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
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T'is the season for scatteredness everywhere. I sympathize and reinforce all the upthread encouragements to breathe.

:sends hugs and scurries off to take my own advice::
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
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After an afternoon being nibbled to death by ducks, it's harder to breathe! But I'll try. [breathes]

[sends hugs and good thoughts]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:December 5th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Ducks must go! I've wasted the whole morning trying to find things that should be in a specific place and just...aren't.

::breathes::

Excelsior!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Excelsior!

[charges up mountain, falls on face]

[sends hugs anyway]
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From:laurawise
Date:December 7th, 2008 10:42 am (UTC)
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[hugs and good cheer sent your way]

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