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August 18th, 2015


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07:42 pm - Hidden Away, Post #51
So this afternoon, in an attempt to get control over a crazy workweek with writing and other concerns piling in, I made a grid of the various large-scale tasks, responsibilities, and personal projects I'm doing this week -- 10 different boxes-- and then jotted down the sub-tasks. I took a somewhat vengeful pleasure in writing down subtasks I've already completed, just for the joy of crossing them off.

Actually, what I did first was walk to the bookshop and buy a new, completely boring blue spiral notebook for this new organizational strategy. It was hot, and there was construction thunder and the promise of actual thunder in the blue-black clouds visible along the trees and buildings in the distance. I wanted shade.

So now I've done some evening yoga, and thought about the to-do grid, and poured myself a glass of ice-water with lemon. I'm ready to hide away from the world for a bit.

Maybe I'll think about London's 'secret' gardens. Maybe I'll listen to some Shakespeare sonnets. Maybe I'll listen to the happy hum of the air-conditioner, and the snores of Master Danger.

What would you do to relax right now? May there be time for yourself in the next day or two.

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From:anne_d
Date:August 18th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Good on you with the organizing! There is something very satisfying about crossing off the usefuls you've slayed, isn't there?

What would I do to relax? Sleep would be nice. No tossing and turning because it's too hot to sleep, no nightmares, no waiting for the gallbother to attack, just sleep. Yeah, that'd be nice. Failing that, I'm going to sit in my comfy chair and cross things off my lists.

And those gardens are lovely. Thank you for sharing them with me.

Edited at 2015-08-19 12:27 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
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It is awesome to cross items off (except when they propagate, as they're doing right now... ah well). :)

I hope you ARE getting sleep. Hugs, and dreams of gardens.
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From:mamculuna
Date:August 19th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
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I should confess that I've been relaxing all day, actually, but at present, an NYT crossword is definitely making things better, as it so often does.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
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That sounds awesome. :)

Cheers for your Wednesday!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:August 19th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
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Oh, those are some beautiful gardens!

Relaxing to the sound of your puppy snoring is darling. My cats "put a spell" on me with their purring, as we call it in my family.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
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How lovely to have purring cats to help you relax! :)

Cheers and hugs for your day.
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From:rahirah
Date:August 19th, 2015 01:38 am (UTC)
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Making a to-do grid is half the battle. :sage nod:
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
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It's really helpful in ways I hadn't expected.

Next week's grid, however, I'll also think about prioritizing large-scale tasks too. :)

Cheers and cooler days for you!
From:gwynnega
Date:August 19th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
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This evening I think I will do some reading to relax. (And maybe watch a LAW & ORDER rerun.)
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Reading for relaxation, yay!

Hugs and cool breezes, my friend.
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From:stateless82
Date:August 19th, 2015 03:26 am (UTC)
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I've never tried a grid and and subtasks- it sounds intriguing.

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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm finding it weirdly helpful, and while my to-do items are still out of control, I've got a better handle on what needs to be done. :)

Cheers and hugs!
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From:kathyh
Date:August 19th, 2015 09:38 am (UTC)
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We went to the Kensington Rooftop Gardens on a London Walk in January and it's wonderfully bizarre. Worth a visit if you ever get the opportunity. The Isabella Plantation is gorgeous but slightly further out. It's relaxing just thinking about them.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for your Kensington Roof Garden experience! I was going to do it on my 2012 trip, but it just didn't happen....

Hugs and gardens and good things!
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:August 19th, 2015 10:32 am (UTC)
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Ha! I'm glad I'm not the only one who seeds my to-do list with things I've already done :).

Today I resume a social life. Wish me luck!
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
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YAY for resumption of social life. Sending you hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:August 19th, 2015 12:43 pm (UTC)
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The Kensington Roof Garden looks lovely, I'll put it on the list of places to visit. Hope you were able to relax last night.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for lists of cool places to visit in London!

Cheers for your Wednesday, too!
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From:laurawise
Date:August 19th, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for stories and time and you, L! [hugs]
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From:paratti
Date:August 19th, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I've been to Fulham Palace Gardens, though it was years ago. It was pretty.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 20th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Coolness! But then, you ARE cool. :)

Hugs!
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From:heron_pose
Date:August 20th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
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the blue spiral notebook sounds a lovely plan.

what would i do? a walk in London in the spring sounds lovely, don't it?
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From:laurawise
Date:August 20th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
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A walk in London in the spring sounds like heaven.

Hugs hugs, H_P! All the hugs!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:August 20th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
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I did manage yoga on Tuesday and today I'm basking in the quiet hammering above the garage that means another framed wall is about to rise from the deck! I do like some visible progress (nods emphatically).
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From:laurawise
Date:August 20th, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for yoga and for visible progress! Hurrah for you!

[hugs]

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