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#51 2015-03-17 07:30:28

Em
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From: Didjabringabeeralong, XXX
Registered: 2004-12-28
Posts: 43864

Re: The Productivity Suite

Em wrote:

Rather than writing what I have done, I will write what I intend to do this evening, and follow-up tomorrow:

One (1) load of laundry
Make dinner - I'm feeling a Shephard's Pie tonite
Work - fill out Claim Forms
Leave my tablet upstairs until all the above is done so won't play "Hay Day"
Write all this down in my "task" notebook I purchased last year at Disney for this reason -- it is still blank.

Baby steps.

I accomplished:

One (1) load of laundry - however, it is still in the dryer
Didn't make dinner. There was only the two of us, had enough corned beef left over from Sunday, so we had sandwiches for dinner.
Filled out Claim Forms

Played too much Hay Day; didn't fill out my notebook.

Today's another day. Fiddle-dee-dee!


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

#52 2015-03-17 15:13:20

Marian
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Posts: 21655
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Re: The Productivity Suite

I was super productive at work. (I am not surprised that shorter days make me more efficient, but I am pleasantly surprised my brain adjusted so quickly. Also, a lot of that energy that went to creating a baxillion class plans is freed up.)

After work, I took pictures in parking lots, then edited them for tonight's class.

I have also done some birdwatching, and am satisfied to see several goldfinches. (Read: reassured my cat's kill on Sunday did not decimate the local population.)

 

#53 2015-03-17 18:15:41

Genisis X
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From: permanent existential crisis
Registered: 2005-05-08
Posts: 15088

Re: The Productivity Suite

I got out of bed today. Then I had tea. Time for a nap, I think :P

-X


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

#54 2015-03-17 18:53:05

Ad1tu
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From: Buffysadharc
Registered: 2004-02-22
Posts: 6460

Re: The Productivity Suite

I successfully remembered to drop off a check at the bank today! I forgot to yesterday.

And I did the gym thing. More on that in the health room.


If you should do what makes you happy, and no one can tell you what makes you happy, then that means no one can tell you what to do!

Tamishu's Ramblings

 

#55 2015-03-17 23:51:42

Magpie
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From: miraculously thistle-free town
Registered: 2006-03-27
Posts: 32892
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Re: The Productivity Suite

I planted a few last things on the balcony yesterday, took pictures for my blog and put the table back outside... and then I kind of crashed. Didn't eat a proper dinner, and just sat around doing nothing useful all evening.
But at least I went to bed before midnight. That is an accomplishment.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#56 2015-03-18 09:54:57

ylvs
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From: Art Central
Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13413

Re: The Productivity Suite

Just took down and folded three machines of laundry.

Now they glare at me and wnat to be brought in their respective drawers but i ignore them for now.

Online

 

#57 2015-03-18 10:42:58

Ad1tu
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From: Buffysadharc
Registered: 2004-02-22
Posts: 6460

Re: The Productivity Suite

I survived a 1.5 hour conference call.


If you should do what makes you happy, and no one can tell you what makes you happy, then that means no one can tell you what to do!

Tamishu's Ramblings

 

#58 2015-03-18 10:52:26

ylvs
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From: Art Central
Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13413

Re: The Productivity Suite

Put laundry away as well.

Online

 

#59 2015-03-18 13:01:23

Sahi
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From: Assendelft (the Netherlands)
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 44999
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Re: The Productivity Suite

I bought may [edit: may=meat] at a biological butcher and went voting. I also looked at which programming assignment I want to have my colleagues do tomorrow night.


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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#60 2015-03-18 13:11:03

redNathalie
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From: ubiquitous
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 12703

Re: The Productivity Suite

Sahi wrote:

I bought may at a biological butcher

*intensely curious* What is this? Any of this??


Author of the 888,888th Post

Oven though we're far apart, I'm still a huge fan! ~Firsfron
There was also a toast commercial that made me tear up.... ~Libra

 

#61 2015-03-18 13:20:17

Magpie
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From: miraculously thistle-free town
Registered: 2006-03-27
Posts: 32892
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Re: The Productivity Suite

redNathalie wrote:

Sahi wrote:

I bought may at a biological butcher

*intensely curious* What is this? Any of this??

I suspect autocorrect and language differences... "meat" instead of "may", and at least in German, "biologisch" also means "organic", so I suppose it's similar in Dutch.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#62 2015-03-18 13:58:02

Sahi
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Re: The Productivity Suite

Yup.


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#63 2015-03-18 17:53:23

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39625
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Re: The Productivity Suite

redNathalie wrote:

*intensely curious* What is this? Any of this??

*laughing* Now I have to picture you as an Elcor from Mass Effect.
*apologetic* Though it does not match your stature in the least.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#64 2015-03-18 18:48:57

cyan
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From: Magic Loft of Design & Wonder
Registered: 2005-02-16
Posts: 26887

Re: The Productivity Suite

- got out of bed
- coffee'd
- laughed again over redNat's 'drinking with cyan' picture (paraphrased)
- read some work emails
- bought groceries
- read some more work emails; realized that I couldn't be an innocent bystander, logged in and quashed some (a lot of) useless effing BS*.



* I have a minion.  Exactly one.  And she's awesome.  She doesn't do things quite the way I would do them, but she gets it done and that's what is important here.


"Never underestimate the power and accuracy of a chicken-chucking trebuchet." ~ Tad

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#65 2015-03-18 19:09:38

redNathalie
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From: ubiquitous
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Posts: 12703

Re: The Productivity Suite

Thank you for the clarification, Peter (and Sahi)! Makes sense. "Biological butcher" sounds grim and grisly, somehow...

Peter wrote:

*laughing* Now I have to picture you as an Elcor from Mass Effect.
*apologetic* Though it does not match your stature in the least.

I don't know what that is either, so you didn't even have to apologize!


Author of the 888,888th Post

Oven though we're far apart, I'm still a huge fan! ~Firsfron
There was also a toast commercial that made me tear up.... ~Libra

 

#66 2015-03-18 19:12:19

redNathalie
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From: ubiquitous
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 12703

Re: The Productivity Suite

Today I:

Did Almost All the Work
Finished my physics book
Spent a couple hours in the sun

I am feeling very lazy this evening, so other than the necessary making of dinner and washing of dishes, this is all I plan to accomplish.


Author of the 888,888th Post

Oven though we're far apart, I'm still a huge fan! ~Firsfron
There was also a toast commercial that made me tear up.... ~Libra

 

#67 2015-03-19 02:50:27

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
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Re: The Productivity Suite

redNathalie wrote:

Peter wrote:

*laughing* Now I have to picture you as an Elcor from Mass Effect.
*apologetic* Though it does not match your stature in the least.

I don't know what that is either, so you didn't even have to apologize!

I was afraid that might be the case. Elcor are a race in the Mass Effect universe that are unable to show emotions on their faces like humans do and they are a very careful race, that does not like to offend. So they verbally express their emotions in the way displayed above :) .

Also... they look like elefants :p


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#68 2015-03-19 05:40:22

Marian
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From: RVA
Registered: 2001-06-05
Posts: 21655
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Re: The Productivity Suite

I love my new schedule so much. I am too achy/exhausted in evenings to do much, but once I have woken up I can get a good deal done!

It's 7:30, and I have:

-washed dishes and pans
-Put soaked beans on stove
-Made oatmeal
-Started laundry
-Created an Excel writing log

 

#69 2015-03-19 06:59:51

Marian
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From: RVA
Registered: 2001-06-05
Posts: 21655
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Re: The Productivity Suite

Wrote 1000 words. Now to go to work!

 

#70 2015-03-19 07:49:05

Sahi
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From: Assendelft (the Netherlands)
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 44999
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Re: The Productivity Suite

Way to go, Marian!


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#71 2015-03-19 08:00:05

Marian
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From: RVA
Registered: 2001-06-05
Posts: 21655
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Re: The Productivity Suite

Thanks. :)

 

#72 2015-03-19 12:03:29

Magpie
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From: miraculously thistle-free town
Registered: 2006-03-27
Posts: 32892
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Re: The Productivity Suite

I finally checked out the plant nursery near my home (which I've been planning to do for literally years now). Meh. Nothing interesting, and everything very expensive.
Then I went to buy a storage box to put my school things in. The big problem with my classes is that I don't have a desk, so I have nowhere to put everything, so it was piling up all over the living room. But now it's in a box under the bed.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#73 2015-03-19 23:14:58

redNathalie
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From: ubiquitous
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 12703

Re: The Productivity Suite

Today I:

1. Finished enough of the work project to hand off layouts, design specs and requirements to the developers so they can start building it. Yay!

2. Scrubbed and cleaned the bathtub and both showers (my least-favorite housecleaning chore)

3. Picked my son up from the university and brought him home for the week (he's on spring break). ^_^


Author of the 888,888th Post

Oven though we're far apart, I'm still a huge fan! ~Firsfron
There was also a toast commercial that made me tear up.... ~Libra

 

#74 2015-03-20 07:26:44

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39625
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Re: The Productivity Suite

Getting all the things done today. Been cleaning the apartment and still got a bit of that left.
One load of laundry is currently in the tumble dryer. One load of dishes is done.
And then work calls and after that I am going to the Rothfuss reading.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#75 2015-03-20 08:09:10

Marian
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From: RVA
Registered: 2001-06-05
Posts: 21655
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Re: The Productivity Suite

Go Peter!

I have exercised and written 500 words, including a scene I had been nervous about writing for a while.

 

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