Monday, 19 February 2007

yesterday was Sort Out Sunday!

and that's why I didn't post.

Regular visitors here will have got some idea of the amount of chaos and clutter in my house from posts like this and this. Now things can only go on so long in this state before some sort of meltdown occurs... Last time it happened, our dining room was made into my office, but as my office is now the horrendous dumpster illustrated in one of those pix, and we have no more spare rooms, action has to be taken. So I've initiated Sort Out Sunday... which means that instead of writing on Sunday, as I often do, I will spend several hours sorting and throwing out, either in my office, or in other areas of the house where there's overspill... Hopefully, eventually, my productivity will increase when I can actually find things again... and I also would like to think I can take up the slack with the odd hundred or so extra words on the days when I'm not sorting out. One day, in the dim and distant future, I'll finish trying to sort out my clutter, and then I'll be back to normal.

Mind you, not that I'm doing all that much writing at the moment. I still haven't got back into Buddies Don't Bite, apart from one tiny bit of tweakage last night. Which was probably the first time I've looked at it in a fortnight! But I did have some thoughts about it whilst showering and dressing this morning [in the bathroom again, where I do some of my best creative thinking]... I've decided to slightly change Teresa's status at the beginning of the book, in respect of her so called boyfriend who's just dumped her. In the first version, she's supposed to have slept with this bozo, but now I think I'll have it that she hasn't yet done the deed... which will make her less likely to seem like a bit of a slag for fancying Zack at the same time!

Right, I suppose I should get on with that... although I'm sort of tempted to have a go with my new vacuum cleaner! Given my slatternly household skills, you'd think this would be the last thing I'd want to do... and it just proves the lengths of procrastination I'll go to in order to avoid writing... But we went to Makro yesterday and purchased an all singing all dancing Vax machine, to replace our old Hoover that went kerpuft, and I'm dying to get into a few corners here and there and massacre those dust bunnies!

Telly: not yet
Chocolate: not yet
Mood: not bad
Writing: not yet, but thought about it
Reading: ComputerActive
RSI/FMS: very achy from lugging stuff about on SOS


Saskia Walker said...

"SOS" double-edged sword there, ay? :) Well done you! Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Hey Wendy, I noticed on one of your earlier blogs that you were interested in cognitive behavioural therapy, so thought you might want to watch 'I told you I was ill' on C4 9pm tonight - it's about hypochondriacs who undergo CBT, so should provide a lot of details about CBT and the kind of illnesses it helps.
Well done for SOS, I must do that myself soon... running out of floor space!

Portia Da Costa said...

Yeah... SOS is quite apt! I was drowning in paper... and close to going down for the very last time... LOL

Thanks for reminding me about that programme, Jackie! I would have forgotten it otherwise... but have now set an alarm to remind me to tape it.

val said...

I feel so comforted by your "slatternliness" that I will be very disappointed if you start getting clean and tidy.

Jackie' comment reminded me of Spike Milligan's tombstone - the epitaph "I told you I was ill" was the one he wanted on his grave. But he was buried in Winchelsea churchyard, which is very old and very posh, so they wouldn't let him. The family's solution was to have it done in Celtic.

Dixie Belle said...

I'm a chocolate lover, especially dark chocolate truffles. Drool!!

Portia Da Costa said...

Don't worry, Val! There will still be plenty of slatternliness... The bad habits are far too ingrained and I'm too old to change...

Dixie... mmmm.... truffles... sigh... You would love Hotel Chocolat, they have some divine dark chocolate products. They do ship worldwide, but I think it's quite expensive as they use an expedited service because their chox are so fresh!

Nikki Magennis said...

Wendy, if you're on a cleaning tip d'you fancy coming round here and showing me how it's done? Bring the hoover. I seem to have misplaced mine.

Portia Da Costa said...

I would if I could, Nikki... but clearing up here is nearly killing me as it is! :)

And my enthusiasm for the new hoover will wear off pretty soon, I tell you. It won't be long before it'll need *dusting* too because it's not getting any use... LOL