Friday, July 8, 2011

Just call me Captain Productive...oh wait, false alarm

I know, I know, I have been the worst blogger lately. Not only am I not updating, but I’m also haven’t been reading anyone else’s blogs.

What if some of you got married? What if some of you cured cancer, or became president?! I WOULDN’T KNOW!!!! So please, next time I am MIA, don’t post anything or do anything exciting so that I don’t miss out. Deal? Deal.

*sigh* These last few weeks have been in equal parts horrible and wonderful.

There’s been bad news, good news (including plane tickets to Europe booked!), and the realization that the older I get the more EXCITING and IN-YOUR-FACE hangovers become, leaving you incapacitated for a few days.

Just one week ago I have never felt more motivated or inspired. Stories and songs were written, articles sent out, the ideas were in thicker and faster than ever before, homework was handed in one time, and I was feeling on top of the world. ‘YES!’, thought I. ‘I have defeated the laziness bug. From now one I will be productive that people will begin to call me Captain Productive and I will be this amazing superhero that does things...(yeah...not sure exactly what super-hero type things I would do. But they would be amazing).

But then:


I fell to pieces. One week of crazy happy insane productivity and I became a quivering mess on the floor. The idea of blogging made me want to cry. I. Had. Nothing. To. Say.

And I ALWAYS have SOMETHING to say. I mean, when no one is around I talk to MYSELF. Heck, when people are around I talk to myself.

But no... all motivation left as quickly as it had arrived.

I think it may have been the moment when I realised that my Masters and my current education class overlapped. And this meant that THREE classes worth of assignments were due at once (keeping in mind I work 4 full days a week, then have a 3 hour tutorial the other day); and to prevent this I would need to go back in time and do all of my education class assignments before I even started the class and become the productive super-hero I imagined myself to be. So while I am still excited for my new classes, I have begun to realise that I am completely insane and have entirely too much faith in my own abilities.

To emphasis just how little time I have...I don’t have any time to procrastinate. And if you have followed me for a while you all know how I LOVE to procrastinate. I love it so much I am even making a comic strip about it to put on my blog shortly (it’s going to be absolutely awful. Get excited).


I didn’t know whether to dance with joy or throw myself under the nearest bus.

In short, to get back at me for complaining for one week straight, life basically threw all of this at me:

9am- My car broke down. In the middle of a three-lane road. During peak hour. Four hours and $350 later and my car was working again.

12am- my article got published here: And if you’re thinking ‘hang on a minute...this was on your blog a while ago’, then you would be correct. It’s called killing two birds with one stone and it is my life motto.

3pm- I realised that when the mechanic who put in a new alternator said ‘by the way, you have a power-steering fluid leak. You might want to get that looked at’ what he really meant was ‘by the way, I accidently did something that caused a leak in your power steering fluid and now your car makes a horrible grinding sound when you try to turn corners. I won’t admit to my mistake so that you will have to pay to get it fixed and I don’t have to expend any more energy on your car.’

5pm- My teaching internship next year got cut back from 8 weeks, to ‘3 weeks and then five extra days when it’s convenient for you.’ So rather than trying to scrounge up 10 weeks (internship goes over the two-week primary school break as well) worth of mortgage and food money while I’m not working, I only need to find three weeks worth. Now I can desperately try to find money to head off to Thailand next year instead. And pray that my employer doesn’t throw me off a roof for continuously taking time off...

Long story short: There was no story. This blog post had absolutely on point to it whatsoever.


SJ said...

the joys of trying to juggle uni and work! i have to say, i'm glad that is behind me (for now at least). that was definitely one of the more stressful times in my life.

and that's very cool that your article was published- who cares that it was on the blog before!

Deidre said...

Oy! just reading this made me stress out! Good luck!

Congratulations about the article - that's just awesome!

ellie's desk said...

Stress..stress..remember to get in a little yoga..that might help. So sad about that car. What a bad mechanic..something similar like this happened to my brother.

Hopefully, the children or who ever you are teaching are angels.

lucy and sarah said...

Wow, that's a lot to deal with. I hope you have time for some 'me' time..somewhere in all this.

Notes She Wrote said...

wow yesterday sounded like a seriously crazy day! Way to go on getting your article published though. How cool is that? :)

Notes She Wrote

Megan said...

Oh my goodness, you have been super busy girl!! Totally okay to slack on the blog a little bit...I can barely keep up sometimes and I'm not even doing any school right now!!

Sara Louise said...

I would have freaked out if my car broke down in the middle of the street, during rush hour! That's one of my biggest fears (not lying.... I picture all these angry people beeping at me and me, sobbing hysterically inside my car alone and panicked).
Hopefully you'll get to go to Thailand next year to make up for it :-)

The Book Florist said...

I definitely relate to you. I woke up today, yesterday and the day before with no material for blogging, and have had to 1. shambled up something mildly horrible or 2. get home late from work and be to exhausted to move. I'm kind of happy, (at the same time of feeling empathetic with you), that someone else experiences that sort of thing.

Congratulations on having your article published! Is that quite a big deal for you, because it certainly sounds very exciting.

In response to your comment, the teen novel I read was called 'Does My Head Look Big in This?' and it is by Randa Abdel-Fattah. It explores the teenaged protagonists' battle with being herself in highschool where everthing is about being 'cool' or 'fitting in'. More importantly, about her being a full-time veil-wearing Muslim in a highschool where everything is about being 'cool' or 'fitting in'. It's quite quirky, and touches A LOT of controversial topics, bu does it well, I though. It was good. Now I'm just scared to find out what sort of assignment I will have to do after reading it!

Anyway, I really hope that after such an incredible week, you will have plenty of time to destress and enjoy yourself. I hope that all the little awful hiccups end up being smoothed out quickly for you. Take care.

Hazel said...

I think I would die if my car broke down in the middle of rush hour!

Also, congratulations on your article being published! That's awesome news which will help balance out the bad news.

Holly said...

Hahaha I like Captain Productive. If he/she was actually a superhero, I wonder what they would look like... :P

Eleanor said...

hope you find time to relax.... breathe breathe!! well done about th e article and grr about the car!! xxxxxxxxx

amy b.s. said...

sounds like you have plenty to do with without the blog, but welcome back!

Bonnie said...

Your life sounds a lot like my life -- crazy, hectic, busy, productive at times, stupid at others, completely insane, breakdowns ...

I understand 100%. Trust me.
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

kimbirdy said...

i love your blog, and you! whenever i have to get stuff done i first watch this: it's awesome and by a guy i sort of knew in san francisco. i hope it helps. :)

Alex said...

Chin up! I have a feeling you'll get through it all just fine :) But seriously, sometimes life's a bitch huh?

Aquí said...

your blog is so real and though you may think that there was nothing to say, you just summed up every normal girls week in a few paragraphs! Its comforting knowing that there are others who go through productive and lazy spells!

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

Car problems are the worst, and they are so frustrating. I hope it gets better for you soon.


Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Wow, Im sorry your going through such a stressful time. Just try to take some time for yourself and remember to relax. It will be okay. :)

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

demie said...

whatever you write you write it in an amazing engazing way! have a lovely weekend : )

iris said...

Ooooh, Thailand, that's definitely the way to go. To, uh, re-boot your productivity meter, of course.

Chelsea Lane said...

WWWWOOOWWWW. what craziness! I have felt so weird being absent from the blog world this week too, crazy huh?!


Ashley said...

Ah, but this post did have a let you vent.

I VENT ALL THE TIME ON MY BLOG! It'a soooo cathartic :)

And you made me laugh out loud several times in this post (awkward at work).

I hate days like this, but at the same time, I kind of like them for what they show me...there is only so much we can control, the rest is learning how to take punches the best we can ;)