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Weekend Open Thread: Procrastination Station

Come here! I have something to show you. And once I lure you in (oh, please let me lure you in), let’s put on some music, crack open a cold one, and enjoy another summer weekend.

Ah-ha! I got you! Yes, this is an odd image to greet you. Welcome to this open thread! Sometimes, when I am at work, I get bored. And when I get bored, I don’t click through YouTube videos or chat on Facebook. Nope, I fire up with MSPaint and draw the first thing that comes to mind. Now, why a male pig, sad over his nipples, is the first thing that came to mind is absolutely beyond me, but there it is.

So how do you procrastinate when you have work hanging over your head? What’s this weekend looking like for you?

35 replies on “Weekend Open Thread: Procrastination Station”

Well the school year is over so I have much less to procrastinate about thankfully. Usually I waste hours accomplishing nothing on Facebook or reading horrible celebrity gossip sites reading about people I’m not even interested in. However I plan on adding to my future procrastination repertoire by creating a tumblr this weekend. I’ve been meaning to for a while but I keep getting stuck on coming up with a swell name for it.

So… just got gluten-free bread for the first time. It was the stuff in the gluten-free organic section, and it… um… how can they call this bread? The “Sell By” date was April 2012, and it was in a vacu-sealed pouch thing. It tastes like stale sadness. It has the texture of foam.

Going to check in the actual bakery section next time and maybe ask someone there, because this was the only bread in the gluten-free section.

Anyone else who doesn’t do gluten know if there’s decent bread out there?

(I am not cutting it out entirely, but significantly reducing my intake. Basically, not eating it if it’s a major ingredient (bread, pasta), but if it’s minor (chicken wings) that’s fine. I’ve found that my energy levels are way up.)

Sadly, most of them taste like that. Gluten-free bread is not bread.

Mr. Cupcake has Celiac and I’ve been trying for years to buy or bake a gluten-free bread that is comparable to proper sandwich bread and it’s not out there. We have a local brand called Amaranth that’s not bad, but that’s like $10 a loaf. Udi’s makes a passable loaf, too, but at $7.50 a pop, those have to be special occasion sandwiches.

The best thing that we’ve found is to use the Glutino sandwich bread mix and make a flatbread out of it (I did this by baking it in a round spring form pan).

That… really stinks. The reason I wanted bread was for those days when I didn’t have leftovers to put in my lunchbox and wanted to make a quick sandwich or something. I need to figure out other quick and easy lunchtime foods.

Has anyone seen the infomercial for Wen by Chaz Dean Hair Care System? It’s a no-shampoo and sulfate-free thing. I have a lot of fine hair that’s curly and I can’t tell if the stuff really works or if I’m just in a bar-study twilight that makes bad ideas seem like good ideas.

Whooo! Today was my official end to procrastinating on starting to work out again. Hopefully I can keep the trend going.

It’s rough because I’m usually one of those people who jumps into working out with both feet, but since I’m coming off an injury (and had 7 months where I couldn’t run or lift anything, so pretty much no exercise), I’m easing into it (I like the 30 Day Shred, but didn’t make myself do all of Stage 1 on my first day back, because I didn’t want to die). Hopefully that will work.

Wow I’m impressed you’re “easing into it” with the 30 Day Shred. JM is crazy (but effective)! I got sick during week 3 of Ripped in 30 and haven’t started it back up yet because it is brutal. I’ve been procrastinating with treadmill and a workout I got from Women’s health and 6 Week 6 Pack because I am scared. 6 Week 6 Pack is a bit less intense than the shred, I think, if you need something that isn’t quite that crazy. Good luck!

You can also modify the impact moves pretty easily. My mom has weak ankles so instead of doing, say, mountain climbers by jumping her feet back and forth, she brings one foot in, taps, extends back into plank, and then does the opposite foot. If you focus on your abs and keeping your back straight, it’s still a pretty good workout! You don’t have to jump around if you can’t handle it. But the Banish Fat Boost Metabolism is a lot of jumping that I can’t figure out a modification for, so I would avoid that.

That’s the worst! For about seven months I had mysterious nerve issues that meant no lifting, no bending, no stretching, no running… which I did for the last four months or so (after we figured out that it wasn’t an ulcer or my gallbladder, and realized that physical activity was a Bad Thing.) It was terrible. And, yeah, I just did the first set of activities in Stage 1, which was fine. At then end, my body was kind of like “We’re doing this again?” and half of it cried out to the heavens in anguish and the other cried out in jubilation.

Well. I graduated today, y’all. Not really graduated-graduated because I’m still taking my last two summer classes and defending my thesis this summer, but I walked at graduation and everything. If all goes well I will actually receive my diploma this summer – cum laude Honors Bachelor of Science in Pre-PA!

Defending my thesis in about a month, wish me luck!

Pretty much everything I do can be defined as procrastination, since I have a really hard time making myself do things. I have not yet cracked the secret to making myself work the way I should, something my boyfriend seems to have in hand and the reason he’s successful in ways I definitely am not :P

As for the weekend, though, tomorrow I’m marching in my first-ever Pride parade! Yaaay! I’ll be marching with other people from a hotline starting up in September for LGBTQ teens as an offshoot of the crisis hotline already in place.

Hokay, so. I am volunteering at a Special Olympics event this weekend, which is tons of fun (I used to work for Special Olympics, so… now I just do the fun stuff!). Considering writing an article on SO. Wanted to check: what questions do y’all have? I know there are a TON of misconceptions out there about this organization, so… shoot questions at me!

I have a lot of questions!

1. Is Special Olympics a year round thing (like, weekly or monthly meetings with participants), or is it just the annual games?

2. What is the biggest goal of SO and how is that goal reached? I know of a few goals for the organization, but I am curious as to what someone involved with the group sees as the big guiding principle.

3. How do participants prepare for the games? How do the volunteers/coordinators prepare for the games?

4. What is something new you’ve learned since working with SO?

5. What is one story that really encapsulates what SO stands for?

6. How can people get involved?

7. How does SO view disabilities and people with disabilities?

I might think of more…

I have a pre-wedding party to go to for friends of mine who are getting married abroad later in the month.
I also went shopping after work yesterday and bought five dresses. FIVE. For someone who really dislikes shopping, this is….unusual. But they’re for my holidays…:)

How do I procrastinate. . . . I read political news. I read recipes. I try to think up my derby girl name because, damn it, this is the year – this is the year I get skates and do it.

Is it sad that I’m about to be 35 and want to go out for derby? I’ve just wanted to do it for soooo long, as far back as when I was a kid and, in the middle of the day sometimes, dad and I would find 1980s derby on TV.

I’m a 35 year old (retired) derby player. Slay Belle is my derby name. I have nothing but encouragement for you. There’s nothing sad or unusual about wanting to play. As long as you can handle the physical part of playing, age isn’t a barrier.

You’ll find there’s a large number of players in their 30s and 40s in the game. You won’t be alone.

Absolutely! I don’t know where you live or what your local league, but you may find that tryouts won’t be happening for a while. (Many leagues do freshmeat in the winter and play their home seasons in the spring so they’re free for inter-league play in the summer/fall.) If that’s the case, this is a great time to do some prep work. Derby relies on strong thigh muscles and good core strength, as well as balance.

So great prep exercises — lots of crunches, planks, that v-thing where you are lifting your legs and upper body off the floor to a count of hundred, wall crouches, walking lunges. Spinning is very popular as an endurance exercise. Calf raises.

I heard that Estro-Jen out of the Angel City Roller Girls just put out a specific roller-derby exercise DVD that seems to get pretty high praise. I haven’t used it myself but I’m thinking about ordering it. All the reviews have said its petty true to RD training in general.

And if you’re not a skater, invest in a pair of skates and get comfortable on them! Wear them around your house, go to open skates, etc, etc. They’re going to be your new best friends.

Slay Belle and GwenBear – thank you for identifying yourselves yesterday! I got sucked into watching Parks and Rec on Hulu and didn’t get a chance to ask my questions. Maybe some others will jump in on the weekend thread.

Slay Belle (and any other current/former librarians who want to jump in) – what made you decide to pursue a career as a librarian? What kind of librarian were you? What did you like most and least about your job? What advice would you give to someone looking to become one? How did library school compare to being a librarian?

GwenBear – I hope I’ll be following in your footsteps soon! How did you choose your school and what made you decide to get your MLS?

I have my law degree and practiced in a firm for three years, but I didn’t enjoy it. I’m not sure I’d want to be a law librarian, but at least I’m halfway there if I decide to pursue it! I’m sure I’ll have a lot more questions soon.

I actually didn’t go to library school and sort of wormed my way into library work the old fashioned way — I came from a background in publishing, then worked my way into what we call non-professional or semi-professional slots. (In tech services and YA.) Though I could have, I ultimately declined to go to library school for one major reason: the cost.

If you’re interested in going into public librarianship, you need to go to an ALA accredited school, of which they’re aren’t tons, and they tend to be pricey. (Obviously, you’ll see that the cost will vary as it will at any school, but in my area, the ALA programs run about 30 grand/year.) There is little-to-no grants available, no fellowships — you’re on your own to pay for this. I couldn’t justify the loans for library school on top of my undergraduate loans (I put myself through college) when the average salary for a librarian is about 30,000 if you’re lucky.

Also, the job situation is pretty abysmal. A lot of city public libraries are shedding staff like crazy and all the older librarians who were ‘going to retire’ and open up slots for the next generation are sticking in their jobs. And why not? It’s not a physically taxing job. I’ve personally known two librarians who literally died on the job.

I don’t mean to sound like a debby downer here, but I think that the practicalities of the library degree is really glossed over by the profession and that in some ways it just takes advantage of people who love books and love spreading the joy of reading out into the community. So, really look seriously at the kinds of programs you may want to do — I have gathered that school librarians and academic librarians (specialty librarians in general) tend to get paid better than public librarians.

Ok, the downer stuff over, I really loved the job and miss it every day. I do adore books, I like reading, I like encouraging other people to read. Programming, community work — its all very interesting and deeply, personally rewarding. It’s also very a job that’s very connected to the community at large — people constantly stop me in public to say they know me from the library, and how much they liked some book I recommended, or to say they’re sorry they don’t see me around any more. I’ve done author readings and book clubs and writer’s groups, sponsored reading contests, taught classes in technology, and gone out to senior citizen homes to bring books to them.

I’ve also found that my skills are very attractive to employers. I went from the library to a job in engineering because the owners felt that the organization I would bring to the job (as well as basic communication skills, which engineers flat out lack) would be a huge boon to their business. (As a sad note to that, when I told my supervisor I was leaving, my starting salary at the new place was more than she was making after 20 years on the job.)

I still stay involved now. I run the book club and the NaNo writing month, and I just applied for a position on the board. Its a hard job to walk totally away from.

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