Plan #13 – Put away Halloween

Packing up holiday decorations is a hit-or-miss proposition around here. The main stuff  gets taken down and put away fairly quickly, but inevitably there are a few things that get  overlooked.

Those misfit things get put into a pile that seems to grow slowly over the next few weeks as I locate things that were missed on the first sweep. Somehow, I even find things from prior  holidays! I think I had an Easter Bunny gumball machine and a couple of Christmas decorations still out in October.

Worst of all, this pile never seems to get attended to. Once the boxes are put away up high on the garage shelves, the last thing I want to do is haul them all down for one or two things. It just seems like more trouble than it’s worth.

Until now…

Yep, I did it. I put away the Halloween costumes I’d lent out, the random things I’d missed in the  Halloween packing, and all the little doodads that I’d piled up. I had been feeling like a big hypocrite as I got on Quinland’s case for a sleeping bag and pillow that had been sitting on the rocking chair since Outdoor School a month ago. Those finally got put away yesterday; today it was my turn to face the music.

It took less than 15 minutes, and I did it right, putting everything back in the proper box. It’s always such an eye-opener to see how easy it is to take care of all the dang things I’ve procrastinated on. Honestly, I hope the awareness sticks this time!

I also located the little box of Thanksgiving decorations I’d been looking for the last two weeks, so this is back up on my mantel:

Give Thanks

I do have a tremendous amount to be thankful for. Family, love, friends, home, job, food, clothing, books… life. I’ve certainly been counting my blessings in the wake of so many tragedies this week.

Bedtime procrastination

Iphone 3GS

I have not been sleeping well for months now.

I could say I don’t know why, but I do: I’ve been staying on my phone until the wee hours. It’s become a bad habit that’s hard to quit.

It started innocently enough. When I first put the CPAP mask on, it’s hard for me to breathe in rhythm with the machine. I feel panicky and claustrophobic. Distracting myself helps; taking my mind off my breath lets it fall into the prescribed pattern more quickly. It’s easy to grab my phone to read something as a distraction, and I don’t need to turn a light on and disturb David.

Unfortunately, one article becomes two, one game of Ticket to Ride becomes fifteen, one peek at Twitter becomes an hour of mindless scrolling… and before I know it, I have been up for half the night.

I have been distracted from the CPAP, though, so I guess it has served some purpose.

(Of course, the energetic feeling that getting-enough-oxygen is supposed to give me gets canceled right out by getting-only-a-few-hours-of-sleep.)

Apparently, I am not the only one with this problem. Researchers have realized that “bedtime procrastination” – something that I used to associate with Quinland’s endless excuses for not going to bed at night – is a brand-new sleep disorder that has serious ramifications for physical and mental health. Lack of sleep can cause difficulty concentrating, poor decision-making, and impaired reaction times, as well as lowered immunity, weight gain, and heart disease. Hmmm… I may have every one of those but the heart disease. Yet.

So I’ve decided to give my electronic devices a rest at night. I will put on the CPAP mask before 11 pm and then play ONE game of Ticket to Ride (which takes exactly six minutes – plenty of time to get settled in). I’ll then turn my phone off and get to sleep. I’ve done it successfully for two nights already! Let’s see if I can keep it up.

I’ve got 10 minutes to get to bed. Good night, y’all.

Iphone 3GS” by Aitor Aguirregabiria / CC BY

Off to the Depots

Counting stupid things

We have been in dire need of printer ink and printer paper for quite some time.

This is one of those weird things that I put off for some reason. Why do I procrastinate on something so straightforward? It’s not as though I don’t like going to Office Depot! I love that place. I could walk up and down the aisles for an hour and be perfectly content. (Not to mention the whole getting-something-I-need aspect.)

Thanks to a homework project of Quinland’s that had to get printed tonight, I headed off to Office Depot. Finally, we would have ink and paper. Imagine! The ability to print… Ahhhh!

Sure enough, I had a good time while I was there. I got my paper (Buy 2, get 1 free!), found my ink, chatted to the sales guy about laptop specials, checked out desk-and-hutch combos, and drooled over the fresh lot of calendars for 2013. Oh, how I love calendars. I talked myself out of getting one, though. First off, they charge an arm and a leg! Pricing a calendar at $14.99 should be a crime. I am 99.9% certain I can get a perfectly serviceable one at Dollar Tree for $1.00. Secondly, I have my lovely Moleskine calendar, so I don’t need to succumb to the allure of the new. Sadly.

After that fun excursion, I still had the shopping bug.  Luckily, our local Office Depot is conveniently located across a big parking lot from a little place we call the Home of Pot. (Translated from the Spanish: Home DePot, see?) But strangely, nothing there really sucked me in. I need to have an actual project in the works to know what to buy, and that won’t be happening for a while. I did gape at granite countertops, page through Before & After magazine spreads, and wonder why they have all their Christmas stuff out so early… but I did not buy. I was proud of myself. Good job, me!

xo – Lori

Daily Check-In:

I’m grateful that it did not rain today, so we were able to get an entire can of yard debris stuffed to overflowing.

I’m also grateful, of course, for the photo by kennymatic.