Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Undercover Crafter

One more week and I'll be finished with my top secret AntiCraft projects.  I'll be sad to mail them away, but then I will be back to making post-able crafts.

Recently, I started thinking about all the craft and non-craft plans I have for the coming year and it made woozy. My solution?  A chart, of course.

I made a list of all of the important things I want to fit into my life (or have to fit in) and I scheduled a chunk of time for each of them every week.  This includes:

  · apartment cleaning
  · laundry
  · putting away the laundry
  · crafting
  · craft research and development (I need a lab coat)
  · blogging, craft and otherwise
  · updating website

The point isn't to freak out that I'm not doing enough (which is status quo, I don't need a chart to freak out), but to help me spend my limited free time in a balanced way so none of the things I'd really like to do get completely neglected.

My philosophy is that even small things accumulate to become something bigger.  Keeping that mantra in my head is what stops me from spending my ten free minutes playing Pop and Drop or just throwing up my arms and giving up when I feel overwhelmed.  Ugh, it sounds like a ridiculous inspirational poster with a drop of water plinking into the sea, but it really does help me.

I plan on entering this magical utopia after I'm done with the AntiCraft book stuff, because that is my entire focus right now.  I'll let you know how my plan works out and if I need to make adjustments to it.

Also, I have been tagged by Ambika.  It's the "five things I haven't already mentioned on my blog" one:

1) I have 7 siblings of all sorts: full, step, half, and adopted.  In high school, there were 6 kids ranging from 2 to 17 living in my home.

2) I didn't touch raw meat (except hamburger) until I was 30-years-old.  I will only touch raw meat with gloves on.

3) I have a thing for the moon.  Seeing the moon in the sky makes me unbelievably happy.  My only tattoo, which I designed, is the moon with clouds. It's on the inside of my left forearm.

4) I will eat anything tomato-related, but I will not eat tomatoes or anything with discernible chunks of tomatoes.  Yes: tomato sauce, tomato paste, smoothish pasta and pizza sauce, ketchup, tomato-based Indian sauces.  No: pico de gallo, tomato slices, diced tomatoes, big slimy chunks of tomatoes in my pasta or pizza sauce.  I've gotten better ... now I will scrape the yuck off and keep eating (that wasn't always the case).  I will also dip my chip in salsa to get the salsa juice, but I shake off any chunks that stick to my chip.  I really should get a blender.

5) I love first-person-shooters and uber-violent video games.  A couple years ago, Andrew gave me Manhunt as a surprise gift.  I swooned.  I had been seeing the commercials for months and they were scaring the hell out of me.  The game is ten times scarier.

and, just in case someone is itching to tag me for "6 weird things about me" ...

6) My big dream is to be the lead singer in a band, and has been since I was around 11 years old.  For real. Sadly, I'm a terrible singer.
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Blaize said ...
I am really glad to see that you have "laundry" and "putting away laundry" as two separate things on your list. I would also have to add "folding laundry." I think most people might think that "doing laundry" includes folding and putting it away, but it doesn't. I will, if I don't make myself do the other two steps, use the clean laundry out of the basket until it's all dirty again.

Therefore: "laundry" is three steps. Oh, wait, four; sorting laundry should be included.
1/23/2007 10:36 PM

OldRound said ...
Please tell me if the chart works. I'm so scattered right now.

Those are weird things but they seem eminently sensible when FutureGirl speaks.
1/23/2007 10:40 PM

futuregirl said ...
I wondered if anyone would notice that laundry is two steps.

I sort the laundry as I do it, so that's just one thing for me. I separate "putting away" because most of our clothes are put on drying racks in the living room or hung in the guest bathroom on hangers to dry. Since air drying takes about a day, I can't do it all in one go.

I have no problem wearing my clothes off of the drying racks, getting dressed in the guest bathroom, or, in the case of socks and undies, pulling stuff out of the dryer. I'm being conscientious because Andrew is the best trash-taker-outer ever. I am never confronted with a full-to-the-brim trash can, so I try to make sure his sock drawer is full.
1/23/2007 10:53 PM

Kuky said ...
Putting away?? Wow that is rarely done here. We're like Blaize. Clean wrinkly laundry from the basket. But I figured out a new system so it was done 2 weeks ago and I was going to keep it up. I was so proud. Stuff all hung and put away in drawers. Everything was so easy to find and unwrinkled. Then I got sick and where is the nice clean laundry? In the usual place: all wrinkled and in the basket. :)
1/24/2007 12:54 AM

shirley said ...
Haha, laundry is the bane of my existence. I will wash it all, only to pile it in a basket and wait for the shoemaker's elves to magically fold it for me. I *wish* it was only one step.

Hope the charts works out for you, and a belated congrats on your projects being accepted by the folks at Anticraft.
1/24/2007 7:36 AM

Funky Finds said ...
thanks for sharing some quirks! :)
1/24/2007 8:40 AM

AmberCake said ...
First things first: I'm loving the bags at the top of the post. I love the colors together but not together - like you'd want to carry one of each color, not just one in stripes.

I'm with you and everyone else on the laundry. The cleaning/tidying is what I'm all about these days, trying to do two things to make it easier. For one thing, I'm trying to follow that advice that I see everywhere about just tidying one room at a time, starting in one corner and working your way to the door, and just putting everything that needs to go to another room by the door, instead of running around the whole time taking one thing at a time to the bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen, the bedroom...

Then the same thing with localized cleaning - you get all your supplies in one bucket, start in one corner or one room and do all the dusting/sweeping/wiping in one area all at once, instead of going around doing all the dusting, then all the sweeping/whatever. The real key there is the bucket with all your cleaning stuff in it - none of this grabbing one thing from under the sink, something else from the hall closet, under the other sink...
1/24/2007 9:49 AM

Green Kitchen said ...
A couple things--

Ancient Chinese proverb:

Little by little the cotton thread becomes the loin cloth.


I used to play Quake (I think that's the name) when I worked with an all guy graphic design company. It was sooooo fun. I'd listen to Ministry and kill kill kill. ;)
1/24/2007 11:02 AM

Anonymous said ...
I have to add one more step to my laundry process: stain removal. I have 3 kids and am kind of a slob myself, so pretreating with Shout and an old toothbrush is an additional (and very time-consuming) step.
1/24/2007 11:13 AM

futuregirl said ...
For cleaning, I loop my arm through a grocery bag (which is used for paper towel trash), tuck a roll of paper towels under my arm, and walk around with the bottle of 409. With gloves on. I use a lot of vinyl gloves (meat, cleaning, hair dying). I buy them in bulk.

Everything with stains gets rubbed with the Stain Stick (LOVE IT!) before it goes in the laundry basket. You can leave it on there for up to a week. I've never had any stains defeat the Stain Stick. I don't have kids, though.

Oh! Ministry and Quake. Be still my heart. Sounds like a blast. I love it when you hear shuffling in your periphery and your chest gets tight in anticipation of the firefight.
1/24/2007 11:46 AM

ambika said ...
Oh, thanks for taking the time to respond to the silly tag. Your tattoo is lovely, and how wonderful that you designed it yourself. I never could understanding picking something out of the artists portfolio for something so personal.
1/24/2007 4:36 PM

Angelina said ...
I love your tattoo, and I'm SO EXCITED to see the purses coming along. In the near future I'll get to hang those babies up in my shop!
1/24/2007 11:12 PM

isa said ...

your tattoo is so perfect...I want to have one since several years but I'm affraid of the pain :)
I'm not very brave...:)

a bunch of new bags...I'm so curious to see them when finished them ...
and all the plans for the year...I give it up to make plans for a new year..because most of the times I don't do anything from my to do list :)
1/25/2007 4:05 AM

Frizz said ...
There's no worse sound than the dryer buzzing when you're hunkered down under a blanket and two labs, sipping red wine and watching Top Chef.

Three steps for laundry. I can throw it in the washer. I can fold it. I can even get it up to the bedroom but I usually end up just picking it out of the basket to wear.

We need an entire post on laundry techniques.
1/25/2007 9:46 AM

Hilde C. said ...
I'm so curious about your top secret AntiCraft project. I hope you'll show us soon :-)
1/25/2007 10:59 AM

ashley g said ...
I'm just going to start copying your "to do" list. Because mine would be the EXACT same. And the tomato thing!?! Again I feel the exact same way. I'm getting better with them being dices (very finely).
1/26/2007 12:44 AM

Carla Sonheim said ...
This is a fun post. I agree, laundry should definitely have at least two spots!
1/26/2007 2:49 PM

Oh you know, nowadays, you can be a pop star even if you sing terribly! Come on sing!
1/30/2007 1:05 PM

Sierra said ...
I agree with Blaize, I think it is extremely telling that you are the type of person to list those items seperately. I have done laundry and left it clean and piled in the laundry basket for as long as possible. I think it is definately important to work the "putting away laundry" into the schedule as well.
1/31/2007 1:28 AM

adrienne said ...
first, i hate laundry. my clean laundry also gets left in the basket until it gets worn. blah.

But, I just had to comment on this:
4) I will eat anything tomato-related, but I will not eat tomatoes or anything with discernible chunks of tomatoes. Yes: tomato sauce, tomato paste, smoothish pasta and pizza sauce, ketchup, tomato-based Indian sauces. No: pico de gallo, tomato slices, diced tomatoes, big slimy chunks of tomatoes in my pasta or pizza sauce. I've gotten better ... now I will scrape the yuck off and keep eating (that wasn't always the case). I will also dip my chip in salsa to get the salsa juice, but I shake off any chunks that stick to my chip. I really should get a blender.

I AM THE EXACT SAME WAY! People tell me I am weird because of it. Now at least I know I am not the only one :) Thanks!
1/31/2007 11:05 PM

jen b said ...
I am so with you on the raw meat thing.
2/1/2007 2:05 AM

lucille said ...
Great list! I end up doing as many chores as possible in a whirl of activity - always, of course, past the time when I should have. At least my daughter is now old enough to help with folding and putting away - though she refuses to TOUCH her father's clean undies! I find researching and creating new crafts to be very difficult lately, as the orders seems endless and crafting is sinking into drudge work for me at present. Love the tatoo! I always wanted an "autumn" tatoo - a swirl of leaves running down one side of my body - starting with one on my shoulder and ending with a pile on top of my foot. Sounds painful, though.
2/6/2007 2:15 PM

Carmen said ...
I thought I was the only one in the world who felt that way about tomatoes! It's a total texture thing for me... whole tomato texture is just gross. :)
8/15/2009 10:56 PM
futuregirl said ...
Carmen ... Exactly!
8/20/2009 9:50 PM


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