Monday, February 7, 2011

Productivity, She Is Not My Friend

Man, the snowstorm absolutely killed my productivity drive this past week. I mean, I had a ton of free time and I did not get nearly as much done as I had planned to, or even that I felt I should have.

I did manage to blow out my new slippers that I just made for myself last month though. I decided I should just suck it up and buy a pair of bunny slippers so I stop wearing through the handmade pairs. I went ahead and ordered this pair last night. I know they are a bit pricey, but I think that they will be worth it if they keep my feet warm and if I don't wear them out in a month.

I made some progress on my Doctor Who scarf, but not a whole lot. There were a couple of days this week where I just didn't work on it at all. I really had a lazy bug. Then when I did work on it, I often didn't get much done before my daughter decided it would be an opportune time to use me as a jungle gym. Pointy Needles + Personal Space Challenged baby = A Bad Idea. I had initially hoped I would have this done by the first weekend in March, because my husband and I are going to the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. That seemed like the perfect place to inaugurate such a delightfully geeky accessory. I did some math last weekend though and realized that I was unlikely to finish it in time though, and that kind of killed my drive a little. Don't get me wrong, I am still enjoying working on it, but I am not in any hurry to get it finished now. This may be the kind of project I take breaks from with other projects, I hate to say. We shall see. Here is what I have gotten done so far though, for the curious. This is about 15% completed here:

Doctor Who scarf as of 02.06.11.

While I printed out my manuscript early in the week so I could start reading through it, I didn't actually get on that until Saturday. Still, I've made some decent progress (and found some glaring typos) over the course of the weekend, I think. I am up through chapter five out of sixteen, so that's not too bad. I have already made a few notes on things I need to research or just flesh out, though I am mostly going to wait until I finish reading it and then start the actual revising to seriously figure out where I need to add, subtract, and explore a bit more. Right now the read through is just about actually reading it as a whole story and seeing how it stands up. I have to say, I am really enjoying reading it so far. At the very least, I wrote a story that totally appeals to me.

So what did I actually get done this weekend? Hmm, let's see. Well, I played with my daughter, a lot. I don't think I mentioned, but we did take her out to play in the snow on Wednesday.

Baby Girl checking out the winter weather.

Mostly she just ran around the yard, checking out the varying textures in the ground. She is really big on the changing textures of the ground. If we have a baby gate down, she loves to run back and forth between the carpet and the hardwood floor of the hallway. We didn't keep her outside for very long, because it was cold, but still, I am glad we took her out there, it was nice. Snow still may not be my favorite thing in the world, but I can appreciate it a little bit more when I see it through my daughter's eyes.

I played a bit of my video game, though not a whole lot. I am enjoying it, but there have been a few spots where I have had to play through a certain level several times (due to repeated death), and that can get a little frustrating, requiring many breaks.

I watched some Doctor Who, I am currently enjoying my series five dvd set. The "Meanwhile in the Tardis" tag scenes are delightful. If you watch this series on dvd, definitely go episode by episode so you can choose to watch the additional scene at the end of the episode it was intended for. Also, I fully voiced a realization that has been creeping up on me for some time. David Tennant will always be my first Doctor, no question. But, I am pretty sure that Matt Smith is my doctor. I just absolutely adore him. He won me over in his first episode, and he just continued to wow me through the entire season. It's crazy I know, but it is what it is.

What I did do a lot of this week was to read Questionable Content. It is one of the webcomics I mentioned in my previous post on the topic. I decided to go back to the beginning and get caught up on all of the strips I had missed out on before jumping in. Wow. Talk about a time-suck (an enjoyable one, but still). He's on strip 1856. I have made it up through strip 785. I am really enjoying getting all of the back story on these people, meeting the characters for the first time, seeing how certain alliances formed and have shifted over time. This comic is an amazing tapestry of story. Also, Jacques' art was never bad to begin with, but man has his style evolved over the last eight years. It is crazy. I love it! This makes me even more excited that he's going to be at Emerald City Comic Con. I definitely hope to meet him when we go, and he does finally have a printed book out for the strip, so I think that is definitely something I will have to pick up (and probably get signed), along with hopefully a t-shirt. Like I said, guy make some awesome shirts. Definitely the drawback to going back and reading this from the beginning is seeing all of the nifty shirt designs I have totally missed out on because they have long since been retired.

So that was my week and weekend. It may not have been terribly productive, but it wasn't really a waste either. Guess I can't really complain, huh? Besides, on Saturday the sun came out and the temperatures finally went above freezing. This caused all of the ice and snow in our driveway and yard to melt away, making things seem much more normal around here now.

Here's hoping some equilibrium finds its way to my place this week.


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