In which I actually do something productive

What busy day! As y’all know, I didn’t make any formal resolutions this year other than “write a bunch” because I get hyper-competitive and then burn out after three minutes of resolution-ing. No way to start the new year, IMHO.

Still, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the New Year’s hype, especially when every gym in town is advertising their low rates with manly announcers telling you to get off your lazy bum and do something. So today, I ran around like a crazy person and actually got some stuff done. AND I was able to come home with enough time to cook dinner and drink a cider. That’s my kind of day.

First item on agenda: I needed some waterproof boots. I’m going to Seattle on Thursday to attend the MLA Convention, and then will stay for a week to celebrate my friend’s 30th birthday (WOOO!) (Yeah, I’m a woo girl. What?)

Anyway, my friend is definitely not a woo girl, so I may have to do some extra woo-ing for her.

I was informed recently that Seattle is, um, wet, and there may be snow involved. The only shoes I have for wet weather are some red galoshes I bought at Marshall’s for way cheap, and they always slip off my feet. Not a sustainable footwear. Thus, today I went on an epic quest to find waterproof boots in 60-degree Houston weather. Did I mention we are still in a drought?

REI. Academy. DSW. Macy’s. Dillard’s. Nothing. Sure, some of them had waterproof hiking-sneaker things, but what is the point in wearing waterproof hiking-sneakers if my jeans are going to hang over the edge and get wet anyway? I knew what I wanted, and I wanted boots.

Finally, I found some at Clark’s. They are lined with a wool-synthetic blend and are comfortable. It only took me three hours to find them (an eternity in my world).

Next on my to-do list: clean the kitchen. I went through the spice/baking cabinet and the pantry.
This is the after picture of my spice cabinet:
Looks fancy and clean, right? I threw away a garbage bag full of stuff from this cabinet alone. Except, oh wait, it’s not quite done:

I still have some loose bags of spices that don’t have a fancy bottle. To be continued.
This is the after picture of my pantry:
Notice my fancy-pants canned goods on the bottom shelf? I know, right? I’ll write more about my adventures in canning later. For now, let’s just say that I had a lot of stress last semester that only cooking can cure.
And now I’ve updated my blog. Such a productive day!
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5 thoughts on “In which I actually do something productive

  1. L.G.Smith says:

    Woo!! For organized cupboards and taking three freaking hours to find a pair of boots that aren't of the cowboy variety. You know since you bought those boots the sun will shine every day while you are in Seattle. 😛

  2. Neurotic Workaholic says:

    Productive days are always good days in my book, because they're very satisfying. I actually joined a gym due to a New Year's resolution (and a very persuasive gym employee) one year; it was difficult to go on a regular basis at first, but it got easier once I made a habit of it. Organizing stuff like your spice cabinet can be therapeutic. I read somewhere that organizing helps people "make order out of chaos" or something like that. Not that I'm saying your stuff was chaotic, you know what I mean. 🙂

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