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About grandmasheri

I am a woman organizing my "dynasty at 50." My life is busy and I work to have my epitaph read, "She Was Finally Organized." I live by the rule...Never put something somewhere special so you will remember where you put it...You will never see it again.

Dishwater Soup

We welcome back Sheri as she makes her 4th entry in her procrastination diaries. In this post, she talks about what gets left behind when other urgent matters pull us away from finishing even the simplest of tasks. Isn’t it interesting that the tasks we put off often tend to be hygiene related? Do you think procrastinators may have more issues with cleanliness than others? 

Despite this, especially after reading Sheri’s post below, sometimes it may be not so much procrastination but having priorities you need to take care of. And if you travel miles upon miles to get what you need done, then even dishwater soup can not put a damper on your accomplishments.

Enjoy Sheri’s writing below and read more of it at:
http://disorganizedorganizer.wordpress.com/

I think I’ll make a little dishwater soup.  Dishwater soup is the end result of way too much procrastination.  The recipe is simple.  Take a pan…oh, let’s say the slow cooker I made a roast in a few nights ago.  Add a dash of crazy life…how about a phone call and finding out that you get to make an impromptu 900 mile dash the next morning.  So this info causes a chain reaction which leads to dishwater soup.  Grab the pan.  Crud.  There’s crud on the bottom.  The kind of crud that kind of gets stuck to the bottom of the pan and needs to be scraped out.  Don’t have time now.  Employ secret ingredients…fill pan with water, add a squirt of dish soap and set the concoction in the sink.  

This is the tricky part.  Step away from the sink and allow soup to ferment.  This is accomplished by leaving the house early the next morning, driving 900 miles, a round trip with a few stops thrown in during an 18 hour span, and arriving home at 2:30 in morning.  Then, the creme de la creme…husband pops in at 6:30 to say, “Hey, can you take the pickup down to get that part put in?  You have work to do down there anyway, don’t you?”  Down there is 40 miles away.  He adds, “I told him we’d have the pickup down there by 8:00 and I can’t go.”  Down there is still 40 miles away.  

At this point, I pass by the dishwater soup with my eyes crusted shut as I walk toward the garage. My car is relieved when I get in the pickup…I think the poor thing’s engine is still warm.  By the time I arrive home twelve hours later the soup is done…it helps to add heat and it was 90 degrees by two this afternoon.  There it is…a masterpiece of dishwater soup bubbling in my sink.  It only took two days to create.  A distinctive aroma greets me at the door.  It smells.  It seems to have taken on a devilish tone…a bit of an arrogant attitude.  “Yeah, lady, go ahead, dump me…I’m slimy and you’re a wimp.”  Dishwater soup…procrastination at its finest.  A true example of what we can accomplish by putting a relatively simple task off for a couple of days. 

-Sheri

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My Blog Has Laryngitis

We welcome back Sheri as she makes her third entry in her procrastinator diaries. Below, she talks about her recent disappearance from the blogging world. In my opinion, she’s doing quite good with her procrastination, if we can even call it that. She couldn’t blog due to a lightning bolt (more than a good reason); while most of us here, including me, haven’t been blogging due to procrastination (not a good reason). 

Sheri, thanks again for your humor and enthusiasm, and letting us know how much we should value blogging. On the bright side, your blog had laryngitis, but you didn’t! Glad to hear your voice again!

Please read her post below and see more of her writing at:
http://disorganizedorganizer.wordpress.com/

Egad!  It’s horrible!  I can’t talk…well, at least I can’t blog.  I’ve been diagnosed with blog laryngitis due to a lightning bolt rendering my wireless router thingamagig useless.  I was about to explode when I packed up my laptop and headed for my parent’s house and their wonderful wireless router thingamagig.  I am better now.  My fingers and brain are adapting to being used for blogging again.

Really, not good to not have Internet.  I not only couldn’t blog or read blogs or check my e-mails…I couldn’t even look up a new breed of dog I learned about or what years Franco Harris played or if the price of tea in China was up or down.  I was, well, impotent…yes, computer impotent…and, hey, there’s no little blue pill for that and no groups for those who are computertile dysfunctional.  No, I was on my own.  On my own in a big world without even a basic 812 speed or whatever it is all the computer people in the world talk about.  I had no gigs or hards or floppies or chips or updates…LIFE AS I KNEW IT ENDED!  And it was not good.  I hope to be up and running by tomorrow.  I hope to breathe again.  I hope to live through this crisis and come out on the other side unscathed and possibly a better person for it.  I can do it.  I…can…do…it.

-Sheri

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Bend Over and Kiss That Goodbye

We are appreciative of Sheri for taking time out of her busy life to share a very important second entry in her diary. I admire how humor is always a constant companion along her side when facing health challenges at a particular life stage. Her attitude and approach in learning from experience, and helping others through her story, is an inspiration for us all.

Thank you for your honesty and openness in allowing us to learn from your personal life of how procrastination can be a danger to health. Enjoy her post below and you can see more of her writing at her blog:

http://disorganizedorganizer.wordpress.com/

I’m pretty sure I just about procrastinated myself out of my life as I know it. I put off getting my Happy 50th Birthday Colonoscopy for a year and a half. I procrastinated long enough that my little polyp grew up to be a big polyp and maybe a tumor and maybe I’m lucky I didn’t put it off any longer. It might have saved my life. I know at this point it saved me from wearing a new fancy accessory in the form of a bag. I don’t really adapt that well to change so I don’t think changing my way of doing my daily duty would be all that fun. Sounds crass, but hey, after you’ve drank a gallon of colon lube and been investigated in places you’ve never had investigated, you get a little less demure.

My husband, being the anti-procrastinator, scheduled his 50 year checkup to fall the week after his 50th birthday. Maybe it makes him feel superior to be so organized. I just looked up at him in awe…while thinking of reasons I should put off having my colonoscopy done. I probably should try to emulate him a bit more…but as I’ve said, change ain’t easy for a chick like me…and I certainly wouldn’t want to prove him right.

I did give my dearly beloved a big thank you for nagging me for a year and a half. He and my best friend wouldn’t let it go. They told me I needed to get it done. They were right. I was wrong. Gosh, I hate saying I’m wrong…It’s a good thing it doesn’t happen very often…okay, it does, but I don’t usually admit it. That’s another thing I procrastinate about–admitting I’m wrong.

I don’t procrastinate when it comes to saying thank you. Thank you for saving my butt…literally and figuratively. Now I am the poster child for “Get ‘er done!” A colonoscopy could save someone you love. So, need a conversation opener? How about, “Have you had a colonoscopy recently?” or, “Seen any good colon scopes lately?” Push aside that procrastination tendency and go for it, you might be blessed you did. I sure was.

-Sheri

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Guilt and the Modern Day Diet

It is exciting to welcome the first diary entry from our guest author Sheri. You can read more of her work at her blog: http://disorganizedorganizer.wordpress.com/ 

It’s insightful to get another perspective on how someone deals with the demands of time and the mounting tasks and responsibilities that come along with it. In Sheri’s description below, though she describes it as a struggle, you will notice that she indeed got a lot done in her day. For procrastinating, that is still pretty productive. And through her writing, she always maintains her sense of humor and vibrancy. Enjoy her work below!

Okay, okay.  Thanks to Patrick’s post I am looking back at my meals today. Hmmm, let’s see, breakfast. Oh, yes, the hopping from here to there, answer phone, get dressed while eating, forgot to start the washer, water the dogs, and throw out a rotten apple sitting beside the toaster meal.  That was relaxing.  

What about lunch?  Well, my father made me a sandwich which I ate while working on his laptop to set up some shortcuts and correct some problems.  My mother was asking me questions about songs for her Senior Citizen Center gig with the Last Stand Band she plays with and of course the television was on.  I think I had chips with the sandwich…and something to drink…can’t really remember…Sure, a quiet time of bonding with some kind of ground meat sandwich, oops, that wasn’t what we’re looking for at meals.

Supper.  Hmmm, oh, we had company and my husband fried fish we caught the day before.  It was a last minute meal and I like to cook using the roll with the punches philosophy.  I whipped up some rice pilaf and a vegetable mixture.  My friend made the dip for the fish and attempted to clean the “contamination zone” that is my dining room table.  A few things were still on the table from our Mother’s Day meal.  She was there.  She knows I had the same piles earlier.  Of course the cook never has a very relaxing meal so my husband, cooking in the yard, and I were busy running around and filling trays and making sure our guests were enjoying the delicious walleye.  

So modern day life interferes with the fun of just sitting and relaxing with a good meal.  I’m gonna try harder…like the car rental place…and see if I can’t turn that contamination zone into a dining experience.  My goal:  check the table twice a day and make sure it is free of all stacks, unnecessary stuff and paper products not used in the consumption of food…yeah, I can do it.  Go, Sheri, go.  I think I’ll let the dogs keep the under side of the table slurped clean…that will save a few minutes.  Maybe if I smear a little peanut butter on it.

-Sheri

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