Thursday, August 21, 2008

Re-evaluating Priorities

Last week, Irene heard my cry for help and helped me get organized. She put together a calender with my "TO DO" items, and without it I truly think N's birthday party on Sunday would have been a hot ghetto mess. True, some things did get pushed aside and moved around and just altogether left by the wayside- hey, life happens- but I've been following about 80% of the schedule.

It feels good to have a plan (now watch the Universe laugh at me and throw a bunch of wrenches my way... but whatever, throw your wrenches. I have shit to accomplish...).

These are the items that, try as I might, just won't go away on their own and therefore I need to just take care of them already:

1- Thesis edits, scheduled for Sept. 18 thru the 21st. So please refrain from inviting me ANYWHERE during this time. We all know how easily I am distracted by shiny objects.

2- Settle remainder of debts, scheduled for the end of this month. I got rid of a bunch of them in the spring, but there is still some more damage to repair. *sigh*

3- New Budget, scheduled for the second week of September, because my tax refund had me acting like my last name was Hilton or Trump or Jolie-Pitt. I need to remember that it's Penzo, and that none of us can afford to front like we're big pimpin'!

4- Get to the gym, which isn't on the schedule but needs to be because N and I agree that I look about three months pregnant right now. Plus, last week I started taking the stairs everyday at work and now my knee is fucked up. I know it's because I'm a lazy cow who is terribly out of shape and I need to rectify that post haste.

5- Finding a new school for K, which might be hard because she's going to the 8th grade and school starts in like two weeks, but still, I have to try, because her school makes my head hurt. Besides, I hate that she has to travel to and from THAT area of BK by herself; I'd prefer that she was closer to home, especially now that I don't have a nanny.

These things I abandoned because, in the grand scheme of things, it's just filler helping me to procrastinate:

1- Netflix; as soon as I find that Iron Giant DVD I'm pausing that mo-fo for like 3 months, until I get myself under control. I've found myself watching shit just to watch it, even stuff I've already seen! I'm even considering cancelling my account altogether...

2- Blogging on weekends/reading other blogs everyday. I've had to cut back and I know some of you have noticed. I apologize, but I have to be more productive with my time, and that means that I will have to go a few days without reading other sites for a couple of days, and writing less, too.

3- Magazine subscriptions... I had to let The New Yorker and Wired and Marie Claire go because frankly, I wasn't reading them and they were taking over my life. I had a stack of magazines from last year that I hadn't even cracked open! I decided to just stick with EW, TONY, Martha, and other random ones that I need to read for freelance writing purposes.

4- Getting a license. Who was *I* kidding? That BMW was only a passing fancy, and now that I'm over it, so is my desire to learn to drive. So I will not waste another second looking up affordable driving schools in BK. I will instead continue my hunt for the perfect, affordable folding bicycle.

5- Meetup groups; I sign up for them and then never go to any of the events! On Tuesday I had to make a hard decision and remove myself from three groups that I really just lost interest in, and only stayed on with the ones that will help me A) make contacts in the literary/film world and B) meet like-minded professionals in my age group.

Getting my shit together is seriously soooo long overdue. It feels so liberating to finally have a handle on my obligations that I can't believe it took me this friggin long to do it!!

*smooches...trying to not add anything new to my list*
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and no, nowhere on my list does it say "Meet & Marry Mr. Right" because even if he does exist, which I truly doubt, I'm way too busy to even notice him.

17 comments:

Super Dave Van Buren said...

wait you don't have a license? whats with NYers and not even trying to learn how to drive?

The F$%K it List said...

Jaded As long as you make it to the NY brunch I ain't mad at ya (first saturday after Labor day). We all need to sit down and priorotize like this.

@super dave some of us actually do drive but its such a pain inthe butt here its not worth it.

Mrs. Manny Ramirez said...

Don't worry about how long it takes, it takes as long as it needs to. Actually, I am leery of people who claim to have their "ish" together all the time. Life is full of too many twists and turns for that to be possible. I'm one of those glass half-full types.

The Jaded NYer said...

@super dave- can you blame me? who the heck wants to drive in NYC??

@the f$%k it list- yes, girl, I'll be at the brunch. I'll even comb my hair and put on some mascara! lol

@mrs. ramirez- thanks! I really was pressed about getting everthing done YESTERDAY, because I can be all crazy like that, but I'm learning to just take it easy.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race, right??

Don said...

that's a good list. i remember when i had the netflix thing going; i cancelled my account as well. can't remember why.

hope your knee feels better. i don't think there's such a thing as the 'right' one. i think if you like someone....

The Jaded NYer said...

@don- man, I've had two movies out since early July and haven't watched them, opting to watch some cheesy ass movies online thru Netflix instead... plus I STILL can't find The Iron Giant. *sigh* I might have to just pay for that damn movie and keep it moving...

clnmike said...

Damn I need to get to work on my own list.

JACK said...

I WANT to be mad at you, because now I'm thinking about all the shit I've got to get done, but I ain't.

Maybe one day, I'll teach you how to drive. Till then, leave it on the backburner ... or take it off the damn stove altogether.

The Jaded NYer said...

@clnmike- glad I could inspire you to get to work!

@jack- Oh, don't worry; driving is definitely off the stove, in a tupperware and back in the freezer...

Don said...

i used to get discouraged about how long it took to receive new movies. you know how much trouble it is, getting netflix movies shipped into another atmosphere.

The Jaded NYer said...

@don- such is life on Mars... and I know how much you like to get things NOW NOW NOW, so it must've drove you NUTS to have to wait the extra three days for your movies.

you should have just opted for the "Watch Instantly" feature instead; then you don't have to wait.

Irene said...

woah woah...

you don't have the space on your calendar to add anymore events until AFTER your thesis is done.

There is no brunch on the calendar, hence you cannot add it until AFTER your thesis is done. Soooo....

Do I have to come over there?

The Jaded NYer said...

@irene- NO NO NO, the deal was NO NEW PROJECTS until the thesis is done. There was no talk about not going out; I would have never agreed to that! LOL

*hides from Irene*

Don said...

well, it won't last forever, so i try not to make myself believe that it will....

dessex said...

Netflix....I never got into that joint...They have vending machines now where you can rent movies for $1...That shit is the best...

Anyway thats a great list to have when you write stuff down you feel more accountable to actually do em.

The F$%K it List said...

OOH Irene is scary, Jaded you are uninvited...

ok is she gone? See you at brunch :P

Foia said...

Hey mami- I was coming by to say hey..I am so tired but I will come back tomorrow and read what you've been up to lately!