Thanks all for your great comments. I took a lot of the advice -- I chilled out a little, started taking it in little chunks, and working in little bits of time. I got my butt out of the house, which is usually the number one most important thing for me. I just don't work well at home. I like to work in crowded, noisy places where I'm alone with a lot of people near me so that I'm not lonely and where I can get food, coffee and/or books at a moment's notice. This week I've been at the big box bookstore with internal evil corporate coffee shop. Yeah, I know, it's evil, but they have free parking. But, it is pretty generic and soul-less. Funny story from Tuesday -- A woman sat down next to me in said evil cafe. Her phone rang, and she said "Hey. Where are you? I'm in the cafe." Pause. Looks around. "I don't see you." Pause. "Oh! You're at Borders???" She was in the Wrong Evil Corporate bookstore. She turned a little red, and then popped up and headed out the door. It would have been really funny if it wasn't such a sad commentary on the homogenization and gentrification of America.
- At 3:30 PM spark said...
Yay coffeeshops! I think I'll go to my own local evil corporate coffeeshop 'cause it's a block away and they have free wifi and yep, must say that I work much better there too.
Hugs to the hot and fabulous mama.
- At 3:31 PM aqua said...
I missed commenting on the previous post, but I just wanted to say -- I'm so happy you shook off that nasty panic attack. I get them all the time; I'm working on a paper right now that makes me feel exactly as you described. I'm trying to figure out if academia has turned me into a neurotic perfectionist, or whether I was simply attracted to academia because I am a neurotic perfectionist. Sigh.
I'm glad you've done so much work, and here's hoping the productivity continues!
- At 10:31 PM What Now? said...
You're weekend plans sound brilliant -- a little bit of work, a little bit of relaxation, a change of pace -- all guaranteed to result both in progress and in greater calm and happiness.
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