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Listy–April 10

I'm sluggish today. My allergies are trying to murder me, and I can't seem to get anything going. So here's a list of things I'm thinking about, in no particular order.

  • I need a different storage solution for my water soluble mark makers. I don't like having the art crayons in plastic tubes in with the watercolor crayons that are paper wrapped. And definitely I don't want the watercolor pencils mixed in there. So, something different needs to happen.
  • I want to take pictures. In high school and college I took photography classes and did a lot of shooting. I want to do it again, but I'm not entirely sure what to take pictures of. I think I might be overthinking it.
  • I absolutely love my art cart, and it doesn't fit in the space I have for it in my studio, and that's just not going to do. I need a new plan. Meanwhile it can stay next to the dining table where I've been doing all my art for the past year.
  • I have been aware for a while that part of why I don't go sit at my desk or art table to do things is that I am physically uncomfortable. Not really sure what to do with that. I've tried different chairs, but no luck so far. I am hoping the new physical therapy exercises I've found, along with the PT ball I got for them, will help with my hip and leg, and then maybe I will be more inclined to sit in my spaces and work. Meanwhile, I want to figure out all the other things that will make the space appealing to sit in so I can break my habit of sitting on the couch constantly. I don't get much of anything done here beyond writing blogs and newsletters and browsing the internet. And I want to do more.
  • I'm doing this 365 mile challenge (walk 365 miles in a year), and I'm afraid I'm not going to make the goal. I'm very slow and don't have the stamina to do more than a mile at a time. And now I injured my knee (recovering though!), so I've had to dial back a bit. By now, according to my plan at the beginning of the year, I should be walking 1.5 miles 5 times a week. Now I have to rework that plan, but I think I also need to rework how I'm thinking about this and start celebrating the walking I am doing and the progress I'm making. Because two years ago I could walk half a mile on a good day, and I had to use a cane. So this is really progress.
  • I kind of want to get a couple of friends together and form a writing critique and support group to give myself a push to get back to writing stories again.
  • I think I need to make myself a separate list of the things I need to get done over the next few days and get on them, because I've been procrastinating so now I'm behind, and I feel like I don't know where to start. When in doubt, start with a list.

That's about it. I mean, I could go on, but I'd just be babbling. I'll be back tomorrow, possibly with less babbling (but possibly not, so don't get too excited!).


16 thoughts on “Listy–April 10

  1. Helen

    What a good idea to do a brain download like that. I have just gotten my DSLR camera out and done my first photography workshop. I didn't realise I needed a macro lens, but I managed somehow.
    I long to have a story critique partner. What do you write?

    1. Kim

      I'm glad you were able to do the workshop even without the macro!

      I write paranormal horror (ghosts and spooky things) and urban fantasy. What about you?

  2. Angela Fretwell

    Yes, lists are a great way to get things done - just move over what you don't do today to top of tomorrows list.

    1. Kim

      I think a rolling list like that is something I should revisit. I don't know that I want a super long list, but something that's a little more ambitious on a regular basis feels appealing. But I'll have to give myself permission to move things over sometimes if I want to keep from stressing out too much.

    1. Kim

      Thank you! We have slugs here in Oregon, but we don't have cute orange ones like this. I really liked it, too!

  3. Lisa

    Love me a good list! I’m glad you are being gentle with yourself about the walking and celebrating your progress. For storing my water-soluble markers and crayons I have been using plastic photo cases. They work like a dream for me.

    1. Kim

      Oh, I can see how those cases could be helpful! Everything in a small container so it's easy to pull one out and see what's in it. Nice!

  4. Effy

    I bought myself a gaming chair and it is perfect because I can sit crosslegged. LOVE IT. I hope you find a way to be comfortable in your spaces!

    1. Kim

      Thank you! My space is small so doesn't have room for a gaming chair, but I've heard they are really good. So glad you love it!

  5. Cheryl Turtlemoon

    Have you tried to look at your space ergonomically? I have done so with my own space and I can sit there for longer now 🙂

    1. Kim

      Yes, a bit. Right now the main problem is tendon damage in one hip and the opposite knee. Also tendon damage in both feet and ankles from two separate injuries. And degenerated disks in my spine. They're all combining to make just about everything painful, so I'm working on the hip and knee because those seem to be responding (so slowly!) to the right stretches and exercises. But I also will keep working with the ergonomics to see if something helps.

  6. Jean

    I relate to a lot on your list including sitting too much, being uncomfortable, needing to walk more. I have one of those tablemates where I set my monitor and mouse. I sit in a recliner (not reclining) and pull the table up to me. It works very well except when the mouse falls on the floor. I even watch tv this way with a headset.

    What do you love photographing? Maybe that would be more fun??

  7. Lee Schure

    It's not the chair, it's the body you bring to the chair. --Pete Egoscue

    I stand at a table when I create. I sit as little as possible. I spend a lot of time on the floor.

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