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Well, I suppose it’s time to use this blog space a bit. The hardest part about splitting up, for me, is that it takes so damn long. Things had been over with my husband a while, I’d realized things about myself and he had realized things about himself.

It’s sad to feel like you’re only keeping a relationship because it’s what you know and safe. To realize that feeling is right is draining. And that’s how I can explain this whole situation: draining. I slept for almost nine hours last night – draining.
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Small Steps

So yes, I moved. And yes, we’ve picked up a few new things since we’ve been here – a bed, for example, and cookware. And maybe a few more books. But I’m also realizing that I can continually re-evaluate on smaller levels instead of sinking a bunch of energy into major declutters.

Instead of putting together a giant load of books for the user bookstore, one or two books go in the library donation bin. Instead of a massive closet declutter, a shirt that I try on and don’t like goes right into a bag for Goodwill.

It’s not as if things come into the house in massive piles most of the time, after all. In slowly, out slowly, and maybe next time I won’t need to do a massive declutter.

We’ll see how long it lasts, anyway. (Probably until I run across my first $5/bag booksale up here.)

Slow Down

This weekend we took a couple of boxes of pagan books and some statuary to a local pagan store. There was enough that the store owner said he’d like a couple of days to look over it before he gives us the terms for the consignment, which is fine with me. I’ve known him for years and years and we’re basically just looking to get stuff that we no longer need into good homes.

Other than that, it’s been slow going lately. I finally bought some bankers boxes to start packing into, but I’m not sure where to start. I want to do more purging, but I’m at a loss for where to go next on that project. I feel like I’ve already looked at everything, though I know that can’t really be the case.

I started an Electronic Yard Sale album on Facebook so my local friends can get a look at what we’re getting rid of. Most of the big stuff has takers so I’m not too worried, anything that doesn’t go to friends will go on Craigslist in two weeks. Here’s hoping slow but steady will win the race!

Take Back Your Morning

Ever not have to be somewhere till noon? What did you do with your morning?

All too often people are just sleeping till ten or eleven and wasting what can be the most productive time of their day. It’s not easy waking up before I have to, but let me tell you I have the most quality time for chores right then. Not like I’m missing out on anything other than some shut-eye.

I also read and play the piano in the morning and I find it very relaxing to get a cup of coffee, read blogs and focus. I also feel better when I walk into work if I’ve DONE something at home. Typically once you get out of bed there’s nothing left keeping you sleeping. It’s the first step that’s the challenge.

Hell, it’s summer, go for a jog and get some Vitamin D or start organizing your office. Here, have some sexy links,com_virtuemart/page,shop.browse/category_id,10205/Itemid,10/

Screwed yourself again this semester, didn’t you?

It’s finals week isn’t it? Crap.

Alright, more than crap. You’ve put off all the things you have to do till the last minute, have altered your sleep schedule and now you are sitting there, feeling like you really just want a beer and sleep. Maybe just the sleep.

We all know that the best laid plans seldom work out. That’s normal. Everyone paves their road to hell with study plans, and binders, PDAs and calendars. Nothing works 100% of the time and we all feel the crunch.

As for the “health tips”? I think enough of us have put ourselves in the hospital or at least in a caffeine induced daze to have seen the following once or twice before.

So now that you’re reading this, basically just putting of MORE of your homework/study time, I can try to start touching on what may help you. It’s too late to eat right, too late to plan ahead. So grab an orange, pull the water out, and try these five things.

1) If you don’t know it now, don’t bother.

Cramming is going to do nothing but stress you. Yeah, it is. You’re trying to optimize what you do know, not half ass the whole thing. Seriously, if it’s a comprehensive final, how much is one section going to hurt you? Rule of averages.

2) Walk away from the computer.

Do I need to tell you this? Make some flash cards, yo. Trust me.

3) Space out your subjects, review in spurts

I mean spend less than one hour with each topic. Then every few hours review. Use your note cards.

4) While I am on spacing, space out your energy drinks

DO NOT drink 4 red bulls in a row. Drink one and then wait about 30 minutes. It’s a drug, give it time to work and don’t let it all hit you at once. Drink a lot of water and juice. GATORADE IS YOUR FRIEND.

5) Don’t second guess.

You care enough to want to pass. Trust yourself.

Hey, don’t worry too much, there’s always next semester.

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