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Super Spring Cleaning

Not kidding, this was my apartment at one point.

I know, my posts are a bit random right now. It’s taking me awhile to get back into the swing of things. This is especially difficult since I have no routine right now. Honestly, I don’t really know what to do with all my free time; it’s kind of freakin’ me out.

But hopefully that’ll change once I start my internship. I filled out the paperwork today and I start next Tuesday! Yay!

Anyway, back to the topic of this post. One of the things I’ve been doing to keep busy is super cleaning my apartment. It feels so good! I know, most of us hate cleaning, even I hate cleaning 98% of the time. But this kind of cleaning is more like purging. It’s getting rid of all the clutter and that just makes us all feel better.

My system:

Step 1-Pick a room and pull out everything that you can lift.

Step 2-Clean the room itself. Sweep out the cobwebs and wash the spots off the walls. Clean the windows and vacuum.

Step 3-Clean the things you couldn’t move. By clean, I mean really clean, not a light dusting. That duct tape that’s been on it for ten years, the gum stuck to the side. Yeah, all that stuff.

Step 4-Now it’s time to start moving things back in, but slowly. Before you put anything back examine it. Ask yourself the following questions about everything.

Is it broken? Then fix it or get rid of it.
Do you use it? If not, get rid of it.
Do you want it? If not, get rid of it.

Yes, those questions are that simple. It doesn’t matter if it was a gift from your mother-in-law. Or if it’s something you “might need someday.” Sentimental value is valid only so far. Photos have value. Grandma’s handmade quilt has value. Six year old paper roses that are crushed and faded so badly they’re unrecognizable do not. I know it hurts, but you have to think about what’s truly valuable to you.

Anything you decide to keep, clean it before putting it away. And by away, I don’t mean back in a box in the closet. Find a place for it. Yes, the closet it a valid place for things like extra blankets and shoes. But it’s not for junk storage (you shouldn’t have any “junk” after all this anyway”).

Now, the big question. Why would anyone want to do this? Because by recognizing what’s truly important and getting rid of everything else, you give the important things a higher place in your life. It’s kind of like this:

Ten years ago, your grandmother gave you a handmade quilt for your wedding. It was so beautiful and you fell in love with it. So much in love with it that you’d hate it see it get worn or dirty. You decide to put it in the closet for safekeeping. Now ten years later, your grandmother has passed away and you’ve forgotten all about her beautiful quilt. It’s buried in the closet beneath clothes that are too small (but someday you’ll fit back into?) and a broken VCR.

Until the day you clean. You get rid of the 27 inspirational wall hangings that were gifts from your in-laws, you get rid of that box of VHS tapes. You pull everything out of that closet and find your grandmother’s quilt. It’s really too beautiful to keep tucked away in a box, you think. So you pull it out and hang it on the wall.

You’ve just given something important a much more prominent place because you got rid of all the other crap.

I think that’s a much better use of space and that’s what this process is really about.

 
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Posted by on 2011/05/24 in Life, Random

 

New Year’s Glow…yeah, it’s gone.

What is it about the second week after New Year?

That first week, I’m stoked. Completely pumped and ready to conquer the entire world.

But the second week…yuck! I’m just lethargic and lazy. I’ve spent more time this week watching Grey’s Anatomy than I have making progress on any of the projects I said I was going to work on. That’s a bit of a downer.

Okay, think positive Candice. Tomorrow is a new day. I’ll work on that scrapbook that I kept meaning to finish (for the last two years), I swear.

 
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Posted by on 2011/01/14 in Life, Random

 

Seriously!? / I’m Still Alive!

This is a double mini-post, but has nothing to do with writing.

Seriously?

So, for one of my classes we had to do a scavenger hunt around our college’s Business Placement Center. One part of the assignment was to interview someone who worked there and find out their basic job responsibilities. This assignment was due at noon today.

I finished yesterday and thought I was a slacker since the instructor gave it to us last week. Then today, I went to the BPC just before noon to buy a course CD I needed. There were students, plural, in there doing their scavenger hunts!

Seriously!?

Do they not realize the assignment is due in ten minutes? Do they know the assignment has to be typed? Talk about procrastination, that’s just stupid.

I’m Still Alive!

In other news, I conducted my first customer service meetings today. All went well. I was not eaten alive. Everybody was very nice and said I did a good job. Apparently the thought of conducting the meetings was more nerve-wracking than actually conducting them. Once I got going, the butterflies decided they had better places to be than in my stomach.

Only downside: I had to be at work at 6am, meaning I had to get up at 5am. I held two meetings in the morning, 6am and 8am, then went to class from 9:35 to 11:50, ate lunch, was back at work for the 2:30 meeting, and now get to work my normal shift until midnight.

Needless to say, I’m a little tired. I drank a Red Bull between classes this morning. I have a Rock Star sitting on my desk right now. And I’m still pretty tired. Tomorrow is going to be a very long day.

At least it’s only once a month.

 
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Posted by on 2010/10/28 in Life, Random

 

Top Reasons I Deleted Blogs

It was grueling, but I finally finished sorting my blog list. It’s practically bare now compared to its previous state. I went from 95+ blogs down to 35, and I’m still looking very critically at the ones left. My sorting is posted at the right, if you’re really interested.

Top Reasons I Deleted Blogs:

1) Don’t exist anymore/haven’t posted in many months
2) Posting nothing but stories about their children or their dog or what they had for dinner last night

If I don’t consider you a friend, I don’t care. See friends list at right.

3) Posting information I already know

I had several writing blogs that always gave writing tips I already knew. They were great blogs when I started following as a brand new writer, but now I’ve grown beyond them.

I was also following several marketing blogs and you wouldn’t believe how many posts I saw about the usefulness of facebook/twitter/blogging/insert social media in marketing. I’m generation Y, I think I understand social media. If you’re not introducing me to something new, I’m beyond you.

4) Posting information I disagree with

Other blogs had posts portraying social media as the devil. And they’re in marketing! Sorry, but good-bye.

5) Posting nothing but pictures with no explanation

That’s a very nice ad campaign photo. Why is it on your blog? Do you like it? Do you dislike it? Why? What’s its effectiveness with consumers? Can I get some actual information about it please?

6) Posting FOUR to SEVEN times a day

Yes, I really saw a blog with SEVEN posts in one day. I don’t have time for that. Once a day is plenty.

7) Posts were longer than the first chapter of my novel

And again, I don’t have time for that! They may have great information, but that doesn’t mean anything when it takes thirty minutes to read the post. Conciseness is next to godliness, in my opinion.

 
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Posted by on 2010/10/11 in Life, Random, Writing

 

Playing Catch Up

I’ve been so behind on my blog reading that my Google Reader doesn’t even tell me the exact number of posts anymore. It stops at saying 1000+, which I find funny for some reason. But in truth, I’m currently following 95 blogs, even after unsubscribing from several over the last few days. When you’ve got that many, it really doesn’t take long to get to 1000+. I think that’s part of why I stopped reading them for so long. Every day, there were just so many and I didn’t have any sort of system to them.

Now I’m slowly working to sort them into folders. Daily, which almost always offer excellent and informative posts, generally about either marketing or publishing. So far, I only have five blogs in this category and I’m being really picky since these are the ones I’ll read even when I’m crunched for time. Important, which also offer good information, but not necessarily info that I must know. Most of the agent blogs I follow fell into this category, because while I value query advice, it becomes repetitive after awhile. Next is Good, which are well-written posts, sometimes informative, but sometimes not. Lastly is Friends, these are people that I consider friends and want to follow their blogs just to keep up with what’s happening with them.

And any blogs that don’t fall into those, I’m removing. Once I get myself fully caught up, I’ll update my blog list at the right. So that’s my new system, we’ll see how it works.

 
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Posted by on 2010/10/07 in Life, Random, Writing

 

What to write?

I’m in a mood.

The kind of mood where I feel like writing, but I don’t feel like working on any of my stories. So, I’m writing a blog post instead, even though I really have nothing of interest to report.

Nano is only 28 days away! I’m so excited. I made a cover for my story while I was avoiding my homework last night. I like it, kind of a cross between Battle Royale and Sin City, at least that’s what I was going for.

I also volunteered to be an unofficial event coordinator for Nanowrimo. So, I’m looking forward to having more write-ins in my area. Last year, we just had one kick-off event, which was really cool. And I’m looking forward to meeting some new writers, hopefully even a few students like me. Excitement abounds.

Let’s see, I’m still doing well in school. No worries about my grades yet, and honestly, I don’t think there will be. My professors are pretty cool, teaching us life’s lessons and all that jazz. I don’t really have a favorite this semester.

I’m in the planning stages of doing an externship over spring break. It’s basically a week long job shadow, but I’m hoping to do one with a publishing house and that should be pretty cool.

And work is work. Although I did volunteer to conduct our monthly customer service meetings, starting this month. Yikes! I won’t lie and say I’m excited, but it’ll be a good experience and I’ll learn a lot. Hopefully, I won’t be eaten alive.

I finished To Kill a Mockingbird, moved on to Jumper by Steven Gould, which I’ve also finished, and have just started Alice in Wonderland. I think my reading and writing obsessions alternate in phases. I hope the writing one kicks in for Nano.

And…I can’t think of anything else. ‘Night.

 
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Posted by on 2010/10/03 in Books, Life, Random, School, Writing

 

English as a second language

I found this written, don’t laugh, in a bathroom stall. *shrugs* Okay, laugh. I did.

“You hoes want someone to kiss you’ll ass to get on!”

There’s nothing quite like English as a second language trash talk. What does that mean? I don’t even know what they were trying for (other than derogatory, that is).

 
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Posted by on 2010/05/28 in Random