September 15th, 2007

Feng Shui

How I'm Getting Things Done

All righty then. I've been a busy little bee over the past few days, and I thought I'd share some of what I've been doing. I've read about two-thirds of Getting Things Done, and have started to implement his system, in conjunction with some other stuff (things I learned from Franklin and FlyLady, in particular). Basically, the point of all this is to get everything I need/want to do out of my mind (where it floats around bothering me until I take action on it), and into a trusted system which will remind me at the right time of the various things I need/want to do. So, here's how I'm organized now, and with any luck I'll be able to stay on track with this stuff and STAY organized.

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Apple

Pocket Address Book for Mac

Another tiny hack for my hPDA. Like my calendar, I prefer to keep my address book information in an online storage system. It's just easier to enter and manage data. BUT, that also means that I don't have my contact info with me when, for example, I'm at the post office wanting to mail someone a card, but I've left the address at home. So, I wanted to create a tiny portable address book, similar to what I did with my calendar, something I could carry around, but that takes advantage of all the info I've got stored on my computer.

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This will only work for Mac users, but if anyone knows of a similar trick for Windows, let me know and I'll update this entry to include it.

ETA: Page protector + duct tape (purple!) + card stock = handy pocket at the back of my hPDA. Yippie! Very easy to make; time will tell how well it holds up to daily use.

Plastic Pocket
Venice

Today's Twitter Posts

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Sewing

Wardrobe Refashion

Last week, catlily posted an interesting link on her journal, which linked to the Wardrobe Refashion website, which urges people to stop buying brand new ready-to-wear clothes, and instead "refashion, renovate and recycle preloved items." Making your own clothing (or buying things others have handmade) and buying from second-hand shops is fine. If you do commit to the challenge (to buy no new clothes for a period of time), specialized clothing (sports equipment, or things needed for employment), undies and shoes are all exempt.

Why do this? Because we live in a society where so many things have become "disposable," including clothing. Instead of buying things that are made to last years, so much of today's fashion will barely last one season. We throw things out and buy new instead of making simple repairs; we toss things out when they go out of fashion - because so much of what we buy is "trendy" rather than something with classic style. Much of the clothing available in our shops was made in sweatshops in other countries, by people making poor wages in worse working conditions. All of the above? Sucks. By refusing to buy new clothes, you can take a stand against all these things. And save money, too!

I think this is a great idea, and catlily and I have agreed that we're both going to take the pledge together, starting in October, and go for two months without buying any new clothes. (I intend to extend my own pledge to shoes, and forego buying those as well, unless I desperately need something to wear in the snow. This is our first winter here, after all). I'll have my winter coat from Scotland, and I own plenty of sweaters, so I ought to be all right. We'll see. If nothing else, this will give me an excuse to check out some of the second-hand shops in the area.

So, who else wants to take the pledge with us? Sign-ups start today, and I've just sent away my e-mail to the organizer. And here, officially, I'm taking the pledge:

I, Wendy S., pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months (October 1 to December 31). I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, or recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that my thriftyness brings!


When I first decided to do this pledge, I figured I wouldn't be doing much refashioning of clothes, since my sewing/embroidery machine is back in California. Then I had a thought . . . I'd seen tiny machines, and thought I'd check into them. Well, I found one at Target for just $20: the Euro-pro Shark. It's very cute, and has a cool name, too. :D I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, and I probably won't attempt any big projects, but I've got a couple of smaller projects in mind already, and I think it will be fun to use. Technically, this is C's sewing machine, btw. He's going to be using it, too. I already know what my first project will be; I've got a kit to make a new handbag. (Brocade; very pretty). I'm also thinking about making a skirt out of an old pair of jeans. So, keep an eye here for future refashioning updates.

COME ON - SIGN UP FOR THIS WITH ME. You know you want to. Or maybe it sounds scary, but do it anyway! It'll be fun and it's good karma, too. :)
Blue Dragon

Fantasy Football, Week 2

Here's my lineup for this week. I made a few changes, mostly just to play around with the website after I FINALLY figured out that the reason I couldn't make changes was that I wasn't logged in to the site anymore. *facepalm*

QB
Brett Favre, GB QB @NYG

RB
LaDainian Tomlinson, SD RB @NE
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac RB Atl

RB/WR
Bernard Berrian, Chi WR @KC

WR
Plaxico Burress, NYG WR @GB
Derrick Mason, Bal WR @NYJ

TE
Vernon Davis, SF TE @StL

D/ST
Jaguars D/ST, Jac D/ST @Atl

K
Robbie Gould, Chi K @KC


Oh, and btw, in case it wasn't obvious by the lack of "W00t! I WON MY FIRST GAME" at the beginning of this post, I lost last week. Badly. Although therein lies the silver lining. I got WHUPPED 67-130, so even if I'd played all my highest-scoring guys there's no way I could have beaten him. So, from that standpoint, I'm not feeling too bad about it. It's not like I boned out with who I played (although I suppose the argument could be made that I boned out during the original draft . . . but let's not go there). :D

In any case, I'm going to kick BUTT this week. I hope. ;)