Friday, October 14, 2005


I'm a pro at procrastination. I have no idea how I get so much done. Maybe it's an art - 'How to do the most with the least effort'. I know I got that comment in school a lot - - and the word 'effort' seemed to crop up a lot. Today I decided I would work hard and finish at least three pages in my zombie book. I got up and turned on the computer. Then I took my daughter to the bus stop and went to the golf course to check on my results for the tournament I played yesterday. Posted on the wall of the clubhouse were the results: seems I won the men's group four in net and brut scores. Well...Fine. But I'm a woman. Even though Sam is a man's name. My husband was with me, and he cracked up. He'd won the men's group one (first series - he plays off a 7 handicap and went down to 5 because he played so well yesterday.) I dropped four points off my handicap (hubby says it's a scandal because my handicap is still so high - but I never play tournaments so that's normal. He turned around and signed me up for the tournament next Thursday) So I have another golf tournament coming up. And the pressure is on...I won my league yesterday. (insert huge grin)
So - back to procrastinating. I leave the golf club and decide to go shopping. Then my daughter calls and I have to pick her up from school. Then I procrastinate some more - - watch the clouds drift by -- and then take my daughter to theater class. On the way I get pulled over by the police, who are doing a routine alcohol test on everyone. I have to chat, of course, and ask if there are lots of alcoholics on the road at 4:30 in the afternoon. After that I don't even get to blow in the little balloon. He waves me on. (My friend Andrea who was stopped right behind me got to blow into the balloon. I told her she looked more like a drinker than I do. I also told her that when I saw her getting pulled over, I told the cop that I knew her, that she had been depressed, and had just seen her coming out of the bar in town. She has promised to get even with me somehow.) Anyhow - we get our kicks where we can in these small towns. It is fun, however, to know everyone.
I have been procrastinating all day. But I have to get my three pages done. So while my chicken is cooking and the virus scanner is running, and the washing machine is going, and my daughter is taking her shower...I will get back to work.


Cheyenne McCray said...

It's so easy to get sidetracked, isn't it? For me it's e-mail, blogging, and other assorted time wasters. That was one of the reasons why I killed my first blog, and here I'm at it again! But I have gotten rid of other stressors in my life, so I'll have more time to WRITE!

Sam said...

Good for you for getting rid of the stressers!
I have to admit, I stress for no reason at all. Writing helps calm me down. Golf is better though.

Wynn Bexton said...

If they had awards for procrastinators I'd win one! Yes, the computer can be a terrible time-waster (I don't watch very much TV so that's no problem) and I love doing x-word puzzles or playing Free Cell and Solitaire though I have enough sense now to limit myself to 5 games each only!!!! (strict rule!) As for blogging..well I consider it at least a way to get myself writing so I don't classify it as a time-waster activity and I try to only look at other people's blogs once a day late when I am not doing any serious writing. Procrastinating must be the bane of every writer, don't you think?

Tara Marie said...

Since procrastination is my middle name, when you figure out how we get so much done, let me know. Some days I find myself playing on the computer or window shopping and I'm left wondering how I managed to get dinner on the table at night and Anthony into bed by 7:15.

Madeline Hill said...

I dunno-- in the 1970's and 80's when I was a stayathomeMom with a toddler, it seems the days went on and on, lotsa time for everything I wanted or needed to do.. Bake bread, read a few charts, long walks in the park to feed ducks with Andrew (son.) Life was very simple then.

Now, I think I've put too MANY activities and "goals.." into my life and the only way OUT is PROCRASTINATION--

This multi-tracking way of life has gotten out of hand, don't you think??

Is it a dream to contemplate having a "simple life" once again??

I think Chey is on target-- putting certain stressors just plain old OUT of one's life!

Sam said...

I love playing games too Wynn, and I'm not a TV watcher, except for a few select series or movies. (and soccer, lol)

And Tara, I can't count the times I've shot out of this chair with five minutes to make dinner for everyone. A watched pot DOES boil, lol, especially when dinner has to be made!

That's true, Maddie - maybe procrastination is your subconscious's way of saying "Sloooowww Down, you have Wayyy too many plates in the air!"
Then again, it may be sheer laziness, lol.

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