Archives for category: Miscellany

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Got my early Christmas present – an iPhone. I’m testing the WordPress app. This is where I set my laptop up when I’m eating dinner. Poor laptop … it’s not gonna see me as much. I haven’t had this much tech fun since my Commodore 64!

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Those of us in publishing know what a deadline is. But do we know the flip side of deadlines just as well? The things that help us recover, recharge, stay healthy? As I’m getting older (and more wise?), I’m realizing that knowing both sides of this issue is important.

Usually my plan for making crazy deadlines is:

  • Eat … whatever is around
  • Exercise … are you kidding?
  • Work … nonstop
  • Sleep … whenever I drop into bed

I can sustain this for about a week before I need to go into recovery mode. But the next couple of months look busy with work and great opportunities and that means that I need a new plan. Actually, the new plan is the same old plan that keeps me healthy in “regular” times, with the work element still at nonstop and the sleep element adjusted a bit:

  • Eat … healthy (I usually make a big pot of soup and a big bowl of salad on Sunday nights to eat from all week)
  • Exercise … regularly (run 3x a week, exercise class at work, yoga stretches before bedtime)
  • Work … nonstop
  • Sleep … at least 6 hours a night

That means I need to be accurate, efficient, and energetic while I’m working to keep my deadlines. Which eating well and exercise can help. Kind of cool how that works. There are things that will need to drop out of my life for awhile but they can be added back in later. Like a clean house.

Also, I’m finding it’s worth it to put a few moments of relaxation on my daily to-do lists. Calming thoughts, breathing slowly, and relaxing for just a couple of minutes is a great way to recharge. This site is my latest bookmark: donothingfor2minutes.com. Don’t touch that mouse!

So that’s my plan and I’m hoping that by writing about it I’ll stick to it. What are your ways of keeping a fast pace during busy times?

May you all have a very productive (and sustainable) day!

What’s better than a glass of wine? A glass of wine from a bottle with lovely typography.

Enjoyed my wine while reading about Amy Sedaris’ apartment is in this week’s New York Magazine. I love her—she’s low-brow brilliant!

And just for fun, I put a picture of my home office area through the Oldifier

Why do things look more romantic in black and white? I feel like I could write a novel in that picture.

The trees outside our office windows are beautiful.

Happy Spring!

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We’re back from Kansas City. Our vacation was spent hanging out with family and playing pool, bowling, eating (KC is surprisingly vegetarian-friendly), and seeing the sites. And I unplugged and went five days without a computer. A good time all around!

We toured the Hallmark Visitor Center where we got to talk to a craftsman. He was shaping the metal outline of a card that will cut out the card on press. The design he was working on had a small scalloped edge and he had to make each curve the same by hand. He was very casual about the whole thing, but his skill was amazing to watch.

There was also a video that featured the Hallmark design team. Many of them talked about what inspired them and how they recharged to keep up a high level of creativity. The answers to both issues seemed to be the same: getting out of their cubicles and seeing what their coworkers were working on. A good reminder for all of us cube dwellers that we need to get up once in a while … probably more often than most of us do.

We also visited Prospero’s Books. Visiting independent bookstores is one of my favorite things to do when visiting another city because each one has its own personality, the bookseller can be a good source of information for things to do in town, and having an hour or two to browse and find new titles and see new designs is a mini-vacation within a vacation! This store had used books in excellent condition, beautiful wooden shelving, nooks to read in, and cool artwork.

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I love taking tons of pictures (luckily my poor family tolerates this) and playing with the pictures afterwards in Photoshop is fun too. I like this tutorial (the lab color method) for converting color to black and white. Here’s a picture using that method that captures the mood of that laid-back afternoon.

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And now it’s Monday and time to get back to work. By the time this posts I’ll be drinking my second cup of coffee and making my to-do list. It’s good to get away and recharge and it’s good to be back.