One of the many, many things graduate school taught me about myself is I am really bad with working in little pockets of time. You know the ones: it’s 9am and I have to leave for work at 10am. Your choices are a) finish cleaning the kitchen, b) get a snippet of homework done, or c) sit on your computer for an hour, all the while convincing yourself that an hour is not nearly enough time to get anything done.
I picked option c. Every time.
This problem persists past my exit from graduate school. At my new book store job, my schedule is roughly 9-5, 5 days a week. Most mornings I’m up at 7:30 and I’m out the door at 8:40. I then get home around 5:20 and we have dinner. Then I collapse on the couch and watch some sort of screen until I go to bed. It’s pathetic: I am terrible about using what little pockets of time I am afforded.
I’m trying to get better. As I type this, I’m sitting in the children’s section of our college library with my dear husband: I plan to carry an armload of books home with me. We drive about 1.5 hours to and from church twice a week and I almost always get a row or two of crochet finished in that time. But the siren song of the computer screen and the television screen are often too strong to resist.
While I am working on getting better, here are a few things I have managed to document in my pockets of time over the last few weeks:
So you see, I’m getting better. Now I just need to learn to use these pockets of time for more reading, creating, cooking, and, of course, blogging.