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laundry is done. it seriously takes three hours including hanging up the wet shirts that don't go in the dryer and pairing all 42 or however many pairs of socks. as I was pairing and folding I had a thought and looked in the outside pocket of my duffel bag to see if I had remembered to empty it and no there were two unlaundered shirts in there. fsck. if they weren't two of my favorite shirts that I wear all the danged time I would not be so unhappy but they are and so will either be the subject of a handwashing or special one-load trip to the laundromat soon. I'm sure that one load of shirts would not take three hours.

but so this is why I got up early to do it. I suppose if I did laundry more often and had only two weeks' worth of socks it wouldn't take so long but I don't know how much difference the folding actually would make. the dryers would still take almost an hour to get my sweats dry.

now I have more things to do although I am pondering not doing them just because I haven't had two days off in a little while. well at least two weeks. that is, last week I only took one day off so this week I want two but I don't know if I can afford it. I have papers to grade and I have to get my 90 or so pages ready to turn in to Judith by 12/5 so I am going to have to concentrate my energy on that for a little while and let other things slide because I don't seem to be able to do more than one thing at a time. in the middle of all this can I do ok if I took two days off this week?

oh I just don't know. on the one hand a day off sounds nice and refreshing and is supposed to recharge your batteries but sort of like drinking once I've had one day off I just want another. and another. and another. but there is no question of my taking more than today off so that at least would be self-limiting.

santiago says take day off and chase me around house. oh to have a big friendly creature trained to entertain you and feed you and keep you safe. that's really what we all need.


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Nov. 17th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
a tip for the sock issue:
buy yourself a big thing full of 100 safety pins, like you can get at the grocery store for $3 or so. When you take off a pair of socks, pin them together by their toes, inside out, and then throw em into the laundry. Yes it's a few seconds of pain in the ass, but it will save you a half hour or more of sock-matching on laundry day. They will be washed in pairs! You never even have to unpin them until you wear them. You can fold them still pinned.

One lucky thing about me having a Tish is that she does laundry every night, or ever other night. Just one load, so it's never a big deal and never adds up. Obviously we have a washer and dryer in our place or this would not work.
Nov. 18th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
wow that's one of the best ideas I've heard in a long time! thanks!

yeah I remember being able to do a load whenever. I think back then I might have only owned about 7 pairs of socks! on the other hand it takes a really long time to wear out a single pair now since I only wear each pair less than 10 times a year! I might never need to buy socks again.
Nov. 17th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
You are patient about the socks. I just throw them in a huge bundle and never match them. Oh, very rarely will I match a special pair, or if something jumps out at me as being a match- but generally I wear white or gray gym socks and so they all are the same anyway. But, I even don't match the others -

Yea, I know how writing can be... I was struggling with my book last night, and got two chapters done. Not a lot and I have to step it up although the Editor appears to be happy. Still, we are on a deadline of the middle of December which gives me one month! There is still alot to do. A writer I know just let's the editor have her way, but me- I can't do that. I need to make sure that all the changes are what I want, and believe me, I am rejecting many. Certainly, not all, but many.

There is some emotional stress involved in it all too, since the book is close to my heart. But, she is a good editor - and I am thankful for that.

Well, we will both be working looks like. I just took two days off recently and you are right - it can be addicting. Time goes by, where does it go - but anyway. Yes, I remind myself I am getting stuff done.
Nov. 18th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm such a fag I wouldn't dream of going out with mismatched socks unless it was a deliberate fashion statement!

yegads I do wonder what will happen if my autobiography ever becomes a book. I suspect I'd be a bit of a control freak over my prose and because it is supposed to be poetic and therefore at times obscure, I'd better find an artsy press and editor to work with. otherwise there's just no way..

I'm quite alarmed at my deadline. I mean I knew it was coming but I've been in denial about it being nearly december already.

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