On never having enough time

Lists, that’s what blog readers like! Didn’t you read the memo? We don’t write in complete sentences anymore. For starters we don’t have time, but also all people want to read are soundbites. So there.

  1. I never have enough time.
  2. Work takes up an inordinate amount of time in my day.
  3. As does sleeping.
  4. I can’t really compromise on point 3, especially as it is winter and there’s nothing nicer than snuggling down under blankets when it’s cold outside.
  5. It’s cold outside.
  6. In addition to not having enough time I have the sneaking suspicion that I’m not doing anything particularly exciting with my life.
  7. Aside from eating, sleeping, working.
  8. That’s not completely true – I’ve been doing a creative writing class which has had me up and at em on the weekends, and I finished my honours degree last year, which I’d been doing part time.
  9. But I still feel like I’m marking time.
  10. I try to read a lot.
  11. Currently I’m reading Hesse’s Steppenwolf, Gaarder’s Maya, and Phaedo, by Plato.
  12. The Plato is for one of those MIT online classes. This one’s on classics in western philosophy.
  13. God damn it, but it’s taken me forever to read Phaedo. Not because I’m not enjoying it, but because…I don’t have enough time.
  14. When I come home at the end of the day all I want is a whisky and some pie.
  15. I think I’m turning into Kevin Arnold’s dad.
  16. Instead I cook dinner, get changed, collapse on the couch with food.
  17. Sometimes I can get motivated to write – like tonight.
  18. I did some freewriting that wound up being quite interesting.
  19. And you can see for yourself how long it’s been since I blogged.
  20. I have twittered though. Bless those bite sized info snippets!
  21. I hate them and love them.
  22. Furthermore, I can’t remember the last time I sat down and put on some headphones and listened to an album all the way through, without any interruptions.
  23. This bothers me.
  24. I was going to say “this bothers me to no end” but I am on a personal mission to eliminate cliche from my everyday use.
  25. I don’t know how well it’s going.
  26. I also haven’t played music for – at least six months. No piano. No guitar.
  27. There’s something wrong there.
  28. Do I need to make some sort of chart just to make sure I don’t blob myself into oblivion?
  29. Actually a chart would be quite a good idea.
  30. And I think saying “do xxx into oblivion” is a terribly overused phrase. Cliche?
  31. What else could I have on my chart?
  32. Exercise – I have totally slacked off there.
  33. Word count on my creaky old novel.
  34. Blogging
  35. Freewriting
  36. Music playing
  37. Hours spent on the computer (not blogging)
  38. Yes – I mean gaming.
  39. I guess it could be a pie chart.
  40. Though – pie…
  41. Perhaps I’m turning into Agent Cooper instead.
  42. I think I might start going to the pool on the weekend.
  43. It’s nice to swim during the day when you don’t have to worry about wet hair and freezing cold night.
  44. Wait – I lie. I listened to disc one of Sandinista! On the weekend.
  45. I love that album. It got me through some depressing times when I lived in Dublin and things were going to shit with Kate, the girl I travelled with.
  46. We were old flatmates. I should have known better.
  47. I did love Dublin in the end though.
  48. I might have to add a new category for this lazy type of blogging – lists. Or Lazy. Lazy lists.
  49. Don’t hate me because I’m lazy. It’s cold and it’s winter and everyone in the northern hemisphere is enjoying 80 degree weather while we have to sit around and watch world news where people frolic around in singlets, looking warm.
  50. I bet people in the northern hemisphere never watch news of us in singlets when it’s winter up there.

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