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11/03/2006: ""Home" for the Holidays?"

Procrastinate: To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.

So, I kept putting off getting my tickets back to Nebraska for the holidays because I hate trying to coordinate everything. Long story short, I waited too long and now the expense compiled with the bizarre set of connections and overnights needed to get back to O’Neill, has made me decide to stay in Juneau this year for the first time ever.

I’m sad, because I’ll miss getting to spend lots of time with my dad and grandparents, not to mention my sisters and their families…but another part of me is relieved. I *hate* traveling at the holidays and the thought of not having to do so has made me feel borderline giddy.

I’ll have a nice chunk of time off from work in which I can go skiing, read, watch movies, and most importantly…PAINT. I have a plan now, to get about 10-15 ideas/thumb nails for new paintings finished prior to the break as well as all the canvases or panels, etc. so that I can bust some serious moves during my vacation.

My goal for November is to finish my various outstanding commissions. I’m not taking any new ones until I finish up the ones still on my plate…I’d like to have them all out of the way before mid December. Having a plan of action makes me feel less stressed out about my recent dereliction of duty.

I've decided to skip NaNoWriMo this year (though I was really looking forward to it) because there's just too much going on.

Oh, and I'd like to wish my papa a HAPPY BIRTHDAY (one day late)! You are the greatest and I love you!!!

Replies: 8 Comments

on Friday, November 3rd, RR said

It was good to read this entry. It's so full of energy and promise and enthusiasm. Thank you Elise, you have reminded me to plan ahead a little.

on Saturday, November 4th, Jackie said

E: Sorry you can't go visit family for Christmas this year! I'm with you, though, about traveling during holidays - it's horrible! I haven't done any traveling at holiday season now for many years - because I hate it so much! The most we do is drive up to Bellingham or Lynden to see my sisters - it's about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive - except on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Good luck finishing your paintings! :crazy:

on Sunday, November 5th, Kasia said

Elise's Papa - Happy birthday from Poland:)
I am looking for the Christmas breal, too! I am going to sleep and read and read and sleep. :)
See ya later!

on Sunday, November 5th, Kasia said

break, not breal :blush:

on Sunday, November 5th, Elise said

Hi RR, energy and promise huh? Well, I guess we'll see won't we!
Good luck to you as well!

And Jackie, yes, traveling at the holidays is a total nightmare...I always dread it even though I love being back in O'Neill...I am really looking forward to vegging.

And Kasia, I hope your Christmas Breal will be fun and relaxing as well. Teaching takes a lot out of you doesn't it!???

on Monday, November 6th, Kasia said

It does. But it's my fault - I am greedy and I work in two schools, that is why it is all so hectic.
How many hours do you work a week? I mean at the university? Is it 40 - just like here in Poland?

on Wednesday, November 8th, Em said

Hey Elise--the exact same thing happened to me and Corey! We waited too long and now we're here for Christmas too. Sad...and relieved! If you get lonely during break come on up to 5th street. :)

on Wednesday, November 8th, Elise said

Hey Em, seems like there are going to be a lot of people staying put in Juneau this will be fun, I'd like to have some little holiday get-togethers etc.