A list

by madiwelch

of “productive” things to do when I’m avoiding homework:

Cook. Or bake, or eat. I used to cook for just me all the time — why does it seem pointless now to make anything but Mac & Cheese when Jords isn’t home?  (Except we are completely out of milk, so looks like it’s Ramen for me.)

Clean. Organize, straighten, deep-clean, dust; the possibilities are endless and time-consuming. Our apartment’s more of a disaster than I think we’ve ever seen it — I guess that’s what we get for doing research papers (books everywhere), art projects (magnet boards and glue in the way), laundry (too awful to talk about), and not dishes (but we made a yummy peanut butter treat!) all in the same week that we both had work and lots of school.

Hit the gym. Or play Kinect sports. Or try to jog outside in the freezing cold air. I’ve been lacking in workout time (I miss you, Si!) since I started my new job so I got myself out of bed this morning with the determination to fit some exercise in.  Easily one of my favorite ways to start the day. (After cuddling, of course.)

Nap. Ranging anywhere from five minutes to a couple of hours, this is possibly my favorite and most flexible option. Weekends are especially good for catching up on sleep, right? I love when Jords calls me on his way home from work (in the middle of the afternoon, usually about 4pm) and says, “Oh sorry, did I wake you?” when I answer.  I need to develop a better non-groggy voice.

Read. Books, blogs, news. I recently checked out my first for-fun book from the BYU library — Matched, by Ally Condie. Reading is good for the brain and therefore counts as productive, right? Even if it’s young adult literature? And has nothing to do with my schoolwork?

Edit. Okay, this may be equivalent to doing homework. However, I’m doing a mini copy editing internship this semester for an academic journal, and I really love it — sometimes even cures writer’s block.

Laundry. Collecting, washing, drying, ironing, hanging, folding — Honestly, I’d probably pick homework over this one.  Luckily, Jords did laundry for us this week, or else it’d be all over the floor. (Oh wait, it’s still piled on the floor, but at least it’s clean.)

Blog. And here we are — I’m cold and I can’t focus on my research paper right now, so where do I turn? To some extra blankets, Ramen noodles, and my laptop. Love it.

Happy Saturday!  I wish you all tons of fun “productive” activities for the weekend.

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