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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bad diaries happen to good people

Yup, I'm late for my Tote Bags 'n' Blogs post today. Thankfully, due to the fact I live in New Zealand (which, in case you didn't know, is about three days ahead of the rest of the world) this will probably go up just before the clocks strike midnight, so I might sneak by on a technicality!

Anyway, in honor of my slackness I thought I would talk about diaries and how they just refuse to work for me. And it's not like I don't try and make them work, because I do. Every year I buy a lovely new diary, and with good intentions in hand, I start to fill it out. Some years I even use my neat writing. However, without fail by the time April hits the diary is buried under a pile of bills (which probably would've been paid if only I had looked in that diary!) and once again my world is reduced to chaos. The weird thing is that in life I'm very punctual. To me, not being early is being late, but for some reason I can't apply this rather pedantic approach to any other part of my life.

And don't worry, people have tried to help me. One of my cps is a list writer from way back and she is always talking to me about the joys of crossing things off. Apparently a warm fuzzy feeling is connected to the task and she has even been known to write things on the list (after the fact) just so she can cross them off. However, like diaries, I've tried the list thing - actually I think I've even put lists in my diary from time to time, but the truth is that I'd rather get my warm fuzzies from watching David Boreanaz and eating chocolate.

So the moral of the story is, if you want me to do something promptly then you really need to ask between January and March because after that it's all downhill!!!!

Amanda Ashby

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6 comments:

Pat Cochran said...

I love it! Another fan of my special favorite: David Boreanaz! Oh, and chocolate, too! I'm a diabetic, but Honey found us some sugar-free versions by Hershey and Russell Stover which are wonderful!

I've never gotten diaries to work
for me, I have to admit that. I do
better with a plain old spiral note
book in which I write down all my
lists. Honey calls me the queen of
lists and says that next I'll be
keeping a list of my lists!

Pat Cochran

Mary said...

I started writing in my first diary when I was about 7 years old. I still have that diary. I kept on writing, just about every day until one day a few years ago, I started re-reading what I had written. I went through and systematically tore up: actually shredded each and every one of them. There were about 40 diaries, note books..ect. I started reading and thought...omg, if I die I don't want anyone to ever read how seriously crazy I sounded in my own head. LOL

touch said...

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. ....................................................

denise said...

I've never been able to stick with a diary.

Amanda Ashby said...

Pat - yay - anyone who can appreciate the fineness that is David Boreanaz is okay by me! And I'm jealous that you can do the list thing. I wish I could!

Mary - I used to do a journal for a couple of years and yup - I know that feeling of reading it back and realizing that somethings just shouldn't be seen by anyone else! (of course, like diaries and lists, the journal thing didn't last!)

Touch - oh, I love that saying!

Denise - phew - glad I'm not alone!

Sue A. said...

I've never liked hand writing from childhood or how mine looks so keeping a diary was never something I've considered.