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T-minus 66 hours and counting

Okay. I've got 42 hours until the movers arrive, and another 24 to clean out the rubbish, finalize the contractor details, and have my butt to the apt in GA to meet the movers there. House is about 2/3 of the way packed, organized, and cleared, but there's still that BIG last push to go, and I still owe 8 hrs to the employer tomorrow/Friday combined.

It's been a fairly sleepless week (c.f. post earlier), so I am insanely tired and somewhat lacking in motivation/energy.

Anybody have suggestions for temporary energy lifting? This is rarely a problem for me, so I'm kinda without ideas. Coffee, I've got. But what else ought I to be doing (besides not hanging here in LJ land...)?


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Sep. 21st, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
::hugs you::

Eating good, healthy food. Taking a few breaks and not pushing yourself to exhaustion. Maybe keeping a couple of those energy drinks on hand.

I wish I could do something to help you, darlin'.

You have my hugs, love and prayers.
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dearest. Food. Yes, I ought to do that better than I have been. Maybe whole grain bread and some cheese and veggies. Nods. Good idea!
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Green tea, preferably with ginseng. also Revive or Energy, from Vitamin Water (Glaceau). you can find it just about everywhere.
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Oh! I think I have some green tea in an assortment that's not packed yet--called Dragon something or other. Perfect!
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Sep. 21st, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
LOL! I tried Red Bull once. YUCK!!! The chuckle, however, is working.
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
honestly, one of the things i like to do to get energy up is drum... i know that probably sounds weird, but it totally works for me... i mean, i will use my actual drum when i'm at home, but anything works... a tabletop, my legs, a jar of peanut butter, the steering wheel, my puppies bellies, hell, my belly...

sometimes if i just focus, the energy will just flow through me, but if i need a little help, i'll put on some good music (yes, that's a completely subjective term), not neccesarily hard or anything, just something with an interesting rhythm...

anyway, i don't know if you are at all rhythmically inclined, but i just thought i'd give it to you as an idea anyway... :)
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. If I tie this in with Steffi's suggestion below, I might get something workable. If I can find a good radio station on MusicMatch, might have the same effect.

So: food, tea, rhythm. Y'all are getting me prepared. *hugs*
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
Music. And/or dancing. I put on the Lord of the Dance CD when I need a power boost. But most Irish Ceili songs should work just as well.
*crosses fingers for you*
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds *perfect*. I can't believe I didn't think of music before, and that *is* what's missing. With M. and the boys gone, it's dead silent here except inside my head.
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
If it weren't illegal, I'd give you a few of my Ritalin. ;)

If y'all need any help this weekend, please feel free to ask. I don't have any plans, and I'm happy to help out!
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)

I have this suspicion that Ritalin would make me keel over ;-)

If I can just _get there_ , I think we'll be fine. I'm dangling VM premiere in front of myself as a carrot. :-)
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
I still owe 8 hrs to the employer tomorrow/Friday combined.

I couldn't even begin to tell you the things I've wanted to say...forever...about how you extend yourself far too far.

Do you mean the above because you are paid through then? Well. I wouldn't let that stress you too much. Frankly, I'm sure there have been 100's of hours you've never been paid for.

Not to be all preachy about the universe and messages--I know you are getting there, but...well...I don't think you know how to *not*. What's the worst that can happen if you don't finish the 8 hours? I'm sure I don't have enough details, but what I DO know is that you do too much. Sometimes 100% is too much. Of the important in the big picture--work sure the fuck isn't. Pretend, for once, the world really is about you and yours.

I worry about you so much. But, you know, take with a molecule of salt!!! ;-)

I still have some ephedra...too bad you aren't closer...

Don't get too full on carbs, though, because digestion will slow you down.

::takes big nose out of yer stuffs::

::luvs teh chrisses::
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
Gotcha. Easy on the carbs. Whole grain bread, cheese, tomatoes, and olives? Lightish, but healthyish, too.

Without going into gross detail, your rant isn't anything I haven't given myself ;-) I'm stuck with the 8 hrs primarily because *I* am the person who will pay the price if I don't... Not quitting but trying to keep this part time going forward will be extremely good for me, if I can pull it off, but there is (as always) a price to pay. I could come back next week and finish this crap up, but frankly, my leave of absence starts on Monday and I have NO intention of doing anything work related on my leave. So, I suck it up for three days, and then the rest of life can begin, yanno?

*hugs you*

Sep. 21st, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
Add sugar to that coffee, tea, anything. It's not healthy, but it can get you moving so that you're sailing off momentum when the sugar high eases out.

Yeah, yeah. I know. I'm such an unhealthy monster. Still...


I love you, am thinking about you and will be staying over in Atlanta October 4th until the 15th. I will *not* be coming home and my 'puter is coming with. I'm keeping the hotel room, so 'puter and clothes don't have to move.

Here's fingers crossed on my meeting Mike, the kids and seeing you again!

Sending heavy duty productive vibes as I paint the kitchen...

Sep. 21st, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
2097 Powers Ferry Rd.
Marietta, GA 30067

You know his name to look us up at 411 -- my cell will remain the same for the time being.

Gah. I hate sugar. You know this -- and I can't gorge on enough chocolate to get good lift off. I'm going with tea, because I can tolerate *some* sugar in that, and Xio above says the tea helps.

Have high grain bread, cheese, olives, and tomatoes.

Why don't you come *here* and help me finish this? *g*

I've found a radio station on MusicMatch that is playing all that 70s/80s schlock that I love to sing offkey loudly to -- Karen Carpenter, Olivia Newton John, Bee Gees, Donna Summer, etc. I made myself a deal-- 30 minutes at work, 10 minutes here. It'll get done, or it won't.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
* loves you and kisses you *

I wish I *was* there helping you. I'm starved for human contact...

And I've lost my phone book. Please email me the cell number again. Kelly had to call me. I couldn't call her.

She had NEWS! *chortle*

* goes back to paint the kitchen *


Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
You didn't freaking know Kel's news????

I hope you're getting replies emailed. Wait. Get on Yahoo, you hussy.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm feeling left out!!! ::waaaaah:: And whole grain bread, better yet, sprouted grain bread or bagels, will go far in the energy category. I smear w/ cream cheese, but UGF claims butter is better.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
I don't like the sprouts, but I've got seven grain, cheese, tomatoes and olives. That seemed to help a good bit last night. It's tonight that'll be killer!

(you didn't miss much -- we met up long enough to make sure we had the right phone #s and then toddled back to our projects)

*hugs you*
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of the 15 minute timer thing.

Set a timer for 15 minutes, work flat out packing up.
Set a timer for 5 minutes, take a break.

Repeat until finished.

It's amazing how much you can do if you know you only have to do it for 15 minutes.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
Great advice! I'm doing 30/10, but it's working pretty well thus far. I *hate* moving.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
For energy, I find eating a low fat protein + drinking a lot of water helps even in the short term.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
Water. Yes, of course...I ought to know this by now. Thanks for the nudge.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
You'd think, being just five months post-partum (where water was the cureall for EVERYTHING, and lean protein a close second), that I'd remember this more often myself.

But I forget, especially when drinking coffee, which allows for an exhaustion rebound.

So, yes. Plenty of fluids, drat it. ESPECIALLY if you're drinking coffee for alertness.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
Actually, getting some exercise will help. take fifteen minutes and promise to start up the tension again later, but for now, fifteen minutes free and clear to just stretch and listen to your body. Take the full fifteen minutes. And I'm also told that a really good belly laugh does wonders. I haven't heard ANY good jokes, lately, though! ::hugs::
Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm thinking belly laugh might be a stretch...::wry grin::

That said, excellent advice. I think I'm going to sub meditation for exercise since I'm working up quite a sweat with the moving of boxes, lifting of appliances, etc. At my next 30 minute interval, that's what I'll do.

*hugs and thanks*
Sep. 22nd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
Elvis and Black Tea with sugar
Every time I have an impossible task to accomplish in zero hours, I put on Elvis and a kettle. I bought and closed a house and moved us in 24 hours to an endless repeat of Elvis, with plenty of sweet, hot, English tea. It works. I don't know why, I don't know how, but it does.
Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Elvis and Black Tea with sugar
LJ sucks -- your comment didn't even come to email!

And yeah, I've got the rockabilly going full-blast, and we're on 25-hour stretch now.

Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Re: Elvis and Black Tea with sugar
I have reached the 6 hour stage...Elvis, Melissa Ethridge, and CDM coffee. Gah!
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