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Productive Procrastination

Despite having a list a mile long, and despite having the grandest of intentions to actually get some work done today, I’ve found myself having a hard time getting started. Perhaps it’s related to the weather – it is, after all, rather grey and cold outside. Perhaps it’s the fact that I woke up to a very cold room, and my blood hasn’t warmed up sufficiently (I’m convinced that I’m solar-powered). Or perhaps it’s just that I’m the king of procrastination today. Whatever the reason, I’m a giant bag of do-nothing do-nothingness today.

This is happening right now

Not that I haven’t been somewhat productive today. In fact, if I think about it, the opposite is true. I’ve finished cleaning my house, have but one load of laundry remaining to be washed, wrote up a proposal, and have spent some quality time with the wee fuzzball (he’s currently snuggled up in my armpit, making typing a bit of a challenge).

Despite all of this, my list hasn’t really changed much from when I first woke up. I still have a couple of reference letters to write. I still have to work on another grant application. I still have a report to complete. And, I still have an analysis or two to do. Awesome.

Regardless, I can’t help but feel that these aren’t nearly as important as what I’ve just spent the last 30 or so minutes doing. Specifically, I’ve spent the last 30 minutes or so putting together a video of the fuzzball. Yes, yes, another video of the fuzzball.

In this case, I wanted to try to capture the fuzzball in action, as he is every time that I do the laundry and change my bedding. I’m not sure what attracts him to the bed when I’m trying to make it, but this behaviour occurs every single time. And it makes me laugh. Every. Single. Time.

So, for your viewing pleasure, I give you fuzzball in all his epic cuteness.

Anyway, I hope you are enjoying your Sunday (in spite of the cold and grey weather). I think I’m going to tackle the report now, as I think it is the lowest hanging fruit in my tree of things to do.

How To Break Even With 39 And 60

So many shiny quarters.

So apparently even when I’m not thinking about it, I’m knocking things off of my Not-So-Bucket-List list. In this case, item #39 and item #60. Now, don’t get too excited folks. Neither of these items were monumental challenges. And in the grand scheme of things, only one is probably truly blog-worthy. But here I am, writing about both of them.

Item #39 – Save $500 In Change

This is the item that’s really not so blog-worthy. I mean, it’s change. Who really cares that I’ve managed to collect an immense pile of coins over the past year or so? I do, that’s who. And why should I care? Because $500 is bigger than $0, that’s why. W00t!

What am I going to do with my new-found wealth? Well, there are 2 options. The first is the responsible option; apply it to my bills. The second is the fun option; use it for adventuring. I’m not sure what the answer will be at this point. Especially considering that the coins need to be rolled before I can take them to the bank. And have I mentioned how heavy this much coin is? I’m definitely not going to want to carry it to the bank myself.

1 million interweb points to whomever can guess the number of pennies in these containers.

Now, before you assume that I’m a complete loser who spent his Sunday afternoon procrastinating by counting change, let me state for the record that I did procrastinate by counting change, but I didn’t count everything exactly. That is, I estimated the total. And estimating is cool, right?

How did I estimate? you might be wondering. Well, I could have used a scale (if I owned one), but instead I opted to measure out a length of stacked coins. Knowing how tall a pile of coins was, I could easily make a bunch of stacks and assume they were worth the same. Hence, an estimate. I also ball-parked the pennies because cripes-on-a-cracker, I didn’t want to count all of them. I’m sure by the size of the ‘penny jar’, you’ll understand why I opted to guestimate. Note: the thin glass decanter depicted in the picture to the right is a standard sized decanter.

Item #60 – Buy A New Camera

I actually bought a new camera in July, and completely forgot that it was on my list! How ridiculous is that?

My camera. So shiny and new. I shall call him Snappy.

Anyway, I picked up my fancy-pants new camera when I was in Chicago visiting Benjamin. It’s a Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR, which translates to super-duper-awesome. The camera was cheaper to purchase in Chicago (what with the exchange rate and the typically lower prices for electronics in the U.S. of A.), and rather convenient because I wanted to get some good shots while I was there (and my iPhone camera isn’t always the best).

The camera is pretty sweet, with lots of buttons and functions that I still don’t understand. It has a pretty sweet zoom on it, and the images it captures are fantastic. I do however have to brush up on all that it can do, if I ever plan to take a decent picture.

Sadly, I haven’t used it much since I bought it because I haven’t been on any epic adventures (what with my hernia surgery and such like). However, I will be heading on yet another trip shortly – all part of my mission to achieve item #195 on my Not-So-Bucket-List list. And next month I have a conference in British Columbia, so hopefully it will get some use then.

Anyway, given that I managed to save $500 in change but also spent a sizeable chunk of coin on the camera, I’ve managed to break even more-or-less. But this is the best kind of breaking even as it has involved a trip, it has involved the purchase of a camera, and it will likely involve a new adventure funded at least in part by the $500 in change. Awesome.

Okay, clearly I’m not breaking even at all. But I’m having a bunch of fun in the process, and that is a huge win in my books.