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03 May 2012 @ 09:11 am
A New Routine, Probably  
While I'm living here, I now get to come up with at least one major things to do every day, probably more. Some do take just about all day, like edging the gardens. I need to do something that is outwardly visible, or else my dad is likely to think I haven't done anything at all.

Today, I'm looking at least at rearranging the plants in the house. This doesn't sound huge, but we have at least twenty houseplants. My dad is very likely an aspie (we'll never know for sure; even if he believed in psychology, he'd be too embarrassed to find out) and I swear sometimes it's like we have to childproof the house. He knocks things over all the time--things that don't seem to be in the way at all--and steps on things, kicks them, runs into them. So I have to find places for all these plants where they get enough light without my dad running into them.

I'll probably also start edging on the garden. And we have a picture window in the living room, and the frame of that needs to be scraped and repainted. Same with the mantle.

I suppose I could go on, but I won't.

Also, we have this children's book, The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base. It's got these beautiful, detailed illustrations, in which there are all these mysteries. I never managed to solve any of them on my own. I kind of want to sit down one day and just start figuring them out; I already know the solution to the main mystery of the book, but not all of them.

In the meantime, I'm hoping I can get some of my own work done today.

aaa_mazing: NO fluffy cuddly bullshitaaa_mazing on May 3rd, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
I hate gardening! Anything that has to do with soil. But I do like houseplants.

Ha. I can do finicky work with tiny details, but keep not noticing tables and chairs. There's always at least one bruise on my hips or thighs.;)

My, did I love children's books. I still remember all of mine, and even have some on my bookshelves. It'll be awesome time for you, I'm sure.

So, do something visible for parents and don't forget about your own work.

MissTeacakesmissteacakes on May 3rd, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
I dislike a lot of yard work. Most specifically cleaning patios. And I'm terrible about actually caring for houseplants; I always forget to water them.

I kept most of our children's books, and we still have my parents', too. I'd love to illustrate them.

I have to be able to say I did something, mostly, not just sat around on the computer.
aaa_mazing: art is resistanceaaa_mazing on May 3rd, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I almost never liked the illustrations in children's books. They are rarely ingenious, very stereotypical. You'll be a good illustrator, I think.

But sitting around on the computer sounds so tempting, doesn't it?;)
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on May 3rd, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
There's a certain quality of work that I think is becoming increasingly rare; it's about at the point where I can name specific illustrators that I like, and I think my own work reflects the influence.

It's always tempting. But alas...
Alexanderashmedai on May 3rd, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lot of work. I hope you get some down time too.
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on May 3rd, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
Downtime is most likely in the evenings, I think. And not much will be expected of me on the days that I work, either, even though they won't schedule me for more than half a day at a time.

Really, the thing that irks me the most is that, on the days that my mother is working, I get to plan the meals myself, and I can't take the easy ways out I would if I were by myself.

It's all more incentive for me to find a second job, so that I can afford my own place.
Alexanderashmedai on May 3rd, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
It's all more incentive for me to find a second job, so that I can afford my own place.

Uh-huh, I get that. I'd go nuts living with either of my parents. :)
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on May 3rd, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, totally. It's been two days, and I'm already going stir-crazy. But it's just so hard to find any work at all nowadays, never mind something in my field. (Which won't happen, I'm thinking.)
Alexanderashmedai on May 3rd, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
It's the same here. The employers get a stack of resumés 50 cm high, and you're competing against countless people out of work. The economy sucks right now! :(
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on May 3rd, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm glad to have any work at all, even if they do schedule me for only two days a week.