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Squirrel! | Word of the Week

Friday, December 02, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA

The problem with being your own boss whose only client can't speak or complain (that would be Cambria, the boat) is that it's really easy to get distracted, procrastinate or generally do nothing. Such was my our week (I don't normally like to tell tales on David but he was a bit lazy too). There are 101 reason I turned into a slacker, none of which were my fault. No. I blame squirrels . . . and a host of other things. 

<!--[if gte mso 9]> You know the scenes in the Disney movie “Up” when Dug the Dog tries to focus on something but is easily distracted by squirrels. Yep. That was me this week. I had squirrels running all around my head, both figuratively and literally. Starting with this awesome squirrel feeder. If we ever move back to land, I have to get one of these – can you imagine the fun? 



It’s for sale on a site called Archie McPhee – We Make Weird, an online novelty shop (there’s a real store in Seattle). They sell all sorts of cool things from cat bonnets to this Dress-Up Bigfoot. It’s like Colorforms, those vinyl cling toys we played with back in the 70s. Do you remember those? Man, I love Colorforms . . . and Bigfoot. 


<!--[if gte mso 9]> With Black Friday happening last week and Cyber Monday this week, I spent a lot of time online shopping for deals and putting together my Christmas list (which is how I found Archie McPhee). But the biggest squirrel in my life was Facebook. News articles are normally the number one culprit, but this week saw a slew of cute dog videos like this one:

<!--[if gte mso 10]> < And super-cute dog pictures that remind me of our Sally. She never got herself caught between a chain link fence and a shed, but she was just the type of dog to do it if the opportunity arose. 

I tried to break the habit, I really did. I wrote to-do lists. I organized my days. I went outside in search of inspiration. But the cold weather and short days conspired against me and kept pulling me back to the warmth of the boat and to the internet. There were sporting events to live-stream. Blogs to read. Recipes for comfort food to download . . . and squirrels.
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All of which was a lot more fun and interesting than doing boat jobs.
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11 comments

  1. What a great word of the week. I agree- it's very easy to do nothing! I've felt very busy this week but don't have much to show for it!

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    1. And here I sit again starting at the computer screen when I should be cleaning out the "shed" (our enter-at-your-own-risk berth on the boat). Why is it so easy to fall into bad habits and so hard to start good ones?

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  2. Love this! I know just what you mean, I have weeks like that, too. Love that squirrel feeder! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

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    1. I know, me too. I would love to see one in action!

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  3. hehehe! This did make me chuckle....Squirrels! What a great word x

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    1. Thanks, Kim! As unproductive as it was, it was a great week as well.

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  4. I know exactly what you mean. It is so easy to get distracted. I blame the internet, for sure. Or, wanting to do too many things that I get overwhelmed and feel like I am doing stuff all day with the result of not achieving anything! Mark said to me today "You are the only person I know who can be so stressed without even having a job, or children!" :-) I always feel like I am not getting anything done. And, it's not because of squirrels, though.

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    1. That's only because Mark hasn't met me! Lol. I can be the same way, that's for sure. The sad thing is, it's really counter-productive.

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    2. :-) I guess that makes two of us! I'd like to convince myself that stress can be a good thing, because it puts pressure on me and therefore, I actually try and accomplish things. The lies we tell ourselves to feel better about our quirks!

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  5. Fun post!! I love the dress-up Bigfoot. I was just cleaning out a locker and found a Bigfoot bumper sticker in there that I completely forgot about. Not quite sure what to do with it - maybe I should send it to you :-)

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    1. I have no idea what it is about Big Foot -- it wasn't something I was interested in as a kid. The whole idea of it just cracks me up and, of course, we're in major Big Foot country.

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