July 26th. I love it.

Yay, love!

First up this week, Spinning. I love it. I’ve been wanting to try it out for a while but was too afraid to go by myself. Diana agreed to go with me for the first time. I must say, I loved it. It’s a good workout and luckily my legs aren’t sore today. Now the key will be going back. I mean, it was fun, but I don’t know if a 5:30am wake up call is happening right now.

I love it.

Next up, the movies. I know I say this a lot, but because of all of the movies coming out lately, Brian and I have had to triple up this week. We saw Ant-Man, Trainwreck, and Southpaw. Southpaw was my favorite, but let’s be honest. It’s a Jake Gyllenhaal movie so of course I will favor that one.

I love it.

Finally, Sunday breakfasts. I love it. Sundays are usually the only day of the week that Brian and I don’t have plans in the morning so we take advantage of it and make a big breakfast. This morning we had pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. It’s my favorite part of the week!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

When in doubt, organize.

How do I keep myself organized at work?

It’s simple really. Even though I am managing a ton of different projects and people all at once, using several lists and documents makes it all so easy.

First of all, I have my weekly list. I have a notepad that I keep on my clipboard where I list all of my tasks every week. As the week progresses, or if I feel overwhelmed with all of the things on it, I use highlighters to organize tasks by days so I can focus on what I need to focus on. This is important for people like me with OCD (yes, I really have it – I’m not using it as an expression) who can’t overcome the feeling of wanting to check things off of a list.

In accordance with my weekly list, I also have what I call my “wait list.” These are things that were previously on my weekly checklist that I have started working on but am stuck because the ball is now in someone else’s court. That is to say, if I needed to coordinate a date that a contractor will be installing door signage and I emailed them or called them and I’m waiting on a response, that would transfer to the wait list. I’ve worked on it, but now I have to wait.

Not only do I have notebooks, but I also have an intricate series of folders on my email. With separate folders for every sport, schedules, ITs, receipts, invoices, estimates, the cleaning crew, work tickets, and personal stuff, it’s easy to find documents that I need. Those documents are also saved on my computer in an equally intricate series of folders.

What if I’ve collected documents that I need to keep? I have folders for that, too. On my desk, I have folders for signing equipment out and contractor sign in sheets and even a folder of “Need to work on” for things I can do when I have nothing else major to do. It’s full of things like the access lists of all of my buildings that I need to update with maps of how the logo on the baseball field should be painted for next season.

Binders lining my desk are full of facility contracts, key check out sheets for the entire department, camp information, and staging guides for our major events like the Golf Classic and our baseball games against LSU. With pictures, notes, and emails from those things, I know exactly what I need and don’t need for next year.

I’m sure a lot of people have their own way of organizing. Let me know your tips and tricks and maybe I’ll include them on a follow up blog!

My weekly list and my wait list.
My weekly list and my wait list.

Off the grid.

After so much traveling lately, I needed a vacation. Not a trip. A vacation. I had spent 10 days back home in Cleveland followed by a short stint in LA visiting my brother. We had fun seeing the sights, attending Comic Con, and when I was home, I’m so glad I got to show Brian my hometown and all of the fun things we do there.

But it was exhausting.

Always having to be somewhere with every moment planned is actually much more tiring than going with the flow, so that’s exactly what Brian and I did this weekend. We drove to Gulf Shores, Alabama and lived “off the grid” for a couple days. No cell phones. No email. No clocks. Just beach time, old fashioned tent living, and being among nature. It was totally refreshing and exactly what I needed.

July 19th. I love it.

Love. It’s what’s happening.

First up this week, camping. I love it. This weekend, Brian and I took what I’m going to consider our only vacation of the summer (the rest of them were “trips” with planned activities). We drove to Gulf Shores, Alabama to spend some time AFK (in nerd speak, that means we didn’t have technology right in front of us). It was great to get away, have no plans, and do whatever we wanted. It also makes me feel good to know what we are perfectly fine living off of hot dogs and peanut butter sandwiches. We did manage to make a “gourmet” meal of chicken, potatoes, green beans, carrots, and onions thanks to the power of tin foil.

I love it.

Next up, the beach. I love it. One of the major reasons we even went camping was so we could get some beach time. The beach at Gulf Shores is so nice. White sand, sea shells, dolphins, and jellyfish. We played Frisbee, got some sun, and swam. The water was perfect.

I love it.

Finally, Chinese food. Let’s be honest; there is nothing better than coming home from vacation and having a dinner that you didn’t have to cook that also requires little to no dishes afterward. It hit the spot and was a great way to end the weekend.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’ great.

I love it.

July 12th. I love it.

I’m sorry for such a delay, but I was enjoying my time with my brother this weekend and yesterday I was so sleep deprived, I didn’t think I’d be able to write anything that you’d be able to understand.

First up this week, Comic Con. I love it. This was the first year that I actually got into Comic Con (last year I was only there for Nerd HQ which is pretty cool too). I saw all kinds of cool art, had a few celebrity sightings, played a virtual reality video game, saw sneak peaks of upcoming TV shows, and got to wear my cape in public. That’s the perfect recipe for an awesome weekend.

I love it.

Next up, traditions. I love it. My brother and I have a tradition (that we didn’t realize was a tradition until I said something), that every time I come to see him, I have a new type of food. Last time is was Thai and Mediterranean, and this time it was Indian. I enjoyed the crap out of it, but I still prefer Thai by far.

I love it.

Finally, the Parenthood set. I love it. Because my brother has a cool job, he drove me around the back lot on the Universal Lot and showed me a few places where they filmed episodes of Parenthood. I got to see Zeek and Millie’s house with the basketball hoop and everything and then saw where they shot the scenes at the back of the Luncheonette. My brother is a dream maker for sure.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

The daily challenge.

I’m weird. And I know I’m weird, so it’s not like I’m trying to hide it. But I try to act as “normal” as possible when I’m at work.

Today, this is very hard.

People can say it all they want: “You’re not autistic. You are fine. OCD is no big deal.”

News flash: I am. I’m not. It is.

Today my challenge is something other people would probably be able to do quite easily. Move on. For me, that task seems impossible. I was just doing research about the cost of new helmet racks and now I don’t know if I need to charge the party responsible for breaking the perfectly good one we had for a brand new one or just for repairs. And I can’t get my answer until my meeting with my boss at 2pm.

So what am I doing now, you ask?

I’m sitting at my desk, looking at the computer screen, unable to move on to the next task which is so neatly written out on my special notebook. I can’t get over the helmet rack. Thanks to my OCD, my mind is set and it cannot be changed. Could I be working on updating a database that I need done by Friday? Yes. Am I going to do that now? No, because I told myself I was going to do that after lunch. Which isn’t for another hour and a half.

Generally, I’m really good at my job. I get assignments and I do them quickly. I don’t like things lingering on my notebook too long so I move efficiently from task to task. I manage my OCD pretty well these days, pushing through my thoughts and but I’m good for one day a week where I’m a lost cause.

Today is that day.