Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Do's and Don'ts of Writing While Staying Home With Chipmunk

I am back to work at the paying gig today, surrounded by this most uninspiring of things:
Gray gone bad.  And I'm surrounded by this all day.  EEK!
I've been home the last couple of days with Chipmunk.  Per doctor's orders, she couldn't return to school for a couple of days.  So Monday and Tuesday, I was at home.  I picked up a couple nuggets of knowledge.

DO take advantage of being at home from the paying gig.  That means an extra hour or two of sleep.  WOOT!

DO check out extra blogs and comment.

DO read a book while Chipmunk is catching up on rest.

DO write, revise and edit as needed

But, it's the Don'ts that sort of plagued me.

DON'T drink an entire bottle of Moscato, by yourself, before a Monday.  An impromptu celebration of not having to go in to the office and finally knowing what's been ailing your child is great, but this was a bad idea.  For one with a low alcohol tolerance, this resulted in the following day being a total FAIL due to a non-stop headache.  When your biggest accomplishment at the end of the day is finally getting rid of the headache before bed, well, you know you've been extremely non-productive.

DON'T lose control of your eating habits.  Remember, you did not lose a few pounds by chomping down on chocolate chip cookies throughout the day.  A hangover is not a good reason to dive into your chocolate craving head first.  Now, put the cookie back down and step back.  Step back some more, like out-of-the-kitchen-far-away-back.

DON'T shop at a bulk size store -think Costco or Sam's - when you know you're going to be home, surrounded by all those goodies, goodies you normally don't get to see until you've drained most of your energy working during the day and helping Chipmunk with homework and reading.  By the time you do see them, you don't have the energy to crave them so much.  At home all day, those goodies are like the Borg.  Resistance is futile.

Okay, so enough of my Do's and Don'ts.  What are some of your Do's and Don'ts if you are home all day, with or without your kiddo(s)?

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  1. Ah, discipline you must have.
    --Yoda, of the Dagobah system

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  2. LOL! Right. I needed some serious discipline the last couple of days :-)

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  3. Yeah, I imagine a hangover would wipe you out for the day. It doesn't take much for me so I always tread carefully.

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    1. That's the bad part. I have such a low tolerance I should have stopped "sipping". But I do love a tasty Moscato.

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  4. I am staying home today, in fact! A timely list of DON'Ts for me!

    I think my biggest temptation while home alone will be the TV. But I have a manuscript to edit/revise, and I need to remember that's why I took the day off.

    Head down. Going back to manuscript now.

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    1. Keep at it, Dianne. I had one semi-productive day. Did a little bit of revising on my WiP. Me and Moscato will have to keep our distance or I'll need to be much more disciplined if I decide to stay home again.

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  5. Great list of Do's. My biggest don't is the constant snacking, which I tend to do if I'm bored. Lent gave me a good excuse to give them up altogether, so maybe by the end of the 40 days, I'll be out of the habit. ;)

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    1. Good on you, Avery. You might be right. 40 days is over three weeks. It's said that it takes at least three weeks to form a habit so maybe this will work for you :-)

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  6. The Moscato tip is probably my favorite. :) But keeping healthy food habits when I work from home or have time off is the toughest. All that lovely temptation right there...

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    1. LOL!!! Moscato was such a swooning friend that evening but quite the surly thing the following day with that hangover and all :-)

      I'm whipping myself back in to my healthier eating habits now...such a bad girl I was (hehe!)

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  7. Ahhh...the joys of being at home all day...:} Glad to hear your little one is on the mend, Angela. There's nothing more stressful than a sick child.

    I snack all throughout the day - always have. Can't help it. That's why I have to do all those &%$% squats...sigh. ha!

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    1. Well, Nadja. At least you are doing the work to kill off the snacks that call to you through the day :-)

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  8. Sorry about your hangover, those suck! It seems like you had a few great days to catch up on some things and to spend time with your Chipmunk. Hope parts of it (not the hangover part) were fun and full of happiness for you.

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    1. Well, I must admit that even though Chipmunk kept wanting me to be her age and play until the cows came home, it was fun getting those extra hugs and kisses from her.

      The playing til the cows came home did not happen on Monday since the hangover took over lol!!!

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  9. The Costco size bag of chocolate chips gets me every time! Writing at home with kids can be dicey. It's good to have do's and don'ts.

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    1. Very true. It took a bit of personal experience to form this list lol!!!

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  10. I wish I followed your dos more often. I hate Costco. It's the death of me. And yet, I'm drawn to it like a fly to poop. I go in and come out $200 poorer every time. Why, oh why? And I'm always loosing control of eating habits. Dang those stupid cadbury mini eggs.

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    1. Oh dear. You and I should probably find some sort of an anon group for support for this :-)

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  11. I think having giant sized goodies around is ALWAYS a great idea :)

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    1. LOL!! That's the same thind my stomach says when I'm eyeing chocolate chip cookies.

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  12. If I have kids home I find I DON'T get a lot of work done and we DO watch a lot of movies. But it's fun. And a rare chance for a little down time together. Too bad it requires a fever or strep to accomplish it!

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    1. Susanna, you make a good point here. Chipmunk and I did enjoy a little extra quality time together so that's a plus.

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  13. Hope the kiddo is okay!!

    Snacking is a big one for me. "Hmm. I'm bored. I feel like . . . chewing."

    But I usually clean more when at home, so that's nice!

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    1. She's doing pretty good. Still a bit of a cough lingering but waaaay better than last week.

      Snacking is what got me during the two days at home. Felt like I was the chipmunk trying to store unnecessary extra fat for the winter...even thought winter's almost over :-)

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  14. Hope Chipmunk is doing better.

    Balancing the wants with the must do...yep, hard.

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    1. Chipmunk's much better, thank you. I was doing so well until these blasted two days lol!!!

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  15. My biggest DON'T for when I'm at home all day is watch TV / internet all day. It's so easy for me to do that. I'm always like OH, I can catch up on my TV shows, and next thing you know, the day is gone! D:

    Anyway, hope your little one is feeling better now!

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    1. lol!!! Chipmunk and I enjoyed a bit of TV time. Rationalized it as quality time together. She just enjoyed being together.

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  16. Dang those snacks! I actually just read an article about how we form habits and how hard it can be to break them. So even if you're not home much, if your at-home habit is to snack, you see the cues and have the cravings.

    I'm at home all day right now and my biggest DON'Ts are don't spend all of the precious 1 1/2 hours of naptime browsing online and not writing. Because that means I have to write while sleep deprived before bed. That's a habit I need to break--no online socializing before writing is done!

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    1. Oh no. Yeah, got to make the best use of that naptime. It is so very precious.

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  17. pardon my giggle at your post-celebratory hangover, i only have to drink 2 glasses and have a nagging reminder all day!

    goodies (like those giant costco muffins) are tooooo tempting, at least now they're gone! i got some monday!

    glad little chipmunk is doing better! and you learned some things =)

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    1. LOL!! Giggle away, Tara. I deserve it, plus I did a bit of giggling too.

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  18. Lovin' the do's and feeling those don'ts:(
    Sorry you're back at work too...blah

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    1. It's interesting learning these things the hard way.

      And yeah...back to the grayness that is my work world. Le sigh.

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  19. Your do's and dont's are perfect and wise. :) Especially about eating everything in the house!

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    1. Yeah, chomping up all things chocolate and tasty just isn't a good idea, nor is it good when trying to eat healthier...sort of anti-healthy :-)

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  20. Oh, the same for me. Costco is a must with three sons and a husband, dog, and two cats. BUT, a problem for me. :)

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    1. I really should have saved my big bulk visit for another day, or at least NOT gotten those delicious, yummy and now gone cookies lol!!!

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  21. When I'm home with oodles of time - by biggest 'don't is wasting time of facebook or blogs. Sometimes I weaken. Mostly I try to save them for the end of the week or at the end of a productive day - as a reward.

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    1. Oh yeah, the interwebz can be such a terrible distraction even though it's loads of fun. Good idea to access it spariingly.

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  22. Oh dear, I've had those all-day next-day headaches before... But hey, if you were thinking about your characters, it's not a total waste!

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    1. My characters did cross my mind. Although they may have been pointing and laughing, rolling about at my expense lol!!!

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  23. Eating habits was the hardest to maintain when I took up writing as a career. It's so easy to dip into that chocolate! hehehe

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    1. I pray that I can parlay my love of writing into a writing career. I'll definitely have to implement stronger discipline and will if - or rather, thinking positively here - when it happens.

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  24. I'm home with my kids everyday and I hear you on the snacks thing. It is very tempting to eat all day long. I think I'm getting better at it though :)

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    1. If I get to work from home on a daily basis as a writer, then I will take it one day at a time to work on my love of snacking :-)

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  25. Oh, man! The snack thing is really hard. I did grin a little about the wine. You enjoyed it. That's a pls ;-)

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    1. I meant "plus". My iPad thinks it can spell and changes words on me!

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    2. Agreed, Shelley. It was a plus. The hangover the next day was a price to pay, but the Moscato that previous night was absolutely delicious.

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  26. The snacks ALWAYS get me. I can hear them calling from the pantry.

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