Today is a Saturday.
Saturdays used to be that one day dedicated to leisure (by leisure I really just mean staying home and going on Netflix). But my list of things to do for graduate school has been staring at me all week and I only have until February 10th to get everything done. Staying up, working through the wee hours of the night has never worked for me, I guess it only makes sense that I woke up extra early on a Saturday.
With attempting to be productive comes a multitude of delaying tactics, no? So how about we do a blog post?
My alarm went off at 7:00, 7:10, 7:20, and I finally woke up when it rang for the last time at 7:30. I’m not very proud to say this but I spent the next fifteen minutes going on Instagram, Snapchat, and checked my email — I wanted to see if my professor wrote back an acknowledgement for the paper I turned in last night.
While growing up, especially while in high school, I never understood why my mum would always tell us to make the bed. But when I started living alone, alone in Manila back in college, I finally understood and saw how big of a difference it makes. Making the bed is now part of my routine and I can’t start the day without doing this. Anyway, after that, I opened all the windows, even the most difficult ones to reach, because I am not allowing myself to turn the AC on today. Why? Well the room is going to get cold and with my desk directly facing the bed, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
I love breakfast food but I don’t usually eat breakfast. A cup of coffee is usually enough to get me through the morning. It’s already 9:14, I haven’t done any school-related thing, the priority for today, and I’m just typing away while drinking my coffee. But I feel like my future self will thank me for working on this post as the day progresses.
I’m not a big fan of the “due today, do today” attitude, but all morning long I’ve been working on this afternoon’s class requirement. Then, I took a shower, got ready for class, had lunch, and went through my paper again. I also cleaned up a little, I do my best to keep my room, especially my desk, clutter-free because I easily get distracted and I always end up cleaning instead of getting things done.
We had our last synchronous session for this term’s Saturday class and it ended way earlier than I thought it would. The class was light and it was pretty fun…or maybe I’m just saying this because I missed the previous class and also because it’s the last one. The whole time though, my friends and I were sort of just messing around in our group chat and there was even that one instance towards the end of the class we all missed our professor’s question. It was so funny we needed to turn our videos off. Oh and the paper that I was working on this morning? We didn’t even have to turn it in. :—-)
After class, my friends / grad school support group had an unplanned video call. I think we were just supposed to take a group photo but we ended up talking a long while. We all met during our first term, two months before the quarantine, but we never had the chance to hang out and really only formed this group months later. This call, which included a crazy range of topics, was actually a great way to celebrate the last day of our Saturday class. Just the class because we all still need to get started on our Psychological Reports. LOL
My planner came in the mail last week and I haven’t had time to update it. I don’t know why I chose the pink one over the grey one, I’m really not fond of the colour pink, but it looks fine so all is good! I feel like I’m going to have to find a sleeve or a pouch because the material is the kind that easily gets dirty. Anyhow, I thought I was ready to fill my new planner in — I wrote down everything that happened since the first of January on another piece of paper, but I just didn’t feel like it. Maybe tomorrow.
I went outside for Coffee Time to hang out with my family, as if we don’t live in the same place and as if we don’t see each other almost every day. LOL so there’s that, and when the sun went down, we started getting food ready for dinner at the garden. I didn’t take photos mainly because I was grilling samgyupsal and as soon as I was done, I sat down and started eating — I’ve been craving for KBBQ for a while.
After dinner, we all went back inside and I literally just sat down and did nothing. I’ve been thinking about doing a paper or to just watch a movie and go to sleep. But I don’t know, I feel like I don’t deserve to treat myself with a movie, then again self-care, ya know? Hopefully I’ll have an answer after I take a shower and get ready for bed. Watch me end up going on Netflix LOL.
All the lights are out and I’m lying in bed. I am exhausted and I can no longer push myself to even open any of my working files for any of my requirements. I don’t even have the energy to choose a movie or a show on Netflix. I guess that’s it for today. I know I did less work than what I initially planned to do, and I’m not even going to bother thinking of an excuse to justify this. Some days are less productive than others and that’s okay, I guess!
I’ll conclude this post with an invitation to anyone who might be interested to write for Friends on Channel Maddie! I started this project because I personally enjoy reading posts / watching videos that are genuine and I feel like it’s a great way to get to know old friends a little better and hopefully meet new ones along the way. 🙂 If you’re up for it, let’s make it happen! We can plan it through Instagram or email ❤️