Ode to 90 Days

2 Apr

It has just struck me that I have severely limited the amount of free time I have in my life.

I just wrapped up my first 90 days of blogging.  Every single day for the last 90 days, I’ve sat down in front of this computer, fought mercilessly with my cat to get off my chest/off the keyboard/out of my life, and proceeded to word vomit on your faces.     For the most part, I’ve done all right.  I have a pretty solid routine and though I can’t necessarily force myself to sit down and write something any time I want to, I’ve definitely mastered the “no excuses” attitude.  Mostly because I can’t bear the shame of not posting.

But yesterday I did something silly.  Without even realizing that it was my 1st quarter post-a-day celebration, I committed myself to completing P90X.  For some stupid reason, I even got the cojones to list in the P.S. at the bottom of my posts whether or not I’ve been successful that day.    So now I have to finish this post-a-day-2011 deal and I have to listen to a 45-year old motivational drill Sergeant whip my gelatin into a solid, jiggleless mold for 90 days.

I have managed to make the 2nd quarter of my blogging experience far more difficult and physically painful than the first.

Why? Why would I do that?  As if being forced into a new and scary social territory every Tuesday isn’t enough, I decided I’d also really like to try to be healthy and somewhat attractive.  And everyone knows that attractive girls can’t be funny.  It’s like I’m setting myself up for failure.

It’s this blog.  It’s  turning me into an absolute monster.  For some reason I think I can actually accomplish things that I put my mind to.  I’ve witnessed the power of dedicating myself to completing one small thing every day for an extended period of time and now I’m just going around all willy-nilly declaring that I will conquer pieces of my world I’ve left untouched until now.

To celebrate my 1st quarter success, I’d like to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned.

1.)    This blog has the power to make me do ridiculous and challenging things.

2.)    My posts always have more hits when I include a picture of a hot girl ( Exhibit A: I’m a Big Ol’ Lesbian, Exhibit B: Getting Hot Sucks).

3.)    Hits also increase when I give it a dirty title (Exhibit A: The Nude Hour, Exhibit B: My Pole Name is Jasper Highland, Exhibit C: Vagina Dentata).

4.)   Try as I might, I will seldom write a blog on Friday evening for a Saturday 9am post.  I will sleep in and post when I feel like it.  Exhibit A: today.

5.)   A lot of crazy cat ladies read my blog (Exhibit A: the comments on I’m Living with a Terrorist).

6.)   My real life friends will always apologize for not reading every day even when I don’t bring it up.  They will be perpetually guilt-    stricken for the next 9 months.

7.)   I will not go try new things unless pressured to.  I hope Lollipop Tuesdays eventually become something I naturally embrace.

8.)   It is possible to blog every day without negative comments about the workplace and without cussing.  Hard, but possible.

9.)   There is nothing I can do to stop people from asking “are you going to blog about this?” after something amusing happens to me.

10.)   My readers will constantly impress me with their wit and support.

All right- this reflection time has been fun but I’ve got a P90X DVD to play and 9 months more of posts to plan.

Giddy-up.

P90X Update: 2/90 complete, pain abounds.  Simple everyday tasks have become painful and challenging.  A brief discourse with friends who have completed it assure me that I will be in a constant state of pain from now until the finish.  Awesome.
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8 Responses to “Ode to 90 Days”

  1. misswhiplash April 2, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Congratulations on 90 days of posting. I started on January 12 2011 and so far I have done 123 posts but I have not worked out how many days that is.

    I enjoy reading your posts so you are doing a great job. keep at it.

    love Patrecia

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    • Jackie April 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      holy cow that’s more than a post a day! You make my goal look like child’s play 😛 Thanks for the motivation – you’re becoming one of my favorite commenters 😉

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  2. Lori April 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    If it makes you feel any better, the only thing I do absolutely every day is go to the bathroom, brush my teeth and drink coffee. Wait…sometimes I forget to brush my teeth…but definitely coffee and bathroom. Kudos to you!

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    • Jackie April 3, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      LOL very nice.

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  3. The_Observationalist_NYC April 3, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Congrats! In response to your “lessons-learned list”:

    #3- If I make sexual innuendos in post titles, it’s amazing how many visits I get. Is that sad?
    #6- My real-life friends feel the same way! But I’m developing so many virtual friends, I guess it evens out?
    #9- Isn’t it sad? People always ask; and sometimes they get disappointed if I say I won’t… or don’t mention them…

    Anyway, it’s a great accomplishment!

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    • Jackie April 3, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      I thought about doing a post that’s just a bunch of hot women pics and ambiguous titles, but I’d hate to waste the time of readers who actually want to read a post. The obvious spike in hits is really disappointing. :/

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  4. A. Ryan April 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I really enjoy your blog! I have shared some of your posts with friends & family too! They agree, you are very, very funny! Keep up the great work!

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    • Jackie April 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

      Hey thanks! I really appreciate it 🙂

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