Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cabin Fever Activity List

Today is Day Two of Cabin Fever and I'm getting extremely restless.  My dog is driving me crazy and actually I'm driving myself crazy.  Here is a list of the things I have done to allow the time to go by:

1.    Sleep
2.    Nap
3.    Half-way Sleep (part-time dreaming/day dreaming)
4.    Drink Wine
5.    Watch a movie (until the cable went out)
6.    Watch TV
7.    Tweet my life away (normal activity and behavior)
8.    Facebook (Finally decided to get on a little more)
9.    Talk on the phone (until I lost signal)
10.   Listen to Music
11.   Ab workout
12.   Clean my Bathroom
13.   Played outside (until I almost got frostbite)
14.   Stalk people online (Yes everybody does it)
15.   Think about all the things I should be doing.

ALIBI:  Laundry!!!!!

And here is my To Do List which I failed to accomplish:

1.    Resume for a job that was emailed to me
3.    Start Packing for Move
4.    Start Clearing out my Work Computer before I leave
5.    Everything Important

Peace and Hearts


  1. Hi Kristin,

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    About a year ago I started publishing a blog as part of a social marketing campaign to promote my studio. The topics are wide reaching- from humor to fashion to social conscience. On Friday, March 11th – I’ll be planning a humorous post about “cabin fever”. March 12th is National Cabin Fever Day. (This is no longer a random email, is it?) (there are conflicting dates – still fact checking)

    I hope you don’t think me too forward to ask but would you please consider being my “guest blogger” writing some original content and collaborating with me on the idea for the visual. You have a great writing style as exhibited in the article of yours I found. My blog is very much about making personal statements. By design, I’m looking for interesting, humorous, or/or controversial points of view. I’m seeking points of view that (quite possibly) may not necessarily be appropriate for traditional publishing outlets. In other words – I set not limits!

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    I would re-post this blog entry with your article, circulate the web address to 47 top social networking / book marking sites, and post to Facebook as well. You could submit or post the article written with the photograph to any media outlet you wish and “cross-post” to any and all other social media websites or blogs you wish.

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    Looking forward to hearing back from you.


    Steve Marsel

  2. I'm horrible! I never realize that I have blog comments. I'm just used to being the only reader. I just read this and think it sounds awesome, but I am definitely late.

    I'm traveling/relocating to East Coast in the next week, but I would love to connect again so I can better understand how it all works. I would love to get my writing out there.

    Thanks and again I am so sorry for being so late.