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Hup ho, here we go!

I spent a portion of the weekend trying to get myself mentally in gear for working on the leafcutter manuscript some more. I'm about ready to just give up on my advisor on that front. Instead, there's at least one person here who's willing to give the manuscript a good read-through, so now it's up to me to get it back into sufficiently non-embarrassing shape that I'm willing to show it to her.

Getting mentally in gear doesn't always happen in the way one wishes it would. I spent some of that time on social media sites, reminding myself about how annoying they can be (mostly FB). I spent some of it thinking about other life lists (things to cook, things to acquire, things to make). I spent some of it comforting the cat, who was Really Upset about getting accidentally locked in P's room (wind blew the door shut; basically she meow-yelled for a while). I spent some of it quilting another ant on the practice quilt. And I spent some of it on chores: sweeping the house, cooking food, getting groceries, washing dishes.

Oh, and I spent some of it thinking about how nice it would be to not have outside mental baggage distracting me. But then again, on the other hand, would I want to be that kind of singularly-focused person? Is it healthy to completely suppress outside interests? No and no.

So I am allowing myself to finish reading a book chapter that seems somewhat tangential to the manuscript, but which is important for perspective on how fungi take up, store, and use phosphorus. It's part of the broader context.

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