Having memory issues is a scary thing. I forget appointments and events; I forget to go to the grocery store, pay bills, etc. I bought my first daily planner ever, a Day Designer. I used to use weekly planners because it was the most efficient for me. Now I have to write down everything so daily is the way to go. I like the simplicity of it. It has the sections I need but isn’t fussy so I’m not distracted,
My birthday was Saturday. My husband bought me what I have been dying to have, an Amazon Echo, and I love it. I already have it set up to turn off some lights. I set timers for cooking and reminders to turn off the stove. I add items to the grocery list while I’m in the kitchen looking in the pantry. I tell it where my keys are when I get home and it remembers for me. God, what a handy fucking tool for me,
I also have an Apple watch. My Dr. suggested it for reminders about medication and appointments. It has helped tremendously. It just gives me reminders until I complete the task. It also has a breathing app so I can remember to slow down and focus.
I use Grammarly and Lingofy for spelling and grammar while I write to maintain my previous level of ability. They don’t catch every mistake but proofreading helps too, as I recognize the error even if it takes a bit to figure it out. I also use the Lingofy AP guidebook for professional questions while I work, rather than second guess it.
My vocabulary and IQ are still high, my memory processing speed is the biggest hit right now which means it takes me longer to do the same tasks. Sometimes following a sewing pattern pisses me off-putting sleeves on incorrectly or the like. Of course, I did those things before and laughed them off. I’m so much harder on myself now. Long, productive days are exhausting. I come home wiped out just from concentrating so hard.
There’s hope, I haven’t been diagnosed yet, so perhaps I have a reversible or manageable problem. Then again, maybe I have dementia. At 48 fucking years old. No matter what, I want an answer to my problems, whether the outcome is desirable or not. I’ll tell you this, I never had a honeymoon or even a vacation with my husband and if the clock is ticking on my brain, that will be priority one. I want to make as many great memories for me and my family while I can.
When you get a whiff of layoffs happening, it is always smart to formulate a plan B. I used to have a different plan B, sewing and alterations. That however was not so easy to do. I ended up with zero time for myself and undervaluing my work and time. I am not ending up with a layoff as I have seniority and get to keep my position. My husband is not so lucky. Enter Plan B. My new plan is based on my love of planners. I have used many planners over the years and see the beauty in the different systems.My favorite it the Midori Traveler Notebook style. I like adding notebooks as needed and taking apart notebooks when I don’t need them. I made my own cover in the fall from some gorgeous leather from The Leather Guy in Minnesota. I bought a lovely chestnut Chromexcel for myself and very thick black leather to make a cover for my son.
I didn’t get a picture of his, but it is Field Note sized and has multiple notebooks in it. Field Notes is a great size for him, he is in the Army, as it fits in his uniform so he can take notes whenever needed. My husband steals my Field Notes books so he can keep all his lists. Lists of musical recordings by artists, different equipment used in World War II, comic books he has or has sold and so on.
My planner is the standard Midori size but with a Field Notes insert for bill tracking. It makes it much easier to sort through the mail that way. I just open a bill, put the new balance in and schedule a payment online.Helps keep me from being a paper hoarder. Me and stacks of paper-ugh. Keeping everything in a planner is so much easier. I spent this weekend ordering all my garden seeds and have two pages of seeds in my planner to keep me from doubling up when I go to the store for things and am tempted by spring gardening supplies. Seriously, what would I do without all this organization?
Hopefully by the end of March I will have all my new inventory in and I can open plan B-my online store with planner accessories. Then everyone can have the gift of organization. I will have notebooks, washi tape, bookmarks, hopefully some handmade leather covers, stickers and other assorted planning goodies.
I am being laid off today from a job I have had over 8 years at an institution where I have gotten 2 degrees. Not because of poor work performance but because our state government has not passed a state budget in over 222 days. 198 people will lose their jobs today. We lost 62 in the fall. People have left to work other places because of our situation. We have not received $40,000,000 in state appropriations. We have paid students MAP grants so that they may still attend college, in hopes that the state would pass a budget and we could continue on. I am not a faceless statistic. I am #forevereiu. Dear State of Illinois, please #fundeiu.