Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wasting time

Oh, where does time go? That's exactly what I wondered when I realized I haven't posted here in more than a week! I'm not the only one who feels like this, of course...

Through the beautiful Peonies and Polaroids, I found Alison Provax, who is creating a series of letterpress prints that form The Time Wasting Experiment. She says of the project, In part inspired by tracking 'billable hours' but also coming from the compulsion to always be doing and producing objects. This series is sort of an audit of how I spend my time, but could also be thought of as permission slips to spend a period of time in a wasteful way (maybe recontextualizing a private, shameful activities into something which one tries to get done in a set amount of time).  You can buy the prints from her Etsy shop.

I love the simplicity of these, and seeing all these "wasteful" activities with a timeline attached to them is also a real eye opening. I'm definitely guilty of many of these, and since I'm not sure I can stop, maybe I should start trying to set a limited amount of time to do them.

So what have I been doing? Apart from wasting time, that is... I've been getting used to a new job, new projects, a completely different new way of doing things (in fact, part of my job is coming up with new ways of doing things!). I'm getting used to a new office and new colleagues. It's been almost two weeks and I'm starting to get a clear picture of what it's going to be like, exciting but crazy and stresful times lie ahead!

All this has left me with little energy to do much with my free time, and so I have been wasting my time with lots of movie and DVD watching (guilty secret, I've become obssesed with Brothers and Sisters... should I worry?). I've also been watching lots of Friends and listening to Regina Spektor, two things that never fail to put me in a good mood. And I've finally found a way to post music in the blog, so I leave you with my favourite Regina's song. 


  1. B - I'd be in real trouble if I start tracking the minutes !
    'Friends' - I always find comforting.
    Have a lovely weekend x

  2. Mmmm, antes de empezar con un larguísimo comentario de elogios como viene siendo habitual en mí, decirte que o me lees lospensamientos o no lo entiendo, porque siempre actualizas con cosas que tienen que ver con lo que me ha pasado en las últimas semanas.
    Me pasó con la primera actualización que vi, con la de la escritura como forma de relajarse (acababa de colgar mi escritura del subconsciente en mi habitación) y me pasa con esto de gastar el tiempo.
    Justo esta semana tuvimos una clase larga larga de relajación en el conservatorio (mis profesoras son muy esotéricas, qué le voy a hacer) y nos dijeron que cuando pudiésemos que pasáramos un momento al día sin hacer absolutamente nada y dejando el tiempo correr para relajarnos.
    Yo ya lo hacía antes de esa clase, pero me hizo gracia.
    Y nada más ver estas fotos tan chulas sobre un papel que es verlo y me entran ganas de coger un boli y garabatear encima (es muy gordito!) me ha recordado muchísimo a eso.

    La chica esta que te gusta, Regina Spektor es?Su voz se parece mucho a la de Feist.
    Y bueno, mil gracias otra vez por mantenernos informados y por ser tan atenta en tus respuestas,me das una alegrías :) jajajaja
    es lo que tiene ser una principiante , te ilusionas por cualquier cosa xD

    Muchisimos besos!

  3. My fav is the last one cause it's true!

    Thanks for stopping by nd ofr your wishes!
    I really appreciated it!

  4. i love regina too. she's awesome. and i would so love to drive a hearse right through a screaming crowd. someday.

    when i'm not wasting a lot of time on other things....

  5. love those prints. they are so true!

  6. oooo el tiempo... madre mia, yo quiero....

  7. i like these very much. i'd like to argue, though, that sometimes 38 minutes spent doing nothing at all, can be really rather a good thing :)

  8. And I've got two new seasons of Weeds for you!


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