AI: What are you up to this week?

AI: What are you up to this week?

I normally love this particular week at my job, as it’s my chance to file ALL THE THINGS, clean up my desktops (real and virtual), and generally sort myself out for next year. It’s quiet and most folks I do talk to for work are in a pretty festive mood. Plus, I feel like the stressful parts of the holiday, if you have them, are mostly over when this week between Christmas and New Year’s Day rolls around. And I get to wear my new viking hat and beard because this is the only week chilly enough in San Diego.

That said, I know a goodly number of folks who really dislike this doldrums week. Nobody around to talk to, nothing going on, too much to do around the holidays to be *stuck* at work. Also, perhaps, too many good leftovers at home.

What are you up to this week? Have any good traditions to share?

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A B Kovacs is a event planner by day, building community events including science festivals and charity walks, and plotting tours for the exceptional George Hrab. Additionally, she is the Director of Døøm at Empty Set Entertainment, a publishing company she co-founded with skeptic and fiction author Scott Sigler. She's a movie geek, Doctor Who fan, skeptic and science nerd. She doesn't like chocolate all that much.


  1. Avatar of Masala Skeptic

    Anybody here? :) ECHO… echo.. echo….

    I’m like you – I love this week – it’s my clear up and prepare for the new year week. Unfortunately, this year, I’ve actually had work work to do so it’s been less clean up and organize and more get stuff done before the holidays…

    But, not many people are around so there’s some downtime. I spent most of it today catching up on all the Treelobster comics that I haven’t had time to read in the past couple months :) Time well spent, I think…

    • Avatar of Grand Lunar

      Hello…hello…hello…Echo… echo… echo… Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon… Manny Mota… Mota… Mota…

      Sorry, your opening sentence reminded me of that movie. :)

      • Avatar of scribe999

        The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone.

    • Avatar of a.real.girl

      Great minds … do a lot of tidying up this week.

  2. Avatar of marilove

    Sleep! Perhaps cleaning my apartment this weekend. BOY does it need it! Tomorrow should be super quiet at work. I had Monday and Tuesday off, and have next Monday and Tuesday off. Oh, the sleep I’m going to have!

    Also, I’m seeing my gal in Tucson for new year’s. :D I am super excited haha.

  3. Avatar of Grand Lunar

    First thing I have to do is get over the damned disease, whatever the hell it is, that came upon me this morning. Basically, my stomach was burning up and I feel chilled. The stomach is better now, but I still feel cold.

    My grandmother has her 86th birthday today, so there’s something else to do.

    Aside from that, just work.

    The main highlight is reading Skepchick. :)

    • Avatar of a.real.girl

      Eighty-six? That’s an impressive feat. Hope this one is her best year yet!

      • Avatar of Grand Lunar

        She could use a great year.

        I hope she can match one of her sisters, who only recently passed away at 103.

  4. Avatar of Myxini

    As a college student and retail worker who went straight from finals into holiday rush, I LOVE this week! I can finally catch up on sleep, clean my apartment, go grocery shopping and cook REAL FOOD. Plus classes don’t start again until the 9th, so I have next week to recharge as well, plus time to review old notes before the new semester starts. Still working of course, but 15-20 hours a week for a while, instead of the 30+ that I had over the holidays. AND NO MORE AWFUL STORE CHRISTMAS MUSIC!

    • Avatar of a.real.girl

      Okay, I underestimated the Christmas music. That being finally retired until next August *IS* a nice thing!

  5. Avatar of Edward Gemmer

    Have a new baby. So a lot of that.

  6. Avatar of Luna

    Yes! I get major doldrums after the holidays. Luckily the Solstice is still the
    Solstice, i.e. it is a season and holiday that lasts until the next one. So I’m doing as my farming ancestors did and using this as a time of reflection.

    I have two new projects to mull over as well. So I organize!

    My sights are set as well on a major declutter complete with an apothecary cabinet where every danged item in this house will have its own drawer.

  7. Avatar of greenstone123

    I am working on a watercolor picture. :) I am being irresponsible at this point to the domestic life and am avoiding the phone. Sorry extended family, we have spent enough time together this year. I am on my second glass of wine. On a more productive front, I am working on my resolutions for next year. I like to take this time to look at my year in review and make plans for the next.

  8. Avatar of knitty

    Decluttering the office, recovering from a belated Festivus party, and some overdue sorting of photos.

  9. Avatar of scribe999

    Video game catchup week

  10. Avatar of Rei Malebario

    A few of my friends are actually at home this year and I’m hoping to persuade one or two to go see The Hobbit.

    Usually, I’m just annoyed that the office is closed so I can’t go to work and have to spend my precious vacation time on taking these days off. This year, though, it’s just two days and I have way too much vacation time left (#firstworldproblems). But before the big boss-man decreed the office must be closed between Xmas and New Year’s, I always volunteered to come in during this week. It would always be just a few people there and it wouldn’t be too busy and I’d manage to get a lot of the not-on-a-strict-deadline work done which was nice.

  11. Avatar of Laika

    No doldrums here. My daughter, her baby and the baby’s father have been living with us for the past 5 months. Add two heaping helpings of other children and their friends who are home for the holidays. So I am doing too much cooking and cleaning and I can’t keep up. I am one of those people who need the house to be clean in order to feel relaxed, so I am in a constant state of low level agitation, punctuated by fun and joy in having my family nearby. It is mixed up and emotional.

  12. Avatar of criticaldragon1177


    That’s a funny Viking costume. You should save it for next Halloween

  13. Avatar of Madfishmonger

    I just had surgery and got some good news – it looks like I will be able to walk again! Just a few more weeks of rest.

    • Avatar of Buzz Parsec

      Yes, but will you be able to play the piano? ;-)

      Seriously, I hope you recover well and quickly.

  14. Avatar of metalogic42

    I’m planning on seeing Les Misérables. Huge fan of the stage production, hopefully the movie will be just as good.

  15. Avatar of OurSally

    1. Turn the mattresses over

    2. Clear out freezer, fridge and store cupboard and throw out everything that long ago passed its sell-date. Wipe down the shelves while I’m at it. This will use most of the week…

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