Afternoon Inquisition

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?

The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.


A B Kovacs is the Director of Døøm at Empty Set Entertainment, a publishing company she co-founded with critical thinker and fiction author Scott Sigler. She considers herself a “Creative Adjacent” — helping creative people be more productive and prolific by managing the logistics of Making for the masses. She's a science nerd, a rabid movie geek, and an unrepentantly voracious reader. She doesn't like chocolate all that much.

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  1. 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…

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

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

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

  2. 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. 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. :)

      1. She could use a great year.

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

  4. 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!

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

        1. Too bad you don’t believe your daughter deserves agency over her own body, or to be treated equally. A shame.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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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