"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Procrastination and Determination

Yikes! Two very different things. You might wonder why I'd post about both on the same day.
Yeah, I was wondering the same thing.

See, I wanted to relay a story about my 5 year-old daughter who is the most determined creature on Earth.

Her stapler broke and she said,
"But that's okay. I can push the staples through the paper and press down the ends."

And when I checked she had done ten perfect staples. She was determined and was not going to let a broken stapler get in her way.

So what excuses are you using to keep from moving forward?

And now on to procrastination. If you have under a minute, check out my latest video.

I embrace being a nerd.



Have a great week!

22 comments:

Miriam S.Forster said...

Holy Toledo! That was amazing to watch, and I love how focused you were.

Kudos to your daughter too for her staple solution!

Casey McCormick said...

Awesome!

Kelly H-Y said...

You go girl! That's incredible ... you AND your daughter! :-) I can't believe she pushed and folded all those staples manually with her little fingers - - staples do not feel too great on fingers! Love it! You guys are awesome!

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Ah--I can't watch your video, stupid computer, but your daughter's manual stapling is awesome!

storyqueen said...

Methinks the Hoover family is s-m-a-r-t.

Very.

Shelley

Anna said...

Well I'm officially awed. Does this mean you're going to take over the world soon? :-)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

And she says writing is hard! I am officially awed.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Miriam! It was hard to think about the cube and not the camera.

Thanks, Casey!

Tell me about it, Kelly. All those staples. I got her a new stapler today.

PJ Hoover said...

Too bad, Amy! It makes me chuckle each time I watch it. And the staples were amazing.

Thanks, Shelley! We have our moments. I can learn from my daughter.

Oooh, you think I could take over the world, Anna? I'll start with the writing world. That's not so much to ask, is it?

Thanks, Tricia! Writing is hard. And definitely I need to take a break from time to time!

Kelly said...

Wow! That was awesome! How long was that in real time? You are fast!
And your daughter sounds so determined! That is so cute!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Kelly! 1:54 in real time. Nowhere near the world record of 12 seconds.

Rebecca said...

Wow, that is one determined 5-year-old!

PJ Hoover said...

No kidding, Rebecca! I try to act like her when I can.

Solvang Sherrie said...

That was awesome!

I used to be able to solve the Rubik's cube, but only because I had found printed directions for solving it :D

Robyn Campbell said...

Fantastic video. You are the EPITOME of cool! :)

And your daughter. She WILL go far in this world. It's staggering that she manually pushed in the staples. I would have thrown the stapler out the door and pouted. Tell her I think she is AWESOME! :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Wow!!! Impressive. :) :) :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Sherrie! It's fun to do, isn't it!

Thanks, Robyn! I will pass the message on to the little gal. She is so determined and persistent, I think she could rule the world. :)

Thanks Keri!

T. Anne said...

Yay! My fifteen year old watched You tube video's forever to do that. He wows them at parties. I think it is super cool! Plus I totally just learned a huge lesson from your daughter. Thank that tenatious girl for me.

PJ Hoover said...

Tell me about it, T. Anne. I need to get her to give classes.
I will thank her for you!

Carrie Harris said...

That stapler thing is AWESOME, as is the Cube. How long did it really take? (I'm assuming that you don't normally move in fast forward. Maybe I'm wrong. Heh.)

PJ Hoover said...

LOL, Carrie! It was 4x. 1:54 was the real time. I plan to get it to under a minute!

Kiki Hamilton said...

Wow! That was awesome!! Fabulous writer and a brainiac!! I love it!!