Friday 5: Straight No Chaser


What keeps you on the straight and narrow?

I use Habitica (formerly HabitRPG) to keep track of my to-do list and to make sure that I stay on task and finish the things I need to do. It includes habits like “15 minutes of focused work” and “30 minutes of focused work” (yes, Pomodoro method!), and also task-based benchmarks like “one pass on a paper” or “finish a blog entry.”

What I need is a better method of keeping track of long-term projects. I have a Swedish translation project I want to get done; I want to finish revising a novel manuscript; I want to finish reading approximately half a dozen books.

And above photo is also relevant because it was my birthday on Wednesday and I have spent the last few days treating myself to a kladdkaka that my sambo baked for me from scratch. Once in a while you need to venture off the straight and narrow path and indulge, in food as in anything else.

Who in your life is a real straight shooter?

Noah (another friend I’ll be visiting en route to the wedding this August) is probably the most forthright friend I have. Exhibit A: After a 24-hour bus journey across three states to see him for the first time in over a year, his first words to me were: “Whoa, you need a shower.”

My dad could probably also take this prize. (This is probably why I get along with Noah so well.)

How straight are your teeth and hair?

My teeth are pretty well aligned. My hair is naturally a touch wavy, which can make having bangs/fringe a little tricky. If you dry them the wrong way, the end result can be a very goofy look.

What’s a good song with the word straight in its lyrics or title?

 The only ones with lyrics in my library with “straight’ in the title are “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “Straight Outta Compten,” which I guess speaks to the broad range of my musical tastes?
If we include lyrics, then “An Englishman in New York,” “School of Rock,” and no doubt loads of others I can’t remember right now.

What’s something that needs straightening?

My apartment. 🙁 Speaking of long-term projects I have yet to get around to…!

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