It’s official. In a fit of frustration, I looked up the word “procrastination” in the Websters Online Dictionary. I can’t say I was really surprised when this is what my query turned up:
Main Entry: pro·cras·ti·nate
Pronunciation: pr&-‘kras-t&-“nAt, prO-
Inflected Form(s): -nat·ed; -nat·ing
Etymology: Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare, from pro- forward + crastinus of tomorrow, from cras tomorrow
transitive senses : to put off intentionally and habitually
intransitive senses : to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done
synonym see DELAY
– pro·cras·ti·na·tion /-“kras-t&-‘nA-sh&n/ noun
– pro·cras·ti·na·tor /-‘kras-t&-“nA-t&r/ noun
Image of the noun:
I’m sure I’m somewhere in there, perhaps listed under “irritating wife” or maybe simply “nag”, whatever. Today, Art has proclaimed me “stubborn beyond all reasoning”. Again, whatever. He knew that going in. What I was not fully understanding was the scope of his ability to procrastinate. He has subcatagories of catagories of things he would rather be doing than something that he might be able to do instead of things he MUST do. His procrastination has LAYERS, not unlike an onion, that, like to an onion, make me weep.
I love Art, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE THIS MAN DEARLY, but at this very moment I am being asked to come and help him futz with something on his desk (a desk pad that has been sitting, forgotten in the corner of the office for the past month, which must be put into use RIGHT NOW) instead of him doing the #%&*ing taxes. Oh wait, now there are cables to the computer that need to be rearranged, and darn it, the monitor isn’t perfectly straight, now the cable to the monitor isn’t long enough so maybe it will warrent a trip down the hill to find a longer cable, which will entail going to several different computer stores to see which one has it on sale vs. which one offers a rebate and which store offers a sale and rebate……you see what I’m saying????
I have to go now, I have chores. Chores that I’m going to actually get done today.