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September 28, 2017

Top Ten Thursday: Life Swap

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This week's Top Ten Thursday is if you are to swap lives with me, these are the things you need to know.

01/ No coffee whatsoever because you dislike it.

02/ You will walk a lot because you don't drive or own a car. And you will use a lot of public transportation such as the subway, well, mostly the subway.

03/ No talking when you're in a bad mood. 

04/ Sometimes at work (as a graphic designer), you might have to juggle about three or four projects at the same time and you probably have to finish them all on the same day and mostly because they hand you the projects way too late and so you have to rush, rush al the time. But do remind yourself your work hours are 9-5 week days and you will only do overtime during a rush project which usually may be about every other week.

05/ You will owe a lot of money due to excessive online shopping.

06/ You're a procrastinator just accept it because there's just no way around it.

07/ Your cooking skill is a bit lacking. The only thing you can cook is scramble eggs and those instant noodles.

08/ You will sometimes be waken by helicopters, fireworks, birds, odd animal sounds, car alarms or your neighbors during the hours of 3 through 5 am.

09/ You will probably have a anxiety attack every couple of days due to some crisis or other because you're a worrier, you worry even sometimes without a cause but that's normal.

10/ Organize and reorganize the spaces around you constantly because seeing a mess upsets your brain.

What do I need to know if I want to live your life?

For more Top Ten Thursday, go to Tamara's blog over here.

18 comments:

  1. Lissa tell us some good things about your life!

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    1. something good? well, I get to take the weekend off.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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    2. I was thinking the same thing! Lol.

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  2. I think I would struggle with your life Lissa simply because of the no coffee rule - I'd definitely need my caffeine to handle all the other things. #3 I agree with as it's better not to speak when in a bad mood, and #2 I'm the same as I've never gotten my drivers license.

    Love your artwork for today - very fitting.

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    1. since I never got used to drinking coffee and the smell puts me off, I got no problem living without it.

      I think driving is for the brave because not only do you have to maneuver a car through car and people traffic, you also have to remember the rules and read all the signs and such, I really couldn't do that.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  3. Whoa, is there a reason "no coffee" is on top of your list? Hahaha - you knew who was going to read this, right?
    I guess living in NYC you're better off without a car cause there ain't no affordable parking spaces anyway!
    Is there a way to find out about work projects earlier so you have a decent amount of time to take care of them without rushing? I find it hard to be creative under time pressure.

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    1. this list is randomly ordered by whatever thought came to me first. coffee just came to me first. I really cannot drink the stuff. I don't have the stomach for it.

      it's true, you're better without a car in ny, there's just not enough parking spaces around.

      even though one could technically get an advance notice of a project, you are sometimes left little time to do them because for some reason, clients take forever to get the info together like the text or the images or what sizes they want this or that to be. I have rushed a dozen of jobs with no problem but I'm usually a bit frazzled doing it that sometimes it really is hard to do. but it's not all bad. it is a job after all.

      have a lovely day.

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    2. Do you find then that you end up doing much actual "design" or is it more production on the fly?!

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    3. Lissa, I sooo love your list and don't think I could sway with you..except for the hours spent reading...which you didn't mention.

      If I loved in London or NY there is no way I would drive a car either! At least everything is reachable in a built up city like NYC.

      I knew you did not like coffee, but never realised you do not like the smell of it either! Alex used to not like it too, believe it or not, when I met her but then I introduced to her to caffeine free red tea lattes with steamed milk only then slowly to vanilla lattes where one ca barely taste the coffee and now caramel lattes but she still can't stand real pure coffee...which, admittedly, is not my favourite either. I like it doctored up too for the smoothness but not adding sweetness like I will for tea. Do you drink tea then or what is your choice of hot beverage when cold outside?

      I totally relate to your design projects crunch and how things tend to come last minute! It's always that way in design, being at the end of a project before it goes to Press, etc, or in my case, the web. I have to say due to all the sources of info for print and how much longer those projects take, I don't miss the print world AT ALL!! I love designing web banners and such though and its such a faster paced world in terms of design time but also, like you I am sure, one often jsut has to go by gut, never exploring ideas but jsut producing stuff to get it done. In fact, yesterday I got a project then needed attention and ended up working on it to 10pm! 8-5 would be normal, not 9-5 but then being home most days, I usually end up working way longer! I still like the freedom of working from home though and missing the office politics.

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  4. Yes, we both have debts too due to unexpected circumstances of life that could not be planned! Hard. And as you know, being a designer is a glam job and does not pay like an engineer would, let alone being an injured illustrator as Alex contends with now.

    Procrastinating a bit, not a great cook and worrying--yup we can both relate to that too! So, what do you cook then for food?! Surely not jsut noodles! ha. We eat a lot of porridge, let me tell you!

    We too are often awoken by neighbours...it been that way my while life no matter where I have lived, sad to say.

    I/we don't organize and reorganize as we live very decluttered and everything has its place. Being in a small place, we have to be! We aren't over run by things so that aspect is super nice! It;s very peaceful in our home, must say. And always tidy.

    I'm guessing with commuting for work, you probably can;t really manage owning an animal bu ti would think dog or cat would be lovely to have with you over the weekends. What do you do then? I know! Draw, write and read! Right? :) do you do those things when you get home too? Are you perhaps a night owl too, catching up n sleep on the weekends? Lately, we've been getting to bed at midnight due to work stuff. Ugh. I'm always amazed I ever get Scribble Picnic done actually. It takes a big commitment and then I always have to rush to get it done hahaha

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    1. when time is constrained, of course I pretty much do what I can to make the piece nice but it's usually very quick so there's really no time to think too long on the design itself.

      well, since you doctored up your coffee, does it still taste like coffee? no matter, I just really could not stand the smell. I drink hot water in the morning, I think it's better plus I don't have to worry about adding things to it to make it to my liking.

      oh, I would never stay up to 10pm to finished a project, never done that except when I was in art school. for work, I see no reason to stay that late, It's really not a good idea especially when you have to be staring at a computer screen for hours. I hope you take breaks, like looking at something else for a few minutes instead of the screen.

      though I don't cook, I live with family members that does so, not a problem.

      I would never own a pet because I'm not comfortable around animals not even tiny ones. I just don't have the knack to be around them.

      I'm not a night owl. I try to get to bed slightly before 10pm because it takes like an hour to fall asleep, so I have to start early.

      stress from work can really be too much so reading is like my way of un-stressing myself.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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    2. Ah yes, I take breaks--when I go pee! hahah. no I also try to go on a walk as not only do I need break from looking at my laptop all day (and not using a larger monitor) but my ears need a break from my glasses too!

      Warm water is so good for you. Well done!

      Yes, I really need not to stay up so late too.

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  5. I could like with the no coffee thing. I don't drink coffee either. I wish I lived in a place where it was easy to walk or take public transportation but Kansas City sucks at it. I like to organize and reorganize also because it's fun.

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    1. everyone seems to be a coffe drinker so it's quite of rare to see someone who isn't.

      I have no choice but to walk and take public transportation, that's what happens when you don't drive.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  6. Oh and having family around really helps..in terms of cooking! :)

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    1. oh yes, great help.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  7. You'd have to go to school, since I'm a sophomore in high school. I'm unpopular, teased and hated. I get A's and always do my best. I take school seriously unlike most of my peers. I have no interest in boys or parties or makeup. You'd have to take medicine on a daily basis since I have Bipolar. Oh yea, and you'd also have divorced parents.

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    1. actually, your life is almost similar to my school days but without the bipolar and the divorced parents. you get A's? I hardly get them.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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