Zombies In The Inbox

Cartoon of zombie chasing woman

“Help! Help!”

I was at the computer with the goal of managing my inbox this morning.  Forty-five minutes later here I am, project abandoned, writing this post.  While having 255 unread messages from all over the internet made me feel important, I already knew that the temptation to click on them would not deliver me from evil, but straight into the arms of TMI (too much information).  That information could be dangerous, as determined by whether it added or subtracted from other parts of my life.

Most of the “unread” did not arrive overnight.  They’ve been loitering for days previously, like virtual zombies.  They lie in wait, in various forms of decay, seeking opportunity to eat up my time.  They bribe me with special offers and events, to most of which I enjoy succumbing.  If only the cursed things would not multiply so quickly, my task would be more a pleasure and less a chore.

We’re not discussing the personal and business messages that I eagerly and happily process as quickly as possible.  I’m talking about the other emails – the ones left over that also have things to tell (sell) me.  They add up quickly.  I avoid them because I’d be forced to make decisions for each one. Decisions like, “to read or not”, “to go or not”, “to buy or not” and “to unsubscribe or not” are daunting when I’ve more pressing things to do.  I knew this even before starting. I also knew it would be smarter to ignore the unread.

Image of "free prize inside"

What could it be?

But procrastination does not get the job done.  Time zombies simply must be handled.  I began eyeing  them carefully, one-by-one, while repeating the chant, “Do not click.  Do not click” in my head.  It worked intermittently, so  often I was compelled to quell my curiosity like a kid with a cereal box reading “free prize inside”.  I can’t help it!  Too many times, my mind’s mantra changed from “Do not click” to “Must look inside”.  Nine emails and about an hour later I’m already battle-worn, have a couple more activities to fit into my schedule and oh, by the way…did I have any breakfast yet this morning?

So I removed myself from harm, knowing that the remaining 246 unread emails will grow even bigger before I attempt to tackle them again.  I do not need to eat – I do need to post.  Eventually I’ll exterminate the zombies.  While a clean inbox is a managed inbox, getting back to me (and you!) is more important.

How do you manage the zombies in your inbox?

Have a FABulous week!

Divorced and FABulous Tip of the Week:

Ignoring time zombies means more time to be FABulous!

Quote of the week:

“Use you head; cut off theirs.”

~ Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide

New Places, things:

Anthony Robbins Ultimate Edge – A 3-Part System For Celebrating an Extraordinary Life In Any Environment

New Eateries:

Lunds and Byerly’s Creations Cafe – Hisho Sushi

A FABulous day at MOA!

Photo of Mall of America signage

4.2 million sq. ft, 520 retail and entertainment venues, and celebrating 20 years in 2012!

MOA is a great place to take out-of-town guests because it has lots of things to see and do no matter what your age or interests.  My family and friends spend a day there each time they come from far away to visit.  “Mall Day” is always a pleasant, fun-filled and interesting adventure with them.

I was there recently on a Tuesday for just such a reason.  It was artfully arranged (by me, thanks to the MOA website and a short discussion with my guests) for maximum benefit of all. By checking the mall directory, list of attractions and schedule of events beforehand, I was able to find and plan the places and things my particular guests would enjoy most.

Photo of girls dancing at an Okee Dokee Concert at MOA

Dancing to the Okee Doke Brothers “Bullfrog Opera” at MOA

First, we chose to go on Toddler Tuesday.  Special events and pricing were available for the little ones.  Amanda and Charlotte got to see and dance to a free morning concert given by the Okee Dokee Brothers, and Charlotte got an autographed pre-released copy of their new DVD, “Can You Canoe?” as souvenir.

Next, my group split up.  Amy P., Dad and the girls enjoyed Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, while Mom, Amy G. and I went to Princess Diana:  A Celebration – what we three ladies were hoping to see most.

Afterward our group gathered again to lunch at Famous Dave’s and share with each other.  Then, of course, we split up again.  This time, though, we grouped differently:

  • Amy G. and Amanda went home for a nap.
  • Mom, Dad and I shopped then followed a couple hours later.
  • Amy P. and Charlotte, the more adventurous and long-lasting, stayed at Nickelodeon Universe until just before the Mall closed for the day.  Those two fun-lovers rode the Fairly Odd Coaster an estimated 50 times in about eight hours!

The age range of our group was from 2-71.  We got to be with each other while having fun ‘til we dropped (or in Charlotte’s case, until the mall closed)!  Thanks, MOA, for a really FABulous day!

Mall of America

Mall of America – Nickelodeon Universe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Part of being divorced and FABulous is entertaining well.  The Mall of America makes it easy to do so no matter who or how many you’re taking there.  It’s clean, beautiful and filled with lovely activities and photo opportunities.  As an added bonus, it’s a healthy walk, too!

Have you been to the MOA?  What things do you like to do there?

Have a FABulous week!


Divorced and FABulous Tip of the Week:

Make fond memories by sharing adventures in novelty with others!

Quote of the Week:

I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them.
~ Princess Diana

New Places, Things:

Okee Dokie Brothers – Great music, great guys with a great message!

Princess Diana: A Celebration – Divorced and FABulous lady, the tribute was wonderful

Specially Yours – This Hopkins store has the most interesting “must have” personal and gift items!

Regina Marie Williams – My gal pals and I got to see her perform live at a recent special event at Corset.  Regina’s voice is as amazing as her name and smile are beautiful – thanks, too, Corset for gifting me her FABulous CD!

Mercado Central – The warm and welcoming vendors here make shopping their booths so friendly and fun!

New Eateries:

Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill – New to the MOA, but already located in ten other states. The spring rolls are just the right crispy and FABulous!

Pot Belly Sandwich Shop – my neighbor turned me on to this tasty and different sub shop.

Crave (at the Galleria) – Never get enough Crave! As lovely as the Crave downtown!

Urban Eatery – Upscale and with a “front-seat across Lake Street” view of Lake Calhoun, winner of the Diner’s Choice Award 2012 – thanks, Bonnie, for a lovely afternoon and introduction!

Church Times Three in One Weekend for Me!

Photo of a Church sign

Drat – I thought it counted!

If you came across my internet dating profile, you would read as part of my introduction that “I’m not a church goer – was dragged there on Sundays as a child and consider myself on ‘early release’ for time served”. Continue reading

A Gathering of Kodak Moments

Tulips and Roses Floral Arrangement

Flowers for a Friend

It was my dear friend Carol’s Memorial, and as she would have loved.  A beautiful venue, many floral arrangements and people who knew her gathered – far more people than seating could hold.  There were poignant touches here and there to remind us of the person she was and how we will remember her.  Most special were the photo collages – Kodak Moments – of the woman we’d come to honor. Continue reading

Changing Your Personal Style

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There are times in a Divorced and Fabulous life when a change to your personal style is “just the thing”.  Like when you get a job promotion.  Or when you’re busy embracing your new-found freedom after divorce.  Perhaps a friend simply encourages you to try on a new color of lipstick.  Yesterday I witnessed how these three events brought positive personal style changes to three different women at a Divorcing Divas meetup, and I am excited for the upcoming adventures in novelty that each of these ladies are sure to enjoy! Continue reading