I make fun of procrastinators often. Mostly because I am one and I feel like I can poke fun at a group I am so completely a part of.
Although I’m not proud.
I used to be this highly organized, always prompt, studied up and test ready weeks in advance type of girl.
But that’s when my only job was school and excelling at that was easy.
Now that my job is mothering, chauffeuring, cooking, advising, cleaning, writing, influencing, and business running, focusing on getting things done in advance is haaaard.
And yes, I’ve tried to fix it.
I try not procrastinating but then time tricks me into thinking I have more of it than I do, and cookies pop up and convince me that eating them is the most important thing to be done today. And all of the days in the foreseeable future.
I can whip things like work out, no problem, but when it comes to cleaning my house gifting fun and creative items to people I love, I struggle. Like rock in a corner and cry, struggle.
Say hello to Father’s Day.
DudeDad does such an awesome job making me feel all cared about and special on Mother’s Day. He gives the Dudes eye daggers all day to ensure they behave (he fails, but not for lack of trying), he buys me something pretty, and he takes me to food places where they have both salads and milkshakes so I can enjoy guilt free sweet engorgement.
So, every year when Father’s Day begins its approach I start freaking out a little because HE HAS ALL OF THE THINGS. At least all of the things my itty bitty shopping budget can afford.
And, when I say let’s make something with our hands for Daddy, The Dudes run away from me and hide until nightfall.
Plus, if I’m just keeping it real, he doesn’t really dig that stuff anyway. I mean sure, he loves a handmade card and a glittered rock paper weight, but how many paperweights do you need when you work in an office with no opening windows?
None. That’s how many.
So I sit stumped and, when push comes to shove, I send The Dudes out rock hunting and we spend an afternoon glitterbombing their finds so we can wrap them up and give them to DudeDad with a card they made on printer paper because I yelled.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Only, not this year.
A few weeks ago I joined the Intel Smart Squad and I received a new Intel 2in1 computer. Getting to know it inspired me to use it to create a more thoughtful and special gift for DudeDad this Father’s Day.
I considered just handing it over to him so I could skip the sad DIY fest or making it rain at the Nike store.
But then I remembered IT’S MINE ALL MINE he just got a new computer this winter and another just didn’t make sense.
So, I dedicated my Intel to creating a custom designed photo book featuring all of the best photos I’ve taken this past year. It’s super portable so I carried it with me to bed, and I took it when I went to get my tires done so I could sit in McDonald’s sucking up their free wifi for two hours while I finished it.
I used PicMonkey to create some great collages of us…
Then I used Artifact Uprising (same place we got our holiday cards) to create the book. I love them because they’re Instagram friendly (which means importing photos from that platform is a breeze) and their layouts are simple and cool…
The book features a ton of images from the past year…
And some poems The Dudes and I wrote together…
I included some of their thoughts about him to…
And, I even left space in the back for each of The Dudes to write or draw him something special (no printer paper card for us, WOOT!).
Dedicating a work space to completing this project means that it is ordered and shipped well in advance of Father’s Day. So guess who won’t be spending the Saturday before Father’s Day running around like I waited until the Saturday before Father’s Day to snag a gift this year?
Running man. In. Ma. Kitchen. Right now.
If you are in the market for a new computer/device here are some reasons you may want to consider the Intel 2in1.
5 Things to Know About the Intel 2in1 Before You Buy
1. It’s light. Not light like an iPad Air, but also not heavy like a laptop. I use it all over my house with ease and think it is a good weight for traveling too.
2. It’s got a real keyboard. And the on screen keyboard is great too. I found it responsive and easy to use so you don’t send your boss an email every morning that starts with Hell Frank (when you mean to write HELLO. Every. Single. Morning.).
3. It’s fast. You can read the big technology words on the topic, but basically I know that it took about 16 seconds to spring to life when I pushed the power button this morning and it took me twice that to find my glasses so I could take a pee.
4. The battery lasts. And lasts. And lasts. And lasts. I worked on this Father’s Day project for three days without charging it (note: it puts itself night night when you step away which naturally allows it to conserve quite a bit).
5. The sound system is awesome. Like I watched 50 Shades of Grey on it and that part when the music is playing in Christian’s car is banging. (I think I will test how it does with Magic Mike tonight. Also, you know now why I don’t review movies.)
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