Procrastination-wise, pomegranates are nature’s Facebook

When I have a lot of work to do, I suddenly get the overwhelming urge to fold some laundry. Or dust the ceiling fans. Or call the credit card company and request a lower interest rate. Anything but the work I’m supposed to be doing.

I’ve set this weekend aside to catch up on my artwork for an upcoming show (three weeks, eeks) and my goal for today was to complete five illustrations. Naturally, I got up from the table about 40 times in the first hour. Around 1:00, I decided it was lunchtime whether I was hungry or not (I was not), and cleverly chose the single most time-consuming snack in the house: a pomegranate.

Pips! Everywhere! Man, I lost a good 30 minutes painstakingly plucking out every single one. And then? I didn’t particularly feel like eating them. So I blended them up in the blender, strained the juice into a glass, quick-steeped some green tea and made a little antioxidant cocktail to drink while I worked. Total estimated time spent on this pomegranate: 50 minutes. Total number of dishes and cooking utensils soiled in the process: 8. Total amount of juice consumed: 3/4 cup, max.

Pretty sure all those antioxidants are directly responsible for the quality of the illustrations I got done in the afternoon, though. What? No, not quite five, no, but a lot. Shut up.

Kristina Ackerman

Kristina Ackerman is a busy freelance web designer, living and DIYing with her fella and their little fella in a cute old house in Atlanta, GA, USA.

  • I am familiar with this song and dance. Nothing like a craft show to make you clean out all of your closets or match all of your socks or wash all of your baseboards. Come to think of it, maybe I should do more craft shows. My house would be much cleaner. :)

  • Me and the Pom have a sweet, hate-love kitchen affair.
    That is why I have Tom clean them up. That is what boyfriends are for. *wink*

  • cca

    hahaha- I totally understand that! it happens the worst while studying!

    Never have been brave enough for a pomegranate… Maybe I will try this weekend!

  • They’re not scary! They’re delicious. But they’re kind of weird to eat, because you get the burst of tart juice, then the weird middle part of the pip that feels like maybe you aren’t supposed to eat it. But you are.