Ah Sunday morning. No alarms, no whining to get up, just a little more relaxation and well listing.
After letting the pups outside and feeding them, I tried to go back to bed to get a little more shut eye. Today was not the day for extra dream land sleep. Instead it was a morning for “Listing”. That process we all do in one for or another that gets us from point A to another letter.
My lists come in a couple of different ways.
First: there is the proverbial shopping list. Unless i’ve written it on the list, it will be a cold day in hell (or Kansas) before I remember what I was supposed to look for. This week was stock up on cheap staples at Walmart. I had the list going but I knew there had to be something I was missing. I asked my hubby. Nope. My eldest (& Shopping Buddy) just rolled his eyes and cajoled me. “It’s okay mom, you can’t remember everything”, he chides me. Of course that is the funny thing, I remember so much so many useless facts, but that day to day stuff (you know . . . we need more toilet paper or eggs), may not stay on the front of my brain unless it gets written down.
Second: are my work lists. These are the notes I take in a spiral binder when I am talking to someone on the phone. I learned years ago, that I had to have a spiral or other hard type binder so I wouldn’t loose individual sheets of paper. Steno pads work well, as do those black comp books. But loose papers get lost or tossed and then I have nothing to refer back to. I put an open box next to my “TO DO’s”. Once the box is checked I am confident it’s done. Since the binder is in date order, I can go back several weeks to months to recall those pesky conversations or directions. My teams both love and hate my book. That is, when they start hearing the flipping of papers they “know I’m right” and groan and move on.
Third: are my long term fix it & house to do lists. Unfortunately these are both typed & in my mind. What I know needs to be fixed. What I need to convince Rob needs fixing. And reconciling to what we can afford/actually schedule to fix. Also in this section, is my personal project list. My next art or organization project. My current organization project is all over the ping pong table. Sorting by date/even, organizing, and scanning worthy photos negatives into a digital medium.
Fourth: is our travel list. Where do you we want to go. When & who do we want/need to go with. I’ve got a white board in the studio that we keep adding ideas to. The scuba trip was on it. So is our next trip to Europe and do the WWII northern france & holland trip. I call it my bucket list. But not in the sense I want /need to do soon. More simply they are trips that you can’t do all at once. Logistics. Age. Money. All have to be worked into the formula.
We’ve both been fortunate. Some trips fall into our laps. The kind that you really have to say yes to. An example of this was my work trip to Bangalore, India. Three weeks of work, getting to know new cultures, and seeing some exceptional country side. As I was clueing up photos, I found a couple of my pictures to Mysore. Now, after nearly 6 or 7 years, I can’t wait to go back and visit my new friends and see different parts of their country. High on my list is to get to Karala. Bijoy is from there. The festival pictures he’s sent are fabulous. Also there are house boat excursions. The boats travel along the inlet waters in lush green heaven.
Well enough reminiscing today. Back to my 5th list. or the what do i actually need to accomplish today and get me from morning to night.
- feed dogs check
- make coffee & drink check
- blog check
- do laundry check
- download work emails check
still to do . . . which means it’s time for me to more coffee & get my arse moving.
- take pups to dog park on this lovely 45 degree morning to throw tennis balls
- go to gym for training this afternoon to avoid the “resolutions” and their traffic jams
- finish boy scout accounting
- cook a family dinner
- hang with my handsome hubby
But first some pictures from India & Mysore. Hey!!! I don’t look like that any more!!!