Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chasing the cats and dogs

My to-do list, in no particular order.

  • Laundry
  • Return mis-fired Christmas gifts
  • Hang curtains in B's room
  • Finish painting B's room
  • Refill prescriptions
  • Shovel driveway and sidewalk
  • Laundry
  • Pick up dry cleaning
  • Take out trash
  • Recycling
  • Call mover for Mom & Dad
  • Draw up scale drawing of Mom & Dad's new apartment to determine furniture placement
  • Follow up on insurance claim for hail damage to roof
  • Laundry
  • Color hair to avoid being cast as the lead in upcoming sequel: "Roots II - She Let Herself Go"
  • Find literary agent
  • Sell Girl Scout Cookies
  • Bat Mitzvah gift for party on Saturday
  • Follow up on damage claim for Mom & Dad's move
  • Clip toenails
  • RSVP to Girl Scout Father/Daughter dance
  • Make 2011 2012 New Year's resolutions
  • Pay bills
  • Enter financial data into Quicken
  • Complete 28 page tax questionnaire for accountant
  • Schedule (and attend!) 24 hours of continuing legal education
  • Laundry
  • Shower
  • Dog and cats to vet
  • Service on minivan
  • Schedule follow up for B's asthma diagnosis
  • Annual check up for A
  • Meeting at school for 6th grade class trip
  • Clean up piles of dog sh!t in yard
  • Laundry
  • Cancel dental appointments with Dr. DeSade
  • Find new dentist in dental insurance plan
  • Schedule family appointments with new dentist
  • Clean litter boxes
  • Wash B's inhaler
  • Change sheets on the beds
  • Scrub toilets
  • Laundry
  • Pick up dry cleaning
  • Clean up arts & crafts room at church
  • Organize and pack up Christmas tableau costumes at church
  • Review HOA bylaws and procedures for board meeting
  • Work on book proposal
  • Meet movers at storage unit to load and at new apartment to unload Mom & Dad's stuff
  • Birthday cards for Jon, Jenny and Ann
  • Pick up stamps
  • Plan birthday for A
  • Eye doctor appointment for A
  • New glasses for me
  • Wash dishes
  • Walk dog
  • Pack lunches for Hombre, B and A
  • Laundry
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Load dishwasher
  • Fix broken drawer face in kitchen
  • Work on blog post
  • Wax upper lip lest I be mistaken for Tom Selleck
  • Mop kitchen floor
  • Vacuum tufts of animal hair from carpets throughout house
  • Buy more coffee!
  • Coerce A and B into finishing thank-you notes for Christmas gifts
  • Get county dog license for 2011 2012
  • Flu shot for A
  • Sort out file cabinet
  • Hang pegboard in work room
  • Paint air duct cover in A's room
  • Finish removing wall paper in kids' bathroom
  • Figure out why jeans keep shrinking
  • Clean carpet in rec room
  • Mending
  • Shoes for both kids
  • Meet with financial planner re: negligible growth in nest egg
  • Let down hems in B's pants
  • New bathroom scale (ours is obviously broken)
  • Finish sewing family Christmas nightshirts
  • Plan garden for 2011 2012
  • Plan itinerary for summer camping trip
  • Make national park reservations for summer camping trip
  • Follow up with orthodontist re: new dental insurance
  • Breast exam
  • Pluck Frida Kahlo eyebrows
  • Brush teeth
  • Did I put on deodorant this morning?
  • Unpack Mom & Dad at new apartment
  • Plan meals
  • Grocery shopping
  • Cook dinner
  • Listen to kids's stories about their days at school
  • Help A and B with homework
  • Kiss Hombre when he gets home
  • Give kids hugs
  • Tuck A and B into bed
  • Pour glass of fine boxed wine

Be thankful for a full, never-boring life.


  1. Maybe you could be thankful tomorrow, after you've whacked about five things off this list? Okay, so let's prioritize. I'm drawing on my vast intelligence and deep intuition and will assert that your first priority might be--correct me if I'm wrong--tossing some laundry in. How long does a cycle take before you need to shift it to the dryer (and then put the next load into the washer)? Let's say twenty minutes. Use that time to place a couple calls. Make an appointment for your breast exam and to get your hair colored. Once you toss that first load in the dryer, go to the bathroom that contains your upper-lip waxing supplies. Do that. While you're there, scrub the toilet. After that, wash B's inhaler.

    Keep the laundry moving through. Fold it while you listen to the kids' stories from school later in the day.

    Look forward to the kisses, hugs, and wine as a reward for getting a few things knocked off your list.

    Tomorrow is another day, as my old pal Scarlett used to say; take care of another five items then. Save file cabinet reorganization until February.

  2. I know a little something about literary agents....
    let me know if you need and help.

  3. I had someone at church recently while taking hands in song, comment on how soft my hands were and ask, "Don't you ever work?"

    Something like your list ran through my mind, and had I not been in church, she might have been strangled with my soft lovely hands.

    P.S. Thank you for reminding me to put deodorant on.