September 29, 2009

My List

As you know from last week, I'm a little stress right now. I feel like I've got lots of stuff that needs to be done and not a lot of time to do it in. I decided to write out my list to make it seem a little less intimidating. Beyond the normal stuff (dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming, sweeping, etc) I need to do the following:

1. Train for/Run a half marathon

This was going great until this week. I've yet to run a day this week. I can't pull my rear out of bed in the mornings and I'm committed to other things after work. I'll have to run tomorrow, Thursday, and Saturday to stay on schedule.

2. Read 52 books this year (a book a week)

I'm at 40 now. The temptation is to get the 40 smallest books I can find and bust through this one quickly, but that would be missing the point. I just got Ted Dekker's Green in the mail yesterday, and I'm excited about starting on it.

Check out my last review here on Andy Andrew's book The Noticer.

3. Donate items in spare bedroom to charity

Since Jay's self employeed, we'll definitely be needing the tax deduction this year. Which means going through and listing everything in a notebook as I box it up and remove yard sale stickers.

This one is overwhelming. I think I might need to employee Fly Lady's 2 minute rule in this room. Only two minutes doesn't sound long enough. I'm thinking I could actually get something done in 5 minute increments.

4. Clean/organize items to remain in spare bedroom.

To be honest, I have no clue how hard this will be. I'll need to buy bookshelves, and box the rest up and put it in the closet.

5. Set up spare bedroom as sewing/hobby room.

I've asked Jay to finish my sewing table by our anniversary. Remember his injury(and part 2) last year? Yeah that was working on the table. He's since gotten side tracked working (doing a great job of killing it and dragging it home I might add) and its still sitting in the garage.

6. Birthday shop for October.

My sister and BIL are both October babies. And Jay turns 30 this year. I have no clue what to get any of them, and they aren't being helpful either.

7. Put away summer pjs/shoes

It was 49 degrees outside this morning. It sure changed seasons quickly!

8. Get out winter pjs/shoes.

It was 49 degrees this morning!

9. Christmas Shop

I know what I'm getting my mom. Beyond that I have no clue. :|

10. Weed the flower bed

This is one that's stressing me out the most. Last time I worked in the flower bed I was out there 3 hours. This is no 5 minutes at a time job. Thankfully I'll only have another time or two doing this before the weather turns off cold and I don't have to worry about it the rest of the year.

11. Print pictures, organize in photo albums.

Last year for Christimas, I asked for photo albums (or was it the year before?) and I got them. Only I still have pictures from when Jay and I were dating that I haven't printed out yet. Its low priority, but I'd like to print a few a month so that its not so blasted expensive when I go to buy the pictures.


  1. Good list! I find this is a really good way to keep myself accountable. I hope you find the same thing.

  2. FUN LIST!!! you can do it!! break each thing into baby steps & hit it. some can even be done while watching tv & relaxing! YOU can DO IT!

  3. I agree - having to do's written down makes it more manageable. How about for the bday gifts - giving them an experience/time with you? Take them out to lunch, to a museum, movie. Sometimes time spent with a loved one is the best gift of all.

  4. you're making me panic now about my own list, and nevermind the christmas shopping!! oh god. better stop blogging and do some listmaking.

    we'll have to share sewing projects one day!

  5. Are you kidding, YOUR list is stressing ME out! ha

  6. I think you're on to something with the 5 minute thing. I've done that before and it's surprising how much you can accomplish in 5 or 10 minutes. Actually - you've just inspired me to do a 10 minute thing myself!

  7. Wow, you are one busy lady. I'm tired just from reading this! :)

    49 degrees? JEALOUS.

  8. Wow, that's a huge list! But you know what...the good thing is that you've written it all out number by number. It really makes you feel accomplished when you can cross things off your list one by one as you complete them!


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