How did I do with the first “To do” list I posted last week? Since you, my readers are clamouring for an update (okay only one of you asked—but that is all I need), I will tell you how I did. The list will be in italics and my response in a regular font. I know you can’t wait to see how I made out (yes, Sheldon, that was sarcasm):
1. First things first: I must write my On The Homefront column for the week for my newspaper deadline, which is Monday, and as of 6:45 on Sunday night, have no idea what the topic will be.
This is one of those things that have to be done every week. Yes I completed it, but due to its nature, have to do it again this week. The only time this is ever taken off my list is the week between Christmas and the New Year, as it is a holiday for the whole newspaper staff.
2. Write up council news taken from last week’s council meeting—discounting all the drainage and sewage discussions,…
Again this is something I have to do every week, except for the above noted holiday.
3. Write up the article for the Wine, Writers and Words Workshop.
This makes it way to this week’s list and for Monday’s deadline. Sometimes I have leeway with things that have happened, but not things that are going to happen.
4. Continue doing book work for our company.
Ongoing, and another one for this week’s list—I so hate paperwork and filing, and numbers—I like words!
5. Get everything into files—
I don’t want to talk about it.
6. Get some groceries and plan meals. Sounds easy but it is not. Or not for me. Will let you know how I do here.
This is one of those things that rears its ugly head week after week after week after (you get my drift). I did do it, but it has to be done again in a few days.
7. Get the house in some semblance of order which means get the pile of clothes off the bed and into the closet or drawers. Seriously, I cannot die suddenly, as my bedroom is in such a terrible mess I would be blushing in the next life over what I left behind.
Thinking about having a living will that says no one is allowed in my bedroom after I die except my husband. This is a mean thing to do to him, but at least finally the bedroom will be clean.
8. Email my youngest son, Tyler who is at college and my sister Peggy every day. Expect to hear back from Peggy. Be surprised if Ty ever emails back. (I am one of his free calls on his phone, so we do talk often).
Did this religiously, may have missed one day for each of them. As predicted, my sister writes back, but Tyler calls.
9. Do some kind of post for this blog every day; keep up with my blogging friends.
So for the first week in a long time, I think I missed posting for a day. It was probably my rebellion due to the fact that it was on the list.
10. Prepare a presentation for my Writers’ Group about blogging.
I was going to email them at the last minute to say I did not do it, but pulled myself up by my frayed bootstraps and did it. It was not really that hard because so many of you helped me out with your suggestions—so I used your responses to provide them with answers from a variety of people, instead of just me. That is my story and I am sticking to it.
11. Work on my October book and an intro to my On The Homefront book—thinking of calling it “The Worst of On The Homefront.”
I did both of these this morning before I wrote up this account of my To Do list so I could say that I had done them.
The good thing about “To do” lists is that you do some of it because you have to, you rebel against some of it (which does not really pay off in the end as you still have to do them), and it makes you do things you know you should. The best thing is that I finally went back to my book-in-waiting “Always October” with a new twist that will help move it forward, and I got a good start on my “On The Homefront” book by writing up part of the introduction.
All in all, I would give myself an A+. (I am a pretty easy marker unless I am marking other people’s papers.)