Saturday, January 5, 2013

Am I on your list?

I am a big list-maker.

I think that's why me and Santa are like this.

Because he was always "making a list, and checking it twice." My kind of guy.

I like to write down my "To Do" list, just because it feels so good when I cross things off once I've accomplished them.

Of course, I could be like my sister's friend who writes down things like get out of bed, brush teeth, shower, etc. Heck, I could have a LOT of things accomplished before 10:00 am! Okay, who am I kidding! Closer to 11:00 am!

I like to write down a "Honey-Do" list for my husband. He doesn't mind fixing things around the house; yet I have to remind him several times to do things for me. But as soon as I hand him a list? Wha-lah! Things get done. He must like the feeling of accomplishment too!

I used to keep a tablet on the kitchen counter so I could hastily scribble down things we needed to get at the grocery store. Then my husband stepped in and printed out a fancy-schmancy grocery list that has the items listed by the aisles that they are in at a particular store. This is all fine and dandy, but the list isn't complete. Then I waste time trying to figure out what aisle a particular item SHOULD be in. It's a pain in my pattootie!

NOW we've just entered the millennium by both getting smart phones.

I know, better late than never.

It has some kind of app for grocery lists. I think you just scroll down the list and then check off what you need. Then you will have your list with you at the store, assuming that you carry your phone with you at all times. Taking this one step husband found out that you could SPEAK your list and the "app" would find the item on the list, then check it off.

I decided to have some fun. I said to Jim, "Let me try."

Then I got closer to his phone and said, "Stud."

We had a good laugh and watched while the phone's brain tried to figure that out.

It couldn't. Apparently there are no "studs" available at the grocery store.

Obviously they haven't seen the bagger in lane 3. KIDDING!

But I digress.......

My point is, I am good at making lists to get things done.

What I DON'T do is write a list of where I've put things.

For instance, when I dragged out my Christmas decorations, I packed away my regular items, like pictures (in frames). Now, one would think that when I put the decorations away, that said items would turn up in those boxes.

Uh, no.

I can NOT find several family photos that I had displayed on my bookcase and hutch.

What the?

They have GOT to be somewhere in the garage.

I am also missing two boxes of Hershey's chocolate. I bought these to keep in the house in case someone stopped by unexpectedly with a gift; I'd have a little something to give them back. I put these in a safe place so that my husband wouldn't find them and eat them.

Do you think I know where that place is now?

Uh, no.

It's not like I live in this big mansion, either. It may be 900 feet on a good day.

So somewhere I have an elf eating chocolate and gazing at my family photos!

I recommend you writing a To Do List every morning (or even the night before), and don't be afraid to make a long list. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish! And then, at the end, this will be the only thing on your list:


Brian Miller said...

you would get along well with my wife...she is the list maker....she keeps a book of her lists even...scary were lucky to catch me on shift in aisle 3 as well....hahaha

Country Gal said...

I make a grocery list and sometimes a Honey to do list but never a where did I put that list lol ! Great post . We do not have smart phones don't need them we use phones that also have a MIC the family are also hooked up with as they have MIC phones as well ! I do love your header photo . Hope you can find your photos and chocolates . Have a good day !

Lynn said...

I love the idea of a list of where things are stored. At least then if I can't find them, I can blame someone else!


I love lists and make them all the time. Esp grocery lists. OFten I leave them on the kitchen counter but usually I know what's on them.
USed to do lists for my guy when he was well but not anymore. Praying he'll get well now he has a pacemaker and can get back to helping me a bit. At least taking out the trash, feeding the birds etc.
Blessings, Barb

Valerie said...

Yes! Someone else with list-mania. I did what Jim did, created a list on the PC. It also acts as a reminder for those things I might forget to check out. I think it's faster than a list on the smart phone, although I haven't yet tested it.

Liz said...

We need a list for where we put things too! Two items purchased in the last 6 months are "missing." A new doorbell and an air pump for bike tires. We can't figure out where either one is! I hope we both find our stuff!! :-)

Danica Bridges-Martin said...

Had fun reading your post! :) Danica

Eva Gallant said...

My husband is the list-maker in our house. I'll bet those chocolates found their way into your hubby's tummy!

Eva Gallant said...

My husband is the list-maker in our house. I'll bet those chocolates found their way into your hubby's tummy!

Lynda said...

I totally agree with you. I keep a notepad in the bathroom, too. I generally think of things while getting ready for bed or first thing in the morning. Our daughter keeps about 5 lists on her refrigerator - - for different stores or types of things to do around town. Another plus to lists is you don't have to remember everything in your head which can cause stress cuz you worry you might forget something. So lists can help keep your BP under control!

Jeannine Breton said...

First of all--I have to say great background picture!Could have been taken in a "to do list" is necessary, if thing are to get done!

Ami said...

Seeing your query on my sidebar, "Am I on your list?"... so many, many ways to answer that.

Of course my first thought was the feces roster, but you're not on that list.

So. No?

Anonymous said...

I used to make list all the time but now that I can't see it makes it difficult. I can never find the list to begin with.. Plus it would take a note book the size of tx to write down my items to were they would be legible. haha. I do love list though and that is one thing I miss. BTW I just moved in a trailor for the first time in my life. It's been interesting for sure. A good place for a writer to live.. :)

Gail said...

I lose my lists!

Dianne said...

I like lists
a Dr. told me to keep a pad and pen on the nightstand and when I woke up worrying about something I should jot it down and go back to sleep
after awhile the act of letting go of the worry on to the list would help insomnia
it does

just got a smartphone this christmas, it makes me feel dumb

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm a lister. My new thing is to write in pencil and ERASE instead of cross off. It's oddly satisfying.