Tuesday, May 27, 2008

1st day of summer...

And I'm thrilled. And freaked out.

The entire school year, I excuse myself from tons of shit I SHOULD (a big word in my brain today) be doing, promising to do it during the summer. So here it is. The summer. And all of the shoulds are swimming around in my stomach making me feel like I'm going to barf up my two boiled eggs and a banana.

What I need to do is be grateful that I have a job that gives me this huge chunk of time. I need to look forward to days with my daughter and time to catch up. So why oh why am I feeling almost panicky?

Here's the brain dump of all the "stuff" I've been planning to do. Starting now. (It's probably boring. It won't hurt my feelings if you want to skip it.) Oh. The list is categorized for your convenience.

Everything. Clean EVERYTHING.

Wipe down all:
floor moldings
wood cabinets
plantation blinds

Dejunk/Organize/Donate stuff in

Sophie's Room

Go through clothing and give away all sizes under 6
organize book shelf
wipe down bunk bed
put toys, etc. in new labeled bins

Sophie's craft table

Clean it--and make her keep it up, or throw it out

because it is truly, truly repulsive. Don't believe me? Look.


Plan menus for week
Go to the store once a week instead of 3 times a day
Establish a pantry
Increase walk from 45 min to 1 hr

Implement completely new filing system
Plan units for all 4 quarters
Help detention center with writing program

Start recycling. (No curbside here. Seek out options)
Go "up the mountain" at least twice a week
Limit Soph's TV to 1 hr or less every day
Grow Tomatoes
Have sex with my husband at least once a week
Help in Grandpa Cecil's garden enough to justify helping myself to produce at will
Keep toenails painted

I'm sure there are many, many more things that will come to me--but that's at least a start. In addition to the regular daily stuff, I'm tending one of Soph's friends every Tuesday and working for my brother at his jewelry store on Thursdays.

What the fuck am I doing sitting on my ass at the computer? I must begin. Now.

Comment whore wants to know...

What's your summer to-do list? And/or, click on either the picture of my trunk or Sophie's craft table to enlarge it. List everything you can see. Whoever can list the most items wins...something.


reddirtgirl said...

The very fact that you are posting at 6:58 am on ANY day of summer means you are freaking fantabulous! Pat yourself on the back and don't worry about your floorboards.

patrice said...

okay. if you have a list like that in front of you...with things like "plan meals for full week" and "plan units for all 4 quarters" ... don't you think you're kinda setting yourself up to freak out? it is possible to do alot of the things on your list. but some of it is kinda...can I say lofty? not because I don't think you can do it but because you'd have to be almost superhuman to do all of that plus day to day "stuff" that just happens.

prioritize, do one thing at a time, and don't worry about the rest of the list when you're doing one thing. do that craft table today and then don't worry about anything else. tomorrow pick something else. you know? cut yourself some slack, lady. enjoy yourself. it's not like in 10 years you'll be telling sophie or your friends "ah, I remember the summer of 08, sophie's room was so clean and I wiped everything. it was magical."

OMH said...

Great advice Patrice! As for wiping down everything - what do you think Soph and Her friend are going to do with their Tuesdays ..... hand them washclothes! hehehe - it's only child labor if you pay them.

My summer includes a HUGE move from Florida to Texas and then organizing a new house, finding a job that will help pay for this new house and gas for my beast of a vehicle (not to mention the car payment itself.....) So wanna trade - I'm super at cleaning!

Katiemagic said...

Wait? You have sizes under 6? You BITCH!

Number one on my summer to do list is get a job. woo hoo.

Anonymous said...

Um, school just got out for me, too, and can I just say DITTO to most of your list (why would you plan menus in the SUMMER???) BUT - my daughter just went out of state to a cooler climate to stay with my sister for a MONTH. So, now, no excuses about spending time with her, watching a John Wayne movie with her, going on a short walk instead of long because she's with me, etc, etc...


Oh, and my list also includes taking care of 6 dogs, 2 cats, a turtle and one grandmother while everyone else went out of town for two weeks. and, my husband has to sleep over at said grandmother's (his) house because she doesn't want to be alone while other relatives and her caregiver are out of town...

Diving back into my daughter's room now...(earlier I found a can of chocolate covered Altoids on her bookshelf! Score!)