I’m not really the type to keep an organized to-do list. Maybe it’s because I’m an Aquarius and I’m too much of a free spirit for lists (sounds almost romantic, right?!). More likely it’s because if I put a task on an official list and I don’t get to it, it’s just out there, hanging in space, not getting done, not getting crossed off, and just proving to myself and the world that I am a big-time procrastinator. The truth hurts. But it hurts worse in an orderly list-like fashion.
I tend to keep my to-dos scribbled on random sticky notes, as fragmented sentences in the memo app on my phone, or just up in the old noggin, but I must admit that lately this isn’t cutting it. The latter tactic is least effective these days, since my thoughts seem to pop out of my head as fast as they popped in. That’s probably because I haven’t gotten more than three hours of uninterrupted sleep since October, but enough excuses here…
Inspired by this post from one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, I’ve decided to try my hand at a real to-do list. I’m not, nor will I ever be, capable of keeping a list at their level of detail, but I figure if this couple can manage to update a list like this with a 2 week-old baby, girlfriend should have no problem jotting down a few bullet points! Side note: Let’s also blame the fact that I’m referring to myself both in the third person AND as girlfriend on my lack of sleep while we’re at it. Thanks, Desmond, for waking up often enough throughout the night that I have something to blame my faults on. Like when I end my sentences with prepositional phrases = I’m not sleeping, people!!!
Anywho, my first Listful Thinking post will feature to-dos in our yard (since the to-do list for inside our house is about 3 miles long). A reminder that we’re new homeowners and therefore rookies when it comes to yard work will not be necessary once you read further:
- Rake, weed, and continue pretending that we have a semblance of a clue as to what we’re doing out there.
- Figure out how to put gas and oil in our lawnmower so that it will turn on. Yes. Really. We purchased this mower last fall and instead of mowing our grass like it was supppppposed to be doing, it was serving as our TV stand for months. When we got a real TV stand, the mower was relocated down to the basement, where it seems to be quite enjoying itself. I mean, why should we disturb the little basement-dweller’s sweet slumber? But then the neighbors are starting to stare at our unkempt lawn…
Photograph the magnolia tree while in bloom because it’s pretty and only pink for such a short while. Hire tree-guys to remove the tree that abuts our shed and roof, AKA “the ‘Come on in, Raccoons!’ welcome mat.”Honestly, I’m incredibly sad to lose this beautiful tree, but when it started welcoming wild life onto the roof outside my bedroom, it was decided: It. Had. To. Go.
And so what if I included these last two items just so I could cross something off our list? Other to-dos that definitely won’t get crossed off this season, but I’d just love to do one day, include:
- Put in patio and fire pit.
- Build deck off the back of the house.
- Erect a pergola – so we can host dinner parties (cookouts with real plates and silverware). Oh, we’d be so fancy…