This Is Why We Make Lists

14 Jul

This past Sunday I was superwoman.

I know this because David told me so.

When he arrived at the front door, I promptly directed him to the variety of things I had accomplished in his absence.  The spot-treated floors, the bleached tub, the dusted shelves, the rearranged living room… The wiped-down spice rack! The sparkling oven! The organized junk drawers!  I cleaned everything.  There was not one tiny portion of my apartment left unturned.  I even brushed the cats.

That last paragraph reads like a Dr. Seuss book if you do it just right.  Go back and give it a try.

I don’t know what came over me.  I woke up with a purpose, that was for certain.  I decided I would stop putting aside all the things that were penting up frustration and rage in my soul.  I made a conscious decision to hault the hellfire before the hellfire haulted me, and by golly, it was haulted.   Dave was so impressed with my display of superwomanhood that he enlisted himself to clean the windows, which was fantastic because I don’t regard windows as part of the apartment.    It alludes me altogether that one should even clean them.

Cleaning Cycle

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At around 10:00, it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet made dinner, written my blog, or done anything, really, that I needed done.  My driver’s license is set to expire, I have yet to order copies of the proofs I got from a photo shoot several weeks ago, and I have a pile of clothes that need mending, not to mention Dave’s favorite pair of jeans that suffered an epic green pen explosion that hasn’t magically removed itself yet.  Then there’s my dad’s thesis that needs a bit of editing, my budget that needs whipped into shape, and a few thank you notes that still haven’t made it into the mail.

It appears that though I set out to clear my world of unnecessary stress, I really just cleaned the house.  Granted, I cleaned it very, very well – but that doesn’t help the fact that I will not legally be able to drive in a few weeks if I don’t get my butt in gear with my to-do’s.   

Perhaps when I get pulled over and asked for my license, I can instead show the officer pictures of my sparkling home.  

So tonight I must set about the good intentions I had this past weekend.  I have determined that success is contingent on a to-do list.  So today I shall make a list and I shall conquer it.  After all – a list of still-lingering to-do’s is a terrible way to start 25.

Regardless, it’s lovely to know I could eat my cake off the floor if I want to. ♣ 


19 Responses to “This Is Why We Make Lists”

  1. misswhiplash July 14, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    After the last few days of absolute chaos that you have had plus sleepless nights I am surprised that you have any energy at all left…let alone clean the house!

    You either have surplus energy stored away or else you are completely bonkers!

    I shall leave you to decide which it is


    • Jackie July 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      I’m out of my mind, P. If that isn’t obvious by now, I’m not sure you actually read these posts 😛


  2. Bridgesburning Chris King July 14, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    What a great inspiring post..good girl! I can only hope I will wake up soon with your sense of purpose!


  3. Tinkertoot July 14, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    who pray tell is buying said cake?? you can’t drive to the store. congrats on FP


  4. Seasweetie July 14, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I made my own Master To-Do List yesterday on the bus on the way home. Now if I could just remember where I put it….


    • Jackie July 17, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      and of course set a reminder/alarm/alert system so you are inspired to think of the to-do list after you’ve created it…. such a chore, such a chore.


  5. Ro July 14, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    The To-Do lists never go away. Ever.
    Welcome to mid-20-hood.


    • Jackie July 17, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      Ugh. You’re so depressing. Leave.


  6. egills July 14, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Hang on you cleaned the oven? Good grief woman are you feeling ok??

    In our house I do the cooking Brian spends his lunch time doing the chores…. walks off smugly thinking about the wonderful button she has on her cooker… now it must have been a woman that invented the self cleaning oven 🙂


    • Jackie July 17, 2011 at 11:57 am #

      Indeed I did 🙂 I wish I had a self-cleaning oven but since this is the first time I’ve touched it in two years, I can ‘t really complain…


  7. pegoleg July 14, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I am amazed at the amount of work you got done. Don’t even worry about all the other stuff – you can rest on these laurels for at least 2 weeks.


    • Jackie July 17, 2011 at 11:57 am #

      haha and then do it all again? awesome.


  8. Lori July 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Ah, yes, stress-indced cleaning… if I’m feeling overwhelmed by school, I often do something like scrub the kitchen top to bottom. I may not be able to think clearly, but my apartment will be cleaner. With regard to brushing the cats – check out the furminator. Best pet purchase ever. We have the blue one (which is technically for small dogs, I think).


  9. wordsweneversaid July 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I meant to say this a while back – forgive me?

    ‘Happy Birthday!!!!!!’

    (I just wanted to make sure you knew I was thinking it *smile*)



  10. JLynn July 15, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    “Regardless, it’s lovely to know I could eat my cake off the floor if I want to.”
    I LOL’ed at that, haha. Anyways, yes I know the feeling of so much things that need to be done.
    Now I’m busy doing stuff for college, so much stuff, I think I’m going to drown, haha.
    I think your idea of making a list, is exactly what I need to do. So genius.


    • Jackie July 17, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      Right? How am I supposed to enjoy life when I have ALL THIS STUFF TO DO?!


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