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March 18th, 2011


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07:32 am - List Friday
Morning! Cool wind through the open windows, dawn birds complaining about the daylight-savings-delayed sunrise, the Small Blonde Dog snoring on the loveseat, the light hiss from my Diet Coke with Lime.

Today, I have just decided, is going to be a day of Lists -- making them, crossing tasks and things-to-do off them.

This week has been chaotic in mostly difficult ways. I've been buffeted by work, emails, delivery issues with my half-case of wine from Benziger Family Winery (aka Heaven in a Glass), others' strange choices that affect me, the occasional flea, and I've been staggering from moment to moment, blow to blow.

I realized yesterday on my walk home from work -- itself an idiotic, unlisted decision of mine, to walk on a Very High Pollen Danger Danger Will Robinson afternoon -- that I have been punch-drunk for far too long.

I used to be a champion list-maker. My late mother believed totally in them: at any given time she had two lists (grocery, daily errands to run) in progress on the kitchen counter, the slips of 40-year-old business notepaper placed near the phone where she would see them often, while her organizer had lists of more long-term projects. My baby brother to this day will first ask, in response to any crisis, "Have you made your list?" And for years I always had.

Sometime in the past ten years, however, I lost that... perhaps when we lost her, I don't know. A blow too far, maybe, that a list wouldn't fix.

So today it's a walk with the dog, a quick workout, and then list-making for the weekend and the week and the month(s) ahead. Let's do this thing!

Have you made your list? Or is it easier for you to accept chaos and the random buffets of quotidian existence?

Whichever it is, may your weekend be full of kisses (metaphorical or literal), not blows (same). :-)

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From:justhuman
Date:March 18th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
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I make lists frequently, but don't always go back to them to cross things off.

...but then again, I've got a draft e-mail or three that will always be drafts, so that I can go back and edit them.

Movies that I want to see
Current status of bills being paid
appointments that need to be made
house projects

...

I'm good at making lists. I think I have an issue tackling them.

But I saw your post and decided I really needed a list to deal with the chaos of the house and the things that really need to get done this weekend.

Happy Friday!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Happy Friday, JH! And since you're planning such major changes ahead for your house, I wish you good lists indeed. [hugs]
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From:paratti
Date:March 18th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
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((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and a good Friday, L!
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From:singinglark
Date:March 18th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
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I always accomplish more, and feel more satisfied at the end of the day, when I make my daily to-do list. Lists are an excellent tool for managing chaos, or at least your response to chaos, especially if your memory tends to have leakage issues like mine. Rediscover your list-making heritage!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Alas, I made a list and it was immediately sabotaged as soon as I got to work. Alas! ;-)

But I will rediscover list-making and its more important cousin, prioritizing. This I vow.

Happy Friday to you!
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From:anne_d
Date:March 18th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
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I usually make at least two lists - the have-tos and the want-tos, and try to get something done from each.

While list-making can be very discouraging, as the have-tos pile up, there's nothing like the satisfaction of crossing something off. Not to mention that it's an excuse to use several different colored pens.

Happy listing!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
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That is a wonderful system, and it's helpful for realizing that Things HAVE been accomplished even when it doesn't feel like it. [applauds]

Hugs and new colored pens!
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From:anne_d
Date:March 18th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
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This is also why I started a journal, so I can look at it and see that I really did slay some usefuls that day, week, or whatever.

Sarasa click pens from Kinokuniya - turquoise, purple, green and pink.
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From:freixenet
Date:March 18th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Ah, list fever. If I have to suffer the slings and arrows, it's better to have planned to take up the arms against them! But I am sorry for the blows, L. And the allergies, although I must say I would love to be able to walk to my home from my office. Go you for remembering that walking is essential for good health, mental and physical! :hugs:
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
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[applauds your Hamlet reworking]

I would suspect that you love walking on the beach more than you'd love walking to work. ;-)

Happy Friday! May your meetings end on time and may the wine flow thereafter! [hugs]
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From:janus_74
Date:March 18th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I keep a list in my head, but when things get really busy I'll write it all down and then take great pleasure in crossing things off.

Hope you get your wine delivery sorted out.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
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The wine delivery, while fraught with issues, finally happened thanks to a delightful UPS guy. Bless him twice. ;-)

Hurrah for your various lists, and hugs for the weekend!
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From:cindergal
Date:March 18th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
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I need to make some lists. I also seem to have lost this habit somewhere along the way, but you have inspired me! There will be lists today.

And which Chardonnay was it that was heaven in a glass? I went to their website and they have a few to choose from.

::hugs and kisses::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Lists and accomplishments, accomplishments and lists -- this will be our goal! [pinky-swears with you]

The heaven-in-a-glass Chardonnay was this one: Sangiacomo West Rows. In fact, I'm gonna go pull a bottle from the wine fridge and put it in the Real Fridge for chilling tonight!

Hugs, wine, joy, and lists, Cindy. :-)
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From:stateless82
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Normally I'm a big fan of lists, but lately, I'm going with the chaos and buffeting.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh, dear. I send hugs, strength, and novels to keep up your strength!

[writes you a list of good things]
From:gwynnega
Date:March 18th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
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When I have a bunch of tasks to accomplish over a day or two, I do make a list and then assiduously cross off the stuff as I do it. It makes the tasks seem more manageable somehow!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I am listing as we speak.

Wait that sounds wrong. ;-)

Hugs and a fab weekend, Gwynne!
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From:lazy_neutrino
Date:March 18th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
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I live by lists but have just ended the week of utter hell, met every deadline and even got slightly ahead with next week's work. I have cast myself adrift. I am list-less.

I have also had two glasses of champagne, so I am quite sleepy :)
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry you've had a hard week -- but cheers for your accomplishment and your champagne! Cheers twice!

Happy weekend, too. :-)
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:March 18th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Lists are good. I tend to worry if I don't have a list for whatever I'm planning to do next.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
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You need the lists for all your many, many activities and trips and cool things!

[applauds you]
[sends good thoughts for the weekend]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:March 18th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Love the lists, even though my own listing efforts are uneven.

And often impacted by OMG Weather again. Yesterday, warm and sunny, last night, serious wind, today, a morningful of rain and now, wet gloppy snow beginning to stick.

Happily, there is power AND firewood. I revert to curled up feline icon in self-defense.

Hugs and best hopes for a calmer weekend all around!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Alack, ALH, Too Much Bad Weather for you!

I send port and chocolate, and more warmth, and spring soon. [hugs hugs]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:March 18th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Mmm, port would be excellent in this weather!

::raises glass in toast, with hugs!::

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