Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mid-Week To-do List...

Some things that need doing....

1. I need to clean out my blog queue - I have so many blogs that I don't actually follow that I am following. The only blogs I really need are: Abby's because I love hearing about her kids, and her cooking blog because it makes me feel like I want to cook something more than mac n cheese ;). Also, my college room mate's because she is such a good writer/thinker, and a friend's from high school because sometimes a blog is the only way to keep in touch and have the conversations you never have time for. I will be doing away with all other cooking blogs because there is no way I will ever live up to them, and New Dress A Day has kind of run it's course for me, so it's out. I do want to keep those of close friends though - there's only one now but I'm sure more will follow...they always do. I think its time to ditch the photography blogs and the anonymous motherhood blogs because I am not feeling so alone as a mother as I used to be so they don't do me much good anymore.

2.Homework - I give myself a freebie this week because I have been sick, but it is officially on my checklist to never be working on unfinished homework the day it is due again! After today...

3. Buy a new camera - not in the market for anything fancy, and waiting for my finances to level out a little but I think at the end of the week I will have a 100 dollar budget for a new one. The fact is, Steve needs one for work and I can't be documenting every moment of Aiden's life without one so it's time.

4.  Cooking - As I mentioned being so inspired....I picked out three recipes to whip up this weekend (whip up is not quite accurate because one needs to cook for almost 8 hours) but I am determined to domesticate myself in this way...especially since we deep cleaned the house late last night, I need a new home-endeavor.

5. Time for an attitude check - I need to remind myself usually every week about half way through that I can not control the actions of other people and that being upset doesn't do me any good. Everyone will do what they will no matter what and it's best to focus on yourself. Okay maybe this should be on my daily checklist...

6. Keep up with the girls - Sometimes we go a week without talking, yikes! And if anyone knows this fact, it's me: a lot can happen in a week. I want to try to check in with the girls each at least once a week until it becomes so established that I am checking in every day (okay that's ambitious...at least every couple days). Sometimes being there is done by being proactive!

7. I want to check my book list every week mid week - right now it is huge! And it helps that I read 4 at a time but recently a couple have fallen victim to others (because lets face it some books are just better) but I want to implement a new system where mid week, I swap one of the better of the four for one of the worse and give it a fighting chance, thus putting a bigger dent in my book list. In case you were wondering - currently reading The Romantics (ironic since one of my friend's is planning a wedding right now), The Historian (I've been going to bed with Dracula A LOT recently - soooo good!), World War Z (finally have it down to 100 pages left - anxious to see Brad Pitt in the part of the reporter....also the website is so fun: http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/worldwarz/) and finally Waking the Tiger (it's all about how humans and animals deal with trauma...very good read! I really hope Peter Levine gives another talk in Denver soon).

8. Enjoy more family time - this is hard because by mid week I am swamped with school and if I am going to be getting my homework done on time from now on it will be even harder. But I want to maintain dinner with my dad one night a week and color with Aiden as much as I can and even if I have to double up on somethings I want to prioritize my time with Steve because as I noticed last night, sometimes a hug is all I need from him to make me feel better, so I want to ensure a good daily dose, even if I am just making him watch Desperate Housewives with me...

9. Ask for apologies - Probably doesn't belong on my mid week check list...but sometimes I feel slighted or hurt and I just let it go. Not always bad but after talking with a good friend this morning I wanted to remind myself that it's okay to ask for an apology when I feel I deserve one. Besides, most people will not change nor feel sorry unless they are told they need to.

10. I want to do 30 days of truth - and I think I will do one a week.

Anyway, as I mentioned I need a new camera, so the next blog will hopefully have photos - possibly photos of my cooking success!!

*Here's hoping I make it to next week*

4 comments:

Constant Writer said...

Thanks for your comments! You crack me up all the time, honestly. So thank you for that too :)
Secondly, camera: I love my Nikon coolpix one. I got it for Christmas and it's easy to use and not too expensive (at least I don't think it is--but it was a gift, so i can't be 100% positive.)
And finally, what's this Dracula book you mentioned? I may have to put that on my reading list too! But first, I need to finish my Elmore Leonard and get back to Stephen King. I guess I feel like I'm not terrified enough lately.

Outnumbered said...

I think on the camera front I have decided to go "pawn shopping" because my birthday is only a couple months away and I can probably get something decent for 20 bucks to last me til then - but I will be doing some comparison shopping and will definitely check out the nikon!
The book is called "The Historian" - I can not put it down, it's by Elizabeth Kostova (about 700 pgs) - It's about a college student in the mid 40s (?? it bounces around a lot in time) who comes into possession of this strange book and takes it to his advisor who beings telling him these theories about Vlad Dracula the Impaler vs. the Dracula the monster and how they might be one and the same and...dun dun dun ALIVE! Anyway it's told by the daughter of the college student who is recounting the stories of her father via letters he's written and what he has actually said and it gets even twistier because most of his story is about following the stories and letters left to him by his advisor who went hunting for Dracula in the 1920s (?? the timing is tricky, I always forget what decade I'm in)

Constant Writer said...

The letters format I think was in the original Dracula story as well. S. King wrote about it in the prologue to 'Salem's Lot. Awesome read as well. More old school vampire hunting. It was good though. VERY different from Buffy though, my main point of reference for vampires, so that took a little getting used to.

Outnumbered said...

Lol LOVE Buffy! No matter how corny - never gets old! and yeah I took a gothic horror class and we discussed the use of letter writing for tone and mystery to set a setting for the setting - if that makes sense. OMG did you ever see the tv mini series for Salem's Lot - I thought it did the book so much justice, I wish I could find a hard copy of it for my keeping.