Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I'm a list maker. I make lists. All sorts of lists in fact. Lists of books I want to read, cleaning lists, gifts I need to purchase lists, upgrades I want to make to the house lists (by room), grocery lists......

You get the point.

The thing about a list though, is's just a list. You know what usually happens to my lists? I lose them or throw them away. (Except for the grocery list because we all know a girl has got to eat.) Making a list doesn't magically make all the things on that list get done. If anything, after I make a list I stare at it with dread. (Except for the grocery list because what is dreadful about a tasty meal?) My list sits folded in the current book I am reading, ready to mock me the second I sit down to read. It says to me, "You know what you could do instead of reading? Tackle a few things on this list." That's usually around the time I "lose" the list. (Except for the grocery list because if I lose that list Stone is forced to eat cheese quesadillas all week.)

I wish I were one of those people that makes a list and means business. I admire those people and their checked off lists. Admire and slightly loath....especially if they use a red Sharpie to make the "CHECK!" next to their completed task. That red "CHECK!" mocks me. That red "CHECK!" hurts my feelings. (Unless it is on a grocery list for a meal they are cooking for me)

I think I'm going to make a June Resolution. I can't be trusted with a year long resolution, but a month is doable.

If I make a list, I must complete it and put a BIG RED "CHECK!" next to each thing once it is completed.

PS: I decided not to make any lists the month of June. (Except grocery lists)


Saskia said...

Haha, this is so true! I make lists and never know where they disappear to...

Not making any lists this month sounds great to me!

Saskia xx

PS US-"check" - UK "tick" Why is this?

Saskia said...

PPS I only recently found out what sharpies were the other month (from an american colleague). Sharpies can be added to the list of things the UK doesn't have, under "checks" ;-)


mo.stoneskin said...

Lists are overrated, they make you have to do stuff...

Actually I quite like lists and I like crossing items off. Take packing for instance. I write a proper list with categories, sub-categories and sub-sub-categories. Clothing items, miscellaneous items, baby items, you know the drill. Then I get exceptional pleasure crossing them off as I a) know I haven't forgotten anything and b) know that I am fighting for the cause of lists.