- DD8 had two requests for this trip: climb a mountain (done) & go see the place where they throw fish (Pike Place market, this afternoon). #
- My Seattle luck seems to be running out. It’s not really raining, but it’s not exactly not-raining either. #
- Just got carded at Seatac restaurant by very cautious/short-sighted/confused/gallant waiter (pick one). #
- Everything is headed out the door to BookExpo, thanks to Justin and Mollie. Whether it ARRIVES at the Javits Center is out of our hands. #
- The box of copyedited History of the Medieval World manuscript is sitting under a blanket in my office. But I still know it’s there. #
- The luxury of working while kids sleep: mental space of early morning disappears when alarms ring, even when I’m not on direct parent duty. #
- I LOVE crossing things off my to-do list. If I do something that’s not on the list, I WRITE it on and then cross it off. Hey, I’m balanced. #
- Just killed copperhead outside chicken-shed with grandfather’s ancient hoe (nearest to hand). Will now write on to-do list and cross off. #
- Sheesh. Note to all driving through Charles City to elsewhere: PEOPLE LIVE HERE. No, you can’t drive RIGHT ON the yellow line. Pick a lane. #
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I ALWAYS write my to-do list retrospectively. Is that cheating? Maybe it’s just that, if I do nothing, there is no proof. 🙂
Definitely a list crosser too. Some days, especially when the kids were very young, it included things like “brush my teeth” — just so I could say I did SOMEthing.
The trick with to-do lists is to break large tasks like laundry into several small tasks: wash whites, wash colors, fold laundry, put away. That way you don’t spend half a day on something and can only cross off one item.
By the way, have you noticed how in Seattle the only people who ever carry umbrellas are tourists? I live in Oregon, and it’s the same thing here.
This is unrelated, but I felt compelled to write…we are homeschooling for the first time next year. My 7-year-old son has been mostly OK with the idea but is starting to wonder when he’ll see he friends. Anyway, he was home sick for a couple of days and picked up SOTW1 to read. (He’s a good reader for first grade, and I’m sure he got the jist of the stories if not all the nuances.) He couldn’t put it down! I know when I read it, I thought it would be a good history book for grammar kids but his interest was nice confirmation. And, he’s now decided homeschooling will be fun – he can’t wait to read more of the book and get into the activity guide!