I need it to write my to-do list for the summer. School is finished and it’s time to tackle all of the projects that I ignore and step over during the year, risking life and limb. I go room by room and take inventory of everything that needs to be done so the HOA doesn’t show up at the house with pitchforks and torches. It used to depress me, but not so much anymore.
Living in a house that is 20 years old has it’s advantages, for example, the mature trees and me knowing it’s quirks, like the squeaky step at the top of the stairs. This natural alarm is a gift when you have a teenagers spending the night in the house. It also has it’s distinct disadvantages like having to replace the roof, both air conditioners and most appliances in the kitchen. But honestly, who needs trips to Europe or college funds? Hopefully, this summer will be mostly cosmetic repair issues not major construction.
My to do list Zen has developed by me noticing patterns over the years. The pattern is as follows:
1. I write the list.
2. I freak out over the length of the list.
3. I put off the list until the last 3 weeks of summer.
4. I complete approximately 30% of the list and ignore the rest.
5. Rinse and repeat.
Some of the to-do items are repeat offenders, or as I like to think of them, returning guest stars. So summer has officially started (I have proof, the kids have already started to whine about being bored). Here’s to the 30% I will get done at the end of July and in the meantime, watch your step when you come over.