Plan #14 – Run some errands

Are you like me? Do you get “pick-up amnesia”?

I swear, if I drop something off at a local business, that thing ceases to exist for me. The pants I dropped off to get hemmed? Gone. The film that is being developed? Forgotten. The package that I am supposed to pick up at the Post Office? What package?

The few times that a fleeting thought of the item hits my consciousness, it is after midnight, the place is closed, and I wouldn’t be able to get the stuff anyway.

But November is the month of executing plans! So today I made a list of all those neglected errands and decided to knock them off, one by one.

First stop: Action Fast Photo. Got some absolutely gorgeous pictures that Quinland had taken in Europe… almost five months ago. (Disclaimer: I took pictures of these pictures with my phone. The original quality of the prints is much better. I still love them, though.)

Chiesa

Doges Palace

Next stop: the Post Office, where I picked up a pair of shoes I’d ordered from eBay a few weeks back. They put the notice on our door quite a few days ago. There was postage due (damn you, eBay seller and your claims of free shipping!) so we had to pick it up in person.

Then: the dry cleaners, where I picked up a pair of jeans I’d had hemmed for Quinland. Honestly, I can’t tell you how long ago that was. Months and months and months.

I also took back some stuff of other people’s that had gotten left at our house. I didn’t make it to Powell’s (to sell that box of books that has been sitting there since August) or to Goodwill (to return some stuff and drop off a huuuuuge box of stuff we are getting rid of, or to Fred Meyer to return some key hooks, or…

Yeah, I still have my work cut out for me. But thanks to today’s errands, we have some excess stuff out, some useful stuff in, and some lovely places to remember. Hooray!

Gondola

Plan #9 – Write a blog post every day!

Annnnnd… it’s not going to happen today. Drat. In my defense, I have been sitting here for hours studying for a Continuing Ed insurance exam and simply lost track of time. I’m going to consider that a good enough reason to be late (and since I haven’t gone to bed yet, it technically still seems like the 10th to me, so I’d say this counts).

Here’s a photo of Bonesy to tide you over until I write a proper post next time:

Bonesy
Bones (aka Bonesy, Sherlock Bones, Bone-Z, Dogboy)

Gearing up for November

It’s November 1st. According to David, it’s the first day of the rest of our lives. I like to start life over at Labor Day and New Year’s Day, but David likes to declare a fresh start on a regular basis (i.e., anytime he is frustrated with himself). Mondays, first days of the month, new trimesters at school – all are fair game to be Day One.

But first, I must say farewell to October with its first fallen leaves, first torrential downpours, and Quinland’s 17th birthday. I had the day off on Friday and spent it hauling out all the Halloween decorations. All that effort on the day before Halloween seemed a bit insane, but I have so few holidays left with Quinland being a kid at home that I didn’t want to miss this one.

Happy Halloween

I’m not a fancy decorator by any means (says everyone ever), but I think that bringing out the same stuff year after year is what matters.  Most of it has been around for so long that I have forgotten where it came from. (The tiny pumpkin basket, I know, came with a Bitty Baby Halloween costume – a teddy bear – which was sold on eBay along with tons of other stuff. I had to keep the pumpkin.)

But on to November! It’s going to be a busy month. Quinland has one of the major roles in the school play (which debuts this week) and the NBA season is now in full swing; these two conditions will be perfect for an upcoming visit from Lynette and Joe. The chance to catch the Blazers vs the Spurs and to see Q perform? We couldn’t keep them away if we tried. I need to start preparing for Thanksgiving, the Christmas Shopping Season, and my birthday, all of which are coming up rapidly as well.

To all this I must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of my mind by extensive reading.  (I daresay.) My IKEA-cart-turned-nightstand is all filled up: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors. The Probiotics Revolution. Decorate. Organized for Life. Pope Francis. David is ready to read as well: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. An assortment of travel books. High Fidelity. I even scored him See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, the autobiography of Bob Mould from Sugar and Hüsker Dü, from our local library. I might just read that one first.

Books

The books are not the only thing lined up and ready to go. I have plans. Plans, mind you. This month is going to see a whole host of activity here in my world. Home, health, habits – we’re talking upheaval, in the best possible way. Stay tuned!