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

Just keep digging, digging, digging…

Shovel

My current goals are simple:

1) Keep digging myself out of this hole.

2) See #1, above.

I made a list on Friday of the things I wanted to accomplish over the weekend.

    • clean my bedroom
    • get rid of clothes that are too big (Partially done – I got rid of 12 pair of pants!)
    • go to yoga (Yikes! I haven’t been since 9/17, or in other words, since Q broke her leg.)
    • make a dinner plan with my dad
    • catch up on laundry (Nope. Nada.)
    • make a huge dent in paperwork (Partially done – paid all the bills and filed some stuff!)
    • gather a few boxes of stuff for Goodwill (Partially done – filled one box!)
    • fill a yard debris can with weeds
    • clear a path to my desk (Uh… no. In fact, I think it is worse now.)
    • get my hair trimmed
    • play with the cats (Partially done – they always want more love!)
    • work on the blogs (Wrote half of a single draft.)
    • read my Darcy story
    • get a lot of sleep

 

See how productive I have been? I am very impressed with myself. Six things crossed off, another four things partially done! Whoo hoo!

Daily Check-In:

I’m grateful for my health. I may die with Multiple Sclerosis, but – at this rate, anyway – I will not die from it.

I’m also grateful, of course, for the photo by sskennel.

Weekend goal: Travel blogging

I have a plan.

I am going to try to work on the travel blog this weekend.

Shocking, right? Well, just because I have only blogged 37 of the 168 days of Our European Adventure doesn’t mean I am done! No, no… I fully intend to get completely caught up on the travel blog. I have rough drafts of some days, copious notes on others, and faint memories of a few. Considering the fact that we took thousands of photos, I think there will be enough to jog my memory.

The problem, as always, is VOLUME. (Name that SNL skit!) If I am 131 days behind, and I do an average of two posts a week, it will only take me 66 weeks to get caught up! That means I will be done blogging by the end of 2013 or so! Hooray! (You’d think all the exclamation points would be making me feel more confident and excited about this plan, but… not so much.)

So, just as I will be eating that paperwork elephant one bite at a time, I will be doing the same with this task. (Let’s call this a rhinoceros.)

Whew! Having a plan means I no longer have to feel like this:

Daily Check-In:

I’m grateful for having a whole day to spend with my little Deb! We haven’t had a good chance to hang out with each other since I got home.