I don’t know about all of you, but I am a list-keeper. I have been for as long as I remember. I don’t know how it started, but now, if I don’t have a list, I forget, can’t function, don’t know where to start or end. My husband makes fun of my lists – he says I even have a list of all my lists (which I guess I do, in my head!). I have a grocery list, a life-goals list, short-term goals list, a list of books to read, house-project list, daily and weekly things-to-do lists, vacation lists, gift ideas list for family and friends, list of things I ate today, etc, etc, etc….I guess you’re getting the picture. I take great joy in crossing things off of any list that I might have it on. Usually, on Sundays, I make a list of things to get done that week. I normally finish all but maybe two or three things. I love seeing that list on Saturday, neatly crossed off. So here we are, on a Monday. A full list of things to get done BEFORE Friday when we’re headed out to see my Daddy and Mom Lois….just a little stress that I have a lot to do, and only four days to do it, but ah well……such is the life of a wife and mom of three young children.
I leave my weekly/daily list by the phone in the kitchen – a place I’m sure to see it many times during the day. Usually, that motivates me to get stuff done. For some reason today, that list was nothing short of taunting me. Everytime I walked by it, I turned my head away. It ended up being 90+ degrees outside here today, which normally wouldn’t be THAT bad (this coming from a person who physically cannot take the heat at all – really, I used to spend most of my childhood summer afternoons in my room with all the lights off, sleeping the sleep of the medicated because I would get these horrific headaches from the heat – except for the fact that the humidity level almost matched the temperature. It felt like a sauna. Not normal for our area of Cali, really, but there ya go. After lunch, Ethan went down for his normal nap. Ryley and Grace were BEGGING to go in the blow-up pool that I bought last week (in light of the fact that our neighbors with the pool are out of town for 2 weeks!)….I quickly gave in. Within five minutes of watching them bask in the glory of cool, 10-inch deep water, I was upstairs putting my own suit on, slathering sunscreen all over, and heading out to join them. For two hours, we played and baked. I found out that the pool I got them is perfect for laying in, head resting on the side – the perfect depth and amount of cushion to stay cool while soaking up some rays. For two hours, I watched my babies splash around, splashed a bit myself, and just enjoyed the summer afternoon. I took the afternoon off. Not one thing on my list got done. Nothing was crossed off or checked or scribbled out. But it was a GREAT summer afternoon.