Tuesday, December 8, 2009

To-do List versus Memory List

So many things swirling around in my head, hard to settle into one to blog about. So, welcome to my brain this morning:
Wedding is less than two weeks away. Which Christmas concert at church do we want to go to? Love chatting on twitter with new friends from the agency. Want to get downstairs and start writing (I left off right before a good scene yesterday). How cool and fun the mall was yesterday. Being backstage for my friend Stephanie's performance on live TV was really interesting. The poem recited before another woman sang was haunting and moving - and she's Irish so there was the whole accent thing. Kids are getting big things you can't wrap, like going to Passion, so is there going to be anything under the tree? Dinner. Laundry. Garland for the front steps. Lizzy's housing at new school. Going to the movie Blind Side Sunday. Rehearsal dinner. Cake for Rehearsal dinner. New Years Day Open House. Christmas card letter. A frame. Pay bills.
It's not so much that I'm stressed - it's just that whirling around of everything in my head. Must be like a kid with ADD. So many distractions - most of them fun and fulfilling. Really two kinds of lists - a To-Do list and a Memory list. Too often my memory list gets pushed aside for my To-Do list.
When Lizzy was little, around kindergarten age, she sometimes had a hard time going to sleep. So I'd sit beside her, scratch her back and recite for her her day. Laughter, running, playing, friends, family. Soon you could see her face relax and see a smile pop up with a funny memory or grow soft with a calming moment from her day. And then she'd be asleep.
Remembering to spend as much time on my Memory list as my To-Do list sounds like a good thing to do today. Sweet dreams tonight, all.


Chris and Chuck Keith said...

OK. Here's my thought regarding your list. The big gifts you can't wrap.........I usually get creative. If you have tickets, find a fun package to put them in. A couple of years ago, I used a paper towel tube and rolled up the print outs of the on-line tickets to Fox theater and stuck them in there. And sometimes, I split presents up to increase the number of packages, just so it looks good. Other than that, I'm working on my own list as I just started day one of a 13-day vacation. And Boo Ya! How cool to be back stage last night!

Kay Dew Shostak said...

Hey Chris - good ideas and so glad to hear you're on vacation! Thanks and enjoy!

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