to-do list or wish list…?
I haven’t been sleeping well lately. Lately being weeks. It got so bad I resorted to taking a Benadryl before bed just so I could rest for a while.
Most of the problem is all the stuff that my brain insists is SUPER IMPORTANT — at 2:34 a.m.! Last night it was the truck. Apparently my brain became extremely concerned that I hadn’t cleaned the battery terminals in quite some time.
The battery terminals, people. Seriously.
My to-do list is always long, and right now with dad’s estate stuff, work stuff, house stuff, and Mr. Awesome’s schedule, I just can’t keep up. I decided it was time to sit down and have a brain dump. Get everything, no matter how ridiculous down on paper, and hopefully, out of my head. Next, I broke down that list into loose categories of the things that were going on in my life right now.
- a sick child
- dealing with dad’s stuff
- my business
- the mess left from a contractor who bailed on the job
- Spring, which means a husband working 12-14 hour days, 6 days a week
- finding a car
- getting seeds started for this summer’s garden
- food stuff: bread baking, snacks, etc.
- house work
This is the short list, but it’s wide-ranging. Each of these has a long page of items that need to be taken care of. Usually getting things out of my head and on paper makes me feel better.
Not this time.
Things felt overwhelming in my head, and when I got it on paper, it seemed overwhelming there, too. Regardless, I organized the mess of thoughts into a work list, and got started.
This sort-of worked – for a while. Then the sink backed up.
The evil lemon-of-a-dishwasher that has been breaking down every few weeks since we got it, finally stopped working in December. It wasn’t the end of the world, with just two people (one of which works insane hours), doing the dishes in the sink was manageable. Then the sink clogged up.
The kitchen sink was the domino that destroyed my carefully laid plans.
Once I couldn’t wash the dishes, they stacked up.
Then I had to clear out under the sink, and take apart the plumbing to clear the clog.
Next put it all back together and check for leaks.
Finally, put everything back under the sink, oh, and do the pile of dishes!
This process (due to other commitments) ended up dragging out over two days. Two days that I had things planned for. Two days that put me behind. I felt defeated and overwhelmed. Again.
The list I had so carefully curated to Get. Everything. Done. had fallen apart. It forced me to look at the list again, and what I discovered gave me a bit of freedom.
Is it a to-do list or a wish list ?
This season of my life is busier than I could ever have anticipated. Much of my list consisted of things I felt like I should be doing. You have some of those too, I’m sure 😉 Some of these are fairly important, like getting the seeds planted so that I will have plants to put in the garden in a couple of months. Others are things I feel are important, but can be put off – like getting all the photos my sister rescued from magnetic albums at my dad’s place, out of boxes and into albums.
By trying to plan every second, when the (inevitable) clogged kitchen sink pops up, I just get farther behind. As I move forward I’m trying to be more realistic about the want-to-do vs. the need-to-do, and learn to shift responsibilities around so that the essential things get taken care of.
And everything else? It’s optional.
Will this mean I can finally start sleeping again? That remains to be seen; but with my to-do list and my wish list now separate, at least I have a chance.
until next time, play hard, and have fun,
I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts about your own to-do list vs. wish list. Do you confuse the two? What is your “clogged kitchen sink”?
Welcome to March 10 on 10!
With 2015 well underway, how are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? Anyone still joining us for 10 on 10?
If you’re new here, 10 on 10 is a monthly photo challenge to shoot 10 photos over (roughly) 10 hours, on the 10th of the month – a pattern which I take great liberties with 😉
Some months are challenging for me, and this was one. I had just returned home from a 2000+ mile road trip to deal with my dad’s estate sale. I’m exhausted physically and emotionally, and felt like there was absolutely nothing of interest for this 10 on 10, for me or you. I felt so uninspired that I really put off taking pictures, and almost all them were taken after lunch. This was one of those days that, as my dad would say, I wanted to “defer for lack of interest”. All that said, I did manage to take 10 pictures, though it extended well over 10 hours.
This morning started of very dark and stormy. It’s been rainy, windy, and all around nasty. Actually, it kinda matches my mood.
If you’ve been following along here for long, you know I’m a minimalist and don’t acquire “stuff”. I did however, manage to bring six boxes of “stuff” back with me. Most of it is necessary paperwork, some of it is pictures (and some of it is my childhood Atari); but just seeing it sitting there gives me anxiety.
Some of what I need to go through are the keys. Oh. My. Goodness, The KEYS! I am of the firm belief that my dad held onto every key he ever had. This is just one box. That’s right, one. There are at least three more of these that we know about. Oy vey.
My dad was THE Volkswagen guy. Growing up I didn’t realize that my normal was very odd. What, you mean not everyone has 50+ VW’s in their back yard?? There’s something about finding these old VW keys that is particularly sentimental.
For several years I’ve wanted to purchase a nativity set, but two things prevented me. One, uhm, stuff. I really am a rather minimal Christmas decorator. Two, I really didn’t like most of the nativity sets I saw. Finding my mom’s nativity was a huge surprise. Most of the things I remember from Christmas growing up were nowhere to be found, but this showed up in a well-marked box, along with some random odds and ends. That’s my long way of saying, I now have a nativity set 😉
Over the weekend I made a big pot of corn chowder. After having some of the leftovers for lunch, I got the rest ready to go in the freezer.
The weekend also saw my first attempt at homemade hamburger buns. They were good with burgers, so they must be good with chowder too, right?
This game makes me crazy. It’s called WordBrain, and I just advanced from Snake to Rat. Did I mention it makes me crazy? And yet, I keep playing it. :/
It’s the time of year when I take inventory of the seed I have, and make note of the seed I still need to get. I’m almost ready to plant starts and cool season crops, but still need to get some tomato, and corn seed.
The dishwasher machine decided to quit working. Again. After taking it apart (again), I’ve decided I’m not putting more time or money into the piece-of-garbage machine. That means for the foreseeable future this will be part of my daily routine.
This happens most nights. Lemon and honey “tea”. It’s an excellent way to warm up, and wind down. Do you have any nightly rituals?
That brings another 10 on 10 to a close, and I hope you enjoyed the March 2016 edition. It would be awesome if you joined me in this photo challenge.
Until next time,
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Welcome to February 10 on 10!
It’s great to have you back. If you’re new here, 10 on 10 is a monthly photo challenge to shoot 10 photos over (roughly) 10 hours, on the 10th of the month – a pattern which I take great liberties with 😉
When Thing 1 and Thing 2 were just little girls, I made them both quillows. If you know me, you also know sewing is not one of my life skills, so this was a BIG DEAL. This quillow belongs to Thing 1, and has been loved to pieces.
My day started with ironing.
I hate ironing.
This piece of fabric? Thing 1 has had it for years, and now (as a Christmas gift for her) I’m making it into a new quillow. That means ironing the fabric first. I stink at ironing.
The beauty of 10 on 10 is that you get a chance to document an entire day. The good, the bad, and the Oh. Crap. While I want to forget about this, it was (unfortunately) a major part of my day.
Sooo…apparently you shouldn’t put your ironing board over the end of your table when you’re ironing…
I think I’m going to be sick. Did I mention that I hate ironing?
Moving heavy items seemed like a good way to take my mind off the horrible mess I just made.
If you’ve been here much, you know that we are a family of runners. You also might know my husband has a very difficult work schedule. That means he gets up at 4:30 a.m. to get on the treadmill and run. The treadmill happens to be right next to the bedroom wall. That means I’m up at 4:30 for him to run, too. *yawn*
While I don’t know how much it will help, after a day of reorganizing, the treadmill is now about as far away from the bedroom wall as I can move it. Cross your fingers for me 😉
Time for lunch! Pretzel brats left over from Super Bowl Sunday. Add a little of my favorite mustard, and Yum. Though there were no leftovers of the Bloomin’ Onion Bites to go along with them 🙁
I wore shoes in the house.
This is a big deal. No, I don’t normally wear shoes in the house, and my preference is barefoot. This is a special circumstance though. Mr. Awesome got me these beauties for Christmas. How cool is that?! My old hiking boots fell apart a long time ago, and finding a good replacement has been hard. So now I’m wearing these around the house to see if there are any hot-spots, pinches, etc. before taking them out-n-about!
It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time to feed the sourdough.
Mail time is a bit overwhelming right now. Besides the usual mail, I’m now getting all my dad’s mail. It’s a lot of paperwork everyday.
The fabric IS ironed, so I might as well get to work on the blanket.
Some treadmill time helps reduce a bit of my (admittedly self-induced) stress.
I hope you enjoyed the February 2016 edition of 10 on 10. How did your 10th go? Have you wanted to participate in a photo challenge? It’s not too late to start a photo challenge for the New Year! Consider joining me!
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If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you may have picked up on the fact that I have a weekly phone date with my dad.
We’ve been talking every week for over 10 years now. We had been talking.
Life is unpredictable, and no matter how long we have with loved ones, once they’re gone, it was never enough.
Last year I decided to start a series of blog posts about the Things my Father Says… I procrastinated writing them, because I had time, right? Then, I didn’t have time. A few weeks ago my father passed suddenly, and completely unexpectedly. And while I am SO VERY THANKFUL, for the way he left this earth, with his boots on; it meant I was completely unprepared for him to not answer the phone that morning.
Over the years my dad has imparted some real gems of wisdom (whether he realized it or not). I’ve tried to make notes of some of my favorites. Of course I’m kicking myself for not writing more of these down over the years, and I still plan on sharing them here with you from time to time. After all, this series Things My Father Says… is #60, of my 101 things.
Some of the things my father would say were inspired, and others were just plain funny! Today, I’m sharing one that I think is an inspired funny. Dad would say this every so often, and it’s definitely stuck with me. 😉
“When Mother calls, you ought to go. When Mother Nature calls, you gotta go!“
You might think this is just about the obvious reference. But after talking with my dad over the years, I know it was more than that. He would use it in our talks when I was overwhelmed with things I ‘ought to do’. It was a way of imparting perspective. More than once, these words helped me let go of things that weren’t important.
Do you have a favorite “saying” from your parents or loved ones that has stuck with you? Please leave a comment and tell me about it, and what it means to you. Until next time,
play hard, and have fun
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It’s the first 10 on 10 of the year! Yay!!
Welcome to the January edition of 10 on 10! If you’re new here, 10 on 10 is a monthly photo challenge to shoot 10 photos over (roughly) 10 hours, on the 10th of the month – a pattern which I take great liberties with 😉
Thing 1 and Thing 2 were home from college for a few days over Christmas break. Thing 2 really enjoys baking. I’ve been the lucky recipient of many treats (she makes amazing scones) over the last couple of weeks. This morning she volunteered to make everyone pancakes for breakfast.
Seahawks game. And no, we couldn’t believe it either!
I’m still working on my goals for 2016. While the game was on, I made a little spreadsheet to keep track of my running goals; past and present 🙂
Both Thing 1 and 2, leave to head back to their respective colleges tomorrow morning, so that meant lots of packing today. 🙁
It’s been a while since all of us were in a picture together. I got out my camera and tripod, then set my timer to get a few pics. While I was getting set up, Thing 2 was demonstrating the “sorority” pose for her sister. She has it down PAT!
My youngest daughter runs for Southern Miss, and Christmas break does not mean a break in her training. Since yesterday was her long run, today she “only” had fives miles. That meant she stayed home and completed them on the treadmill.
Everyone wanted to see the pictures from the trip to Tucson, and our family shoot. So after a quick download, we hooked up to the TV for viewing, and laughed. SO. hard. – SO. HARD. You know the kind: tears streaming, face hurting, can’t breath, laughing. It was awesome.
Last minute – late night laundry.
Even later night Sherlock viewing. Why must it be on so late *yawn*
I hope you enjoyed the January 2016 edition of 10 on 10. How did your 10th go? Have you wanted to participate in a photo challenge? Maybe you even made it a New Year’s Resolution? 10 on 10 is the perfect challenge. Not too much commitment, and very achievable. Consider joining me!
until next time,
play hard, and have fun,
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Welcome to the best of 10 on 10 – 2015 edition!
The Best Of, is a bit of a recap (of sorts) of this year’s 10 on 10 photo challenge* My friend Sara and I have been getting together each month for THREE YEARS! to share a peek into our lives with you. Join me on a stroll down memory lane as I visit a few of my favorite moments from 10 on 10, in 2015…
First of all, I’m in shock that 2015 went by so quickly. That must mean I’m getting old, because they say time goes faster when you get old…
January gets two photos in this review. 😉 The first pic is one that I love because it’s a scene that is so frequent in the winter months here.
The day started cold and foggy. At sunrise the fog was still sitting quietly in the valley, with the tree tops creating small islands in the ocean of fog. Beautiful.
This photo isn’t beautiful at all, but it helps me remember how quickly things change. When we’re going through tough things, it can seem interminable. In January I couldn’t even walk a quarter mile (one lap) on the track without pain. In November I ran our local turkey trot 10K and set a PR on the course. Things change more quickly than they feel like they do when you’re going through them.
February is wonderful because Mr. Awesome and I celebrate our anniversary then. That usually means we try to get away together alone for a couple of days. One of the activities we enjoy is geocaching. Sometimes those geocaches are tiny. And evil. It took about 20 minutes of looking to find this little devil. Nano caches can be anything.
For about three months I had this for breakfast, lunch or dinner at least twice a week. Seriously, good guacamole is one of my happy things. Soooooo yummy!
This photo from April makes me smile. The early stirrings of spring had this robin hopping along the edge of the lawn grabbing dry/dead grass to make his nest.
Every once-in-a-blue-moon I CRAVE a good donut. And since the 10th was Mother’s Day, AND I’d just gone on a run, it seemed like a good idea. (side note: we hadn’t tried this bakery before, and let’s just say the “good” part of the donut description failed)
Obi. Because honestly, what 10 on 10 roundup would be complete without her?
The crazy heat we had over the summer meant the corn was practically jumping out of the ground. A pic of sweet corn AND Mr. Awesome? Perfect 🙂
In August we had some heavy smoke surround the house earlier in the day, so we were trying to find out where it was coming from. When the news reported that the railroad trestle that runs through our little town was on fire, it was sad news. The old trestle spanned the low-ground between two areas of town, and it was a beautiful structure. We watched the news into the evening as it eventually collapsed.
Pasta sauce out of the canner, and cooling. The lovely sound of pings that the lids make when they seal, is such a happy sound. Even the color of the pasta sauce makes me smile.
October means cross country (and cross country meets) are in full swing. I’ve loved working as a coach for the last couple of years. Such a great group of people to be associated with.
Because, if you have to do dishes, yo might as well get to take cool pictures along the way. Right?
And since there was only one photo taken for December, that makes this one a no brainer.
I’d like to take a moment to ask you to join me next year for the 10 on 10 photo challenge. It’s a wonderful way to remember a ‘day-in-the-life’. When you’re slogging through what feels like the. same. old. thing. day after day, it can feel like things never change. Having these little snapshots of time, really helps you remember the special moments that can slip by unnoticed. If you’re looking for a New Year’s goal of the ‘photo type’, this would fit the bill very nicely 😉
My lovely friend Sara has teamed up with me, and is doing her own ‘Best Of 10 on 10’. Just follow this little link to see her year in review.
Thanks for stopping by, and for letting me share my year with you.
play hard, and have fun,
*10 photos shot over (roughly) 10 hours on the 10th of the month – a pattern which I take great liberties with 😉
In this December 10 on 10*, you won’t find 10 pictures. Just bein’ up front with you about that, in case you were looking for some photo inspiration. Why? Ya’ know how sometimes life throws stuff at you? Well, yeah – that happened.
The morning of the 10th found me sitting in a shocked stupor. I knew it was the 10th, and I felt obligated to keep up my “streak” (I’ve done 10 on 10 every month, without fail since December of 2012).
I managed one photo.
Today, I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to remember this day. And as I sit here a week later to write this post, I don’t remember what happened that day. There must have been packing. Hotel and flight arrangements. Funeral arrangements.
It’s all a blur.
So this month, I chose not to do 10 on 10.
One of the things I did after finding out about my dad’s sudden death, was to look at the last pictures I had of us together. I changed my Facebook profile and cover photos to those last pictures.
Sometimes others see what we can be blind to. One of my friends from high school commented on this photo. She saw things that I overlooked, and it made this picture that much more special.
“I love how your mouths are exactly the same…the pursing of the lips, the expression, the twinkle in the eye…The same. I know I already commented, but it really is one of the best father / daughter pictures I’ve ever seen!”
I already told Jaune ‘thank you’ for this insight, but another “thank you!” seems in order.
But this, this is why I take photos.
I do 10 on 10 for all the little things.
The things that seem everyday.
The things we think are no big deal.
The things that are always there.
The things that feel mundane.
The things that aren’t “Facebook worthy”.
The things that aren’t always beautiful.
The things we think we will have time for later.
Here’s my challenge to you:
Choose a photo challenge to participate in. Any challenge. 365, 52, 10 on 10… whatever works for you. Chose something you can REALLY commit to, something achievable. Consider making it a New Year’s Resolution. Personally, I think 10 on 10 is the perfect challenge. Not too much commitment, and very achievable. Whatever challenge you chose, embrace it. Make time for it, because we never know how much time we have.
until next time,
play hard, and have fun,
*If you’re new here, 10 on 10 is a monthly photo challenge to shoot 10 photos over (roughly) 10 hours, on the 10th of the month – a pattern which I take great liberties with 😉 Each month, my lovely friend Sara and I team up to share a “day in the life” with you.
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Welcome to the 4th annual edition of Fabulous Holiday Gifts for Photographers! Each year I compile a list of some of the most fun (and useful) photography related items I come across, which makes this one of my favorite posts to write.
This collection of gifts has prices ranging from $8 to – $229, so you’re sure to find something here for everyone. Enjoy!
If you have a camera, you have memory cards. Maybe you have a lot of them, but do you take care of them? Those little buggers are pretty tough on their own, but they do have some delicate bits and pieces. Take care of your precious cards by protecting them, oh and keeping them all in one place where you can find them. Bonus? This comes in some cool colors! $29.99*
Such a cool idea, does this really need any explanation? 😉 $15* for SD cards $30* for CF cards
The Polaroid Camera was cool, then it was gone, and now it’s back again! Combining digital and instant prints. $99.99*
Those Polaroid prints have such a distinctive look. Miss it? A lot of people do, and now there are plenty of places that will turn your digital pics into “Polaroid” prints. Some of them even have subscription options take your Facebook and Instagram photos and print them monthly for you! Prices vary depending on quantity, etc. $22.45* for 24 prints.
Another simple way to get your photos off your computer, and into your hands! Can you tell I believe in getting photos printed? $8*
6. Paperback Sticky Notes
Sometimes you just need paper! I love this idea for making a quick note with something you probably always have with you 😉 $8*
7. Pocket Reflector
Sometimes you just need to bounce a little extra light to the right spot. $15*
8. Photo Decals
Did all those Polaroid ideas leave you feeling a bit nostalgic? These 8-bit decals remind me of my early computer experiences. Pack of 5 decals. $18* (5 pack)
9. Vintage Camera Tote
Show everyone your love of all things camera. This cool tote is made with 95% post consumer recycled material that has a crushed, wrinkled look. Measures 15″w x 11″h x 6.25″d in size. $19*
small groups make sure you get hands-on instruction
You spent your hard-earned money and bought the camera. You followed the “quick set-up” instructions, and started taking pictures. Maybe you took A LOT of pictures. And some of them were good.
Some of them were really good!
You were impressed. You were so happy you bought this beautiful new piece of technology. Then reality set in. You wanted more of the really good pictures, and less of the how-fast-can-I-delete-this? pictures. You wanted fewer happy accidents and more, that’s the shot I wanted! That’s normal. Really. I know that’s where I started.
With my half-day, full-day, or one-on-one workshops, you’ll gain the skills to get the pictures you’ve always dreamed of. Reserve your spot early, my class sizes are strictly limited. Starting at $229
Did you find something to inspire you? Do you need more ideas?
12 Fabulous Holiday Gifts for Photographers (2012 edition)
15 Fabulous Holiday Gifts for Photographers (2013 edition)
10 Fabulous Holiday Gifts for Photographers (2014 edition)
And what if you happen to be the photographer…? Well, then just forward this list on to the appropriate gift-giving person!
play hard, and have fun,
*prices as of 11-23-2015
p.s.s. I’m not affiliated with any of these companies (well, except for Elizabeth Wendland Photography 😉 ), and am not compensated in any way for making these recommendations.