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A Day in the Life of Me: My To-Do List Compared to My Daughter’s.

I found this amazing list my daughter wrote titled, “Friday After School List.” It started with the very obvious: 1. unpack backpack. This was followed by: 2. clean up room. Um, pretty sure that never happened. Then, there was, 3. draws/color, and so on…It ended with: 11. go to bed. This list, while somewhat compulsive and hyper-organized, also reminded me that life was so much simpler back when we were young, and maybe we ought to get back to that.

It also made me think of my own to-do list and how it compared. I decided I would write it down:

  1. Get up unwillingly: Dog and child bust into my room. Dog licks my face, and she leaps onto my back, while I let out a hurling noise.
  2. Wash out the coffee pot: Wonder why I don’t just get it ready to go the night before, because it’s so cumbersome to wash old grinds out from yesterday morning, and it takes too much time.
  3. Pack lunches: I LOATHE this task. Like, I envy those whose children have a school lunch. She won’t eat sandwiches, which leaves…chips and carrots and yogurt (which she always lets go to waste. And, they are the Chobani ones, which are not exactly cheap! #annoyed) And we can’t pack peanut butter anymore. He? He’s easier. I hate the water bottles too. It’s like they are hamsters or rabbits and need a water bottle every day. We never had water bottles. Pretty sure the one gulp I took from the nasty, dirty water fountain at field hockey practice was my entire water consumption for the whole day.
  4. Drive kids to school: even though they very well could take the bus, which drives past my freaking house. But, no, they claim they’re too afraid of COVID, and people on it are loud and wipe snot on the windows.
  5. Go to work…
  6. Pick kids up: Wonder how the hell the day went by so quickly. Tell the kids they have to self-entertain for the next two hours, because I still have work to do.
  7. Walk the dogs: Grab a roadie of wine, breathe in some fresh air, run my work day through my head and wonder what else I have to do, and then try to pretend that I am breathing and being present. Pick up poop.
  8. Make dinner: Convince children that it’s important to eat as a family, say grace to Jesus, and tell each other our “rose and thorns” of the day. Implore them that they need to take their time, stop wolfing their food, and tell them “no” to their requests for eating in their rooms, on their beds. #gross
  9. Pour another glass of vino.
  10. Play dolls or Barbies with daughter or make fire pit with son.
  11. Try to find a TV show: Scroll through Netflix, watch a bunch of trailers and realize I hate period shows and am tired of murder shows, so I turn it off.
  12. Go to my computer, read blogs and wonder why I am brain dead. Wish I could write.
  13. Make phone calls and stare at my social media.
  14. Play Words with Friends. Crush it with a few two-letter words, have one eye open because so tired.
  15. Brush teeth, wash face, stare at wrinkles, plan Botox and Fillers
  16. Go to bed.

REPEAT!

I wish I had a manicure like this. But, I don’t.

There are things I’d like to have on this list, like “Draw/Color” and playing with friends, like my daughter did. I might want to add, “Clean Room,” since the armchair looks like a hanging rack for misplaced clothes, and the bed is still not made (I hate this!).

But, maybe I’ll get to that tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new day, and a new list…I hope! Probs not.

7 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of Me: My To-Do List Compared to My Daughter’s.”

  1. Haha, ‘wish I could write’ appears in my thoughts more often than not. Most days I just do a trickle, just to shoo those thoughts away. But the effort required to get started is sometimes too damn much. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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  2. Loved your post. Back in my prior lifetime when I held a job, my manager was big on lists and checking to make sure I was checking them off as accomplished. The closest I come to having lists now are groceries. Maybe I should try and see if that would help keep me motivated here.

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  3. Haha the contrasting difference between the two lists πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Loved thisπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ
    And you are doing a great job managing your work and family πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ keep going

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  4. I have started to add into my daily list one thing that I actually really want to do. I want to work on some self improvement stuff and live a life which I get to feel amazed about. I am a single mom and living in lockdown where we cannot leave our home, baiscally it is really imperative. So I started to add it to my to do list. Coloringbook/drawing/calligraphy/ reading to really have it done and get the feeling I am living life. I have to say it is really helping me! I do not just work, pay bills, make food, sleep and repeat but I make sure I get to have small, but really important things I always wanted to do but never had the time for. Adding them to my to do list, surprisingly made me find time for them πŸ™‚

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