10 on Tuesday: Making Plans

There’s not an “official” 10 on Tuesday prompt for this week, and I’ve been wracking my brain for an idea – while simultaneously trying to remember to write down my mental list of projects for my staycation next week. Finally it dawned on me to kill two birds with one stone and note my plans here, since doing so will have the added bonus of public accountability. I’ll have to do these things if I’ve written them down, right? Right?

1. Sand and paint the unsightly spackle marks on the living room wall. I took two shelves off the wall to make room for my new television back in May, yet haven’t gotten beyond the spackling phase of removing them.

2. Find a new endocrinologist. After the problem with my meds earlier this summer, I vowed to do this, but it fell by the wayside a little when I stopped feeling so lousy.

3. Organize my photos. I’ve mentioned before, I think, that I have too many pictures scattered in too many places. I need to finally commit to either Flickr or Picasa and set things up accordingly. In addition to getting the digital end of things sorted, I’d also like to come out of this with printed albums for my Egypt and Jordan trips, and a selection of photos to hang on the still-blank-after-four-years living room wall.

4. Attend a DC Beer Week event or two. I swear I didn’t plan my staycation around this – in fact, I just heard about it over the weekend – but as I said on Twitter, it is the most awesome coincidence ever.

5. Update my resumé. Don’t read anything into this. I’m not job hunting, I just think it’s a good thing to do periodically. I want to load it into LinkedIn as well, to improve my lame and mostly-dormant profile over there.

6. Research (and – I hope! – hire) a cleaning service. I’ve been toying with this idea for ages, and keep talking myself out of it, telling myself the apartment is small and there’s just me (well, and the cats) so there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to keep up with my own mess. But I can’t – or don’t – and I’m tired of spending every weekend either cleaning or feeling guilty for not cleaning. I think a visit from the pros once or twice a month should be enough to keep things in good shape. Unless it proves to be way pricier than I think, I’m finally gonna do it!

7. Finish a couple of knitting projects. My knitting mojo has been so low for so long that I hardly feel like a knitter anymore, but I’m hoping that getting a few things off the needles (like the green skirt, or the waiting-in-airports socks from Egypt)  might help me get inspired again. I may also use an idea from the Yarn Harlot to make myself some project kits – with deadlines!

8. Be touristy. I’ve still never been to Mount Vernon, and have never been farther than the bathroom in the new Capitol Visitors Center, so those are at the top of my get-out-of-the-house list.

9. Launch my new online projects. I’ll admit, both #3 and #5 on this list are also part of something new I am working on, just for fun and to play around in new-to-me online spaces.

10. Rest, read, write. I mean, I am on vacation, right? And since I’m not traveling, it’ll be even easier to indulge in my version of the “Three Rs.”

I’ll try to update this post with my progress during my week off. Anyone want to take a stab at guessing how many of these I’ll complete?

7 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Making Plans

  1. Common Loon August 17, 2010 / 6:49 pm

    I’m going to gues #1, #4, #6, #8, and #10….#3 & #5 just sound so much like work or like much more than a “simple” task to me. Good Luck! You’re now ACCOUNTABLE!

  2. Mom August 17, 2010 / 8:09 pm

    I agree w/Loon — those numbers sound dooable & lend themselves to “time off”. The others are just too work-like (the *biggest* drawback of a staycation). I was just eyeing a pile of filing over the weekend & decided it can sit a couple of weeks and then I can do it mid-day, mid-week!! No more chores on the weekend — how can that be?? Do you all think I can re-learn after 45 years?? Departure is -8 work days!! Somebody asked me today if I was getting cold feet!! NO WAY 🙂

  3. Joanne August 17, 2010 / 9:28 pm

    on #6–yay!!!! Its marvelous, hiring a cleaning service. And it should be super cheap for you!

    Mount Vernon is wonderful. When are you going?

  4. Eileen August 17, 2010 / 11:56 pm

    I’ll give you 8 of 10 progressed if not finished. One of them must be a new endo, no question!

    And you’ve inspired me to articulate publically my list for before James arrival. Accountability as you note. Here goes:

    1. Prepare the nursery for James.
    2. Clean up the home office – less stye, more office 🙂
    3. Prep meals for the freezer
    4. Hang pictures in the master and nursery (they’ve only been waiting a year)
    5. Finish long overdue thank you notes and correspondence
    6. Get contractors for house projects, especially a plumber and electrician
    7. Finish hurricane prep (now that we’re 3 months in to hurricane season)
    8. Get the vanity (which has been broken for something like a decade) fixed and in it’s proper place
    9. Scrapbook – I need to make a Little Man album and clear the backlog which goes all the way to our honeymoon 8 years ago!
    10. Make an Ikea run to pick up some desired (I can’t really call them “needed”) items

    Also will likely need to find a suitable home for George and Gracie. One or both may require relocation in the immediate future 😦 not a happy situation, but a necessary one, I’m afraid.

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