Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Listy, Listy Times.

Did you know that in Spanish, one word for "ready" or "prepared" is Listo or Lista? So, if I'm all ready for something, I can say Estoy lista. I'm ready. I love connections between languages like that, and I like to think that our word "list" and the Spanish word for "ready" have a common ancestor somewhere. I have not researched it, and it is just as likely that there is no connection, but I still like the idea. I have lots of things to get lista for in the next few months, and they are spilling out of my head, so as a result, since I don't own a Pensieve, I'm using my beloved red journal to make lots of lists:
  • Girls' Camp (this month): That annual week of teenage girl wonderfulness that I just can't seem to get enough of is coming up in about 13 days. I have a few more responsibilities this year, and a wonderful friend to work with, but I am getting to that last-stage, high-adrenaline, nitty-gritty-details part of the planning and it just helps to have it all written down.
  • A Wedding (in less than two months): We've got lots of travel stuff to nail down right now, and I'm in charge of a family dinner the night before the wedding in a city to which I've never been, so that's a little nerve-wracking. I'm also in charge of an open house here a week later, plus trying to make the time in between into a nice family vacation. I'd really like to feel that I might actually be of help to Ashlyn's mom as she works to put together a memorable celebration for the happy couple.
  • One Son Leaving (in about 2 months): I have to get his wisdom teeth surgery figured out, even trickier now that he is working 6 days a week and needs time off for a trip to California. He has to take a day off to register for classes. We still haven't had our bank field trip to get him all checking accounted and all that. Plus I still actually have to figure out how we're getting him and his stuff out to Utah, since our original idea of a road trip got trumped by item number 2.
  • One Son Coming Home, then Immediately Leaving Again (in about 3 months): I have to get his bedroom turned from a storage room back into a bedroom, then have everything ready for him to leave almost immediately for Utah to work and seek his fortune. So, right now, that's apartment contracts to sign, deposits to get paid, car questions to figure out, and lots of other stuff.
  • Another Teaching Trip (in between the wedding and the son leaving): I still don't have my plane reservations for this, and kids will be in sports practice and band camp with no driver at home and no grandma next door and dad working crazy hours. I'm having second thoughts, but I've signed a contract, so I have to figure this one out on my own. This list includes having the kids get used to riding their bikes to school, getting good locks, making sure the bikes are in good working order, then talking them into the idea of a 3 mile bike ride home after 3 hours of soccer or volleyball practice, etc.
And of course, woven in between all that are all the daily tasks and things that just come up. The constant battle between saying yes and saying no. Do I take on hosting a Swim Team Pep Rally either next week-the Friday before I leave for camp or the week in July when Evan won't even be home to attend either the meet or the Pep rally and I'm trying to get my husband to go away for a couple of days?? Having my lists helps me answer questions like this and feel like I'm making the right decision.

Thus the greater meaning becomes clear. I think the lists become for me, as I was discussing with one friend this morning, my road map, my bird's eye view. They are evidence that I can get there from here. I can get ready in time, but I have to go the right way and stay on course. I need that, especially when I get to points of saturation like right now and just can't keep it all in my head.


  1. Can I take something off your list? Please don't worry 'bout those hats and peanuts right now... my goodness woman... I forgot that you have a wedding to plan, and I didn't even know about girls camp. Goodness gracious woman... slow down! OH and about your knees.... would you please TRY water aerobics!! It's really good for you!

  2. Wow, that is a lot! A lot lot!! I hope everything comes together in the best possible way! Hope lots of chocolate will be involved as a coping strategy.:)

  3. If you say "Soy lista", it means "I'm smart". Which fits your situation as well. : )

  4. Whoa! You're going to have a VERY busy time in a couple months, eh? You've got a lot going on, and lists help. Looks like you're ready for sure.

    (And I was JUST inside a pensieve with Lilly and Severus not 10 minutes ago . . . )

  5. I think you need to add to the list a weekend at the spa at the end of the will need it!

  6. Wow, that is crazy times. Let me know how I can help. I can drive your kids, so they do not have to ride bikes. Let me know!

  7. Wowsers! That's a lot to fit in to one summer. Good luck! :)


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