Well I did it.
This week I pulled out a spiral notebook and started The List. Or more correctly—The Lists. (plural)
Tis the season of lists for every woman, isn’t it. I gave up on the cute little decorative scratch pads years ago and have resorted to keeping everything in one big, messy looking spiral book. I write all over the pages, then I go back and write all over what I wrote.
Heaven help me if I lose that thing.
But it’s true, right? Here is this year’s list of the lists:
-Holiday gift list
-Thanksgiving meal menu and food assignment list
-What can I make ahead and freeze for the next 8 weeks list.
-What can I buy but make everyone think is homemade list
-Ginormous master grocery shopping to be done at 3 stores list
-Honey Do list (I like to spread the joy!)
-House cleaning before everyone gets here list.
-What I am feeding AZ son since he only gets home once a year and I want it to be all his favorites list.
-What everyone will eat after the big T day and before the first day of hunting season begins since we will have a house full of men list
The biggest difference between having a family of mostly men and having one that is fair and balanced, is the grocery bill. With men, it’s all about the food. And holidays are all about the food. And hunting season is…..well…what is it?
If I could find a way to get them as excited and organized about hunting food at Wegmans as they are about getting up at 4am, gearing up with all their hunting supplies and sitting in subfreezing temps high in the trees, and then I would have half of my lists done in no time!
I’m really kidding you know.
It is my favorite time of year, despite all the work and frenzied pace, I love the craziness. I love the loudness and the mess. It means everyone I love is close by.
For the first week.
Then I’m over it and start begrudgingly the task of being the maker of the magic.
I do that till I hit the “mama’s had enough” button and then menopause woman takes over and the house gets really quiet.
So I just made a new list of lists.
And it looks like this:
-Keep the grocery list cause you’re gonna need it list
-Get everyone a gift card list
-Schedule my mani/pedi/hair apt. list
-Clean the kitchen and bathrooms only list
-Take all the coins I can find to Coinstar so we can eat out at restaurants list
l like this list. This one will fit on my pretty pad with pumpkins and sunflowers.
I think I’ll keep it.