Checking it Twice

Like a lot of people I know, TJ and I have been feeling overwhelmed with life for the past few months. For us, it’s part Spring Fever and part Summer Planning. After a long winter of being cooped up in the house – I’m not an outside in the cold sort of woman – I’m ready to get our house in order and feel organized. You’d think being stuck inside for months would have made me want to clean and organize but, mostly, it made me want to read and play video games. TJ has been mildly obsessed with her football card collection for the past few months and spends all of her free time ordering and organizing. Who the hell wants to clean? Not us.

In addition to the general grossness of our house, we have to figure out what our kid will do over the summer. These plans have to be mapped out week by week depending on what camps and classes are available. The cost of these things is mind-blowing. At least to me. It still makes my tummy tight to think about it so I try not to. Of course, that just adds to TJ’s stress since she’s the family financial person.

We were both feeling so overwhelmed that neither of us was doing anything. We subconsciously decided to just ignore everything. That worked for a few weeks but time is running out to get our summer plans in order so I made a list. I like lists a lot and make them regularly. I called it our Overwhelming List and now it doesn’t feel quite so overwhelming. Most of the entries still need to be dealt with but the tasks aren’t so daunting anymore.

There’s my recommendation for the day. Go make a list. And be nice to someone.

6 thoughts on “Checking it Twice

  • May 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Lists are awesome…costs to have the kids safe and sound while you work are not so awesome. I totally do understand the avoiding things….it is so hard when your life is get up work come home for a few hours go to sleep so you can do it all over again. Plus throw in kids, wives, pets and stuff but they make it not be so awful too. Hang in there…you guys can do this. =)

  • May 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks, Pix! I need to pull that list back out again…

  • May 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve always been a list maker. That said, I need to make a list for an event I’m planning, before I start forgetting stuff!

  • May 14, 2013 at 12:07 am

    my mother and I are both compulsive list makers. mom more so, but I still manage to eke out my fair share of “crud to do” pages – most end up in the trash, half crossed off LOL

  • May 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

    What is it about lists that makes all the tasks seem less daunting? Maybe it’s a way to break the overwhelming into smaller, more manageable pieces. Okay, I’m off to make my list.

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