Every year, about this time, I get this itch to make lists. Part of me thinks that it has something to do with being a teacher and that never ending quest to learn. But truly, it stems from the fact that summer is about 18 short work days away, and I am a person who craves structure. Seriously . . . who makes "to do" lists for the summer? Umm, me. Summer should be a time of relaxing on the beach, basking in the sunlight, and recharging for the autumn. One problem . . . I burn quite easily. So I make lists instead.
Three-quarters of the time, my lists look like this:
- Read insert 25 titles of books here.
- Finish knitting insert all of my knitting projects here.
- Make a quilt, bag, dress, whatever-strikes-my-fancy.
- Learn how to take photographs like my sister (because I am a shitty, shitty photographer).
- Exercise (seriously, this makes it on the list every single year).
- Read some books for school.
- Be a better cook
The list could go on and on and on. Rarely, if ever, do I cross off a single thing because while I crave structure, I also fall into routines too easily, routines like this:
- Make two cups of coffee.
- Watch Morning Joe.
- Watch People's Court.
- Watch Judge Judy.
- Watch some other horrible reality television program with a judge.
- Watch more television.
- Attempt to make dinner.
So, the only list I plan on making this summer is limited to one thing: don't watch television during the day . . . except for Morning Joe (I kind of have a crush on Joe Scarborough . . . if anyone knows him, please pass the word).