Sunday, June 27, 2010

Got to Get Going!

Just about a week ago, I posted a list of things I need to get done. I am working on one of the bigger tasks right now (the research for Oxford), but since I began work, I have discovered a bunch of other assignments that I simply must do as well. I've been on "vacation" at a hotel for three days, and I'm heading home today, but I'm truly hoping to get some substantial work done this week, prior to the Thursday afternoon/evening when we take off for Nani's (my beloved mother-in-law).

Here's what I need to get done:

1. Select and order books for English 103: The Critical Essay (film criticism, I think)
2. Send syllabi to Colby Community College (the college lost previous files).
3. Finish the red dress I began in May (for July 4 weekend).
4. Help online student finish incomplete and turn in his grade.
5. Take up straps of swimsuit (too long).
6. Call girlfriends and buy tickets for midnight showing of Twilight film (unless it's too late to get tickets).

But here are the other things I want to get done by July 1:

1. Complete Oxford research and return all overdue books.
2. Revise short play for ten-minute play festival (auditions are July 10).
3. Do another piano lesson with the kids--Wednesday?
4. Exercise a minimum of 1.5 hours per day.

Can I get all this done in four days? No idea. My prediction is that some Oxford books will still be overdue and that I might take some work with me. I'm trying to make weekly goals, though, and not just a full summer goal, so that I can get stuff done in increments. I was actually really efficient last week, stepping up my exercise to about 3 hours/day, as well as getting the house in shape (finally!), starting up my kids' piano lessons again, and fixing half a dozen pieces of clothing that had been in the mending pile for months.

What are your goals this week? If you find my list daunting, don't fret. I'm a bit overly self-driven.


  1. If you would stop exercising so much you wouldn't have to take up the straps. Just saying.

  2. Sleep, read and write... that about sums up my whole summer, for that matter; my whole year.
    Good luck on your goals.

  3. I would like to go to the weekend showing of Twilight (Eclipse) myself, but, hey, I'm a working stiff. They're doing a deal here where they'll play the first two movies on Tuesday night and culminate in a midnight showing of the new one. But I don't have the kiddo, so I won't be going to that.

    I will go to a matinee next weekend, though, with my own beloved mother-in-law (who goes by NeeNee).

  4. Lol, I thought my lists were huge, you definitely win! What's that saying? 'If you shoot for the moon and miss, you still get to land among the stars. :)

  5. Max, believe me, the bit of time it takes to take in something is HEAVENLY when it means I've lost inches. That's a task I LOVE doing.

    Jeff, sounds like you have it made. I hope to fit some writing in every day, but it seems like other stuff gets in the way constantly.

    Stephanie, glad you're going to see it, even if not at night. Looks like I'll have one girlfriend going along. I'm not going to the 3-in-a-row thing, though. Too much time, and since I own the first two I'll likely just watch them at home beforehand (if I choose). Then again, I'll probably just work on my writing instead. Or take a nap.

    Michelle, you mean I won? Hurray! I love winning. And I think you're right--I never seem to finish my to-do list, but I always get farther than I would have without it.

    Oh, and I forgot another to-do for this week: weed all of my gardens. They are starting to look awful. The plants are all lush, but so are the weeds. Must stop that before I have a jungle to contend with!

    I'll let you know how I progress at the end of the week.

  6. Wow that is one huge to do list! No wonder you stopped over at my blog today and read my post about relaxing...