Sunday, November 20th 2011
It was only a matter of time….

before i gave y’all a list of my lists. And today is that time.


The following is a list of most of the OH SO CRUCIAL lists I keep on my phone, leaving out only those most personal ones. (You’re not missing anything.)

There’s the grocery list. Which always, always, always starts with ‘milk’ and ‘sushi.’

There’s the exercise list. In which I obsessive/compulsively record every workout of my life and organize them into a list per month. (Because I can make dorkiness organized AND easy.)

There’s a list of Things I Should Do. I’m the only one who ever sees these lists. So I could entitle it, “Things I Should Do But Probably Never Will” but I don’t want to. But every time I see that list I think it.  Give up Diet Coke is on that list. Although, in all fairness, I DO give up Diet Coke. Regularly. Like, all the time. It’s just that I start again and so it’s LIKE I never quit, but not really, it’s totally different.

There’s a list of Scriptures I Totally Disagree With God About and So We Need to Talk These Through. Occasionally this list shrinks as discussions lead to me either saying, “Fine. I get it now. I don’t LIKE it, but I get where You’re coming from.” Or, “OH, MY GOD. THAT! IS! WHAT! YOU! MEANT? AMEN, DUDE!” Either one requires it being deleted from the list. Anything in the category of “I’m hoping You will change your mind on this and come around to MY way of thinking” and it has to stay on the list.

There’s a list of character traits I’d like to possess and currently do not.

There’s a list of stuff to pray about.

There’s a list of stuff to think about. (a lot of overlap there, but it’s slightly different and that probably doesn’t make sense but, eh.)

There’s a list of songs that need to be iTuned.

There’s a list of writing ideas for current and future characters. Scene ideas. Conflicts. Interesting settings. Etc.

There’s a list of errands. Always on this list: Target and PetSmart. (Yesterday Mike and I were on the phone and he said he saw a lost dog but it had a collar and I was all, “LOOK AWAY! LOOK AWAY, MAN. YOU DID NOT SEE THAT DOG.” I mean, I adore Callie. I do. But no more dogs.)

There’s a list of “Go-To Foods.” This is particularly ridiculous. It’s the list I look at when I’m standing in the kitchen  thinking, “what do I eat, anyway?” Not, “what SHOULD I eat?” Or, “what do I want to eat?” But, “what is it I ever actually eat, because my mind has gone completely blank and i might be hungry.” (pistachios. i eat pistachios. it’s just that I FORGET until I see it on my list.)

There’s a list reminding me of what settings to use for mowing my mom’s front and back lawns. It’s a different setting for each, and I always forget.

And there’s a long gratitude list. I read it when I’m in a funk. Y’all are on that list. (thank you.)

Some people are listy.

Some people are listless.

Neither one is better than the other, it’s just that they work for me. (Some people can remember they eat pistachios without a list. I sorta admire that.)

So which one are you?



13 Comments on “It was only a matter of time….”

Jennifer Sullivan
November 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

I’m a lister… (is that a word? it is now!)
I love lists. They are comforting.
Things I wanna do to the house
wanna build for the house
wanna buy for the house
need for baby
schools that baby might be able to attend
volunteer opportunities
gluten free restaurants
monthly menu list for what we are having for dinner every night
the corresponcing grocery list
to do list of errands
monthly expense list
credit cards list
master client list
the lists go on and on
I just made a list of my lists
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November 20th, 2011
2:19 pm


as soon as i asked y’all which of you are listers, i thought of you and KNEW you were but thanks for listing your lists, too! i may need to borrow a few of those.

November 20th, 2011
3:10 pm

I used to be very listy. There were lists of movies to see/buy (two different lists), music to buy, decorating ideas for our (then) not-yet-built house, marketing ideas for the Longaberger business I had then, grocery list, Target list, to-do list, wish list, and more.

Now it’s pretty much narrowed down to a to-do list (which I keep in Scrivener and which is divided into a daily list, a “today” list, a weekly list, and a one-of-these-days list), and a grocery list. Oh and a wish list, but it’s on Amazon so I don’t really count that.

So I guess I’m a little listy, but not as much as I used to be. There are some lists that just stress me out rather than relieving stress which, in my opinion, is what lists are meant to do.
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November 20th, 2011
3:11 pm

BTW, I love that you have a “What do I eat?” list. I totally need one of those. Especially on this diet, I keep finding myself standing in front of the fridge wondering that very question.
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November 20th, 2011
3:30 pm

Lists. Do I have lists. Grocery list for today, for this week, for stocking up, and for “when I feel especially rich.” Which hasn’t happened yet, but might someday, if we ever win the lottery. A list of what I need to cook with for Thanksgiving, a list of things I am going to cook, a list of stuff I will make if I have time/feel like it. A list of menus for Wed. through Sunday, showing what Jeana is making, what Jamie is making, what Wick is making, and what I am making. With an attached list of explanatory notes. A list of stuff I have been meaning to take to Jeana, Jamie, the grandkids. And a list of what needs to be loaded into the car now, tomorrow, and on the day. And a list of bedding to take. This is beginning to overwhelm me; I had no idea I had so many lists.
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November 20th, 2011
3:35 pm

P.S. Thanks for the blog idea!
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November 20th, 2011
4:47 pm

I thought I was listy, until I read this entry. I would need many more lists to be in your bracket. :) And I say that with only love. I mostly make lists when I’m feeling overwhelmed & am afraid I’ll a)go crazy and b)forget to do something. The list helps me check things off, one by one & feel like I’ve regained some control over my life.

Holy Mimi
November 21st, 2011
5:22 am

We usually only have 2 lists. Walmart and Home Depot/Lowes. I soooo agree with you on the dog thing. 2 is plenty! Really!

November 21st, 2011
8:56 am

I do make lists, but mainly I make spreadsheets. Crazy I know. i sometimes spend more time making my spreadsheets than actually doing what is on them. I have a spreadsheet with my daily schedule, one with my coupon savings for the year, grocery lists go on a spreadsheet with regular and sale prices and coupon amounts and savings amounts and percentages. Bills are on a spreadsheet, and there is also a budget spreadsheet. Oh yeah, and kids chores are on a spreadsheet. Christmas lists get a spreadsheet too. I have a regular list on my desk of what i’m making for thanksgiving and what I still need to get from the store and I had a list on my phone yesterday of what to take to the Falcons game. But mostly i go all out with lists and turn them into a big project.
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November 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

you’re right. lists SHOULD help de-stress, not the other way around. good point. that’s why there are some lists i do not let myself make. Except in my head.

you just reminded me of lists i need that i do not yet have and still need to make! AWESOME!

and that is the VERY best part, right?! i’m with ya there.

your THREE dogs are wonderful and you need every one of them. how in the world you don’t have a list of projects, ideas, and future recipes, i have no idea!

i’m kinda afraid what would happen if i took my listmaking to the JB spreadsheet level! BUT. I might try it….

Jennifer Sullivan
November 21st, 2011
5:47 pm

JB is right spreadsheets rock! that way there is always a saved copy. daughters chore list is on a color coded spreadsheet. It just makes sense plus then if she loses it there is a master copy!.
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November 21st, 2011
9:38 pm

I have a list of exercise I do every day.
I have a list of Scripture I want to memorize.
I have a list of projects to do if I ever have time.
I have lists – several – of prayer requests.
I have a to-do list, an unending grocery list, and a list of what we’re going to eat each day (I guess it’s better known as a meal plan, but that’s still a list, right?).

I should make a list of things I’m thankful for.

And tho I don’t have any list that mentions my addiction to cherry coke, your paragraph about giving up diet coke — so me. Just substitute cherry coke for diet coke.

November 22nd, 2011
1:26 pm

great lists, sara!! ooh, you made me thirsty.

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