I used to make fun of my mom when I was little because she would make lists for everything. And apparently I am turning into my mother as I am now making lists for everything. While some might label us as “Type A,” I prefer to think of us as efficient and effective. I make a list at the beginning of each week for work outlining everything I need to get done. There’s the perpetual grocery list-Jay and I have found an app called “Couple” that lets us share lists and we can add things to the grocery list as we think of them on our phones. There’s always a to-do list, usually generated on Saturday morning and may not be completed until the next Saturday morning. And there’s always other random lists that pop up and lead me to buying lots of post its and note pads to keep my lists on. I need to have that satisfaction of putting a check mark by something accomplished. You don’t get that good feeling when you just click a button on a phone for a digital list.
Anyway, this post was not intended to be about to-do lists in general, but a very specific to-do list. I’ve been lacking the motivation to get started on several projects that last couple of months, so I figured if I put them on here I would be more accountable. Plus mom’s coming down in a few weeks for a visit and she can help me knock out a few of these projects.
Sara’s Fall TO-DO list (to hopefully be accomplished by mid-November so I can start a “Sara’s Winter TO-DO list”)
1. Make curtains for the dining room. I have bought the fabric and the lining. I know how to do it, but lack the walking foot I need to complete it. Here’s where mom comes to help. She supplies the walking foot and the project goes a whole lot faster when two people are doing it.
2. Stain the bench that Jay helped me make back in June.
3. Strip and stain the coffee table and 2 end tables. I bought these used off a friend back in college and they’re pretty sturdy. I want to strip and stain them a walnut color to match the other furniture we have downstairs. This will be my first stripping experience, wish me luck!
4. Re-frame the full length mirror in the bedroom. Yes this is one of those mirrors you can buy at Wal-Mart for $10. Yes that is exactly what I did in college when I acquired this piece. I want to re-frame is in some molding to make it look nicer.
5. And last but not least, I want to paint my counter tops in the kitchen. I mentioned this back in May but it has not been accomplished. This is something I want my mom to help me with when she comes down.
So if all goes as planned, I will have new counter tops and new curtains after mom’s trip the first weekend of October. Jay conveniently has a conference that week in Galveston and won’t be back until Saturday. I think he secretly planned that to get out of helping with the kitchen counters. We’ve got weddings the next two weekends (one of them in KC) so I probably won’t get a chance to work on much until October.
But here’s to making lists and crossing things off or sometimes crumpling them up and throwing them away because you didn’t get anything done!