Here is a list of lists I made in the past year.
- 10 Things About My Birthday
- I want…
- A to Z
- Childhood and Current Dream Jobs
- Things That Feel Like Home
- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
- Places I Want to Go
- Things that Make Me Happy
- To Do List
- The Joy List
- Songs Stuck in My Head
- Double Trouble
- Shit Needs to Get Done
- Home Essentials
- Awesome Things
- Things that Always Make Me Happy
- Halloween is Grinch Night
- CD’s in My Car
- Every Cat I’ve Ever Owned
- Winter Things
- Jobs I’ve Had
- Books Bought This Year
- Best Books Read 2016
- Why I’m Tired
- Things I Want for Maternity Leave
- Things I’ve Been Thinking About Reading
- A-Z Great Words
- Books I’ve Almost Bought Today
- Ways to Feel Better
- To Dos
- List List!
So, you guys… I apparently skipped a couple of numbers back there. And I DO NOT CARE. I’m over it! I’m calling this a success! No more weekly lists!
I’m kind of out of lists to make! lol.
Next week is our last list! We’ll have made it a whole year! Actually, a touch more than a year because I missed at least one week. Anyway, I admit that I am kind of happy about the whole thing being done. I’ll have stuck with it for a year and that’s awesome but I am running out of ideas!
Today I wanted to share my to do list with you again because it is a touch out of control. There are a lot of things that I just can’t do because the nursery isn’t quite done yet. But, I promise, as soon as it is I am going to let the nesting monster loose. I’ve been keeping her in check for long enough.
My To Do List
- Clean bedroom
- Clean office
- Clean nursery
- Clean Bathroom
- Clean Hall
- Clean kitchen
- Clean dining room
- Clean living room
- Clean stairs/entry
- Clean basement (This is mostly picking up bottles and trash and empty glasses.)
- Go through jewelry. (A coworker gave me a bag of jewelry last week? No idea why.)
- Distribute donations. (More complicated. At least two loads to Goodwill.)
- Dye hair. (Seriously. By my shower on Saturday. Preferably tomorrow night but tomorrow night we are hauling our couch out and getting one from my mom.)
- Book donations. (Sorting books and getting the nice ones to the used book store and the crappy ones to the trash.)
- Go bag. (For the hospital. Just in case because my mom had my brother a month early and I am totally not ready. lol.)
- Water bottles (They need to be cleaned.)
Now, as a special addition to this list, I would like to share with you, pasted from my other blog, what my house is like right now. Ready?
In my bedroom, the top half of my sewing desk is in front of my dresser. The clean clothes are in the clothes hamper because I can’t get to the dresser. The drawers from my sewing desk are split between being on the floor in front of the bed and being on the shelf leaning against my dresser which means that I also cannot quite access the stuff on top of my dresser which includes my bathroom stuff that can’t go back in the bathroom until the shelf it back in the bathroom which can’t go back until it’s painted which can’t be done until the trim is up.
In the office, my armchair is leaning against my desk and my desk is covered with stuff that came from the guest room. The donations for the Goodwill and the used book store are in there and the bathroom stuff that can’t go back into the bathroom is stacked on top of it all. Plus, there’s the vacuum cleaner and a big box of my sewing supplies.
In the hallways there’s a rolling bin of fabric piled high with outlet and switch covers. The stuff to finish the bathroom is against the opposite wall, further down. The linen closet door is open and leaning against the open door are the doors from the nursery.
In the kitchen, my painting project is on the stove because there was no other available surface. The rest of the counters are mostly clear but there is a saw and saw table set up where the island usually is.
The island is in the dining area, in front of my side of the kitchen table and the cat dishes. There is a high chair in a box and a travel system in a box. On top of those are bongos and boards.
In the living room? An amp, a harp, five guitars, a ukulele. Plus, random stuff that’s been piled around this stuff that I don’t even know what it is. On the other side of the room, the lower part of my sewing desk on an old piece of carpet so it can be slid.
It’s been a kind of rocky week around here. There has been some negativity floating around and I’m having a hard time with it because, you know, I’m tired and very pregnant and trying to keep myself together and trying to stay on top of things and the whole thing wears me out but I also have to pretend that it doesn’t because I’m Rachael and that’s what I do. So there. Fuck you. Nothing phases me.
I think a lot about self care and all of that but something that I often forget about is that there are things that I can do to make myself feel better when I am feeling shitty. There are things I can do that are NOT just working harder. That’s the key here. My go to: Work Harder. Right now? Not so much. Sometimes working harder is actually not an option.
Things That Make Me Feel Better That Aren’t Working Harder
- Reading. It really does make me feel better. The only problem is that sometimes I have a hard time settling into it when I am really upset. If I am patient, I can usually do just fine.
- Eating. Okay, but you guys, I totally forgot that I can eat my feelings. It’s obviously not something that is advisable but it definitely works in a pinch. Monday night I ate an irresponsible amount of chip dip because I was upset. And I felt better. Chip dip is a great go-to.
- Shopping. This is another thing that is not necessarily advisable but works. Today I was upset so I bought myself some books. I went to a used bookstore and spent $29 on six books, five of which I had been looking for in used stores for a while. It felt good and I was excited about my purchases.
- Take a nap. Obs, preferably with cats.
- Rachael Time. This is something I discovered that I liked to do a couple of years ago when I came home from work and Hubby was asleep on the couch and the chair was otherwise occupied. I make a cup of tea, grab a snack, get my book, go to my room, and prop myself up on my bed rest pillow and enjoy. It’s kind of like a combo of a lo of things above but it’s totally nice. In the summer there’s the fan. In the winter there are throws. If I’m alone the house is quiet and nice.
After another crazy day, I am already looking forward to getting home and doing a variation on #5. Book, bed rest pillow, hip tilt and reading. Close enough.
I told you guys about my little podcast problem on Tuesday. I have a lot of podcasts to listen to. I have a lot of podcasts to listen to. I meant to repeat myself, there. To emphasize my point. I follow a lot of podcasts but I have some that I have NEVER listened to. Why? Because I have a way of doing things. I have a way of doing everything. I start at one end of my podcasts, and work my way to the other, completely catching up on one before I move on to the next. So here I present a list of podcasts I subscribe to.
(Did I tell you guys that I am planning on plowing through my Ramona books and then slamming down my podcasts until I get back from maternity leave? I finished Big Magic by Elizabeth Gillbert today and put in my next Ramona. I have 5 audiobooks to get through and they are all about 2 hours long so it shouldn’t take me too long at all.)
Podcasts I Subscribe To
- The Writer’s Almenac
- NPR Books
- Philosophize This!
- Welcome to Nightvale
- Alice Isn’t Dead
- Book Riot
- The New Yorker: Fiction
- The Readers
- The Moth
- Adventures with Words
- The Splendid Table
- All the Books!
- Literary Disco
- Fat Feminst Witch
- Get Booked
- 99% Invisible
- Eliza Starting at 16
- The Allusionist
- The Mortified Podcast
- The Thrilling Adventure Hour
- On Being with Krista Tippett
- The Baby-Sitters Club Club
- In the Dark
- The Archers
- Biblioclast Podcast
- Book Club for Masochists
- BookD Podcast
- Book Fight
- The Librarian is In
- The Penguin Podcast
- Reading Envy
- Reading Women
- What Should I Read Next?
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin
- My Favorite Murder
See what I mean? I have a Problem. Of these podcasts, I have listened to at least one episode of the first 20. The others I have subscribed to, downloaded, and planned on getting to eventually. Most of them I’ve only downloaded episodes that have come out since I subscribed but some I have the whole run of. When I try something and like it, I go back and download every episode I can and binge.
Because I have a problem, you guys. lol
I imagine that it must be hard to be an alcoholic bartender. It has to be kind of like being a bibliophile librarian. There are days when I sit at my desk and a positively itch to read. I want to pull any book off the shelf and just dive in. I want to hide under my desk and read my book. It takes all of my effort not to check out everything and order everything and make a big mess out of my TBR pile.
I’ve had a lot of those days lately. I have been strong.
My name is Rachael and I’m addicted to books.
This morning I discovered that my favorite used book store is a 10 minute drive from the hospital where I have my doctor appointments and that said book store opens at 10 AM. The only thing that kept me from running to the book store before my appointment was my complete and utter lack of speed. (Seriously! I didn’t screw around this morning and had an extra hour to get ready and somehow managed to almost be late.)
And do you know why I need to go to the used book store so badly? Because I started reading the first book in a romance series and now I need them all. And I need them before the baby comes. I have no idea why I need them before the baby comes. I think that my brain gets all haywire and thinks that it’s going to run out of things to read or that maybe a fluffy, fun romance will be all that I can handle. But, seriously folks, I have fluffy romances and everything else under the sun. I don’t need more books. I could survive the zombie apocalypse on what I have.
Books I’ve Thought About Buying Today
- The Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn. So, I am, like, almost halfway through the first in this series and I am enjoying it immensely. When I was sick on Tuesday I tore through 120 pages and I was completely charmed. Then I looked ahead to see what order the books went in and saw a character that I am DYING to know more about. DYING.
- Nancy Drew. I was reading Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton and there were some comics about Nancy Drew that were fabulous. I have never read Nancy Drew but I suddenly knew that I would LOVE the books and that I needed the first 50 or so to get started.
- Anne of Green Gables books. The whole series. Also, never read. Also, sure that I would love and find soothing while on maternity leave. Even better, I own them on Kindle you guys. I already freaking own them.
- The Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig. This has been going on for a while. It’s called corn punk and I must read it. Instead we keep doing this dangerous dance where I think about checking them out but don’t and then think about buying them but don’t.
- The Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valenti. I keep reading about how great these books are and I just really want to read them right now. Out of nowhere. For no reason.
So, while we’re on the topic, a quick update on this week: My stock pile of DVD’s is slowly dwindling. I’m through season 4 of Eureka and last night I watch The Ring for the first time. Yawn. We just have The 10th Kingdom left to watch. I just finished Ramona the Brave. I am halfway through The Duke and I. I am working through Step Aside, Pops. I am through 4 chapters of War and Peace. Only 361 to go! I am trying to decide if I should plow through some more audiobooks or take some time to listen to podcasts since, get this, they are currently taking up 36GB on my phone. Eek! But I can’t delete them! I NEED them!
Again, my name is Rachael and I am an addict.
Not all words are created equal. And, while we’re at it, I’m not going to like the same words that you do for the same reasons. Today’s list is a list of words that I like for each letter of the alphabet, some with notes. These are words that I enjoy the feel of, creepy as that sounds. What are some of your favorite words?
Word to Your Mother
- Douche (I decided that I really liked this word at some point because it sounds like a cannonball hitting the water. lol)
- Yahoo (This is one my dad used to say and I catch myself calling people “yahoos” all of the time now.)
Wow. We’ve been at it for 46 weeks so far! Only six weeks of lists left! I know that I missed a couple of weeks but we kept right on trucking and now here we are. Where are we?
Last week I talked a little bit about the things I stock piled to keep my sanity during maternity leave. One of my biggest annoyances during the pregnancy has been the number of people who like to say things like, “Hon, you’re just not going to have time to read. You’re going to have a baby to take care of!” Yeah. I get it. I know that they are work and I am going to be tired and I’m going to have mom brain. Then I get to go back to work! But, seriously, reading is such a huge part of who I am that I know it won’t go away completely. And I’ve spent some time thinking about things that I would like to read while I am on maternity leave.
Books I’ve Thought About Reading
- Obviously, I have an a abundance of books to read at home. I buy books. Because I like them and they make happy and one of my favorite things is sitting in front of my book shelf and just looking at my glorious books. I also have a book jar. Okay, it’s a book hat box because I have so many books that I would need a very large jar. In my earliest, purest phase of planning I intended to just pull random books from my book box and explore my vast collection unburdened by a TBR stack.
- And then I thought that maybe light reading would be a better idea and I toyed with the idea of possibly buying the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. They are short and funny and fast and I thought they might be perfect.
- Of course, there is a big, big part of me that really wanted to use that time to reread The Dark Tower series because I just always want to reread it. This is the complete opposite of easy. The books are big and deep and can make for some rough reading. I just really want to reread them.
- Then that led to reminding me that The Stand is my next Stephen King book and I really want to read all of the Stephen King books. Really.
- I also thought that maybe short stories were a good idea and I have been fighting an impulse to buy all of the Alice Munro collections I haven’t read yet.
Who knows where the future will lead me. Who knows what my capacity to read will be. But I can tell you this much: Tonight I am making a wish list on Amazon, just for me.