My List of Things to do Today

by Benedicta Onyero Droese

I wanna talk about me,
I wanna talk about I,
I wanna talk about number one,
Oh my, me, my…
As much as I love Toby Keith, “My List of Things to do Today” title, has absolutely nothing, let me reiterate, nothing to do with that song!

It’s 4:21am. I’m wide-awake and I’m not quite sure why. I’d say however, if I lived somewhere in the boondocks in an era where if you really gotta go… the “out-house” was your only option and the sound of the cock crowing at dawn was the alarm clock in the neighborhood, I’d be doing the victory dance. I think I pretty much dusted the roosters this morning. Oh yeah baby, one for the team!(Drum roll por favor!)

Anyhow, my nose is running like my kitchen faucet; yet, plugged like the drainpipe underneath. I quietly slide out of bed and tippy toe downstairs to the guest bathroom so I could do what a girl’s gotta do. Nooooo, it’s not what you’re thinking! I turn the exhaust fan on and comfortably plant my tush on the toilet seat. Nooooo. Again. I’m not about to pinch a loaf. I just needed a buffer for the sound I’m about to make. You know,the infamous “snortysquishy” sound of me trying to clear my sinuses, without waking everyone up.

Ahhhhhhh. I feel so much better now. Well, it’s too early to head out for my early morning “snail speed” jog. So, I am going to procrastinate a bit and then start working diligently on my “to do list.”

To all stay-at-home moms or dads, if your list bears any semblance to mine, don’t worry, be happy!

Between 5:30am – 7:30am

1. Half an hour morning jog
2. Wake up hubby; make his breakfast, pack his lunch and snack; off to work he goes
3. Wake up my three rug rats; get them ready for school with varying packed lunches
4. Drop off my teenage daughter at the bus stop. Drive my younger two to school

Between 7:50am – 10:10am
5. Finish writing “My list of Things to do Today”
6. Continue to update my pilot blog

7. Schedule a contact lens examination for hubby

Between 10:20am – 10:50am
8. School Lunch with my Kindergartner (I’m still having trouble severing that elusive apron string)

Between 11:00am – 2:00pm
9. Pay bills. Make phone calls to dispute bills that I did not incur and have no intention of paying
10. Vacuum main level. Make the beds
11. Tidy up. Put away dishes. Toss all action figure toys that are still lying around…and I’ve stepped…more than once in the last few days
12. Work on a feature story I’ve been half @ssing
13. Take our minivan in for an oil change
14. Stop by the bank to deposit a check
15. Swing by our elementary school to pick up my children

Between 2:20pm-4: 30pm
16. Snack time with the kids
17. Run a quick load of laundry
18. Check my email (compose or respond)
19. Make my cyberspace rounds at my favorite sites, boards and forums…maybe contribute my two cents
20. Make hotel reservations for our upcoming family trip to somewhere…anywhere -this weekend!

Between 5:00pm-6:00pm
21. Prepare dinner or order papa John’s Pizza
22. Help the children with their homework

And later in the evening when hubby asks, “So… what did you do today?” during our after dinner evening stroll or a commercial break in-between “Big Brother 8,” I’d probably say something profound like, “Not Much,” or “Same Old, Same Old.”

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Bennie November 2, 2007 - 8:00 pm

Dear unknown user,

Thanks for your truly generous words of wisdom. I can assure you that next time I manage to whip up a similar list, I'd definitely be sure to make copies and distribute evenly among my people. Heck, why settle for 5 minutes of "me time," when I could possibly have the whole day…each and every day? Abi??

Anonymous October 3, 2007 - 4:15 am

Bennie you sound like a good mum but please get your people to at least make their own beds so that you can have at least 5 minutes of "me time"


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