Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Lists

Well in the last 48 hours, I've:

  • Cleaned the kitchen more times than I can count
  • Paid the bills
  • Made two dinners (with one being a crock pot meal before I left at 9:30 this morning)
  • Gone Christmas caroling with members from our new church
  • J. and I took children to see lights
  • Finished sending out the last of the Christmas cards
  • Did a load of laundry
  • Picked TM and P up from the train station
  • Taught a piano lesson
  • Went to the library to check out movies to occupy young children for today
  • Ground a bunch of wheat flour
  • Made gingerbread dough for cookies
  • Listened to endless Christmas carols played on the piano
  • Corrected H.'s rhythm on one of her carols and then spent the next 15 minutes to keep her from disassociating because she thought she was in trouble
  • Cleaned up dog poop from the living room floor
  • Cleaned cat boxes (do you see a theme, here?)
  • Drove to Chicago for K's orthodontist appointment
  • Dropped D. and K. off with the P. family mom
  • Explained clef signs and how they work to D.
  • Spent time commiserating with P. family mom about how our move affects our two families' usual holiday get togethers
  • Filled the van up with gas
  • Been asked by D., when I was a captive audience in the van, what I thought the purpose of art was. No, he did not have an answer when I asked him if he ever had frivolous conversations.
  • Had lunch with a good friend
  • Picked-up a snow blower and the last of the items from my freezer in the old house, both of which were at another good friend's
  • Drove home in rush hour traffic
  • Tucked children in (twice)
  • Dealt with R. when she had pinched L., because L. had stopped R. from using the microwave on her own. That turned out to be a half hour extravaganza of fun. (For the record, I am thrilled that L. stopped R. from using the microwave. This is exactly what she should have done. I have no idea what buttons R. would have ended up pushing and what havoc she would have wreaked. Buying a new microwave is certainly no where on any of my to-do lists.)
  • Took Kenzie on a mile walk in the forest preserve
What I have not done in the past 48 hours:
  • Wrapped anymore Christmas presents
  • Looked at my lists to figure out what last things I need to get
  • Bought the last few things that I know I need to get
  • Rolled and cut-out the gingerbread cookies
  • Made any part of the other cut-out cookies I plan to make
  • Helped the youngest family members clean-up their room, because G. has informed me that she cannot sleep in a messy room. (I feel her pain.)
  • Figured out what we're having for holiday meals
  • Scheduled the activities that need to be done in order to be ready for Christmas, so I know what to do when
  • Figured out when we're having our family viewings of A Christmas Story and White Christmas
  • Read very many Christmas picture books to children (and they aren't begging, either... sniff)
  • Done any picking up or cleaning in the house
  • Written a new blog post with any sort of content... and will I before Christmas? Your guess is as good as mine.

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