We are the type of people whose friends fall into two categories: people we clean for and people we don’t. I could claim it’s three boys and two jobs, but honestly, it’s just not a priority for me. Tomorrow, we are having a party, which falls into its own special category of cleaning, the last-minute, panicked, “need-to-put-the-Christmas-stuff-away-so-people-will-have-somewhere-to-sit” type of cleaning.
There will be a bunch of people here, so I decided I am going to finally clean my desk. It has been on my to-do list for probably a year, but I am going to do it today, this morning even. So naturally I am sitting at the computer, eating leftovers for breakfast, listening to Pandora, and writing. I am at least in the correct room, sitting at the computer on Oliver’s desk; there is no room for a computer on my desk what with all the other crap there.
My to-do list has become somewhat of a joke between Oliver and me. He will ask if I’ve done something yet, like get the oil changed in the car, or mention that maybe I should put away the bag of soil that’s been sitting on the porch since last summer and I will reply that it’s on my to-do list and then we both laugh. I have an actual list on my iPad, though I also have a mental list. I put things on there that I intend to do at some point, though perhaps not imminently. I also don’t look at it very often, so occasionally there are things on there that are no longer relevant. There are also things that don’t really belong there, like Duncan’s cholesterol numbers or a phone number I wanted to remember, but no longer know to whom it belongs.
Now that I am looking at it, I realize how many things on here I should actually do today, like get the snow tires taken off the civic, schedule annual check-ups for Duncan and Calum, get a passport so that I can fly to California in July (seriously, NH, get your shit together), and mail the school pictures that were taken in September and I forgot to hand out at Christmas.
Looking around me at my house and at my iPad to-do list, I realize it’s a miracle I ever get anything accomplished.