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master the art and science of keeping house: keep up with all the periodic and maintanence work that helps us have a home that's functional and gemuetlich (read all 8 entries…)
March

1. Recover spring clothes from seasonal storage, air, iron, and arrange in closets
2. Spring cleaning – part 1



master the art and science of keeping house: keep up with all the periodic and maintanence work that helps us have a home that's functional and gemuetlich (read all 8 entries…)
February

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master the art and science of keeping house: keep up with all the periodic and maintanence work that helps us have a home that's functional and gemuetlich (read all 8 entries…)
January

1. Take down tree decorations and box them
2. Take down other decorations and box them (separately)
3a. Fake tree (if we used it): dismantle and box it
3b. Real tree (if we bought one): chop it up and store to use as firewood and kindle
4. Put all boxes with decorations away (seasonal storage)
5. Take care of gifts: visit the people we didn’t get to see over the holidays, and give them their gifts
6. Take care of gifts: Return and exchange, as needed
7. Have a “super fling boogie”



finish one thing every day and be done with it (read all 42 entries…)
July 2

Thursday:
Today is housecleaning day, so I cleaned out the fireplace, and threw out all the piles of ashes.
I know…. it’s July! And the last time we built a fire was in April!
But it’s finally finished!



finish one thing every day and be done with it (read all 42 entries…)
July 1

Wednesday:
Make a new kind of payment.

Normally, I would have procrastinated about it for at least a week, then paid late payment fees.

But I made the payment on time – yay!!



write my daily to-do-list on a (large) post-it and throw it away at the end of the day (read all 2 entries…)
managing my to-dos...

has been something like the impossible goal so far.

OK, I will resist the temptation to whine about how difficult it is, and just focus on my new cunning plan.

The idea came to me because I wanted to keep my new (weekly) moleskine as tidy as possible. Last year’s notebook became worn and torn, not just because of all the heavy use, but also because I wrote my lists in pencil, then erased them with a rubber, which creased and sometimes tore the paper.

So here it is:
I still write my items that ABSOLUTELY need to be finished during the week ON the notebook, and then I cross them off in a way that they’re still visible afterwards.
Then, I write my (realistic but slightly ambitious) list of DAILY to-dos (a mix of errands, chores, telephones calls to make, payments to make, trips to the bank, 43things life list items, fun stuff, etc) on a post-it, and cross them off as I finish them.

Here’s the trick: If I don’t get something done, it doesn’t automatically go to the next day. I may reschedule it, or delete it altogether, or add it to a big running list of to-dos for which I have no specific completion date. This helps keep the daily lists manageable (so that I can complete about 80% of them).

The best part of the day is to throw away the yellow post-it, and see the blank space freed underneath it.



not get sucked in by the media-generated Michael Jackson vortex (read all 2 entries…)
I have decided...

to turn off the TV whenever there are “news” (basically gossip) about MJ’s life and death.
I don’t care which channel it’s on, it’s simply unhealthy!



continually tweak my 43 things life list to keep it adventurous and relevant (read all 5 entries…)
this list...

started out so light and exciting, but then common sense took over, and I had to remove all the things I don’t currently work on.
Right now I feel it radiates feelings of despair and depression, which is exactly what I want to avoid here.

I think it’s safe to assume that the struggle to strike a compromise between the things I dream of doing and the things I have the resources for doing will go on for as long as I live.



July 09 home project: cook out of my freezer (and pantry) (read all 11 entries…)
this used to be my favorite flylady assignment

... and it’s time to do it again!
For the month of July, I will plan my meals around the items I have in my freezer and pantry, and try to buy as little as possible.



finish one thing every day and be done with it (read all 42 entries…)
June 30

Tuesday

Gave my sister the gift for my nephew’s christening (which was, I’m embarassed to say, last summer).
One less thing hanging over my head.



have fun this summer (read all 10 entries…)
Just say no to reruns

I know that TV can take over my life if I let it, especially in the summer, with all those reruns of crappy shows.

If it wasn’t good enough to watch in the winter, it’s not good enough to watch it now either.

I am also limiting my viewing of episodes of House (my all-time favorite) to the ones I have missed for some reason. It’s not that many…



finish 24 books (or forever let them go) before 2009 is over (read all 7 entries…)
3. The Richest Man in Babylon

I bought this book about 5 years ago from a used book store, thinking I could read it in a day (like I saw mentioned on Amazon).
It didn’t work out this way.
Perhaps I’m not avaricious enough to appreciate its merits.
But I pushed myself to finish it.

Hopefully I can apply some of its “wisdom” into my everyday life.



finish one thing every day and be done with it (read all 42 entries…)
June 29

Monday:
Transferred ALL information, appointments etc from old moleskine into new moleskine (July 09 – December 10).
The new one is complete, and I can start using it right now!
No need to go back and forth between the two for the next 6 months :)



use 43Things with GTD in mind (read all 6 entries…)
list of next actions for June 29-July 5

Includes 20 items



do 43 things to step out of my comfort zone (read all 4 entries…)
4. took my head out of the sand and spoke to friends I let down

There’s a long and complicated story as to why we didn’t go to a friendly couple’s wedding (in a town far far away…)
As I was embarassed we couldn’t go, I notified the groom’s brother, but didn’t talk directly to either of them. Or to anyone else in the family. And I didn’t buy them a present in time for the wedding.
I put it all off, as far into the future as I could.

Well, I finally saw them, apologized sincerely, gave them our belated wedding present, and I hope they won’t be too mad at me. (They’re real nice kids after all!)

On the one hand, I could have handled it better!
On the other hand, I’m very relieved I found the courage to talk to them and explain!



make meal planning a weekly habit again (read all 11 entries…)
Week of June 29-July 5

Monday:
- chicken fajitas
- mixed salad

Tuesday:
- moussaka with zucchini
- boiled broccoli
- potato salad

Wednesday:
- tofu burger with salad
- pork cutlets with BBQ sauce
- banoffie pie

Thursday:
- moussaka with zucchini (freeze the rest)
- polenta with red peppers
- salad with tomato, red pepper, and cheese

Friday:
- spicy bean soup
- fruit salad

Saturday:
- spaghetti with tomato-garlic-basil sauce
- dinner: at will (out) canceled; instead: pork chops with grated carrot

Sunday:
- burgers with sauce
- cretan salad : barley rusk, tomatoes, goat cheese

Update:
I’m very satisfied with my cooking this week, with one exception: the polenta with red pepper, which is like a “cursed recipe”. I’ve scheduled to cook in about a dozen times in the last 3-4 years, but never made it.
Aaahh, there’s always next week!



finish one thing every day and be done with it (read all 42 entries…)
June 28

Sunday:
Finally, I saw the couple of newlyweds to whose the wedding we didn’t go.
I gave them our present, my best wishes and my sincerest apologies, and I feel a liiittle better about it.



shy away from the sun (read all 4 entries…)
I'm so glad I'm doing this!

Finally, I can go to the beach and not come home a wreck, dehydrated, and with a headache!
This wonderfully refreshing!



find more uses for my timer (read all 5 entries…)
2. while playing bomblink

Lately I’ve become obsessed with maxing out the bomblik game on my cell phone.
Last Sunday I spent half the day at it.

I will be using my timer to stop: I’m allowed 15 minutes at a time. I can always pause and resume.



finish one thing every day and be done with it (read all 42 entries…)
June 27

Saturday
1. After 2 weeks of looking around, I decided on the gift for my nephew’s 2nd birthday. It’s 3 wonderful books, which I bought from the neighborhood bookstore. I really like those books, and I’m confident he’ll enjoy them, too!

2. I also bought a wedding gift, for a wedding that we didn’t go to. This one has been hanging over me for more than a month. Boy, am I glad it’s over!



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