Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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I need to start making lists again. How is it that life gets so busy I can't remember everything that needs to be done in my head? Early fall always seems to be a hectic time here in the Middle of Nowhere. I'm almost grateful the deer ate all the tomatoes. I seriously don't have much time for kitchen duties these days.

I've moved my grocery list to my smartphone, which was a brilliant idea. I could never remember to grab the paper list from the front of the refrigerator, but I always have my phone with me. I use an app called Listonic, which categorizes the items for you, lets you save them, offers quick lists and favorite/recent items. It's easy-peasy and works great for grocery shopping.

I've downloaded Evernote, which is probably what I'll use to keep track of all the upcoming projects. I haven't started exploring it yet. One of its main features is that you can sync it across all your devices. Not sure if that's really a feature I need, since the device I use most often is the phone. But it might be easier to input things initially using the laptop keyboard.

Anyway. On to the projects.

We've set a date and secured a venue for the public screening of Iron Jawed Angels. Now I need to create a poster and get the word out to local papers and radio stations. That's today's job. (So why am I blogging? Because I signed up for NaBloPoMo! I'm so glad I moved the photo posts over here, it's the only way I can keep the daily blogging streak going sometimes. Oh, and thanks to both of you for looking at them.)

I dreamed about creating a poster. Remember when I first wrote about showing the film? I had dreams that night, as well. Last night's design dreams were very helpful, actually, all I'm going to have to do is find a high-resolution image of the film's poster (or scan the cover of the DVD), put the words I dreamed with the image and print it.

Another upcoming project involves running. We're not called Knit. Run. Reap. Eat. for nothing around here. The lovely Shauna and I were texting back and forth during the Olympics and she offered me a spot in the next 5K program of Up and Running. AWESOME! (I should have written this post yesterday, and I apologize profusely for not doing so. Shauna was giving away three more spots, but the deadline was last night. Arghhh. I feel like CARP for not being more on the ball. Another reason I need to start making that list.)

I'm excited to have the kickstart of a formal running program. When I've trained for previous races, I've printed out schedules from Runner's World or Hal Higdon, and they've worked – I've crossed the finish line each time I've started a race. But this will be different, more supportive and with no race on a future schedule. It's strictly for me-me-me, to get me back in running form so that I can maybe lose some lard and not have to buy bigger clothes for winter. (My closet is much like a department store at this point, with items available in every size. I'd like to clear it out, not add to it!)

My husband and I have an annual retreat coming up in a couple weeks, and we're trying to arrange a visit from his son and family. I want to visit my son and his family during my granddaughter's fall soccer season. I'll be going to the West Virginia Jefferson-Jackson Dinner as my county's Democrat of the Year in October, and we want to have a couple of election-season parties.

So. My plate is full. And I love it that way.

When's your busy season? What time of year do you wish you could add more hours to the day, or more days to the week?


jen said...

Early fall is busy for me too, and the beginning and end of each academic term. retirement sounds hectic!

Diandra said...

It's always busy around here, but things become more difficult towards the end of summer. As it gets darker and colder, I usually only want to sit inside and read without talking to anyone...

Winnie said...

I see we have the same closet! Made me chuckle. I am going to start some kind of walking program. I have never run, but have to do something. Congrats on being named Democrat of the Year. That should be a great experience for you. I can't wait for fall, as I do get busier, but I can be outdoors longer on weekends enjoying the cool weather and all our local parks and arborteums (can't do it in the heat and humidity!)

Vickie said...

I am still in a walking boot, so no worries about notifying me (that is said with a smile and not a sigh). and I am going to be an elliptical girl for a long time now I suspect (no impact on foot).

I can totally relate to having to have a list. I tend to drive right by places and then pull in the driveway with a 'darn it'.

denise said...

I posted a rather lengthy comment that has disappeared now when I came back to add another! Sometimes the whole Google comment thing just seems to backfire.

Anyway, first, I will repeat my wisea$$ remark about loving the fact that you were so upset about forgetting to tell us about the contest that you felt like a fish! ;-) You know I just can't resist a good wisea$$ comment!

And, as others have said, it was no big deal to me because there's no way my knee would ever let me run...unless MAYBE if I lost about 100 lbs...but even then, I doubt it.

As Winnie mentioned, I would like to try a walking program as the weather gets a little cooler.

I probably said something else completely profound, but now I've forgotten it. So, I will say only what I came back here to comment on after the fact, which is that I find the built in Reminders function on the iPhone that automatically synchs with my computer and iPad to be very useful. I've started inputting sale items while reading the Sunday paper - organizing each under a main item for the store. It's handy to always have that on my iPhone for when I end up somewhere and can't remember why I wanted to go there and what I wanted to get!

That said, I may look into some of the apps you recommended to see if they offer additional functionality that might be helpful in my never ending quest to get organized.