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(List#5) Things I Love About Lists

One of my (MANY) journal-lists…

My journal is full of lists. To-do lists, a packing list for our Christmas trip, lists of words (did you know that “glazomania” means “a passion for list-making”?)…  Yes, I almost just embarked on a comprehensive list of my lists. What IS it about lists that I love so much? Continue reading “(List#5) Things I Love About Lists”

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Put it on a Bumper Sticker: RV Edition (List#4)

though-we-travel-the-world-over-to-find-the-beautiful-we-must-carry-it-with-us-or-we-find-it-not20Time for another little list! I used to love the idea of a turtle carrying its “home” on its back, and I love the same thing about portability-of-home now that I’m living in an RV! For those of us who can travel with our homes on our backs (or towed behind a truck, anyway), the whole world can be our backyard… Here are some RV bumper-sticker thoughts that appeal… Continue reading “Put it on a Bumper Sticker: RV Edition (List#4)”

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When You Wait till You’re Married (List#3)

marriage is a gift from God

In company with dinosaurs and dodos, we have to list the wait-till-you’re-married man as extinct, do we not? I honestly believed so, at least as it applies to this country and culture… but I’m here to report that the subspecies is not defunct. I met Jon last year. And I married him this February. And then we started our life of sleepovers. No, this post is not about Intimacy—or at least, not the type you’re thinking. (Hey, get your mind out of the gutter!)

Today’s Random List touches on a different sort of intimacy…  the familiarity and affection found in knowing someone else, down to their little habits and routines… Having previously followed a different order-of-operations in relationships (meaning I’d always lived with men before marriage), last February I felt both amused and awkward to find myself married to Jon and just figuring these things out… Continue reading “When You Wait till You’re Married (List#3)”

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Put it on a T-Shirt: Mental Health Edition (List#2)

I hate being bipolar it's awesomeContinuing my Weird Lists project…

If you know what’s funny about these, you probably have OCD, or ADD, or … maybe you live with someone who does!

Yesterday my psych-doc seemed inclined to add A.D.D. to the alphabet-soup of my Mental Health Diagnoses… And if I’d had any doubts, I think I have my confirmation in how many of the ADD jokes hit home!

Sayings I Could Wear on a T-shirt (Mental Health Edition)

The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Wardrobe…

  • I have CDO. It’s like OCD, but all the letters are in alphabetical order. As they should be.
  • I don’t have OCD, I just have a very specific order in which I like to do things.
  • The only reason I check my voicemail is to get rid of the little icon on my screen.
  • OCD reptile dysfunctionI’m not really a control freak BUT… can I show you the right way to do that?
  • I adore spontaneity, providing it is carefully planned.
  • As long as everthing’s exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.
  • I hate it when I plan my day and no one follows the script.
  • I could stop being a control freak if other people could stop screwing stuff up.
  • Hand sanitizer is a gateway drug for OCD
  • If you’re OCD and you know it wash your hands.
  • The first rule of OCD Club is that there must be a second rule so we have an even number of rules.

Continue reading “Put it on a T-Shirt: Mental Health Edition (List#2)”

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Uses for Sticky Notes (List#1)

funny sticky notes post-itWell, here’s another function for list-making (to round out yesterday’s thoughts on the subject)… When my brain is fried by a freelance writing project (in this case, lengthy reviews of computer monitors), I can turn to therapeutic list-making while I recharge. If you missed yesterday’s post, I’m letting my Weird Lists come out to play… Today’s totally random  topic: Ways I Use Sticky Notes!

Annotated, because my brain doesn’t shut up even when I’m trying to give it a break.

Ways I Use Sticky Notes:

  • Cupboard contents. What do we have stashed in the outside chest freezer? Or hidden in the back of the cabinet of canned goods? I’ve got a sticky for that.
  • Love-notes in lunches. I like to hide a sticky smile & note on my hubby’s sandwich now and again… While we were engaged he would stop by my apartment on his way to work every morning—early!—and wake me up with a cup of coffee. I put a “Good Morning, Sunshine” note on the coffee pot that stayed till we married and moved.
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    Mirror Inspirations

    Steering wheel reminders. Right where I can’t miss it when I go to leave, with a reminder about whatever I was supposed to grab or do before heading out. “Unplug the truck” is a good one this time of year.

  • Mirror inspirations. For several years my bathroom mirror reminded me to consider the question: “What’s the Next Right Thing to do?” …a reminder to let God stay in control by showing me what to do with my life, just taking it one “next thing” at a time. That note made at least two moves as I changed households. The current mirror-inspiration reminds me of my innate spiritual nature. It may seem incongruous, but I am reminded every time I sit down opposite that mirror to pee.
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    the “Happiness Board”

    The “Happiness Board.” Last month I plastered the inside of our bathroom cabinet-door with cheery sunflower and taped up some pictures that make me smile (the kids, Jon & me on a motorcycle road trip) and sticky notes with quotes that resonate with me. Every time I brush my teeth or take my meds, I come face-to-face with reasons to smile.

  • Staff & Project Management. To manage projects with several employees, I used to use a whiteboard full of sticky-notes. Each staff member had a section of the board with sticky-notes denoting current projects, and when they finished something, they’d move their sticky to the “DONE” section: task accomplished!
  • Visual to-do list. At that same job, I kept my own to-do list in sticky-notes. I liked the at-a-glance ease of it, and I liked being able to re-order the list as priorities shifted. Between this and the project-board, I became known as “the Post-It Queen”…
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    Early “Marginalia.” Before I got bold enough to actually write in my books, I used to do my annotation on sticky-notes plastered all over the pages.

  • Bookmarks. I write in my books now, but I also  tend to tab pages I want to find again easily, with notes on the sticky-note tabs too.
  • Choosing baby names. This one obviously isn’t an ongoing use, but it’s how I named my daughter. Every name I liked went onto a Post-It on a wall. I gradually knocked names out of consideration—and now we have Elena Grace.
  • Classroom seating chart. Another one I’m not currently using, but memorable for its usefulness.
  • Stickies app. And then there’s the “Stickies” app on my laptop and phone.  Even on a screen, I like the look of sticky-notes (with a “handwriting” font) for notes and tidbits. Right now the left side of my screen sports grammar notes, some A.A. observations, and (don’t be surprised) a list of lists I might want to make.

1f904ce998d25a3dfe92ddc80b308f52One final use for sticky notes: they remind me to keep my mind open to see and appreciate what IS in front of me, instead of looking for what I think I need. The Post-It was an entirely accidental invention, made by a 3M scientist attempting to create a new glue. When he ended up with a substance that didn’t stay stuck, he could easily have tossed it out because it wasn’t what he was looking for. Instead he kept his mind open, recognized his adhesive’s potential different use (originally, a bookmark that wouldn’t slip out of a book), and the Post-It was born.

I aim to live my life that way—I don’t want to be so stuck on the glue-goal in my mind that I miss the Post-It-potential in front of me!


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Entering the Lists

list3My notebook is bent, battered, and buckled, every kind of abused but bruised.  The covers crease from frequent folding, and tags & stickies protrude from its pages. I’ve had it for all of three weeks.

The notebook serves as a journal, but it its pages have also filled with sketches, blog-post brainstorms, A.A. Stepwork, notes from group sessions and church sermons, quotes and definitions related to writing-topics, comparisons of health insurance plans, my checkbook register, ledgers tracking my freelance writing pay and my hotspot data-usage…  And LISTS. Lots of lists.

Some to-do lists are sprinkled through there, but those aren’t the most common denomination. The weirder ones don’t have an obvious purpose. Since I keep making them, though, I surely hope there’s something accomplished in the writing of them. I’m just not entirely sure WHAT.  Continue reading “Entering the Lists”