Vacation Checklist

Or:  How To Cram a Year’s Worth of Living Into Two Weeks

Or:  Confessions of a Crazy Lady

Items completed:

  • Teeth cleaned
  • Saw eye doctor for annual checkup
  • Refinanced mortgage
  • Got 15 yard dumpster
  • And filled it with stuff from the basement
  • And the garage
  • And the rest of the house
  • Which means that I (and Jim):
  • Cleaned the basement
  • Cleaned the garage
  • Cleaned all those forgettable corners in the rest of the house
  • Gathered together lots of stuff from all those areas for our upcoming yard sale
  • Painted 2 coats of Super White paint on door and window trim and baseboards in the bathroom and the foyer (and there’s a lot of trim in those two rooms)
  • Touched up dark blue paint in bathroom
  • Repainted foyer walls
  • Worked really really hard (and not necessarily successfully) to get dried paint drops off of the new tile floor in those two rooms
  • Stocked up on basic necessities for Hurricane Irene
  • Survived Hurricane Irene without any damage
  • Got chimney cleaned
  • Got water meter replaced
  • Got annual gas line safety checkup
  • Got quote on repairs to our crumbling chimney
  • Had Jim’s (small) birthday party
  • Started construction of new front steps
  • Read three books:  Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos; One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin; and The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
  • Packed up two boxes of books to sell at the used bookstore
  • Investigated opening an account at Alibris to sell three books that have some value
  • Spent quality time with Ophy and Pippa

Items not yet completed:

  • Relax
  • Read more books
  • Write more blog posts

All in all, I’d say it’s been a great vacation.  And, there are still five days left!  Plenty of time to accomplish more…

4 thoughts on “Vacation Checklist”


    I command thee.

    on the other hand, if I had two weeks off? (which, for the record, I never do), I would do just about the same thing.

    G&T, however. That seems imperative during the last few days of vacation. Enjoy!

  2. Jean – relaxing RIGHT NOW. Just have to make my beverage choice, then I’m popping a movie in.
    Carol – According to National Grid, there are federal regulations that require annual inspections. May I add that I absolutely despise National Grid and their 6-hour time windows for appointments of this sort? Especially since they stood me up yesterday and refused to apologize? I, who never yell, yelled at the lady on the phone. And felt guilty about it the rest of the evening.
    Liz – Yup, I do need to get my car inspected. I’m saving that for a special treat on one of my days off this month. 🙂

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