Just Life

Ten on Tuesday | Just Do It!

…this week, Carole’s asked us to list things we need to quit procrastinating…and just do! This is going to be an interesting set of posts, assuming we’re all honest 😉
Of course it’s nearly 8pm as I sit down to write this, so I’m happy to report that the prompt worked – I did a few of these things…today!

  1. The scene above is my desk at 6:40 am this morning. That pile of cards-to-be-written has been nagging me for days – thank you notes, a birthday card, a sympathy card and a few “hello” cards. All but the “hello” cards made it into today’s mail.
  2. …so those cards are tomorrow’s Just Do.
  3. Get my eyes checked. This has been on my to-do list for months… and I finally made the appointment last week to get it done today (yes, this one is a cheat but I wanted to document that I finally did it!). Happy to report no issues…and two new pairs of glasses on their way. Nothing beats seeing the best we can see.
  4. Take the winter coats to the dry cleaners. Again, happy to report this is done (finally – they sat on the stairs for over four weeks…really, we have the air conditioner on here now – I don’t think we’ll be needing winter coats for a while).
  5. File the paperwork in my office. It bugs me that this is even on my list. (I wish I didn’t have “paperwork” to file – has anyone figured that out?) I do it about once a month…and April’s stuff is still out. ugh.
  6. Create a family photo gallery wall in our entry hall/staircase. Marc and I have been talking about this since we moved here (ahem, almost three years ago). We have a huge (blank) wall that will be perfect for black and white photos. I was hemming and hawing until I snagged a bunch of great photos from my folks (when I visited in March). Now I really want to dive in and do it.
  7. Go through the boxes (and boxes) of photos our family collected from the mid-80’s through 2003 (when I started putting photos into albums). Katie helped me get a decent start on this before we moved, but there is still MUCH to be done. And I kind of want to do this before/in conjunction with #6.
  8. Start running again. My best running friend (who isn’t Katie) got injured at the end of last summer. Katie – of course – gave birth in September and couldn’t run. I was ready for a break, I guess… but now I’m ready for it to be over. I ran down to the lake and back again this morning. 3-1/2 miles. 30 minutes. IT FELT GREAT! (but I think I might need new shoes 🙂
  9. Something silly (but then why is it still not done!?) – iron the napkins we used at CHRISTMAS so they’re ready the next time we need them.
  10. and finally – I’d like to get into a much more regular posting habit here. I’m not completely sold on M-F, but I’d like it to be five days for sure.

Thank you, Carole, for the kick in the pants to get going! If anyone else wants to join the Ten on Tuesday fun, click here. (and I promise, it really is fun!)


  • Bonny

    I have really loved all these posts today, because I think in our honesty I've discovered that we all procrastinate about something. Your house always looks so immaculate and put together in photos that I couldn't picture winter coats sitting anywhere for any length of time; it just sounds more like something I would do! I'm well into my stack of ironing, so feel free to send the napkins my way and I'll ship them back pressed and ready for next Christmas!

  • Honoré

    Certainly looks like a doable list to me! I think my list could/does go on for days…Congrats to you cool that you've already "ticked off" a few items.
    Winter coats! It was 90 here today – but thankfully, a cold front came through! Three years in the new house! No way! Looking fwd to the 5 days a week posting schedule…


  • alexa

    Love your honesty and how it got you going :). And wishing lots of success for today too! The only way I have found to deal with paperwork is not to have any paperwork tray at all. No In, Out, or Pending, but to deal with each thing the day it arrives or needs dealing with, asap. I'll put it on my desk on top of my laptop and make sure I deal with it the next five minutes free that I have :).

  • Kym

    I hate paperwork! I am better at keeping up with in now — thanks to two "solutions." (1) I simplified my filing system (fewer files covering much more broad categories), and (2) Evernote (I LOVE Evernote).

    Good luck with your list! I have a feeling that just airing our "dirty laundry" in public will give all of us a needed kick in the pants. 🙂

  • Debbie

    Reading your post makes me feel better! I don't like filing either and every month I vow not to let it pile up, but it always does. Good luck!

  • Lydia

    Paperwork is definitely something I try to keep under control-my office mate at home has a different view on the subject! I love having family photos on the wall-look forward to seeing how your project turns out.