This is the week I get things done
May 09, 2011
Last week was crazy busy in the best way. We celebrated my dad's birthday and Mother's Day with some horse racing smashed between. All good, but exhausting. I woke up this morning to the realization that this is the beginning of the last three weeks of school. 14 full days and 1 half day left. It's going to fly by with the field trips and special events. There is so much I want to accomplish before my days are filled with swimming and sunblock and time is running out. I made a list of chores that need doing and have committed to crossing at least one off every day. I started last night by going through Jane's drawers. All winter clothes are stored, outgrown clothes are in the hand-me-down pile. Check. I also started cleaning and organizing the family room bookshelves and will finish those today. Some of the items on this list can be accomplished rather quickly and others will take a big time commitment (the sewing room, ahem). I figure if I can attack one of these items every day, this house will be in great shape within a week or two.
It is also the beginning of Kids Clothing Week Challenge and I'm in. I don't have any specific plans beyond another set of nightgowns. My kids are pretty well kitted out for the summer - the only holes in their wardrobes are dresses and skirts. I have one Japanese craft book that has clothing in larger sizes (130, 140, 145, 150) that I am going to use as a starting point. The silhouettes are very simple and look like they will come together pretty fast. And when I'm finished sewing for the girls, it's back to my dress.
So yeah, it's the week I get things done. How about you? What are you up to?
i totally want this to be the week i get things done, if it weren't for that darned day job always getting in the way! maybe i need to take your approach- i just made a monster list and i think i will be happy if i can cross one thing off everyday.
mostly, i'm stressed about getting my garden all planted- i'm fearing that it may be memorial day before i get everything planted!
Posted by: julia | May 09, 2011 at 12:18 PM
I do love a good list of things to do! I'm making my last preparations for attending Quilt Market at the end of the week!
Posted by: Amy Hodge | May 09, 2011 at 12:37 PM
I'm all sewing all the time this week. Well, when I'm not keeping everything else moving. Summer wardrobes for girls coming up.
Posted by: Sarah Jackson | May 09, 2011 at 12:42 PM
I need to make a list too. Last week I did just that and found that I accomplished so much more! Is it simply the sense of accomplishment from checking off each item? I'm not sure, but it seems to work.
Posted by: BoogaJ | May 09, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Oh how I love a good list! I write myself one every week because I get an insane amount of pleasure crossing things off. I try to make them have a healthy balance between the boring things (purge closets) and the fun things (handstitch quilt binding). Good luck with your list!
Posted by: Tory | May 09, 2011 at 01:25 PM
It's list time for me too. Somehow the "list" of items that floats around in my head never gets done - I totally agree with you all that the satisfaction of crossing something off is the best part of making a list. So, the floaters are going on paper and hopefully the bathrooms will finally be cleaned (funny, that item can float around in my head forever without getting done!). = )
Posted by: Jamie | May 09, 2011 at 01:27 PM
I'm hoping to get some writing done so that I can relax a little more this summer. Last summer was spent scrambling for article ideas and interviews, and I don't want a repeat. I'd also like to finish my daughter's quilt but I'm not sure that's going to happen.
Posted by: Fun Mama - Deanna | May 09, 2011 at 01:41 PM
I should make a list. I was hoping to do yard work this morning but I have a terrible cold so instead I cut out and started to sew some nightgowns for Katrina as part of KCWC. I just need to get some elastic while she's at dance class to finish them up. We were looking for you at the horse race!
Posted by: Mama Urchin | May 09, 2011 at 02:21 PM
this has interestingly become the week I get things done as well. I just found out the neighborhood garage sale is this weekend. I'll be emptying out the basement for the move.
Posted by: rachel | buttons magee | May 09, 2011 at 02:32 PM
that book looks awesome! we are quickly creeping up to 130 around here. Where did you get it??!
Posted by: meg | May 09, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I love all the dresses in that book! Can't wait to see what you produce (Emma won't wear dresses anymore. I'm trying to go the "but they are tunics" argument, but I'm not winning).
Summer vacation looms close for us too! EEK!
Posted by: Account Deleted | May 09, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Must be something in the air. I made a long list last night of things that HAVE to be accomplished before the Ky Sheep and Fiber Festival (personal and planning committee items). I confess to a feeling of panic when I look at it, but I have already crossed a few things off. Slow and steady...
Posted by: [email protected] | May 09, 2011 at 04:32 PM
This is the time when I wished I live in the Northern Hemisphere. You see when we finish school for the summer, it's Christmas! So we have Christmas Madness thrown into the mix. I just love the way you have things spread out a bit more. Now it is winter here, it would be lovely to have Christmas now!! Shame our founding fathers didn't think of it.
Posted by: deb | May 09, 2011 at 04:40 PM
I'm moving! but your one major project per day approach really hit a chord! I can do that!
Thanks for giving me some perspective and encouragement!
Posted by: melissa | May 09, 2011 at 04:40 PM
I bought this a couple of years ago in NYC at Kinokuniya, but the ISBN is 978-4-579-11195-4 if that is of any help. Maybe Amazon Japan?
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | May 09, 2011 at 04:55 PM
I love lists! We're already in summer mode...in the pool today, so I need to get cracking on my list. Mostly getting rid of the "stuff". Your nightgowns...hmm, got me thinking of one more thing for the list :)
Posted by: Amy J | May 09, 2011 at 06:17 PM
I am so impressed! I will start my list, too. Need to get so many things done.
Posted by: Whispering Oak | May 09, 2011 at 09:25 PM
no way i could tackle that list this week. but i wish.
vicariously. through you.
Posted by: lisa s | May 10, 2011 at 12:24 AM
I have so many things to get done this week, but with our first real taste of warm weather, its so hard to do anything but be out in the sun soaking it all up. Can't wait to see the nightgowns you make! :)
Posted by: Erica | May 10, 2011 at 07:07 AM
It's funny, the first thing you did on that list is the item that, for reasons unknown, always feels me with dread, the cleaning out of the drawers and assigning some to the hand me down, some to the give-a-way. Maybe it is the slap in the face that my girls are growing literally like weeds and there is not a damn thing I can do about it.
Posted by: jenny | May 10, 2011 at 08:57 AM
What a great list!! Wondering about #10...if you have time. For your wood furniture I'm imagining. Do you have a recommendation? Happy Finishing!
Posted by: kristyn | May 10, 2011 at 01:11 PM
For our outdoor furniture - we apply a little teak oil every spring!
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | May 10, 2011 at 01:22 PM
This is the week that I sew like crazy. The deadlines are looming...
Posted by: Rachel at Stitched in Color | May 12, 2011 at 01:31 PM
We're also moving and those chores are exactly what I'm doing! I love the new house. We're also working on the yard and putting in a garden a tad bit late but it will still produce. Our new house has a peach tree with an abundant amount of little peaches on it so peach preserves will be a must this fall.
Posted by: Sydney | May 13, 2011 at 05:37 AM