Monday, January 16, 2012

To Do.

So I'm spending this late-morning/early-afternoon gift of 'me time' doing things I love:

Drinking coffee and organizing and plotting & scheming.

It's not as lame as it sounds. (Ok, maybe it is. Wait - that's why they call it 'me time,' right? Right?!)

Anyway, it will come as a surprise to no one that I love to keep a 'To Do' list. And these lists are great reminders of just that - things I need to do. The problem is, there are certain things I put on my 'To Do' list that always get shuffled to the bottom. Other things take priority (and rightly so, most of the time). In other words, these things I need 'To Do' take (necessary) precedence over the things I want 'To Do.' And all too often, the things I want 'To Do' never get 'To Done.' Still with me?

But every once in a while (if we're lucky), we get a day to catch our breath and take a break from checking all the items off the top of the 'To Do' list and revisit the long-lost items closer to the bottom. Thankfully, in addition to revolutionizing humanity with his dreams of peaceful equality, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has afforded me just such an opportunity today.

So after our morning routine of oatmeal and playtime and Sesame Street, I sent the boys off on their adventure in the mountains and poured myself another cup of coffee. (What joy and leisure in a second cup of coffee!) And as I took a closer look at my 'To Do' list, organizing my music collection surfaced at the top. For some time now, I've been wanting to shift older CDs over to my iTunes library, creating a central place for all of my music, both new and old. But that sort of thing takes time, you know. And in the world of professional moms, time is a hot commodity! So I decided this late-morning/early-afternoon was the perfect time for just such a task.

And what a fun task it's been! My collection of music is sort of eclectic, to say the least. It's where Coldplay meets Mindy Smith. Where Josh Groban meets Brandon Heath. Where the Avett Brothers meet Julie Andrews. Where Bon Iver meets Reba McEntire. And where Weezer meets the Muppets. (No, seriously).

So now that my tunes are all together in one (shining happy) place, I can enjoy my music in the car, in the house, or on the run. It's the little things, really.

And speaking of being on the run, that's where the plotting & scheming comes in. There are a few winter and spring races tempting this one...and this one...or maybe this one. Or we could even do this one many options! The trick (for me, at least) is that I need some sort of motivation, usually in the form of a race I've registered for, to get me out the door for a run...especially when it's cold outside. So we'll see. The promise of future adventures is thrilling! Now I just need to figure out which one(s)...

I know, I know.

Add it to my 'To Do' list.