September 9th, 2012

Rainbow || Rainbow northern lights.

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Wow. For me, "TDL" has always stood for "To Do List" - a list of the things that need doing.

Recently I watched a YouTube video by Hannah Hart (you may know her from My Drunk Kitchen) who discussed her use of the "To Done List" - a list of things one does during a day.

To Do Lists can occasionally be intimidating and frightening; they can be one more way (as with a failed "To Do Today" list) that a person doesn't measure up.

To Done Lists, however...motivational. Everything counts. Got up at an almost reasonable hour? Check! Put on something other than boxers? Check! Remembered the existence of deodorant--and put it on? Check! Shooed dog off laundry to get to laundry? Check again!

It made me want to do things so I could put them down and check them off, instead of giving me this list that feels pressuring and slows me down. Plus, things like "go outside to enjoy the wind and pick up a very red leaf" got to count because they're good for my brain and body and they're things I did.

Which means that, unlike the previous days of getting nothing done and feeling terrible, I got lots done today. Two pages of checking things off. ("Got straight out of bed - almost jauntily [WHAT?]") Did an almond-and-essential-oils treatment on my hair, tidied my room (with dancing), wrote cheques, organised/cleared off my desk, serenaded my dog, did my laundry and my brother's (also ewww, new respect for anyone who has ever done a boy's or man's laundry), exercised some, cleaned my dog's face and teeth, found and called a bicycle repair place, took my bike out of the garage and hosed it down, prepared for tomorrow's service, and set up my brother's old desktop so I can finally use it. With other fun stuff. Much of it was in about 5 hours, too.

I am in shock. Now I have a lovely rainbow-lined list of joy.

To Done List, indeed.

I am also completely knackered, so it's off to bed with me. Yawn! Hope all your days were great! Still catching up to old entries, so hopefully tomorrow after church/bicycle repair/bathroom cleaning/gutter cleaning with my brother I'll be able to catch up on the more recent stuff.

Sweet dreams!
Zoë Lewis || Rotary phone.

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  • I am loving having a desktop again. It's a bit louder, but it gives me more space at my desk and makes me more likely to just turn off the machine and do something else.

  • Today was the first (congregation) service of the year. The teens greeted me happily, I got to see lots of people again, and I poured my symbolic General Assembly water as part of the "rushing waters of transition" for the water communion ritual. (I showed Minister Carol that it had Minister Ann's name on it, since it was previously her bottle; she just moved to a new congregation funnily enough in Providence.

  • Got to hear New Interim Minister Rebecca speak. Enjoyed her style at GA (talking in front of thousands of UUs) but not so much this time--perhaps because it's different speaking to an audience of thousands compared to under 200. I'm sure some of it is also the "she's not Ann!" feelings and her nerves at her official introduction to the congregation. I mentioned regretfully missing the New Teacher Training (because I promised to bring my bike to the shop) and she tried to get me to go, but I didn' I felt a bit guilty and that I got off at the wrong foot. Gay Aunt Karen (I have a "family of gays" at FUSF; I consider them all aunts and uncles in a way) talked me out of as much guilt as she could, but I have a nit-picky conscience that likes to make me feel a bit ill, so it didn't entirely leave.

  • My brother called and told me he'd been sick all night and into the morning. He wondered if it was food poisoning; I told him I felt fine, but we'd had slightly different meals. He seems to be fine now.

  • Brought my bike to the shop. It's all fixed up now, for $55 including a new-old seat, a new-repaired back light, everything lubed up, fixed breaks, all the duct tape from the previous owner gone, cleaned up a bit, air in the tires and the general check-everything-out look. So that's useful in increasing my range of mobility in Providence! There are good bike paths in Providence, too; it's a good biking city.

  • featherxquill posted a video about older ladies and style. First of all, I loved it; second, I recognised one of the women in it; third, my favourite musician (Zoë Lewis) wrote a song about that woman and they host a show together every year now. Small world in the RL OLB (Real Life Old Lady Brigade)! So I'll post some fun videos (including the one Feather posted) under a cut. :D

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    I went for a little bike ride together! My legs were very happy with the action and I felt as though I was flying again. I've also spent much of today thinking about how much my father loves me. Happy thoughts. (: