A friend of mine sent me a link to this idea for a Christmas book countdown from Modern Mrs. Darcy and I thought it looked great for us. I love to read to my kids but have never been very good at implementing other Christmas traditions. I got a bunch of books from the library and wrapped them up, and we’ve been unwrapping a new book every day and reading it (spreading out some of the chapter books over a few days).
Since I already read aloud most every day, this fit right in with our existing life and the kids have loved it! (We have five kids, and each of them has been assigned a weekday as “theirs” to help cook and pray for the meal, which has extinguished most of the daily fights that used to erupt over such matters.)
Speaking of books, we wrapped up the Little House series a month or two ago and started the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary. I know that I used to own some of these books myself, but if I still have them, they are packed up in the abyss that is a stack of boxes waiting to be unpacked when we are done renovating. So, we’ve been checking them out from the library and I have discovered that I have a serious problem with the newest illustrations of the Ramona books. No offense to the illustrator, but the most recent illustrations just don’t capture the essence of Ramona like Louis Darling and Alan Tiegreen did.
This is Ramona:
So now I’m on a hunt to find editions of the Ramona books that I remember reading as a kid. I’ve made good progress toward this goal at Goodwill, and it’s been fun to hunt for them! I always thought we would primarily use the library for books, and we do a ton, but now I’m realizing that there are some books that you just need a particular edition of!
I recently started keeping a to-do list after several years of basically never writing one. Now, to be clear, I’ve had real estate task to-do lists in the contact management system that we use, and my email inbox has been functioning as my blogging/other real estate work/etc. to-do list for a long time (and I frequently email myself with reminders about things that need to be done, because I know if I put it in my inbox it will get done).
But for day-to-day things, it just made more sense to just do what was in front of me rather than spend time writing out a list of things that were all widely varying in priority and way too ambitious in scope. And why put “do laundry” on the list when I know it needs to be done and I can start a load in almost as little time as it takes me to write it on the list?
However, I’ve found myself knowing that there are things that I’d like to get done but when I have the time to do them, I can never quite think of what they were. So, I started keeping a list again and am finding that I am really more productive now! My “do what’s in front of me” mantra worked well for awhile when I had babies and toddlers everywhere, but I can see past that fog now and it’s time for me to start keeping a list again. I’m still avoiding putting on the “duh” things like “start laundry” or “mop floor”, but it’s given me a good map for the day!
(Has anyone else ever had times of life where they’ve eschewed to-do lists? Maybe I’m really weird in that regard!)