NINETEEN DAYS (A LIST OF THINGS I SHOULD PROBABLY BE THINKING ABOUT)

NINETEEN DAYS (A LIST OF THINGS I SHOULD PROBABLY BE THINKING ABOUT)

Apparently we have a semi-plan. In nineteen days we may well be jetting back from New Zealand to the USA. If all the things that are dancing around up in the air neatly align and fall into place in the Tetris stylee, then we are indeed out of here. We will know in eight days if it’s time to go, and if it is, we will have eleven days to figure everything out. Right now it seems very doable, very matter of fact even, but I can feel a vague sense of panic circling in the periphery in a slightly sinister fashion.

So what is there to do to keep the panic at bay but make lists? And in the absence of enough mental focus to make the actual lists, I’m going to compile my uber-list of things that I will need to make lists about right here. And if the first step in getting help is admitting that you have a problem, then I’m going to come out with my biggest problem right now and get it into the open. It is the second of January, 2014 and I am delighted to say that this year I do indeed have in my possession the ultimate diary/ planner/ journal. It’ll probably make my life this year amazing just by it’s shear existence. But, alas, I do not have the correct pen. I have pens, yes, but none of them are quite perfect enough to write in the diary. So the planner is still pristine.

My name is Helen and I have a stationery-centered procrastination problem.

Ah, much better. Back to the matter at hand. Lists. Yes. Here we go.


 

THINGS I AM THINKING ABOUT:

  • Buy a pen (Not just any pen, a fine, black ink pen, preferably gel)

  • Write something in the diary (neatly, I do not want to have to buy a new diary because I messed it up)

  • Probably go back and write down the things I’ve already done this week and then cross them off (neatly) in a slightly smug fashion

  • The diary has space for ten goals for 2014. Think of some

  • Try not to decide half way through writing down the goals that they are lame (see earlier, no new diary because I messed it up)
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    THINGS I SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT (A TO-DO LIST OF LISTS): 

    FLYING:

  • Decide where to fly to + what route to take

  • Figure out how to entertain the baby in a seat. On a plane. For hours and hours.
     
  • Figure out how to pay for tickets

  • Buy tickets
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    PACKING:

  • Make a list of stuff to pack in suitcases

  • Make a list of stuff to take on the flights

  • Decide what to keep and what to sell and what to give away

  • Decide for once and for all if the furniture comes with us, or is sold and replaced

  • Likewise the mixer and the toaster…

  • Get all the moving quotes in and choose a company

  • Figure out how to pay to ship stuff half way round world

  • Book and pay for the shipping of the stuff

  • Keep the coffee machine out until the very last second
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    DESTINATION:

  • Decide definitively where we should live

  • Find a house to live in

  • Figure out what to do in between flying back and moving in somewhere

  • Find a school for the big kids

  • Figure out logistics of a studio space
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    MAKING THE HOUSE (WHEREVER IT MAY BE) A HOME:

  • How do we get to Ikea?

  • How does Ikea get stuff to us?

  • What do we need to get straight away?

  • What sort of menace will the baby make if she’s not in a cot?

  • How do we make the kids rooms seem like their own immediately?
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    EVERYTHING ELSE: 

  • Make sure to say goodbye to people this time

  • Make sure the kids understand, adjust and are settled

  • Walk round Target and lick stuff (kidding! I’m just going to roll around in the aisle basking in the sweet fluorescent glow of Choice)
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    That’s all I can think of for now. So, I think it’s obvious that I need to prioritise. So first thing tomorrow, come what may, I’m definitely going to go on a pen-hunt. Those goals for the year aren’t going to write themselves.


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