Making a List, Checking It Twice
I am a compulsive list maker. If I have a To-Do list and I complete a task that needed to be done but wasn't on the To-Do list, I will add the completed task. And then check it off with seven careful check marks that march across the letters, nearly obscuring them. (If it's a really long task, then 14 check marks are acceptable. Perhaps I should have started this post by just stating that I'm compulsive.)
I don't just have generic To-Do lists, I have specialised list systems for grocery shopping, for running errands, for packing for trips. One day, I plan to devote an entire post just to my grocery list. (It's a brilliant design, if I do say so myself.)
With my trip to the States fast approaching, I have created all sorts of lists: a general To-Do List, a room-by-room cleaning To-Do list, and a work To-Do List. I also have three seperate packing list. It's only natural that my checked bags and my carry-on bags have seperate lists. Because I have to spend the night before my flight at the Shannon airport hotel, I've also created a list of things that need to be packed in an easily accessible manner (pajamas, my traveling outfit, and sugar-free Red Bull).
These lists are all on seperate yellow post-its, which are tucked inside my training notebook. But the best list of all is the one that's on an actual page in the notebook. I've been compiling this list for months. It's my shopping list of things to bring back from the States.
When we lived in Chicago and Peter would come home to Ireland, he would leave with his bags bursting with Irish junk food. Cadbury Snack Bars, Rancheros, ChipSticks, Hula Hoops, Skips, Fox Classic Bars, Cadbury drinking chocolate, Mars bars. He'd also bring back some packets of shepherd's pie seasonings and some packets of white sauce and pepper gravy.
I mentioned to Peter yesterday that I thought it was funny that his shopping list was all processed, packaged items whereas my list is laden with baking ingredients. I've been driven to distraction by the fact that I have a Kitchen Aid mixer once again, but I can't find all the ingredients I need.
So, here is my best list of all, the one I am most looking forward to covering in sets of check marks:
Chocolate chips (esp. Ghiradelli)
Low-fat condensed milk
Cream of tartar
Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue sauce
Ice scrapers for the cars
Kongs for Toby (lots and lots and lots of Kongs)