Checking More Things off My List

My “do one thing a day I’ve been procrastinating” streak continues…

April 4:  (Re)sync my Pebble watch

Last year I bought a Pebble watch because the magic little thing will show you text messages, phone calls, and any other sort of notification you choose…all while counting your steps or tracking your sleep.  It’s the cool kid underground alternative to the Apple watch.


When it originally arrived, I was pretty proud of myself for syncing it with my phone all on my own.  Being married to a tech expert has made me basically incapable of handling any electronic device on my own, but, Chris was on a 10 day hunting extravaganza on a mountain top in Colorado when the watch arrived last year and I wanted him to think I was so cool for buying it and syncing it all on my own.

Fast forward to a few months ago…I got a new iPhone which meant I needed to resync my Pebble watch.  Suddenly, I told myself it was too complicated or that I’d “do it this weekend” and all I’ve done is see the watch on my night stand every night and occasionally charge it when I see the battery is low.

Today I opened the Pebble app on my phone, hit “sync” and cancel and “sync” again until it found my watch, and anywhere from 3-4 minutes later I was up and running again.

4 months of procrastinating something that took me 4 minutes total.

April 5:  Print photos

Last summer-ish, Chris and I had photos taken together just ’cause (reference previous posts about my advocacy for professional photos just ’cause).  I posted those puppies on Facebook, Instagram, and text them to anyone who would look at them.  I had this dream that I’d have them printed and framed…one for Chris’ work desk (to replace the 8 year old photo I know he has up), one for my work desk (to replace the same 8 year old photo I have up), some to send our parents and grandparents, and then some to strategically place in 4×6 frames around the house in the perfect spot in between a candle and some sort of table book.

Chris and Brooke

So here we are in April.  Not a single photo was printed.

As I was shutting down at work tonight I decided to stay behind for another 20 minutes to upload my pictures on the Walgreen’s website.  I figured I’d upload them and then swing by after work one night this week to pick them up.

What took me the longest amount of time was just figuring out if I wanted 4×6 or 5×7 and how many of each to get since I was planning to send some to family members.  20 minutes later I had a Walgreens login, a virtual basket full of photos, and a coupon code that I found on google and took a 50/50 chance that I’d get a virus on my work laptop when I clicked “show coupon code.”  I saved $12 thanks to my risky behavior.  $22 and a paypal login later I was not only ordering said pictures, I was selecting “ship” and avoiding having to stop to pick them up altogether.

Maybe next summer I’ll by some frames.

April 6:  Order BELONG tour tickets

I have been going to the Women of Faith Conference for the last 4 or 5 years.  I always love it and I always go by myself (except one year I took my mom and Grandma) because it’s a good way to recharge, listen to amazing music, listen to amazing speakers, and take notes in my phone on things I hear and reference all year.  Last year was the “Farewell Tour” for Women of Faith, which was somewhat confusing because it made it sound like the conference was going away altogether.  I think they were just saying goodbye to some of the founding organizers/speakers and are reviving the whole thing under a different name with younger (“younger” in my world these days means mid 30’s through 50’s) speakers, authors, etc.

In any case, if you’re wondering why this is on the list…it’s because they are now calling it the “BELONG tour” (or at least there is a tour with similar speakers going by that name…so in my mind it’s the new Women of Faith).  I get emails from them often reminding me the tour is in August and I need to buy tickets.  I keep saving the emails as a reminder and then keep procrastinating buying them.  I’ve missed out on promo codes and free t-shirts alike all because I couldn’t spend 5 minutes to log onto Ticketmaster.

As of today, I have my e-ticket and am sitting in the lower level.

Belong tour

April 7:  Car tune up

As of this month, I am hitting the 10 year anniversary of owning my Honda Civic, also known as the first car I ever bought myself.  For about 8 of those years I’ve been planning to one day buy a black Mercedes with tinted windows.  I think I’ve just been listening to too much rap music or parking in corporate America parking garages too long.  But, in the meantime (also known as likely a couple more years) I plan on driving the Honda until it just won’t drive anymore.  So…Chris recommended I get a general tune up.  You know, new tires, brakes, other things I never realize I need, struts (maybe?), and mechanical stuff that costs a lot.

So today I got all of those things and I can’t even take credit for any of it.  Chris had the day off work and sat at the shop (where my brother-in-law works) all day while my car got it’s internal makeover.

I never said I wouldn’t outsource my list!

April 8:  Clean out Yahoo! email

Remember what life was like before we all had 47 email accounts and 76 different passwords for things?!  I assume everyone has an email that has their nickname and college name in it, an email account with their formal name for resumes, another email with gmail because everyone that is cool went to gmail, a few other emails for business ideas or to field blog fan mail, a work email, and another email that LinkedIn notes go to and get lost for all of eternity?

While I’m super organized and on top of work email….my primary yahoo account gets out of control.  I read all the things I’m supposed to read, but there’s no folders, emails I’ve read hang out in there forever, I mark some as “unread” because I want to remember to “re-read” it to do that thing that I was supposed to do forever ago, etc.

I spent today just simply going through and deleting all the old iTunes receipts, receipts from old flights and hotels from vacations long ago, email receipts from bills I paid online, etc.

This task is going to need a revisit.  I need to update my folders.  I guess I feel good for today just knowing email reminders from Turbo Tax in 2009 and receipts from medical bills that were paid 4 years ago are officially out of my inbox.



Marking Things off the Eternal To-Do List

My goal this month is to do one thing a day that I’ve been procrastinating.

Background:  I’m not a procrastinator, really.  I am organized and do things right away and keep to do lists and have a super clean house…for real (oh yeah, I’m perfect too).  No, really, I really do pride myself on being on top of stuff – which is why blogging this month is a little uncomfortable because I’ll be posting about stupid $h*t that I put off forever and ever.  My plan is to get 30 things done this month that bug me nearly everyday but I spend more time being annoyed than actually doing it.  My hope is that you’ll read about what I’m doing and you’ll be inspired to mark a few things off your list too!

Let the productivity commence…

April 1:  Put new tags on my car.

So dumb.  It takes anywhere from 5-7 seconds.  When I get the registration renewal in the mail, I hop online and order my new tags asap.  I then drive around for a month with the envelope and new sticker riding shot gun and am too lazy or busy or just whatever to open the envelope and put the sticker on.

The sticker is officially on now and I’m legal to be on the roads again.  I broke the sticker because the bottom half went onto my license plate cover.  How does one break a sticker?  Don’t know?  I didn’t say I’d be perfect, I just that I’d get things done.

April 2:  Clean inside of washer.

No one really talks about cleaning their washer, other than those random Pinterest posts that give you some science experiment type of ingredients that you’re supposed to put in there and run a cycle, or something.  I wasn’t planning on doing all that nonsense, I just needed to clean the rim of the inside of the washer.

I noticed it needed cleaned, basically 3 years ago <<cringes in embarrassment>>, okay, 6 years ago, but I did what any responsible adult would do – I just ignored it.  My clothes came out clean, so, we’re good.  But every week when I put laundry in there I think ‘sick, this needs cleaned’ <<shuts top and starts load and ignores it until next week>>.

I don’t even want to post these pictures because it’s gross and I don’t want to be the gross kid on the block.  But, here’s to hoping this sick stuff is inspiring someone somewhere…




washer 2

I still don’t really know how to clean down into that center thing.  But after using nearly a whole roll of paper towels and cleaning the rim and wanting to puke, I called it a success.  I’m assuming someone will private message me on how to clean that center part.  You guys, I may start a blog post on all the private messages I get after my posts…you’d be surprised at the life advice people give me on the down low.

While I was fooling around in the laundry room, I also used the lint roller over some clothes I’ve had in there for weeks that were clean but had tissue all over them because sometimes I like to wash my clothes with a tissue in the pocket just to keep life exciting.

April 3:  Clean out sock drawer

Every morning I am faced with a sock drawer that look like this….

Not pictured:  another drawer to catch overflow socks, tights, and underwear

socks before

The black blob in this pictures is 6-7 pairs of tights.  I can never actually find socks to wear that don’t have a hole in them or that are what I’m actually looking for – but I find something that will suffice, shut the drawer, and then start the routine over the next morning.  I really get in a bind when I do laundry and have to shove a handful of clean socks in there.  I feel like I have no socks to wear, but I can’t quite shut the drawer all the way.

I turned on my favorite music and dumped the drawer out.

socks during

15 minutes later…voila!  Good thing I wasted 15 months thinking about it.

socks after

I took care of the secondary/overflow drawer while I was at it.

Cheers to a productive weekend!