Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #24

13 Things for your To-Do List (according to an "Oprah-like" magazine):

This sort of cracked me up. I mean NONE of this crap is on my to-do list. I have stuff like, for instance: #3: Clean the litter pans; #5: get the green, gloopy, gooey old laundry soap out of the washer dispenser; #8: Change the vacuum cleaner bag; and #10: remember to feed the kids.

But here is the list from a magazine which hints that following its lead will result in a life to be lived:

#1 -- Dare to Dream. (I do dare, but I still end up having nightmares.)
#2 -- Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and go for a walk. (Very good idea. Especially when there's 15 feet of snow, it's -2 degrees and the wind chill is about 40 below zero. That'll wake you up...or kill you.)
#3 -- Take a new way home from work. (I do this anyway to avoid the car accidents. Even though the roads are covered in snow and black ice, people still drive like it's June.)
#4 -- Go dancing. (um....hahahahahah! Ever see what happens to an ankle in stilettos on a nice ice-slide?)
#5 -- Turn off the TV (Another good idea except that the TV generates heat and my gas bill is lower if I keep it on.)
#6 -- Deliver cookies to your neighbors. (I would except between December and April, I'm not sure I have any neighbors.)
#7 -- Choose happiness. (Ok)
#8 -- Reward yourself for something you haven't done (I haven't mowed the lawn since October. Of course, I haven't HAD a lawn since October. So does that count?)
#9 -- Get away for the weekend. (These people don't have teenagers....)
#10 -- Rearrange your living room. (Why? To expose all the places covered in cat hair that I haven't vacuumed?)
#11 -- Stand up straight. (They haven't seen my post about sciatica apparently).
#12 -- Go scuba diving. Star in a play. Write a book. (All at once? Aren't I under enough pressure?)
#13 -- In a small notebook, write out 5 things you are grateful for. (I'm grateful for alot of things in winter...but mainly having a warm house, enough food and my kids and cats to keep me company as we slowly go insane from lack of sunlight.)


Nicole said...

Hee hee! Thanks for the laugh - I love the parenthetical remarks! And I wish my "to do" list consisted only of that type of item... mine has the mundane "clean the cat box" type of item on it, too.

Also thanks for the reminder to prepare a TT! =)

jenn said...

I like the happiness one the best!


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

And THAT would be why I don't read those magazines. Sheesh.

Anonymous said...


No wonder why we feel so inadequate? I can't do most of these things!

Silly people. Happy TT!

Journeywoman said...

GREAT list. Especially the parenthetical remarks.

No Nonsense Girl said...

You are funny. I'll try to start a similar list, one doeable for me. :D

Have a great day Lara and thanks for your words.. Maybe you are right, maybe I needed the time off to send those extra prayers.

As always, you are in mine.

Peace, friendship, kindness you way!!!

Anonymous said...

RE: #3 -- when you drive home on that different route, make it REALLY different by cruising around in a red convertible with your top down. The car's too.

Lynne said...

I believe Oprah has left reality behind!

Happy Valentine's Day! :-D

Darla said...

Uh-huh. I was fine with #1, but then I got to #2 and came to a screeching halt. A half hour earlier? I get up at 5:30 as it is. Good grief.

I wonder who this list is aimed at.

colleen said...

Ha! I especially relate to #10. The phone just rang and I felt myself cringe at the interuption and then decided to think instead: Oh, maybe I won a million in a publishers clearinghouse ... and felt much better.

ellen b said...

You are cracking me up! I love your responses more than the tips...

Tink said...

Yeah, those magazines, they know it all... Great post! ;-)
Thanks for visiting my poem TT.

Anonymous said...

I'm adding "Choose sleep" because my tail is dragging! Hope you had a happy Valentine's Day!

Chelle Y. said...

Oh, I love Oprah!

Anne said...

I totally missed posted TT here, but I think you might enjoy my Friday Haiku. Hurry, spring!

Gigi said...

Lordy I needed that laugh today!

JaniceNW said...

Heads up! Barry Manilow on Family Guy sunday night (tomorrow)!!!!!!

storyteller said...

How cool! Methinks I might follow your example and make myself such a list today. Thanks for sharing … I’m glad to find you a week late.
Hugs and blessings,

The Invisible Mo said...

I loved your parentheticals! Very funny! This to-do list would be nice if my real to-do list weren't going to take me into the 22nd century. (And I know I'm not going to live that long!)