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Friday, August 08, 2008

Making a "to do" list



It dawns on me as I sit here working on Naked Edge that it's been ages since I've gotten a pedicure. I don't know about the rest of you, but nothing is quite as scrumptious as having silky feet and beautifully painted toenails. I prefer black polish. A bit goth, I know, but I love it.

Life just gets away from you sometimes, and when you should be getting a pedicure you're doing something else. So I thought I'd sit down and write up a "to do" list covering the next couple of weeks to see where I can fit in a trip to the salon.

Today, tomorrow and Sunday: Work on Naked Edge, which is supposed to be in by Oct. 1. (maniacal laugher)

Monday through next Thursday: Write articles for Thursday's special Anniversary Edition, edit articles for next week's Student Guide edition, write articles for next week's Student Guide edition, and prep for the Democratic National Convention.

Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17: Help my son pack for college, work on Naked Edge.

Monday, Aug. 18: Put Student Guide magazine insert to bed.

Tuesday, Aug. 19-20: Pack up car and drive son to Ithaca NY, stopping in Iowa to meet Matt of I-Team fame.

Thursday, Aug. 21-Friday, Aug. 22: Help son move into dorm room, drink excessive amounts of coffee while hanging in Ithaca and helping him to get settled.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Cry buckets of tears as I leave my baby in Ithaca and start the two-day drive home, stopping to visit the Pygmies along the way. See Pygmies again. Cry some more. (It's okay. They're used to this.)

Sunday, Aug. 24: Keep driving. Find a way to enjoy Nebraska. (Perhaps think up haikus about corn?) Fall on knees and kiss the ground when the Rocky Mountains come into view again.

Monday, Aug. 25-Wed., Aug. 27: Pick up DNC press credentials in Denver. Make way through 30,000 protesters to the Pepsi Center (above). Spend the day doing live blogging, writing articles for Thursday's paper and manage the rest of my reporting staff. Note to self Remember to take gas mask. Drink excessive coffee to stay awake from early hours to late-night convention hours, compete with a zillion other reporters for a chance to speak to Obama.

Thursday, Aug. 28: Attend convention and then Obama's speech at Mile High Stadium (sorry, I refuse to call it Invesco.) Probably embarrass myself by crying while he gives his speech. Report live via cell phone link to the Boulder Theater every 30 minutes, while continuing to blog live. Note to self: Look into wearing adult diapers so as to avoid wasting time in the bathroom.

Friday: Collapse. GET PEDICURE. Thank God we only have general elections every four years. Get back to writing. Whiskey: It's what's for dinner.

So there. It's all figured out. See? You just have to prioritize and plan if you want to include those little special moments — like, say, going to the bathroom, sleeping or eating a meal.

7 comments:

Ronlyn said...

See, it's good to be organized. *thumbs up* You're going to have a crazy couple weeks with emotional highs and lows. Just remember to take care of yourself along the way too. ((((((((hugs))))))

And as I peek down at my scary feet I wonder if I can squeeze in a mani/pedi before tomorrow? and I just called my hairdresser in a desperate attempt to have her trim my bangs up before tomorrow, but she's on vacation. DARN IT! This means I'm going to be locking myself in my bathroom this evening with a pair of scissors. *sigh* I never used to procrastinate, why am I starting now??

Debbie H said...

Good luck! You are going to be an emotional wreck by the end of the next two weeks. Enjoy the trip up to NY with Ben. I know the trip back will be painful, but it will ease a little as the days go by.

Hugs

Cheryle said...

Wow well you will be super busy. Take care and drive safely!

Tena said...

I have never had a pedicure are they fun??? boy do you have a busy days ahead, I pray you will have a safe trip and tell your son good luck with school it is hard when the grow up and move away, my son who is only 14 told me the other day that he wanted to help me work on the mower and when I wanted to get the guy next door to help him bc I wasn't sure he could do it alone, he said "no mom I'm going to do it alone I can do it I'm like papa and I'm big now" boy did it my tears come to my eyes for he wants to be the man of the house
:-)oh yeh I wrote about you on my blogg

haleigh said...

Well see - now you have an organized plan. Piece of cake, right?

Good luck with the drive and Ben and the convention - and make sure you add breathing and sleeping to the to-do list!

Bo said...

There's nothing wrong with black nail polish *G* Every girl should have some! Oh,and a shade that matches her car.(this coming from someone who hasn't had a mani for probably a year,and NEVER had a pedi done.)

LMAO@ the adult diapers comment!

And Nebraska,oh boy.I swear it's the most boring state I've ever been through.There's a tractor dealership in Kearney,if it gets too bad.See,I knew that would cheer you right up! *snort*

jennjvamp said...

Bless your heart you certainly have a full schedule. Good luck on all of the events. And HUGSSSSSSS I know your going to miss Benjy. Remember to slow down enough and take care of yourself along the way too don't over do it. :)

HUGS and I wish you a very fun and safe trip hon!

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