Friday, March 12, 2010

List Mania!?!

Happy Friday!
This is a pretty special and happy Friday as it is the last work day for me and then I am on Spring Break!

FYI... teachers love Spring Break MORE than the kids do! (its true)

There is only one down side to it... when we come back from Spring Break, there is 9 loooong harrowing weeks to get through before Summer! I say long and harrowing, not because I don't enjoy and love what I do. Its just as the weather gets warmer, the kids get antsy.
Not to mention they subconsciously know there is going to be a shift and change in their life. Kids really enjoy and crave consistency. They tend to get a little twitchy knowing that change is in the air. Anyways... summer is far off and I know we will make it through!

Sooooo... my super duper really exciting news is that this Spring Break, Troy and I are taking a ginormous step in our relationship.
We are moving in together!!!???!!!
I would like to be able to put a word on this blog that could fully describe how I feel, but I can't actually find one. Basically I am feeling all of those good, thrilling feelings that I love to feel!!!Needless to say, this Spring Break we will be doing a lot of things to get ready for this big transition.

So yesterday I told Troy I wanted to make a To Do list. Troy initially just laughed, because he knows how much I love my little lists. But he doesn't really know how much I love them. I have always been poked fun of by my family at how incredibly organized and anal I am. I don't think there is anything wrong with it, I just understand that not everyone is the same way.... so I try really hard to hide or minimize this aspect of myself. Troy doesn't pop into my work enough to see my bookshelves and desk lined with lists. Typically I de-clutter my purse of lists and notes before I get home, so I wont get caught. Its really all a little intense. Anywho, I think Troy really began to understand how important my lists are to me yesterday.... when I had my first mini meltdown right in front of him!!!

Troy and I were talking about the little things that he would like for us to do before we pack up and move my stuff. As I am listening I become immediately aware that I have reached my mental to do list limit and so it is time to bust out with the good old pen and paper. This is actually one of my favorite feelings. Its like a wave of excitement takes over as I am writing all the little projects down on the paper. I follow with the days and then start mapping out the projects. Troy is watching me do this, with a semi-perplexed look on his face, kind of saying to himself... is she really planning when we are going to fold up the tables? Well actually he said that one out-loud. It was at this moment that he realized that his girlfriend has been replaced by...
Anal (retentive) Amanda.
It was also at this moment, by the look on his face, that I instantly became embarrassed and a little defensive. Oh Bananas! Now he knows how much these little paper lists mean to me! In Troys mind he knows this stuff is going to get done, but for me I need my list to know it will get done.
My lists are like my little contracts.
In a panic I scribbled the tables out and attempted to crumple the list. Troy stopped me and wanted to keep the list going, totally for my benefit... which I appreciated.

Now here is where I got a little batty...
I want to continue this list, but there is a scribble on it!!!
I cant have this being on my list.
It is at this moment that I have the breakdown.
I want to cry because I realize that I am being ridiculous.
I want to laugh because I think the look on Troys face is so funny.
He looks as confused as I feel!
So what do I do?
I laugh and cry all at the same time (a talent totally inherited from Grams)
And Troy just hugs me and gets me a new piece of paper.
He knows why all of this is really happening.
I just want everything to be perfect for us.
And I calm down because I realize that everything is perfect.
And we make the list.... our little list :)


  1. I must say you probably have the list making disease a little worse than I do - trust me Troy is used to list making as I have done it for years. My best piece of advice after 30 years of marriage (and Warner putting up with my lists) is to remember to make a list and post it but do not keep adding to that specific list. When new items come onboard - start a different list and put it in the drawer for later. Otherwise the people in your life will feel like they never make you happy. Gotta see some items crossed off! Isn't that just like a teaching secret to not give the children too many things to correct at once or they will become overwhelmed? lol

    We are excited as you two make a next step in the path of life. This stepping stone is not far from the next - so enjoy the walk and don't sweat the small stuff. The fun is in the discovery along the way!


  2. How exciting. Moving into together is a huge step! I have loved every min. of it, enjoy lady!!!



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