The Time of Lists
The time of lists has begun in earnest.
We leave for Great Lakes Leather Alliance mid-day on Thursday. Before then, I have approximately eleventy jillion things to do/pack/remember/check on.
And I am NOT being dramatic!
Well, ok, I am, but I do have a ton to do, still. Not enough to be panicky or worried, just enough to say, I gotta get my act together here, and get serious tonight and tomorrow about knocking items off the list.
We will have about 500 people at GLLA, I imagine; we usually do. I will know, probably 350 of them, maybe 400.. Some I won’t know their names, but I know there faces and we’ll greet each other as friendly acquaintances. Probably half of those 350, maybe more, genuinely are friends, albeit perhaps some are not as close as others.
There will be a few there that I do not like, and who often like me no better. Depending on who and when and where, we will either ignore each other, nod in greeting, with or without an expression of pained pleasantness.
So, I have lists. I can be very anal about my lists.
I REALLY like Excel spreadsheets.
A whole lot.
Because, you see, an Excel spreadsheet allows you to sort lists in multiple ways.
I don’t start using single word hand written notes until the last day or so. Before that I go by my Excel list. I have categories of items. Toiletries, Accessories, Shoes, Electronics, Paperwork, and, of course, Miscellaneous.
Actually, for clothes I get even more hyperactive. I list the events I need clothes for – Titleholder’s Cocktail, Contest, Teaching, Ash Bash, etc, in order that they will happen, and break each outfit into components if they have them, bottoms and tops and shoes and accessories.
THEN I go through and see what’s repeated and how much duplication there is. If I am wearing a dressy black slack three times, it only gets listed once.
BUT I list the events for which I anticipate wearing it.
In chronological order.
Um. So, ok, I might be a little over the top.
But then I can sort by event, or type and if I need to further segregate – all the things I’m taking for dogs this year begin with the word “dog,” dog bowls, dog food, dog toys…
Stop looking at me like that.
I am NOT the only one who does this.
I am not.