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 lot.

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.

About MsConstanceExplains

Ms Constance has been actively involved in the BDSM/Leather community since the mid-1990’s. She is the Founder of the Louisville Munch as well as its hostess for ten years, from 1997 to 2007, and was christened as “Louisville’s First Lady” by her community. As a member of various BDSM/Leather organizations, she has been nominated for Pantheon Woman of the Year as well as regional awards, and has been nominated with her slave, drew, for Pantheon Couple of the Year. She serves as Special Events Director for the Great Lakes Leather Alliance. She produces the Bluegrass Leather Pride Contest, sending contestants to Great Lakes Leather Weekend, and was Presenters Committee Chair for Leather Leadership Conference 2010 Great Lakes/Ontario. She has produced and judged Leather events and contests, been instrumental in the organization and creation of various groups and clubs, advised and encouraged other communities and endeavors, and produced a performance by a BDSM comedian. Groups around the country use her writings in information and introductory packets, and she is an occasional columnist as well. She and slave drew hold the titles of Great Lakes Master and slave 2003.

Posted on August 19, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. OK, I LOVE “eleventy jillion”!!
    Lists ROCK! I travel some with my little folk and keep Excel spreadsheets that I check off with what I need. It’s awesome. And I totally get what you say about sorting and checking, etc. Good luck and have fun at the event!

  2. You are not the only one who makes lists. I also have a bunch of lists. I tend to hand write mine out. But then I find these lists multiply. I have a list at work and a list in the kitchen A list in the bathroom. So it is nice to see someone else who does lists. lol I thought My family was the odd duck. My mom’s favorite saying that she is known for in our family is “Let’s make a list” said with the highest degree of enthusiasm.

  3. eleventy jillion is a lot. Good luck.

  4. are not. I am a fabulous list-maker. We’re going camping in 10 days. I already have 3 lists running…primarily foods, and which days I need to make and freeze certain items.

    I worry less about clothing…coz…you know. …camping. We’ll all smell for a few days, change clothing when it gets to stiff to pull on (joking, really, that would gross me out!) …there is a washer/dryer on site and we’ll have access to that…I tend to pack lightly, though it will fall on the cusp of September, and it can be cold, which necessitates the digging out of appropriate cold-weather gear for kids and adults.

    You *have* to be organized with all that you have on your plate. You’re leading, you’re presenting, you’re someone so many look up to…it’s no wonder that you have to cross reference your clothing and events.

    Yes, I very much grok this. I’m thinking I may need to learn this excel spreadsheet thing…I type way faster than I can write…. 🙂


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