I have my routines and rituals in a file I call The Big List. Compiled from years of calendars and To Do lists, it is a list of what I want to remember, celebrate, and accomplish. Arranged weekly, I print out The Big List and carry it around the house on a clipboard, checking things off as I go.
From cleaning routines to celebrity birthdays to my obsession with listening to records from our vinyl collection on the date they were released, The Big List is the things I want to do, observe, and spend my time on in any given week.
So, a Big List of the little things.
As I dip my toe back into blogging, it occurred to me recently that it might be fun to talk to myself here and let you eavesdrop on the conversation: I’ll share each week’s Big List, the week I hope to have.
Hopefully, you’ll find something here that is helpful to you, inspires you, or at the very least gives you a laugh at my expense. We’ve got to hold each other’s hands these days, babies, and help each other remember what is good and sweet and silly.
10.16.22 – 10.22.22
- 16th – IND Senate debate 7pm WFYI
- 17th – Rita Hayworth’s birthday | I have never seen Gilda. Fix this.
- 20th – Tom Petty’s birthday | listen to the Wildflowers album
- Oct. 21 – Frasier 1:7:scene 2
I plan to put up my feet and knit along to …
- Hocus Pocus (the original and perhaps the new one)
- Halloween Baking Championship
- Halloween Wars
- Outrageous Pumpkins
- Halloween Cookie Challenge
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Curious George Boo Fest – the one my kids call “No Noggin”
To Do / Enjoy / Remember:
- Get cold weather gear out of storage
- Bake shortbread (MS) Or, in my case, purchase
- Final touches on Halloween costumes
- Take pictures of fall foliage
- Use the Felt app to send Halloween cards
- Extra blankets on the beds
- Declutter the living room
- Organize media and entertainment
- Refresh faux candle batteries, set the timer for earlier in the evenings
- Decorate for Halloween
- Review family holiday music collection, Spotify, and Amazon Music playlists
- Review family holiday movie collection, and online streaming services to double-check what is currently available
- Start amaryllis bulbs IF I can find some locally
- Change the letterboard
- Work holiday cards (create 2022 photo collage)
- Buy Halloween trick or treats (spread this out over a few paychecks)
- Purchase some Christmas gifts (spread out over a few paychecks)
- Update Roku screensaver – I use family photos
- Halloween crafts and decorating with the kids
My lists are personal to my family and myself. Please take what you can use and roll your eyes at the rest. I want to make sure to give credit where it is due and cite my main influences:
- Martha Stewart, specifically the monthly calendars that were in her magazine (no longer printed). She and I go all the way back to my new bride days of 2000.
- Cynthia Ewer’s Organized Home, which she has retired from. Her holiday plans especially have been part of my routines since my earliest days of motherhood. Her lists were a huge help to me as a new and overwhelmed mom with a very messy home but loads of holiday dreams.
- Alison May’s Brocante Home website and online community as well as her seasonal home books.
- Frasier. Yes, the television show from the 1990s. You can laugh, but it’s true.
Okay, that’s going to do it for me this first week. I hope you got what you needed from life today, babies. If not, I hope tomorrow is better.
Be brave. Be kind. Keep going.