Thursday, March 01, 2007

Beware The Idles Of March

Yes, March can be a month where there is a lull in the hurried madness of reports at work. Pension reports, W2s, 1099s, etc. ,etc... are completed. This is generally a time when I can catch up on filing and routine office cleaning. We are in the midst of Lent before the preparations for Easter celebrations begin.

This year is a bit different for me. Not only do I need to reinvent-the-wheel with so many of my Excell files at work, but I am also needing to keep the house as neat as possible for any potential buyers that might possibly decide to look at the house. I also need to get some things finished on the house so when those potential buyers come through, they like what they see. It is like living in a fish bowl... especially since the livingroom sheers are still to be rehung. No more nekkid trekking in the front of the house. The neighbors can look in at night and see whether or not the kitchen table is clear, the dishes are done, and what I am doing at my desk in the family room. Can fish have curtains?

January was absolutely crazy with getting things moved to storage, throwing things out, giving things away, and coughing up both lungs. February was pretty much the same thing. Now here is March.

March things to get done ASAP:
  • reinvent office files
  • finish removing wallpaper and paint main bathroom
  • paint livingroom
  • paint 3 closets
  • get Himself's remaining "stuff" out of the utility room
  • get Himself's remaining junk out of the back and side yards
  • get Himself's "stuff" out of the barn in the back yard
  • paint utility room
  • fix lawn and landscaping near front door of house
  • replace mulch in front garden beds
  • get non-working doorbell replaced
  • get rid of extra patio furniture and clean back porch
  • get remaining boxes out of 4th bedroom
  • replace flooring in 4th bedroom
  • get paperwork to tax accountant
  • get cats to vet for annual checkups and shots
  • go to bed earlier
  • get up earlier
  • eat better
  • exercise more
  • lose weight
  • fight global warming
  • establish world peace
  • stop plate tectonics
  • ok, enough
I have already redone some of my Excell files and am continuing to work on the rest. In a few weeks I will need to be ready to engage the frenzy of finishing up the budget. Himsef is supposed to come by this weekend and remove his remaining "stuff" as well as mow the grass and fix the doorbell. I had lined up a couple of people to finish removing the wallpaper and to paint the livingroom and bathroom for me. They came by to get a look at what needs to be done and were supposed to call and give me an estimate. It has been two weeks and no estimate so I am looking for someone else to do that work. I am going to paint the closets myself. In my spare time. Sigh.

Yup, I had better stay on top of things this year. No time for idleness this March.


mark said...

I thought I would leave world peace to your tech guy... I figure he could lose anything including reasons to be fighting... hope your weekend is a good one!

Cliff Morrow said...

too much on the list. For entertainment have a garage sale with the rest of himstuff and see how that goes.

Jim said...

I see a plea for a little help here. So here goes:
1. Put a priorities on those list items;
2. We don't have to be a fish if we don't want to. Birds have blinds at night;
3. It's Monday now, is Himself's stuff gone(?);
4. call several contractors, accept one of the lower bidders that impresses you; and lastly for now, [really there could be a lot more helps]
5. You have ten (10) days still. The Ides of March is on the 15th, think that way instead of the Idles.

Really, you have a cute bit of writing [and time wasting] here.

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