Steve and I work off of a list. Every Sunday we sit down to create a work list for the following week. We revisit the list everyday to cross off completed tasks. Usually during lunch or right before dinner, Steve will whip out the list from the kitchen drawer to pummel me with questions. “Have you…….”, “Did you………”. Undoubtedly my answer is “no” and I receive a not-so-subtle eyebrow raise before he goes back to the list to feverishly cross off all of his completed tasks. IT IS THE MOST ANNOYING THING EVER!
Here is the problem: I suck at lists. Don’t try to pin me down on Sunday and make me think of everything I will do on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc…….I don’t know…..okay!? Honestly, I try to give it my all on Sunday, but I feel like a deer in the headlights. I panic and my mind goes blank.
And it is not like I sit around and do nothing all week. I just do things as they come up. The other day I spent the morning organizing the greenhouse then came in and made an enormous batch of pesto, followed by par boiling and freezing some summer squash. The night before I noticed that I was down to my last quart of chicken stock so I fired up the stove and simmered, for 4 hours, enough chicken backs, necks and feet to fill 25 quart sized containers with fresh stock.
That evening Steve pulled out THE LIST. As he went line-by-line, pen in hand, joyously crossing off all of his completed tasks the questions started. “Have you…….”, “Did you…….”. I could see the eyebrow beginning to rise. With my back against the wall and palms beginning to sweat, I managed to blurt out “but I made fresh stock and I organized the greenhouse and I made pesto.”
I knew what was coming next because I had been there before. It is our midweek exchange. With pen and paper in hand, Steve looked at me like a parent. Scratch that, he looked at me like a teacher talking to his most challenging student. In a measured voice and calm tone Steve said, “But Karen, none of that is on the list”.
So this week starts anew. I have devised a way to beat the system. I will open that damn drawer right before lunch and again right when I come in for the evening. I will then write down everything I have done up to that point and wait for Steve to put on his reading glasses and pick up his pen. “Have you…….?”, “Did you……?” And I will say, “Yeah, what up sucka! Cross that s*#t off!”.