The List List

I am the queen of lists. I’m a chronic list maker. I love looking at a list and feeling like everything is all organized, all in order, right there on paper. In my life I’ve probably made almost every kind of list there is. (Maybe I should make a list of all the lists I’ve ever made…) You can even find some of my lists on this very blog: irrational fears of minewhat I’ve learned from working at a dental office, how to be awesome at public transit, reasons we’re not parents yet, my travel bucket listwhy my husband rocks, and even some surprising things you may not have known about me.

I might have a problem.

I might have a problem.

Inspired by Jen at That’s What She Read, I’ve created a list of lists I need to make.

  1. Things I should spend my afternoons off doing
  2. Books I want to read
  3. Goals for future months
  4. TV shows to get into
  5. Stuff I want to buy
  6. Adventures for T and me to go on on our road trip this spring (more on that to come!)
  7. Photos I want to frame
  8. Dream roles
  9. Lifetime bucket list (everyone needs one of these)
  10. Household projects to do
  11. Criteria for my future dream home
  12. Things I wish I were better at
  13. Blog post ideas (see previous twelve items)

That’s all I’ve got for now. Do you love making lists more than a normal person should?

Plum Paper Designs: A Gift From the Organizational Gods

No, I don’t really believe that there are organizational gods. It was just a good post title.

Anywho. Like many of you, I live a ridiculously busy life. When I say “ridiculously,” I actually mean that it’s comical how busy I am. Some people have weekends; I just have “days when I’m not in the office.” And while others work 9-5 jobs with evenings at home, a 7am to 10pm day is a regular occurrence for me.

In short, I have to be organized or I will die.

Ever since I was in elementary school, my life’s organizational method has always involved a bound daily planner and a pencil (note: never a pen. I’m a trained musician). T sometimes lovingly ridicules me for sticking with my old-school system instead of going electronic––after all, I do own several iOS devices. But to me, this is too important a part of my life to change. It’s always worked for me in the past, so I’m sticking with it. Plus, you know, pretty paper products!

Which brings me to the actual point of today’s post: the planner itself.

For several years now, I have purchased year planners from various bookstores or office supply stores. I’m extremely picky about my planners––they have to have enough room to write on each day, have a layout that makes sense to my brain and eyes, include only 12 months instead of 18, etc. etc. Every year, I’ve had to come to accept that my perfect planner simply does not exist, and I always just go with the least objectionable option.

And then I stumbled upon Ginny’s blog, A Modern Commonplace Book, and her review of these planners by Plum Paper Designs. Lightbulb to “on.”

(Honestly, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never thought of ordering a planner off of Etsy. We’re going to call the last few years of my organizational life “the dark ages” and move on.)

After reading Ginny’s glowing description of these wonderful and necessary life managers, I decided to bite the bullet and design one for myself. I chose the “Family Planner” because of the ability to create my own seven sections for each week based on my own needs. I ended up going with Anytime, Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Dinner, Practice, and Teaching. This combination seemed to fit my daily and weekly needs the best. I was also able to decide when to have my planner start (I chose June) and how many months I wanted it to be (I chose 13, to have it last through the end of June 2015). Finally, I selected from the many adorable options for the cover design.

I placed my order a few weeks ago, and my beautiful new planner arrived in my mailbox this morning.


ImageAs you can see, I’ve already started filling it up. You may also notice that I am indeed ridiculously busy, and that’s just what I already have booked in June. Would I lie to you?

All in all, this seems to be the perfect option for me. I can tailor-make it to fit my real-life needs, and it has the best layout of any planner I’ve ever had. Check them out for yourselves, busy friends, and have fun!

Note: I am not being compensated for this post in any way by Plum Paper Designs. I’m just an excited customer!

What’s In My Bag?

I don’t know about you, but I like to be prepared for every possible situation. Here’s what’s in my purse right now:

  • Daily planner/calendar
  • Nook (I’m a few pages away from finishing a book!)
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • iPhone
  • Mail for my dad that came to my mom’s house (ah, to be a child of divorce)
  • Coach wristlet that contains hair ties, chapstick, my favorite Dior Lip Glow, mints, Advil, Tums, fashion tape, and a Square reader
  • Rainbow Loom bracelet made for me by one of the kids I babysit
  • Pencil case
  • Hand lotion
  • Purell
  • Tape measure
  • Caramel apple pop (one of my favorite sandwich places, Ike’s, gives them out with each sandwich order)
  • San Francisco Symphony Chorus ID badge
  • Business cards advertising my current show
  • Apple earbuds
  • 30-pin charger with Lightning adapter, so I can charge both my old-gen iPod and my iPhone 5
  • Compact mirror

And that’s just what’s in my purse. Here’s what’s in my rehearsal/tech week survival bag:

  • Character shoes
  • White camisole to wear under my very see-through Act 2 costume
  • 2 different-size curling irons
  • A metric ton of bobby pins and a couple more hair ties
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant (SO important)
  • Silky robe that I like to wear while doing my hair and makeup, before I get into costume
  • Small bottle of hairspray
  • Pirates score, because you never know when you’ll forget the words/notes/choreography…
  • Travel mug for tea
  • Snacks – granola bars, veggies, hummus
  • Dinner, which gets added right before I leave the house

What’s in your bag?