This weekend has been all about what I “have to” do. I have to de-Christmas, which is just painful. I have to grade a ton of papers, which is time-consuming. I have to clean the house because of the de-Christmasing. I have to organize holiday gifts and put them all away. I have to find places for the umpteen Lego sets that Kris Kringle brought. And, according to Real Simple and Oprah magazines, I have to declutter and “take charge of the things in my life.” Now, it is getting depressing.
As I turn up the iPod and blast some Bare Naked Ladies tunes from their
album digital download Born on a Pirate Ship (which is almost a flashback to my early twenties when I had a Charlie Brown Christmas tree with one ornament on it and it took like five seconds to take down Christmas), I begin thinking about all of the things I want to be doing instead of the task – or tasks – at hand.
Here are things I want to do today:
I want to read the second book in the Hunger Games series.
I want to play some mindless game on my iPad.
I want to hang with my little guys and rock at Super Mario on the Wii.
I want to “pin” everything cute that I could ever want to own on Pinterest.
I want to return rejected Christmas gifts and shop for fun stuff.
I want to edit and post some pictures I took over the holidays.
I want to take a nap.
I want to take a nice long walk outside with a good friend.
I want to watch my secret guilty pleasure waiting for me on my DVR, The Vampire Diaries.
I want to peruse Facebook and like all of my friend’s posts that are worth liking.
I want to watch one of my gifts – The King’s Speech, The Walking Dead, The Tudor’s Final Season, The Smurf’s Movie.
I want to bake. Well, scratch that. I really don’t want to bake but it does sound more fun than taking down two trees and cleaning. But the more I think about it, I would have to clean the kitchen so totally scratch this last one.
Does the “have to” list have to take over? Today it has. I am going to stop whining, though, and just have a Yuengling and keep working. Then maybe tomorrow I can start on my “want to” list.
As Mary Poppin’s said, “With every job that has to be done, there is an element of fun.” Cheers and bottoms up.