Do You Make Lists?
By Karen Ballum on March 22, 2012
I always find it funny how I see bits of myself in characters that I would probably say that I have very little in common with. Lilly Lane, the best friend in Stephanie McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is one of those characters. I've already talked about how we both dislike talking on the phone but Lilly and I have something else in common -- we love lists.
"Lilly, however, is a habitual list maker, and I don't mean the kind of list you take to the grocery store. She can go on a date with some dude and by the time they get to wherever they're going, she's got a list a mile long of everything she thinks is wrong with him." (Page 3)
Now, Lilly and I keep very different lists. I don't think I've gone so far as to write a list of things that have been wrong with the guys I dated in the past, though giving my dating history that might not have been a bad idea. Basically I wanted to meet someone who didn't expect me to do the dishes (or at least not all of them), wasn't a liar, who read books (not as could read them but someone who did read them), and who thought I was funny. It's not too demanding, except for maybe that last one. (I think I am hilarious. It seems other people frequently do not.) I did score hits on all those and got a bonus when I met my husband -- he likes to to the laundry, too.
The lists I make are more in the form of to do lists. I've tried -- and failed -- the 101 things in 1001 days meme. I didn't really mean to fail but between when I started that list and when the challenge was supposed to end I lived in three cities. That wasn't expected and it made things rather difficult. I've also made numerous lists of books I want to read, sometimes for official reading challenges. I made endless to do lists. A lot of the time I don't really end up doing much of anything with the lists but it feels really good to make them. I participate in a monthly to do list in the BlogHer List Lovers Unite group. Crossing things off the list is less important to me than using them as a means to gather my thoughts and can give me a sense of order in the midst of chaos.
Are you a list maker?
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