The Cat Ate My Plant

Musings from a woman, wife, and mother

Making A To Do List September 21, 2012

Filed under: Goals,Small Things,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 8:25 am

I really enjoy lists. To Do lists especially. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years refining my techniques on To Do lists. And yes, there are To Do list techniques.  I noticed that with my compulsive personality, I have a tendency to write down everything I want to get done ever on a daily to do list. The logic? Why what if I have a bunch of extra time on my hands?

Yeah, right. I have a three-year-old, a one-year-old, a mother and a husband as well as running a household and doing schooling. Extra time doesn’t really seem to fight in my world view right now.

What I’ve ended up doing, is making two lists. The first list is long. Long, long. Looooooooooooooooong, long. It is all the house projects that I want done, both little and big. The second list is my daily list. I try to keep it down to about five items on the list. For instance, my list today was:

Crockpot Marinara Sauce



Hang onions for curing

Play date

This list obviously doesn’t include many of the everyday things we do such as eating, naps, and dishes. But it does include a small amount of freezer cooking (the Crockpot Marinara Sauce), house cleaning (vacuuming), gardening (dealing with those yummy onions!), and a play date.

And let’s be honest, sometimes my To Do list is a little more…reachable.

Make Dinner

Play date



Hang onions for curing

In this house, showering and making dinner are legitimate to-dos some times!

And when the daily To Do list is a little light, I start tackling the big list.  Which never really goes down, but it has a lot of things crossed off on it!

There is something utterly satisfying about crossing off an item from your To Do list. How do you make your lists?


It’s The Small Things: Wireless Printing December 8, 2011

Filed under: Small Things — thecatatemyplant @ 3:21 pm

Ever since I had E two years ago, I’ve found it hard to get downstairs to our office. It’s just too far from the action! After C was born three months ago, my trips downstairs became strictly for laundry and our freezer. Thankfully we have a laptop that I’ve perched on top of our microwave. That way I can still check Facebook but I don’t have to worry about little hands Facebooking too!

It’s worked out great except for my coupon shopping. Because I don’t get downstairs often, I don’t print my coupons often. A lot of times, they are all gone by the time I get down there to print them. Bummer! So, I complained enough and Hubs finally found something that would convert my printer into a wireless printer.

Say, WHAT?

This has been the Best. Thing. Ever! Now I just have to remember to go downstairs and get my coupons! It may seem like a small thing, but I find it’s those small things that really make our lives easier.