The List(s)

Today has been a bit of a catch-up day – but also a day of trying to make, understand, categorize and get through the dread “lists.”

Soooo much to so – soooo little time to do it all. I mean, how am I to fit everything in considering my hiking schedule? It’s a darn good thing I have taken a hiatus from writing – if I had to fit that in too I’d be in big trouble.

First I had to schedule hiking on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Which means that I had today free to do paperwork, phone calls and shopping. Of course, I didn’t get most of that done because you know how it is with phone calls: no one is there and you leave a message and they don’t return the call and you have to put it back on the list for the next day. As for calling CRA – which I have to do for a security code (long story) well – good luck with that. After 20 (no exaggeration) tries today, all I ever got was “All operators are busy and the queue is full – try again!) Nope – no message – no call backs and the queue, by the way, was full at 9.01 a.m. – office opens at 9.

Right. Good luck with getting through in the next two months.

Okay – enough of that gripe. I did get gardening done and shopping done. I’m trying to figure out when to schedule the car for an oil change. But the worst part of that dilemma is where – Nakusp? Nelson? Oh gad – decisions! It’s never easy (not when you have a wee touch of OCD).

And then my biggest problem: new hiking boots. Just for fun, I decided to go into the local VPO to try on the Salomons – not bad actually. But then they had the lighter La Sportivas – really awesome. Now – do I do a road trip to Kelowna or do I buy them here?

Akkkk!

See? Decisions are very, very hard.

And my list of stuff to do for tomorrow continues to grow. Meanwhile, the puppies are not getting as many walks as they should because I can’t leave them in the car any more when I shop – not when the temp is hitting almost 40. Sigh.

Baking bread – that’s the main task of today.

Sometimes I get so caught up in the minutiae of life that I forget to look at the big picture. That being how beautiful the house is looking – how every day it gets better and better – how wonderful this area really is (the mountains and the alpine), how wonderful it is to have Simon in my life – how amazing it is to have his daughter in my life – how blessed I am to have made the amazing friends that I have here – how crazy fortunate I am to live the life I have – the life I love.

And, after all, I am managing to tick the items off the list one little checkmark at a time.

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