I am not a spontaneous person, not even close. I need to process; I am a creature of habit. J is a lot more flexible than I.
Over the 6 ½ years of our married life J has done an excellent job of realizing I need time to think about things. There are times where we have no choice but to drop everything and deal with an issue. Sometimes I can handle this gracefully, most of the time I need a moment to take a deep breath and realize the world is not coming to an end.
I operate at a very high level of organization. I am a list maker and almost refuse to leave the house without my planner.
As a way to make conversation and stay organized on Sunday’s I often communicate to J what I have going on this week. I also ask J if he has anything major going that he knows about.
I try not to ask J “What are you doing today.” He informed me many years ago that he has no clue what his day will be like until he steps out of the house and establishes what issues he has to deal with.
Now, because I am a loving wife and quick learner, I ask “What are your intentions for the day.” I get a much nicer response.
J can go a very very long time without making a trip to town. I think the fact that I buy groceries and the folks bring home supplies he needs from town has a lot to do with this. On our last trip to Rapid City (which was the end of January) our goal was to stalk up so we can get through calving season. We know that it could be May before we make it back to Rapid. Good thing I am an expert list maker!
I may need to clarify that Rapid City is our nearest major shopping center (and Wal-Mart)it is about 125 miles south of the ranch.
As you can guess trips to Rapid are planned in advance. I need at least a day or two to complete the list. I keep a running list on the computer (nerd I know). When I run out of something or see I am low I add to the list. Upon finalizing the list I have to remember the recipes I wanted to try and did not have the “special” ingredient to make it. I also have to recall if we have anything to return to Rapid and find the receipts.
J has his own list and returns.
The cows are due to start calving next week and I see my stash of toilet paper is getting low. Yesterday I mentioned to J that if we could get to Rapid sometime in the next two weeks it would be a good idea.
This picture was taken in Las Vegas at the Wedding of J’s brother.
Are you a spontaneous person? A list maker? How often do you make a BIG shopping trip to town.