Spontaneous Behavior and List Making

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.

J and I on December 5, 2009

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.

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5 Responses to Spontaneous Behavior and List Making

  1. Kari Sanders says:

    I am like you. I need to know ahead of time what we’re doing so I can be prepared and I make lists. It seems if I don’t write it down it doesn’t get done. Carl asked me to get something for him at the vet clinic on Monday and I didn’t write it down. I got home without it. I think he’s over being mad now. Great picture!!

  2. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun says:

    I am NOT a spontaneous person at all. Totally a list maker and planner as well. It makes things much smoother in life to me.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I am definitely a list maker. And if I mess up something on the list, I write the whole thing over. The thing is, I love making lists, being organized, etc., but then I go and just fly by the seat of my pants a lot, too. Some day I will follow through! 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      When we go to Rapid I keep my computer printed list on a clip board. It is easy to cross things off that way. I have had people come up to me and think I work at the store. Not kidding!

      I learned to make lists from watching my Mom. A few years ago I showed her my weekly list. She looked at me like I was crazy b/c I put so much time into it.

      One must feel the freedom of fly by the seat of your pants too! The list will still be there tomorrow and the next day. I always think if it is a priority it will get done.

  4. Amy Kirk says:

    I laughed over several of these comments and have determined ranch women must all share very common traits. I am a list maker and planner and also write, re-write, and update my lists and stops. I keep an “everything” journal/notebook w/a list just in case I lose my loose paper lists. We’re a lot alike–I did a big shopping trip before calving, making sure I had TP and have not been to Rapid since about the same time. I just told Art I really need to get stocked up again if it’s possible for me to get away. We aren’t as far away, but the busy calving time makes it tough. I’ve only made it to Custer a few times, mostly for milk. Thank goodness we have chickens for eggs. We should plan our RC trips together! I laughed about you being mistaken for an employee.

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