To Do List 2013

Happy New Year! As you might remember from previous years, I don’t do “resolutions” but I stole the idea of a yearly To Do list from Jennie. Much more satisfactory. Here are mine for 2013.
    1. Finally make those reusable snack bags.
      I bought some nylon fabric and coordinating cotton probably almost a year ago and still haven’t attempted to sew snack bags out of it. I had some awesome Snack Taxi snack bags for years and this year they both went MIA. I am ashamed to say that I am using plastic baggies more now, and I hate it. I need to just sit down at a few naptimes and sew some seams to solve this problem.
    2. Print family blog books.
      I have a woefully neglected family blog that I go and back-date-post so that my children will have some semblance of a scrapbook type thing for our family. In 2009 and 2010 I used Blog2Print to print books for the year and they turned out very nicely. All this year I have had “2011 blog book” on my To Do list. And lookee here, now I have “2011 AND 2012 blog books” on my To Do list. I really need to do this, it’s ridiculous. I think the amount of editing it takes is a little intimidating.
    3. Meal planning.
      I hate that this shows up every year. I hate meal planning for picky toddlers that can’t have soy or dairy and won’t eat meat or beans. I hate planning and planning and still going over budget and me being the only one that eats anything I cook. That is all.
    4. Patch some giant holes in our walls.
      When we moved into this house over a year ago, the baby gate at the top of the stairs was installed backwards, so we had to rip it off and re-install it correctly. Then the screws fell out of the wall and we had to re-drill. What is left is a horrible, horrible mess. I need to get some fine sandpaper, some spackle, and the original paint from the walls and repaint it. What has been stopping me is 1) the idea of going to Home Depot and tracking down some moron who doesn’t understand what I am looking for, and 2) digging through our 800 cans of paint in the garage to figure out which one matches the stairway.
    5. Repaint other messed up paint…or do something about it.
      When we moved in last year, the painters put latex paint on top of oil-based paint in our living room, which is a big no-no. As a result, pieces have been flaking off or been rubbed off. I have no idea how to fix this, but someone should. SOMEONE.
    6. Do something about the front yard.
      We have giant bushes covering up our porch and half of the bushes are dead, it looks terrible. My first impulse was to rent a chainsaw and go at that stuff but I don’t think Christian was super excited about that idea. Also, whatever it is needs to be pretty much FREE.
    7. Go to the dentist.
      Without dental insurance since I quit my full time job in 2011, and having moved to the suburbs away from our former dentist practice (it was just a dentist-in-a-box anyway), I actually have not had my teeth cleaned or looked at since I was pregnant with Little Lady. I really need a teeth cleaning.
    8. Take Little Sir to the dentist.
      Oh geez. I am dreading this way more than going to the dentist myself. Mostly because it is bound to be super expensive to go to a pediatric dentist without insurance. I freaking hate going to doctors that I feel are unnecessary so that they can tell me or my children that “everything looks fine”. And that will be $1,000, thank you very much. uuuuuggh.
    9. Try again with the garden.
      I have to keep trying, I guess.


There you go, I’ll do posts about any of these things that I accomplish and update you again at the end of the year! What’s on your to do list for 2013?

3 thoughts on “To Do List 2013

  1. Jennifer B says:

    Wow! Those are some great goals. I myself have been guilty of neglecting the dentist AND I have insurance. Last year, I changed that & we are all being treated or have been treated and cleaned. 🙂

  2. Jessica Allen says:

    Great list, Jenny! You’ve inspired me to finish my goals list and hit the Publish button…sometime this week. 🙂
    Unfortunately the giant holes in your wall will probably require more than sandpaper or spackling, especially if the walls are textured. Boo. 🙁 But, Home Depot morons are way more knowledgable than Lowe’s morons in my opinion.

  3. Alex@LateEnough says:

    Our teaching hospital has a dental school so you could go there if there’s one not too far from y’all. Many of my friends without dental insurance do that because it’s much cheaper — but they’re supervised and up on the latest and greatest techniques so it’s not like you’re getting teeth out in an alleyway or something 😉

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