They are mistaken and it is understandable.
I am a last-minute person. That’s for darn sure. Which is basically a little bit nicer way of saying I procrastinate and am usually running 5-10 minutes late. I don’t even have kids.
I habitually take too long on everything from deciding on vacation plans to what we’re having for dinner tonight — which I understand can seem a little spontaneous when these things are always coming down to the wire — but it’s the total opposite of spontaneously acting on a sudden, internally motivated impulse. I’m just naturally really slow.
Additionally, I am also easily enticed by other people’s last-minute fun suggestions — “Oh you’re on your way to the annual local Raspberry Festival where they are crowning Miss Raspberry? And they’re passing out fresh raspberry scones? And ice cream? Yes, pick me up on the way!”* I love tagging along to fun things at other people’s whim and it’s usually not too hard to convince me to come. Especially when it’s free. Plus, I have fun friends. So when they suggest a night of shuffleboard, a dog parade, or jazz in the park, there I am. With camera. But, I’m not spontaneous.
And that’s my dilemma. I’ve always wished I was more spontaneous, and easy, breezy and carefree. But, it just wasn’t part of my genetic package. Left to my own devices — unless some fun friend tips me off — I find out about things like raspberry festivals the next day and have to wait a whole year till the next one comes around. And sometimes I just plain forget all the things I want to do or try when I have a free moment. Given what I know about myself and my ways, I have to be more deliberate.
So that my friends, is why for the past decade, I’ve taken time every year to make my list — I actually call it my Spritely list — to make sure that I don’t skip out on all the wide-world has to offer.
This week, I’m writing about several different ways I have found to stay spritely. And one of the most important is planning for it. I’m looking forward to sharing more about the way I put my list together and some of the things I consider in case you’d like to make your own list, but for now, I’ve been thinking about the coming season. Here are five of the things I’m excited about getting on our calendar in the next month or two.
– Getting hamburgers at Bearden’s – I love hamburgers. I haven’t been back to my favorite childhood place in years. I’m hoping they still have the model train that rides overhead. I may even get a milkshake.
– Making “buckeyes” with my family – Having moved back to Ohio, it’s only appropriate that we make some chocolate & peanut butter buckeyes this upcoming cookie season! I haven’t tried making them with kids, but I think it’s going to be a fun (if somewhat messy and chocolatey) time!
– A free performance of Handel’s Messiah: It’s been a few years since I’ve seen the Messiah performed and have missed it. Maybe one of these years I’ll be able to swing a trip to Chicago for the DIY Messiah.
– Celebrating the first big snow with a new tradition: This winter will be the first year my husband and I will live in a place together where we’ll be needing our own shovels. As one who loves traditions, I’m attempting to start a new one. Granted, I can’t exactly slap this one on the calendar but I’m going to be ready. I got us some sturdy looking shovels for our inaugural driveway clearing, and I’m thinking of trying out this recipe for Honeyed Hot Cocoa to commemorate it!
– Visiting the set of “The Office” TV show: I realize it’s been off the air since 2013, but it’s still never gotten old for me. When we visit family for Christmas this year, I am hoping we can make a pilgrimage to the Dunder Mifflin Office set in Van Nuys, CA. I know the set is technically gone, but I just want to take a peek at the lot.
So, those are a few of mine. How about you? Have you stopped yet to think about some things you’re looking forward to in the coming months? I’d love to know. Share in the comments below so we can add them to our lists too!
* For the record, I have not been to a raspberry festival, nor am I aware of any in particular. But the more I type the words, the more I would love to go to one. I realize I’ve got some time till raspberry season comes around again, so if anyone would like to pick me up on the way next year, you just let me know.