Monday, 21 January 2013

Listmania One - Currently I Am

I have a love/hate relationship with lists. There was a time when I was younger I was just a bit obsessed with lists. I wrote out shopping lists, to do lists, what I was cooking lists, housework lists. In the end I had a list to keep track of my lists!

Then children came along. I tried to make lists, but found that saying, today I am going to do this and this and this, just didn't work. Especially when they were babies, coupled with my tendency to be a perfectionist, I found that when I made a list, I couldn’t accomplish the tasks on it. I would feel disappointed. I found that I put so much pressure on myself to do everything that I just couldn’t do it and I felt like a failure.

So even though a part of me itches to write myself a list, I have tried to control it.

But just lately I have thought to myself – my youngest is now three and the other kids will be at school. Maybe, just maybe I could write lists again.

So when I spotted Deb at Home Life Simplified putting up a linky called Listmania, I thought this may be a good way to start again. Deb provides different prompts each week and you answer. Easy!

Prompt 1 - Currently I am:

Reading  (I think that this should read, currently I wish I was reading) anyway. The books I am attempting to read at the moment.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Raising Boys
  • Nurture By Nature
  • Introduction to HTML
  • Blogging for Dummies
  • Blogging
Listening to   
ABC for Kids 
Hilary Duffy – Mercy

Laughing at
Peppa Pig (yes I know, I am a bit sad).
My daughter’s cat Snuggles having ‘mad cat’ time. This involves running around and around the lounge room at full speed until she is literally panting.

Swooning over
My children’s brand new stationery for school. I have a bit of a thing for stationery.
My Caramel Coffee in a mega huge cup.

How to best organise myself, my house and my time so that the year runs as smoothly as possible.

Eating Lots of
I wish I could put chocolate here, but no unfortunately I am eating nowhere near enough chocolate. But if you changed that to drinking lots of – It would be coffee.

Always that little bit empty and sad. Depression is always there. It has been such a part of my life for so long that sadly I am used to it and it is normal.

Soon to be discovering (again) what it feels like to only have one child with you, when you go out and about. People may think that I only have the one!

Looking at
The sky and hoping that all the clouds mean that it is going to rain. It is far too humid today.

What I always wear. Clothes that are getting threadbare and are far too old. I think my newest item of clothing is at least 4 years old.

Things that don’t heat up the kitchen too much, or for too long.

What another school year will bring, and where we will all be in 12 months time.

Trying Out
A totally new mind set to encourage myself and motivate myself to keep my house clean and tidy.



  1. I am a total stationery freak and loved school supply shopping as a kid (my kids have more blank journals, stickers, pens and such than any children should have LOL - I 'm a bad influence)

    I read the potato peel book years ago and loved it - give that one a go ; )

  2. Hi Melanie, just stumbled upon your blog via listmania. Love your about page. I've also read Raising Boys and I really liked it, Raising Girls is good too. Glad I'm not the only mum drinking too much coffee and watching Peppa Pig!

  3. Hi Melanie, just stumbled across your blog via listmania. Love your About page! I've read Raising Boys I really like it, Raising Girls is good too. Glad I'm not the only one drinking too much coffee and watching Peppa Pig!


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