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12 December 2016

Making Lists

Since Scott is going to be back this week, I've been madly making lists of things that need to be done before we leave for the Bahamas.

I like making lists. Lists bring order to chaos. Or else at least they give you the illusion that you have some sort of control over the chaos. Lately, I've been dividing my lists into categories to get a handle on what needs to be done.

Some tasks are incredibly unpleasant. 

You'll notice that there's only one item on this list - change the joker valve in our marine toilet. Anything to do with toilets is unpleasant by default. It's not a difficult job, it's just gross.



Then there are the tasks that you should have done already, but didn't. 

As we all know, I'm a real pro when it comes to procrastinating unpleasant and boring tasks. There's always something better to do, like watch videos of cats on YouTube. I should probably try to get at least one of these things done before Scott gets back.




Lots of boat related tasks will drive you to drink.

There are some tasks I've been saving to work on with Scott, many of which we'll need to tackle before we head off to the Bahamas. They're the types of tasks that are bound to be frustrating or go pear-shaped. I suspect that they may drive us to drink at the end of each workday. If not drink, then into the arms of a comforting chocolate cake.




Some tasks are downright annoying.

Anything that has to do with computers, the government and filling out forms is automatically annoying, like taxes. Then there are the tasks that you thought you had ticked off the list, but nope, it didn't work, so you have to do it again. I'm thinking of our teak shower grate here. The first two times I tried to fix it failed. So it's back on the list again.




Some tasks fall into the category of arts and crafts.

I've got a number of sewing projects to do. They'd be a lot more fun if they involved glitter.


I love doing anything related to food. Except dishes.

Because groceries are so expensive in the Bahamas, we'll stock up as much as we can before we leave. I've already done an inventory of what we have on the boat so that I know what we need to stock up on. Now I just have to figure out how many cases of beer we should bring. Last time we were there, we ran out.


Internet research can be fun. And distracting.

There's a number of thing I need to research on the internet. The only problem is that I get sucked into sites like Bored Panda instead of researching more important things like dinghy anchors.



Those are just some of the things on my To Do List. What's on yours?

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36 comments:

  1. I think you need to bring twice as much beer than you think you'll need. Just saying.

    We know all about boats. They are a work in progress all the time. Never a moment without something that needs fixed.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Boats are needy little creatures. If you stop paying attention to them, they cause something to break so that you have to spend lots of time and money on them.

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  2. Wow, you do have much to do! Cheering you on to the finish line. Hope you have a wonderful time. I love lists, but sometimes they can be overwhelming. But better to have tasks on a list than floating around in my head. :) Much less internal chaos that way.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog for Alex's interview!

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    1. Thanks Karen - we could use all the cheering that we can get :-) There's a lot to do.

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  3. Those lists would scare me. First thing I'd do is make sure iTunes is working. Very important.

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    1. I really wish I could figure out what's wrong. That's really bugging me.

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  4. Now i feel guilty that I haven't written our lists down. But wow! Bahamas here you come! Sounds like Scott will be back soon and then you will have a partner to tackle some of that stuff on your list. I always work better on the boat when Mike is making me feel guilty by being present.

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    1. I left all of the really horrible tasks for when Scott comes back. I figure misery loves company.

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    1. I know - it would be awful. Especially considering how expensive it is to buy in the Bahamas.

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  6. The annoying task of prepping for US taxes made me laugh. That is annoying, isn't it? :P

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    1. Everything to do with taxes is annoying. The forms are complicated and there's so much paperwork to gather.

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  7. We were starting to think you had killed off Scott and buried him in basement

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  8. How I love not having boat lists anymore. Poor you! :-) Thing is, you will make good progress if you put your minds to it. Some of the smaller projects (not requiring parts that you might need and don't have) might have to wait until you are in a flat, beautiful anchorage, as to not be too overwhelmed before departure. So, I suggest you make one more list: things that can wait until anchored in paradise. :-) So exciting that Scott is coming back!

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    1. We'll definitely be focused on getting our lists done here, especially as we're on a monthly rate for our slip.

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  9. Ah! Research on how to smuggle a kitten aboard made me chuckle!

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    1. If only I could find a way to really make that happen :-)

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  10. I don't have anything on my to-do list today, but I can help you tick one of your boxes if you're interested. We needed a cover for our Honda generator and opted to buy the factory one. We've had it for four years and only had to restitch a small section at the top. So, if you don't have any extra Sunbrella lying around, it might be a good, inexpensive option . . . and it takes zero time to make.

    https://www.amazon.com/HONDA-08P57-Z07-00S-Silver-Generator-Cov/dp/B001HO7Y7U

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

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    1. Thanks for the tip! It's really reasonably priced too. The only problem is the big Honda logo on it. We don't want to advertise what's hidden underneath. I wonder if it would work if we turned it inside out.

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  11. It looks exactly like our list. See you in th Bahamas- 2020 or so!

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    1. The sad part is that that's only part of the list :-(

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  12. Love your lists! We have a lot of the same items on our lists too! There is so much more to moving onto a boat & cruising than we ever imagined! The list of "research on the internet" seems endless lately .. and so time consuming! From finding plumbing fixtures & LED lights to researching solar panels and dinghy storage options, to fun stuff like fabric for the settee cushions to art for making Nirvana our home ..

    Let me know how much beer we need .. LOL!

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    1. I was talking to some folks the other day and they took 20 cases with them. We don't have room for that much :-)

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  13. The annoying tasks will take the longest since the government is involved.

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  14. I love writing lists for exactly the same reason. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. It's good to know there are other list making fanatics out there :-)

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  15. Sailing in the Bahamas sounds thrilling, but so much to do. I'm into lists, too. Life goes much better with lists! Enjoy!

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    1. It is a lot of work, but at least we won't get bored :-)

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  16. I love a good list! I do think we need to start making more lists of fun things. Mine tend to be all about tasks and errands, etc. We need more fun To Do lists. :)

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    1. That's a great idea - "Things To Do That Are Fun" lists

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  17. I'm so tired from just reading your list that I am chucking mine out, LOL.

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    1. That's the problem with making lists - just looking at it tires you out.

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  18. That's a lot of lists but very organised! lol

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    1. Now the trick will be to see if I can be organized enough to accomplish things on the list.

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