Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My to-do list

Only three more days until I take off for Paris, and I've been trying to chip-away at my to-do list. It's getting to be quite extensive, which means that some things probably won't get done.

Who cares, eh?

Yesterday, I had to take my car in for servicing. The "Service Engine" light came on just before I left for Italy and I thought I should get it checked. Two and a half hours later... all is well. What a waste of my time.

Then I drove to the other end of town to pick up a little bolt to fix the shoulder strap on my laptop case. That experience was a bit more satisfying - the man at the store found me just what I needed and gave it to me for free!

I registered my boarding passes so I can get Aeroplan points (and save for next year's flight...).

I wrote and mailed a letter.

I made another gathered clutch (these are a bit addictive because they're so easy, fast and CUTE).

This one is a bit more formal, with a wrist strap and a red, raw silk lining. But still playful because of the polka-dot band on the front. I love it - so I'm keeping it for me!

I also played around a little with some sea glass I picked up on the beach at Vico Equense.

I washed it again to get more salt off it, and it is now displayed in a jar.

I still need to:
  • fix the OnlyChild's work pants and mend a hole in her dress
  • pick up a prescription at the pharmacy
  • do my nails
  • laundry - must leave clean towels for the family
  • iron and pack
  • clean the bathroom (I did the rest of the house yesterday)
  • create and mail August ATCs
  • learn to speak French fluently (haha). Actually, I can speak French but I wouldn't say I'm fluent in the language. At the very least, though, I'd say my French is much better than my Italian. That was quite obvious on the last trip when I was trying to have a conversation with the bus driver. Between the two of us, we spoke four languages; unfortunately, none of them overlapped.

Mr. P is trying to get me to do some painting (the trim in the house) this week. So far my resistance has proven successful. I will have to schedule activities for the next couple of days to ensure I am not made to do that despicable chore.

Mostly, though, I've spent a lot of time daydreaming.

The day we spent in Sorrento was probably one of the most peaceful experiences I've ever had. I sat by myself in a little park across the (narrow) street from a church where a wedding was just finishing. I read my Italian phrase book (out loud) and pretended I lived there. I want to go back soooo bad.

Am I crazy?


Barb said...

You are one busy gal......I know you must be so excited and I can't wait to see pictures and hear of your adventures....

PunkiePie said...

Take me with you!! Have a great time!!! And take lots of pictures!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, you lucky girl! I can't believe it's time for you to go again already! Will this be another trip with students? Good luck on finishing your to do list -- and on avoiding the painting LOL!

Pat said...

I love hearing all about the stuff you do (and are going to do). AND...I love LOVE that sea glass. WOW...how did you find so much of it. I love it and so does my neighbor, but we can hardly find any of it now.......you have some great pieces there!

goldenbird said...

Hope you have a great trip, Rachel. Looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing your pictures.

Sherri said...

You get so much done...love the gathered bag...and the sea glass is beautiful...I've never seen sea glass on the beach in southern California...although I've looked many times!

Vesuviusmama said...

Painting trim IS a despicable chore. I have some paint that I have left out for myself to motivate myself to paint my trim, and I've been tripping over it for about 8 months. So far, not motivated. I've painted entire ROOMS in the meantime, but not trim. Ick!