But then, I looked at my list and thought, "What is the worst that can happen if I don't get everything done?" Well, the very worst is that people might think I'm a jerk because I didn't call them back, but I'm pretty bad at returning phone calls anyway and I think people still like me, so I've already crossed that bridge.
All the impending doom I imagine as a result of my empty check boxes is just that, imagination. (The universe will not implode because I didn't clean out our pantry or sweep the kitchen floor, nor will my family go hungry because I did not organize my shopping list by aisle) This is a lesson Andy is teaching me. His words are "chill out." Not always my favorite thing to hear, but when I think it and do it before he has to tell me, I feel pretty smug.
You know what else eased the weariness of an uncompleted list? It has to do with Andy again. He was out tonight getting some work done on his tattoo (don't be jealous ladies, my husband is such a good, bad boy!) and I asked him if he could pick up dinner. When he was finished he called me to find out what I wanted. Our usual "will you pick up dinner" conversation goes a little something like this:
ME: Can you pick up dinner?
ANDY: Sure honey. What do you want?
ME: Oh, whatever.
ANDY: Like what?
ME: *frustrated that he can't read my mind* I don't know honey. I'm tired. Just get something.
ANDY: *frustrated that he can't read my mind AND that I don't know what I want* makes a suggestion to which I say yeah, fine. Or, alternate ending, I say in a huffy voice, "Nevermind, just get yourself something, I'm not that hungry."
But tonight, Andy called and shyly proposed that he pick up my guilty pleasure (which I am afraid to confess to all of blogdom... so I don't think that I will. Just know that it is greasy and probably causes cancer and comes from a drive thru.) which is EXACTLY what I wanted! What a guy, how did he know? That small proposal set us off giggling and flirting like when we were dating. I loved every second of it!
And now, my list is forgotten (well, at least set aside momentarily), my tummy is full and tomorrow looks bright.
Way to go Andy, you saved the day again!