Getting Things Done

I finally woke up early so that I could a) go to the bank, b) have my car inspected, and c) drop off my old printer and speakers at an electronics recycling drop off. How many of those things do you think I accomplished in the last 50 minutes?

The answer 1 wins.

I had to make an appointment for tomorrow to get my car inspected. In the good old days I would just drive up and tell the attendant I needed an inspection. He would then pull me off to the side and inspect the car right then and there. Those days are over and therefore my inspection is 2 months overdue. Do you see the correlation?

The electronic recycling drop off that I found online did not appear when I drove by the location in person. It’s annoying how online and real-life don’t correspond. If you’re going to have information posted online, please keep it up to date. If not, the only thing you are really accomplishing is to be annoying. My old electronics are going to have to join thousands upon thousands more in ye olde public garbage dump. I can say I honestly tried to be more ecologically minded but it didn’t pan out. At least I won’t lose any sleep over it.

Geof is posting many wonderful New Year’s resolutions. I envy the ability to do that. Unfortunately many of his resolutions are dependent on disposable income, which I have none of since my wife is starting college in earnest this month. If I had the money I would make some resolutions such as:

-Buy a new (to me) car
-Insulate and board up the inside garage walls,
-Build that workbench my father in law and I have been talking about for over 5 years now,
-Re-shingle the south side of the roof,
-Redecorate the bedroom, allowing myself to
-Redecorate the office.

Having none of the disposable income to enable these accomplishments I will stick to some less expensive or more urgent items. Here’s what I’m thinking now:

-Buy a new car in the spring when the tax return comes in. That will make a nice down payment. This item I can’t skip because my car seems to run only by the grace of God.
-Re-shingle the south side of the roof. This one really can’t wait any longer and should have been done before this winter. This is the one home-improvement that I can’t skip because of lack of money. It is a need not a want now.
-Clean up the garage. It is a mess. Seriously, when did I become such a slob?
-Fully ID and list all my old comic books in the hopes of getting rid of them for extra cash. I seriously have no emotional attachment to most of them.
-Apply for and obtain a higher paying job so we are not as financially strapped while Krissy is in college.

That’s all I can think of at the moment; I have to leave for work in a few minutes. If a few weeks go by and I’m no further along with these projects, I might have to make a fancy post and timeline for each one like Geof did. I LOVE his resolution setup! Visit at and see for yourself.


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9 Responses to Getting Things Done

  1. You are the first person to note that about my list, Roger. It’s been painfully obvious, and I’ve been waiting for someone to whip me over it. 🙂

  2. Roger says:

    Which part? Disposable income or the self-imposed timelines to get things done?

  3. cousin dave says:

    No need for an appointment @ Sears automotive… Yet they are picky if your car is less than stellar.. The computer junk feel free to throw in my dumpster @ work.

  4. Roger says:

    Nice! I never thought about your dumpster at work. I don’t even think I’d take a brand new car to Sears or VIP for an inspection. I have a feeling they’d find something wrong with a car that just came off the production line.

    As always, thanks for the heads up.

  5. Andy Slaughter says:

    Disposable Income?

    What is this elusive concept you speak of?

  6. Jules says:

    My warany ran out on my car last week… guess whose check engine light also came on? Thank goodness for Machanic fathers 😀

  7. Roger says:

    I need a mechanic father. Got a spare?

  8. jules says:

    Hmm… not a spare no, sorry. Mine has accually been acting up lately… last time my car didn’t just get fixed by magic, it came back with a funny slip of paper that said B-I-L-L on top. Very strange. I think that I’m just going to ignore it (that bill thingamajiggy) and hope it goes away. If I figure out how to fix the machanic-father, maybe I’ll share. 🙂

  9. Roger says:

    I’ll eagerly await your results!

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