Are you doing all the things you’re supposed to?

I had a talk show going on the TV while I did kids lunch times and checked my email one day this week.  They were talking about bras.  Fun, right?  I thought so.  One of the recommendations made by the guest, a bra fitting expert, was that every woman get measured by a bra expert and replace all her bras once per year.  I was like, wow.  That’s a pretty big yearly expense, not to mention the time and inconvenience commitment of running to Macy’s with the kids or scheduling child care.  Honestly, I couldn’t be bothered.  I might go bra shopping again when the kids are in college.

But the show got me thinking about all those daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly things we’re supposed to do to have the best possible health and quality of life.  Here’s just a quick compilation:

  • Yearly:
    • Flip your mattress
    • Dental cleaning
    • Medical check-up
    • Mammogram & Gynecological exam (colonoscopy/prostate exam for men)
    • Get eyes checked (every 2 years)
    • Buy all new bras
    • Clean the carpets
    • General Spring cleaning
    • Take a vacation
    • Decorate for Christmas (and take down decorations)
    • Make Halloween costumes
    • Bake 1 birthday cake per kid/spouse/spoiled pet
    • Jury duty
    • Put new tabs on car
    • Attend at least one writing conference
  • Monthly or bi- or tri-monthly
    • Oil change
    • Change the sheets (I know, I know, weekly would be better, but seriously, if I get the sheets changed on everyone’s bed once per season, I feel like super mom)
    • Mend clothing, minor house repairs/maintenance
    • Get hair done, get things waxed, mani-pedi, etc.
    • Buy gift for & attend birthday parties for kids’ friends
  • Weekly
    • Go to church
    • Pay the bills
    • Grocery shopping/coupon clipping/bargain hunting
    • Take out the trash
    • Put gas in the car
    • Dust & vacuum
    • Keep in touch with friends
    • Home-improvement projects/Gardening
    • Some would put sex in this category. Ambitious, amorous couples might put this in the daily category. The most realistic of us might concede that it ends up more often than not in the monthly category.
  • Daily
    • Drink 8 glasses of water
    • Drink 2 glasses of milk
    • Drink 1 glass of wine
    • Pee like 50 times
    • Sleep 8 hours
    • Get in 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of weight training, 20 minutes of yoga (or whatever your favorite combination of work-out entails)
    • Read the Bible, meditate, or whatever you do for your spiritual wellbeing
    • Work for 8 hrs (commute not included)
    • Email, check all your favorite blogs
    • Spend time with the kids
    • Spend time with the husband (wife or partner)
    • Keep house in some semblance of order
    • Prepare/cook/clean up after 3 meals
    • Laundry (you can probably get away with weekly laundry if you don’t have kids)
    • Make some sanity-saving time for yourself (for those of us who love to write, this is where we squish in our passion, including all the self-promoting, reading for research and fun, and putting together queries and contest submissions or planning to meet deadlines, etc.)

Does anyone else need a nap after reading that list?  And I’m sure I missed plenty.  Is it any wonder we often feel overworked and stressed and in need of at least 3 more hours in every day?

I’ll go ahead and admit it: I don’t keep up with everything I should.  Housework often falls by the wayside.  And that 8 glasses of water . . . does it count if you pour a few glasses worth into the coffee pot and drink the steaming nectar that comes out?

My daily priorities tend to be cooking meals for my family (nothing extravagant, but I try to get in at least a serving or two of fruit and veggies and meat every day amidst all the carbs and dairy), keeping the kitchen clean (because with a family of 5, if you get behind for even one meal, a small 10×10 kitchen gets quickly out of hand), time with the kids and hubby, writing and reading.

Weekly priorities are church (because I need the power of the Holy Spirit to survive day to day!), keeping in touch with friends, and the must-dos, like grocery shopping and networking and critiquing with my writer friends.

Monthly priorities include the bare bones of cleaning my house and helping the hubby with home improvement projects.

Yearly priorities revolve around health care.  No new bras in this house.

What are your top priorities?  Does anyone out there actually drink 8 glasses of water?  Anyone figure out how to add that 3 hours a day?


About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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