Now that the holidays and anniversaries are behind us and there are plans to take down the tree, stow the wrapping paper and get back to living the daily life, it is time to work on my winter break to-do list. I have spent the better part of three days in the office. There are empty boxes stacked by the back door and books stacked in every nook and bookshelf cranny. It has become painfully clear that we do not have enough shelves, because of course we all know that you can never have too many books. I am hinting for John to take on a woodworking project and create a wall of books for us in the office. I hope to be done with the office today and move on to our bedroom. Here is the list in its entirety, I think.
Winter Break To-do List
1. Sit down and create family goals.
2. Make professional goals - teaching and writing.
3. Revisit meal planning and make a new plan and update menu binder.
4. Make a domestic art plan which MUST include more creative time.
5. Unpack bedroom and make it a sanctuary - a place to relax, talk, and spend time with God.
6. Unpack and organize office. This means go through EVERY box. Make a storage plan.
7. Plan spring classes and make a plan to be even more organized than last semester. Don't forget to pat myself on the back for being better than ever this past semester.
I found this long, long banker's box of genealogy passed onto to me a few years ago. I have never payed much attention to it, but opened it up determined to "go through EVERY box." What I found were hundreds, maybe thousands, of pages of correspondence between my grandmother and others. Years of research. This is genealogy the hard way by today's technological standards. The letters are handwritten with an occasional typed page which always seems to have an apology written at the beginning for using technology to write. The box is full. I closed the top back up and decided this project needs to go on another list. There needs to be a plan.
I am envisioning putting all of this paper into an electronic format, but need to research the best way to archive, to organize. I wonder if there is some sort of standard way to do this. Do you know?