Where Do You Go My Darling 1 Thing

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

Welcome to another week, another Thursday, another edition of DO 1 THING. This week I retrieved my day planner that I forgot I had from its spot in the bottom of a totebag that I found during last week’s DEEP CLEAN, and for the first time in a few months am working off of a to-do list again. LISTS! Calendars with little notes written on them! How did we survive before.

At the bottom, as ever, an afterthought but also a plea to whatever bit of responsibility hides inside me, yearning to be free: “TAXES.” This will slowly move to the top of the list until October 15th when I am forced to do something about it because that is the day when people who filed for extensions in April (HI!) must submit OR ELSE. Did you file an extension for your taxes? No? Because you’re not an idiot who prolongs pain? Good. So: I made a list this week. What are you up to, what do you got?

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Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

I am applying for a small program where my app will be very public and a bunch of people I know will see (and evaluate) it. Yipes. A friend who did the program last year graciously agreed to look over my app, and… terror. I just keep erasing and rewriting it. My one thing is to suck it up, send it on, and let it go.

allreb (#502)

I have to call the county about jury duty and be put on hold a lot. :-/ I did jury duty two years ago so I shouldn’t have to do it for another four years, but I lost the little card thingy that proves I did it, and need to figure out how to re-obtain one. The damn thing is already overdue, sigh.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Emailed a potential landlord about following up on my rental application. Have put off for about 10 days because I was fearing rejection (you can’t be rejected if you never try/ask/follow up!). Looks like we’re good to go and are discussing lease terms now!

YIPEE! I almost have a place to live in DC.

sherlock (#3,599)

@LookUponMyWorks That’s awesome! What neighborhood did you end up in?

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@sherlock By CUA. Quiet neighborhood with big yards. :-)

sherlock (#3,599)

@LookUponMyWorks Nice! Prince of Petworth just had a post up this morning about a bunch of new stuff opening in the Brookland area.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@sherlock Ooh, thanks for the tip. Any other fun DC blogs you recommend?

I love the location but it is so far from my new office. Not sure if it’s a place I’d stay for more than a year or two for that reason, but I do love the ‘hood.

RachelG8489 (#1,297)

I need to call my grandmother. She wants to come visit in October but she didn’t exactly ASK so much as TELL me that she was coming and staying with me. And I have to tell her that I’m sorry, but no, you may not stay with me on a work night, either find somewhere else to sleep on Thursday or come on Friday. My apartment is TEENY TINY and I’m planning to give her my bed while I take the air mattress in the living room, but I just can’t do that on a weeknight.

Ugh. Calling grandma to tell her “no” is intimidating.

LydiaBennett (#121)

@RachelG8489 Make your conversation go something along the lines of, “grandmother, hi! I am so excited to see you in October and I’m really happy you are coming all this way to visit me! I was hoping we could just postpone the start of your visit til Friday, since work is a little stressful right now, and I want to be able to really focus my attention on spending time together. I get out of work at x time on Fridays and would love to have you arrive around then, get settled at home and then maybe we can go have dinner/make dinner/spend QT together.” Also grandmothers – all they want is to make their little RachelGs happy, promise

RachelG8489 (#1,297)

@LydiaBennett Hahahaha you haven’t met my grandmother. I love her dearly, but she’s going to take great offense at the idea that she would be in my way. Plus, she’s never seen my apartment and definitely has no concept of how tiny it is. My two-bedroom apartment – kitchen, living room, bathroom, and both bedrooms – would fit in her living room and dining room.

LydiaBennett (#121)

Thing I need to do:
Find a place to put my money that is lying around in a checking account that I never look at. I have about 2500 that I want to put…somewhere…so that it can grow interest and then I can add to it as much as I can and then eventually have enough for a downpayment. Logan, Mike, where should I put it?? CD seems wrong since I want to add to it over time. Some kind of investment fund?

@LydiaBennett Maybe an index fund? I’ve been looking into them myself. I hear they’re better for long-term rather than short-term goals, though… not sure what “long” and “short” mean, though. Like, retirement is long-term, but if you wanted to buy a house in 5 years, would that be a long-term goal or a short-term one?

ellabella (#1,480)

@LydiaBennett I second this question! Also maybe a high yield savings account? Is what I was thinking about? Which I think would be better for a shorter-term/smaller $$$ goal?

sariberry (#4,420)

This inspired me to do my 1 thing – which is to call a theater on Broadway about tickets I bought recently. I was so stupid, I bought an afternoon show on a work day. (I meant to buy an evening show). So I just called them to beg to switch the time, despite their very clear warning that there are no exchanges. Wish me luck!

maebyfunke (#292)

My 1 thing was to book a trip to DC in November, and it’s done! I’m going with a friend who has never been and wants to do all the touristy things, and I haven’t been in years so I can’t remember which are the best ones (only there for two days). Any DCers have any advice?

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@maebyfunke National Portrait Gallery – most overlooked but awesome museum in DC. Also a very peaceful respite from all the screaming children at the other museums.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@LookUponMyWorks I would add Museum of the American Indian and the Museums of Asian and African Art to that list. Also few screaming children. Also amazing. If you have lots of time, maybe try some unique things like the National Cathedral or Arboretum? OR check out the new MLK memorial because it’s amazing (and go see the FDR memorial for similar reasons).

@maebyfunke Check out the Freer Gallery! Especially the Peacock Room. Also the Botanical Garden– depending when in November you visit, they might have their annual holiday exhibit up.

2for1cheesecake (#3,591)

Need to call back people re: switching my retirement funds. made a strong start on this week but need to print out and fill out forms (ugh!) so procrastinated. Phone calls are definitely worse than form-filling though, so I think I can charge through. This One Thing has been on my list since March, so …

andnowlights (#2,902)

I already did my 1 thing: I quit my job. I have another lined up, but it was the first time I’ve every quit without having the “I’m moving” excuse, so it was terrifying. And my boss was pissed. She stared at me for 30 seconds before acting like I wasn’t there. And now she’s acting like nothing happened so I’m a little baffled.

blair (#1,962)

@andnowlights Wow. Mazel tov. Hope better things are ahead!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@andnowlights Congrats!

Stina (#686)

@andnowlights Yay you brave person!

blair (#1,962)

My GP told me that one of my legs is almost an inch longer (!!!!) than its twin and that I should see a chiropractor. That was in February. I fully intend to call one today except I’m also a little wigged about chiros in general because THEY ARE NOT DOCTORS even though they wear scrubs and WHAT IF I HAVE A STROKE FROM ARTERIAL DISSECTION. But I have this bad bad shoulder pain that won’t go away and I think it’s a result of my screwed-up, whacked-out body and at this point I’m okay with being treated like a human Bop-It if it means I can sit comfortably at my keyboard for countless hours

Allison (#4,509)

@blair oh god, the human Bop-It is making me giggle endlessly. Good luck!

EM (#1,012)

@blair Go to a physiotherapist instead of a chiropractor? Less scary, and they can also adjust things.

ellabella (#1,480)

@blair I can’t help but say this, even though it’s possible you’ll be like shut up I’m sick of you people, and if so, sorry… I have some minor scoliosis/maybe one of my legs is longer than the other, and I get terrible shoulder pain (sort of between/underneath the blades), especially when I wear a heavy purse, BUT doing yoga gets rid of the pain entirely! Still see the chiropractor/PT person whatever if your GP recommended it but it is entirely possible you can incorporate yoga/physical therapy, which is significantly cheaper.

RachelW (#2,605)

I finally made an appointment for an eye exam. The lenses on my cheapo warby parker glasses (which I still love) are so damaged and scratched up that I have been having trouble seeing for about two months now. This morning I thought – it’s Thursday, making an eye appointment should totally be my one thing! So I called Costco over my lunch break, and soon I will be able to watch Breaking Bad without squinting.

AnzT (#4,815)

@RachelW well you may definitely be squirming during BB but not because of your eyes at least!! Haha

RiffRandell (#4,774)

My one thing is to find a dentist that closes at 5PM, and then make a 4PM appointment for the future! This was somewhat delayed by procrastination, and more so by my new insurance plan never sending me a card.

echolikebells (#3,272)

My one thing is, like @allreb, about jury duty! I have to mail in a utility bill from my new address to the court in my old town so that they will excuse me.

Allison (#4,509)

Talk to my boss about you know, maybe taking half of March off. This was so much easier with my old boss.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Allison Be brave! you can do it!

Allison (#4,509)

@LookUponMyWorks Done! Got a “That’s a long vacation” but Chicago-New Zealand is a long (expensive) flight! Gotta get my time/money’s worth!

Stina (#686)

I actually did a fun one thing rather than a responsible one thing today. A co-worker that I like a lot in a friend way has been massively busy over the summer so the kindest thing I could do for her was not demand more of her time. But now we’ve made an appointment to go out to lunch together and catch up.

ThatJenn (#916)

I received my new replacement computer and just shipped out my old one this morning, yay! I was too lazy to make the switch until last night. Dell couldn’t figure out what was wrong so I got a totally new computer, whee!

I also finally booked a restaurant to go to with my family the night before our wedding, which is good since that’s next week.

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