I looked on my calendar and realized there are no holidays in August.
I have always been a list person. I have a large calendar on my desk and a smaller daybook I carry with me most everywhere I go.
Every morning when I arrive at work, I look on the calendar to see what I have to do for the day. Just before I leave in the afternoon, I look to see what I have scheduled for tomorrow.
When we finish one newspaper, I have a list of meetings or interviews I have scheduled for next week's edition. When I have several appointments on one day, I will make an additional list in a notebook listing places with the appointment times. I have never liked to be late for an appointment.
My lists are not just work related. I am the same way at home. I have a pad and pencil on the counter. When I take the last of any item out of the pantry or the refrigerator, I write it on my grocery list. If I need to make three stops before I go to the grocery store, those places are also added to the list.
Friends and family have tried to encourage me to use the calendar on my cell phone for my appointments and lists but I just can't make it work for me. I remember leaving my phone in my housecoat pocket and running it through the washing machine. After the wash and spin cycle even the professionals could not get my contact numbers back. I know if I had been using my phone for my appointments, they would have been gone also. I lose my cell phone at least three to four times a week. Someday I may not be able to find my phone and my appointments would all be gone. How would I know what time to be where? Hopefully I have justified my reasoning for not giving up my pen and calendar/lists.
I am getting older and I have to admit my memory is not what it once was. More than ever, I need to write it down. I have always been of the mind if I write it down, it stays with me longer.
One holiday in August I did celebrate was the Arkansas sales tax holiday by shopping all day on Saturday, Aug. 4. The lines were long so evidently many other people took advantage of the holiday, also. It is always good to save $1 here and $1 there, especially for the parents who are trying to purchase clothes and school supplies for their children.
In addition to being a list person, I am a bargain hunter. If something is on sale, I will usually buy two. I think I may have passed the “bargain hunting gene” down to my daughter. We were in a store together during our sales tax holiday shopping spree and she found a two-can package of bear repellent spray on sale. Sure enough, she purchased it. They do live in the country but I am pretty sure she has not spotted a bear in their area. They do camp during the summer, so she may be preparing for whatever they run into. She could be thinking of the perfect Christmas present for someone. Like her mother, she can not pass up a good bargain.