Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The End of My Autumn To-Do List 2017

My Christmas tree is up and decorated, and I'm working on sending out with this year's batch of cards, so I'm declaring autumn basically over.  Time to see what I did and did not check off my Autumn To-Do List for this year!

~ Publish Cloaked  Check!  You can now buy it from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

~ Read House of Living Stones by Katie Schuermann  Check!  You can read my review here.

~ Read 5 other books from my TBR shelves  Check!  I read Luther: Biography of a Reformer by Frederick Nohl, Flashes of Splashes by Elizabeth McCleary, Film Noir: Light and Shadow edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini, The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, and A Sidekick's Tale by Elisabeth Grace Foley (review to come).

~ Read 3 books from the library  Check!  I read The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer, Frames by Loren D. Estleman, and As You Wish by Cary Elwes.

~ Watch 5 movies from my TBW shelves  Check!  I watched Ivanhoe (1997), Jackie Robinson (2016), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), Daddy Long Legs (1955), and Hell on Frisco Bay (1955).

~ Go see Thor: Ragnarok  Check!  In fact, I've seen it three times now.  I reviewed it here last week.

~ Make "Baked Oatmeal Bars" from this recipe.  Check!  My kids and I quite loved them, and I'm sure I'll be making them again.

~ Finish the skirts and cape I'm sewing for my kids  Semi-fail.  I did sew one skirt, but the rest are still languishing on my to-do pile.

~ Finish my Newt Scamander scarf  Check!  I finally finished my scarf! It is super-duper long, down past my knees on both sides.  It goes perfectly with my long black coat, and I've already worn it a couple of times.  It may have taken me almost a year to knit, but it's done!  (By contrast, I crocheted a scarf for my daughter in three days last week.  I crochet soooooooooo much faster than I knit.)

~ Repair/update the "mouse house," which is this playhouse I made for the kids out of an old sheet that I cut and sewed to fit over a card table.  Fail.  Total fail.  Never touched it.  Sigh.

Well, I have WAY more checks than fails on this list, so yay!  I'm pretty happy with how much I accomplished over the past three months!  I'll be posting my winter list of projects and goals soon.

How about you?  Did you have any goals for this fall?


  1. Nicely done. :)

    A Newt scarf? That's just fabulous. :D

    1. Thanks!

      Yup, it's a long Hufflepuff-colors scarf like his, but longer. I started making it after last Christmas, I know, because I bought the yarn during an after-Christmas sale.

  2. I had the goal of finishing/submitting my Rooglewood story--did that!!!!--and working on my PhD applications--almost done with those :D So yay!

    Your scarf sounds fantastic.

  3. That first item would have made up my entire to-do list for the year, so you must feel proud having so many added accomplishments this season alone!

    1. Metzingers, truth be told, it took me 16 months from the time I started writing the first draft of Cloaked to the time it came out for sale. Lots of learning going on in that process! So heh heh, it WAS a huge chunk of my to-do list for more than a year ;-)

  4. Wow! You did so well! I got hardly anything done these last few months. Oh well, there is a long winter ahead!

    Congrats on getting so many things done!

    1. Thanks, MC! I tend to stagnate in winter, I've learned, but I can be super productive in fall and spring.

  5. My to do list consists of only one thing. To survive for another day. Pretty successful, so far...

  6. How do you do it? Consider me impressed! :) Staying on top of my studies was this fall's overall goal, and I've done it, but barely!

    1. Abby... I'm basically always doing something? Never just sitting there staring into space. Okay, sometimes I am -- but that's when I'm working on a story in my head, lol.

      But I've found these seasonal to-do lists really help me with the "I should get around to that" tasks that seem to linger otherwise.


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