You know that 7 degrees of separation thing?  That thing where you can be connected to someone by no more than 7 other people?  I have a few of those.  For example, back in '01 I worked in the Emergency Department at the hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona.  I worked with a nurse named Sherrie.  Sherrie was married to Steven Sutherland, cousin to Kiefer.  Thus, I'm connected to Kiefer Sutherland by 3 degrees.  Or would that be 2 degrees?  Okay, another example: one of my best friends is Lindsey.  Lindsey lives in a western suburb of LA.  Lindsey goes to church with Ryan Benson, winner of The Biggest Loser, Season 1.  Ryan Benson knows Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper.  *Love them*
So I'm only separated from them by 2 (or would it be 3?) degrees.
Either way, you know what I'm talking about.  Right?

Okay, so the further I get into this post, the more I realize that what I'm about to say really has nothing to do with the above-written paragraph.  Seriously, I should teach a public writing class. (Is there such a thing?  If there is, I should teach it.  HA.)

I have this friend, Crystalyn. She's great, and she has a blog that constantly has me pondering things.  I love her writing.  She recently published a post about life's lists, and I love the entire idea.  She links to Andrea from Hula Seventy (my new favorite blog, by the way!) who started this list-thing.  So, there's my 2-degrees of separation from the list idea.  (See how I'm tying this all together?  Let's be honest.  I'm a hot mess.)

Here's the thing: I'm a list maker.  I have been all my life.  I'm also a self-declared tosser.  A non-pack-rat.  I have a few things that are sentimental to me, but otherwise, I'm happy to get rid of things.  One thing I have a hard time tossing?  Old lists.  And old calendars.  I didn't know why this was until I realized that my old lists and calendars say much about me.  They're like a journal, of sorts.  And when I say that I love making lists, I'm not just talking about grocery lists and to-do lists.  I'm talking about "my favorite music" lists and "things I'm grateful for" lists.  I am a list maker.  Consequently, I also love buying cute notepads and little journals.  You know, to make my lists in.

When I was in high school, I took a road trip to southern Utah with a friend of mine.  We each had a little book, and over the course of the trip, we filled our books with lists.  Lists of goals, lists detailing what our future homes would look like, lists describing the quilts we'd have in those homes, and the list goes on and on....

So I'm taking on a new project.  Every Monday, I'm posting a new list.  In fact, I spent a few hours today making a list of all the lists I'll post.  I've already got 31 list topics, but if you have ideas, send them my way; I just might use one!

Tune in tomorrow for the Getaway: Day 2 (Yosemite!).  Here's a sneak peek:
PS. JT just sent me an email informing me that it's SIX degrees of separation.  "
Maybe at 7 degrees of separation, the entire world explodes with nepotism." - such a Justin quote.

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January 27, 2010


You know that 7 degrees of separation thing?  That thing where you can be connected to someone by no more than 7 other people?  I have a few of those.  For example, back in '01 I worked in the Emergency Department at the hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona.  I worked with a nurse named Sherrie.  Sherrie was married to Steven Sutherland, cousin to Kiefer.  Thus, I'm connected to Kiefer Sutherland by 3 degrees.  Or would that be 2 degrees?  Okay, another example: one of my best friends is Lindsey.  Lindsey lives in a western suburb of LA.  Lindsey goes to church with Ryan Benson, winner of The Biggest Loser, Season 1.  Ryan Benson knows Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper.  *Love them*
So I'm only separated from them by 2 (or would it be 3?) degrees.
Either way, you know what I'm talking about.  Right?

Okay, so the further I get into this post, the more I realize that what I'm about to say really has nothing to do with the above-written paragraph.  Seriously, I should teach a public writing class. (Is there such a thing?  If there is, I should teach it.  HA.)

I have this friend, Crystalyn. She's great, and she has a blog that constantly has me pondering things.  I love her writing.  She recently published a post about life's lists, and I love the entire idea.  She links to Andrea from Hula Seventy (my new favorite blog, by the way!) who started this list-thing.  So, there's my 2-degrees of separation from the list idea.  (See how I'm tying this all together?  Let's be honest.  I'm a hot mess.)

Here's the thing: I'm a list maker.  I have been all my life.  I'm also a self-declared tosser.  A non-pack-rat.  I have a few things that are sentimental to me, but otherwise, I'm happy to get rid of things.  One thing I have a hard time tossing?  Old lists.  And old calendars.  I didn't know why this was until I realized that my old lists and calendars say much about me.  They're like a journal, of sorts.  And when I say that I love making lists, I'm not just talking about grocery lists and to-do lists.  I'm talking about "my favorite music" lists and "things I'm grateful for" lists.  I am a list maker.  Consequently, I also love buying cute notepads and little journals.  You know, to make my lists in.

When I was in high school, I took a road trip to southern Utah with a friend of mine.  We each had a little book, and over the course of the trip, we filled our books with lists.  Lists of goals, lists detailing what our future homes would look like, lists describing the quilts we'd have in those homes, and the list goes on and on....

So I'm taking on a new project.  Every Monday, I'm posting a new list.  In fact, I spent a few hours today making a list of all the lists I'll post.  I've already got 31 list topics, but if you have ideas, send them my way; I just might use one!

Tune in tomorrow for the Getaway: Day 2 (Yosemite!).  Here's a sneak peek:
PS. JT just sent me an email informing me that it's SIX degrees of separation.  "
Maybe at 7 degrees of separation, the entire world explodes with nepotism." - such a Justin quote.

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Comments
Helene says:

I'm sure you're doing a list of your favorite songs? Places to stay? favorite photography gadgets?

(01.28.10 @ 11:26 AM)
rachel clare says:

Helene, places to stay! Great one. Keep the ideas coming friends!

(01.28.10 @ 11:36 AM)
Jamelle Kelly says:

Lists of getaway spots with the girls!

(01.28.10 @ 11:48 AM)
rachel clare says:

Jamelle- PERFECT.

(01.28.10 @ 12:39 PM)
stace says:

Aagh! Lists are my life! I make lists of lists I want to make! Pure pleasure. I can't wait to read your lists!

(01.28.10 @ 12:48 PM)
christy says:

Love this ides! Can't wait to see your upcoming lists. I know I cannot live without mine....I remember thinking having a blackberry or iphone would help me keep all my lists organized....and I have to say , there is just something about pen and paper that technology can't replace :) Love these images by the way! Gorgeous color and perspective on both!

(01.29.10 @ 07:20 AM)
Jen says:

Just another reason why we get along so well. I was organizing some lists this very morning AND have been pouring over Andrea from the Hula Seventy's blog and dreaming up ways I can do a project such as this. Can't wait to read your lists friend!

(01.29.10 @ 12:35 PM)