Wednesday, December 15, 2010

mental checklists never work

So for years I've been trying to convince myself that I can make "mental checklists," that is to say, I tell myself, "I need to go shopping for a few things. I'm sure if I wander around Wal-Mart for a few minutes I'll remember what I need to get and pick them up as I go..." In reality, of course, I go there, get 2 things, and then as I'm walking into the check out ailse go "I KNOW I needed more than this, but I just can't think of what else I needed...!"

Then I get home, live for 20 minutes, realize all the crap I didn't get, and weep alone in a corner for a while.

So as has been stated, I'm moving out, sooner rather than later. I can't really afford to do such a thing until after Friday, which is when I get paid, because I'm more than a little broke right now. Speaking of, let me check my bank account  ....


Moving on. I need to make a checklist of "Things I need to survive." Let's first make a list of things I will have when I move in:
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove/oven
  • Internet
  • TV
  • Cooking things (pots, pans)
  • Couch (Bed)
  • Broom (pretty sure there's already one of those)
  • Shower supplies (soap, shampoo, towel, loofa)
  • Laundry supplies (basket, detergent)
  • Bedding (blankets, pillow)
Now let me think of as many things as I can that I think I still need:
  • Iron + ironing board
  • wireless internet receiver for my X-Box
  • Plates/cups/bowls/utensils (might be able get away with buying plastic for a while)
  • GPS (uhg. This won't be cheap. But I don't know the area so it's going to be almost necessary)
  • Printer
Uhg. See, this is what I'm talking about. I know this is a decent list but I know there will be other things. For those of you who know of other things I'll need, feel free to shout at me.

On random note, people at banks piss me off. I don't even think I'm allowed to talk about it, so I won't. Let's just say if a teller asks you for something, just freaking give it to him. He's doing it for your sake, his sake, and the bank's sake. You probably will not understand, so don't bother and don't ask.






  1. I have to say - the iron and ironing board is possible to do without. If you make sure you take things straight out of the dryer/ hang them up right away if they don't go in the dryer and have a handy bottle of wrinkle releaser on hand... it is a chunk of money you can save. Not saying I don't want one - but while living in an apartment, we can do without.

  2. A GPS? Seriously? Get a map of the area. Or just go for a drive sometime. I only go down there to see shows etc. and I know that are pretty decently. Also, an X-box wireless receiver? I think we need to sit down and re-evaluate what is and isn't necessary. Anyway, moving into your first place is hard. Do yard sales for things like irons and ironing boards and plates and utensils (or craigslist). If I can help with anything just let me know!

  3. Gonna have to go with J-Way on this one. You know how I know the Johnson County area so well? Every time I needed to go to somewhere, like a friend's house, I put the address in Mapquest and wrote the directions down. Put all the locations you need (work, current rehearsal place, etc.) into Google Maps, and sooner or later, you'll be like, "31st and Troost? Yeah, I can get there." Plus, I bet your kind-of-roommate knows the area pretty well. Save your money, dude. You'll be fine. :-)

    At first I read the items you'd have as items you needed, and I got a little scared for you.

    Let me know if you need help moving in.