Monday, March 13, 2006

Keeping up with the Jones'

It has become apparent to me that we live in a neighbourhood that consists of to-doers. A to-doer in my books is someone who has to be the first to do everything. Always getting things done pronto, not wanting to be the last one to do so.

I use to consider P & I a to-doer type as we like to get things done in a timely fashion, but lately, I have come to realize that we need to step it up if we are in fact going to 'keep up with the Jones'.

Every Thursday morning is garbage day on our street....I have noticed that we seem to be the last house our street to actually get our garbage to the curb, however, I didn't envision this a contest, but after Saturday's events I think it might be.

Saturday morning we awoke to the first nice day we've had in a long time. P decided to go into Ottawa with his brother for the morning, and I decided to sit on the deck and enjoy a cup of coffee while at the same time enjoying the last few hours of having our rent-a-pooch Kira (who I might add decided that before she left she should take a fairwell poop on the neighbours lawn!).

At any rate, while outside, I heard a lot of voices on the street, so when I came inside and looked out the window I realized everyone on our street was out taking down their Christmas lights. These eager beavers weren't wasting anytime, by the time I thought 'geez, today seems like a nice day to take down the X-mas lights' - our neighbours had theirs down, organized, labeled and neatly stored in their attic, ready to go for next year.

When P arrived home from Ottawa everyone was enjoying a nice cold beer in their driveway. By the time he decided to get up on the roof, everyone was starring at him because he was just starting a chore that they had completed hours ago.

I picture each of them having a list of house chores on their fridge and on Saturday when they woke up at 5:30 a.m. they rushed to fridge and read:

First nice day of March - take down X-mas lights - complete by no later than 10 a.m.

It's apparent now that I must get one of those lists going and I must make sure that P starts getting up by no later than 5:30 a.m every Saturday and now Thursdays too, if we want to compete for first place. It's time to get competive -- we'll see who has their patio furniture out first!