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Not a scrap (book) of sense


Not a scrap (book) of sense

Sami Muirhead fears she will run out of space for her mental to-do lists if hubbie’s undated diary-cum-journal-cum-scratch pad doesn’t work out.

If your endless to-do list of jobs to tick off is anything like mine, then it takes up much of your mental capacity and seems to grow at an alarming rate.

I am always jogging through lists in my messy head such as: “Buy milk and dog food, learn yoga, pay No.1 kid’s dance fees, pick up No.2 kid from rugby and buy No.3 kid sunscreen.”

I have a diary that is called ‘The Bible’ as we all do what it says and if it is not in there, then do not expect miracles to happen (such as being dropped off to your friend’s birthday party).

My husband recently has had a change of career and I said to him he would need to buy his own diary to keep up with our silly pace. This would be part of our new world order and it would really help me if he had a diary.

He looked me in the eye and told me he would go to Officeworks that very day and buy one. I thought this would change our lives for the better.

That night, I spied a book on the kitchen table that was labelled: ‘Undated diary’. What exactly is an undated diary?

I picked it up and flicked through the empty white pages. It looked like a scrapbook. Or a journal. Or a book for to-do lists. It did not have a day or date or month in view.

I turned to my husband and said, “So, just pop in an entry for our youngest son’s birthday in August.” But wait. How would he know where to write this commitment because he had bought a scrapbook. It is not a diary if it does not have dates. End of argument.

He tried to explain to me, as my face turned purple in anger, that you just write your own dates in the book.

I realised it would be yet another job I would need to add to my mental to-do list.

A few nights later, we sat there together, writing 365 days of the year in his stupid blank book – the one I refuse to call a diary, because it is not a diary.

It is a notebook, a portfolio, and a scratch pad.

Call it anything but a diary.

I could have used that time to buy milk and dog food. No wonder I have started drinking spirits.


Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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