Over the last few days, I have discovered something…I like to plan things WELL in advance of when I will actually be participating in them.
The realization hit me Tuesday afternoon as I found myself planning to see a movie. This sounds like quite a normal thing to do, right? Well, I would call it normal if I wasn't already saving a date for a movie night in December. Tonight, my husband and some friends of ours will be going to see The Internship starring Vince Vaughn. I have always liked Vince Vaughn and I like funny movies, so it is a win-win. This outing was planned by my husband, and it was planned on Monday night.
Contrast this approach to mine. I have already been asking friends and family who might be interested in going to see Despicable Me 2, and it isn't in a theater until July 3. But this, too, is short-term planning on my part. A mere three weeks in advance. The real kicker in advanced planning is the aforementioned December movie date.
The second installment of The Hobbit movie series is in theaters in mid-December, and guess which nerd has already penciled in opening night on her desk calendar? You guessed it - me. I am a huge Tolkien nerd, having read practically all of his books I could get my hands on, and I confess I have read The Hobbit multiple times, probably at least seven. So, going to see the movies was a natural progression of my inner nerd.
Other things are on the horizon that I planned for well in advance as well. Byron and I have been invited by some of our friends that we go camping with to join them in the "Color Run" that is held in Nashville. It happens in October. Guess who is planning on registering for said run this weekend? If you guessed me, you're right again. I have even begun thinking about things like where to eat once the run is completed, and if there are any other activities going on nearby that we could pop in on too. I can almost see my husband rolling his eyes at me as I write this column.
But, in my defense, if you plan things in advance, there is always room to adjust your plans if something more pressing comes along.
Some of you reading this are probably thinking "this girl is nuts," and I'll admit, even I think I'm crazy for doing it sometimes. And I know what they say about "the best laid plans," but that doesn't stop me from doing my best to get a schedule in order.
To all my fellow planners out there, keep it up. And to those who are spur of the moment types - maybe you should try it my way sometime, you might just find that it makes life a little easier.