This past weekend, I wrote out a list of chores to do. It’s fall, and even though I am 23, living on my own means cleaning and organizing, painting and re-decorating. I made the list so I could make sure that on my two days off, I didn’t forget anything that needed to be done.
On Monday, however, I wasn’t surprised that most of those chores didn’t get done.
Last week was the official start of the best season in weekend television. Halloween is the kick-off holiday that brings out the best in cable stations who pepper Saturday and Sunday classic movies into their schedule. I had planned for this weekend since September. The Jets are on a bye week. The Halloween decorations are free to come down. It’s cool enough to open the windows and air out the house.
Then, two chores into my seemingly endless task list, “While You Were Sleeping” comes on TBS. Two hours of my day were gone.
Then came the Halloween programming — a “Halloween” marathon, ABC Family classics like “Hocus Pocus” and “Scream.” As if on cue, the Steelers and Patriots decided to live up to the hype their matchup created.
Four more hours disappeared.
Right before I got set to make dinner “Anchorman” came on. The best part was that I wasn’t even upset. I spent the summer outside on weekends, never getting my cleaning done because the weather was too nice. I find things to do almost every day off. Days that are spent completely on the couch have become few and far in between.
The change in season usually signifies a changeover in every household. It’s a time to clean, get the house ready for the holidays. But maybe this is why spring cleaning is so successful. Baseball is barely beginning, the only large interruption the sporting calendar provides is March Madness. The weather gets gradually nice, but rain allows you to stay inside and get things done.
That being said, I have but a few weeks to get any of the things I want to do done. Why? In three weeks, we will be facing Thanksgiving, and there is absolutely no hope for my easily-distracted brain once Christmas movies start playing.
Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652.