Wednesday, April 26, 2006

beware, this is a rambling post about the beauty of list-making and a plea for recipes involving powdered wasabi

I am the type of person who makes a list for absolutely everything. I don’t think I could function in a world without lists. I could make a list of the various lists that I keep and it would make me happy. Crossing things off is just so satisfying. I don’t know if it’s my natural tendency or if it’s directly caused by too many years in a corporate environment. Possibly both.

So a typical to-do list for me might read something like this:

  • Do expense report
  • Pay AmEx bill
  • Get car washed
  • Drop clothes off at Salvation Army
  • Get groceries
  • Call for haircut appt.

The beauty of this list is that guess what? It spawns another list! A grocery list. Now we’re just getting warmed up. I have often thought that it would be helpful to make a grocery list in the order that you would encounter the items in the store. However, I am not really that anal. I am surface anal. For example, my house looks clean, but whatever you do, DO NOT open a drawer or closet. The results will frighten you.

So where was I? Well, it has come to my attention that not everyone lives and dies by the list. Some people do things willy-nilly! Throwing caution to the wind! Doing errands in a haphazard and unorganized fashion! I could tell you about the time I sent my husband to the grocery store for some dinner items and he came home with a can of powdered wasabi. We were not having sushi for dinner. We were not having Japanese food for dinner, in fact. But to this day, there is still a can of powdered wasabi cooling its heels in my pantry. A never-used can of powdered wasabi.

This is what happens when a list is disregarded. Powdered wasabi happens. But I am of the school of thought that believes when life gives you powdered wasabi, you make powdered wasabi lemonade. So if you know of any recipes that use powdered wasabi, please write it up for me and leave it in the comments section. Just avoid any lemonade recipes because hello, that was figurative.

4 comments:

Amy said...

powdered wasabi? I had no idea there was such a thing. Guess that's what you get when you don't eat Sushi, huh?

I, too, love a good list. And I make lists that spur on other lists, too. It's a good feeling. And my grocery list sometimes does go in order of the aisles when I get truly ambitious.

I know, I know I need a life.

undercover celebrity said...

love lists.

I'll be honest, I did the whole grocery list by aisle thing. But it wasn't for me... it was part of my attempt to get Mark to go grocery shopping. But he claimed A) He doesn't know what to buy, and B) that he HATES backtracking in the aisles.

Hence the by-aisle list. I have to be honest, it was awesome. So much more efficient. Sadly, though, I don't have the discipline to do it before every trip. It's my special occassion list. :)

Carolyn said...

I have never even heard of powdered wasabi. Where exactly did your husband go on his grocery errand.

I'm a list person too. I've even found lists from years past, like my list of things I wanted to do in the house. It was nice to see that I had actually accomplished a lot of the things (renovate the kitchen, paint the dining room and living room, get a new dining room table) without even thinking about it.

Newlywife said...

1. I am not sure what powdered wasabi even is or that it existed before reading this post.

2. Lists give me added tension. The thing is, I invariably don't get much done and then the uncrossed off items taunt me for the remainder of the day.

3. Ironically, my secretary loves to make lists and give them to me every monday morning. I promptly throw the list away. You would think that this would deter her...but ohhh, she loves the lists.

4. I grocery shop with a list because of my husband, but every so often I go myself sans list. It is not pretty. We have a can of stewed tomatoes and some pickled tomatoes, some half sour tomatoes. Did I mention neither one of us is that crazy about tomatoes?