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The Importance of Planning Ahead

Earlier this evening, I was reminded just how important it is to plan ahead.

Normally I make lists and write down just about everything I need to remember on post-it notes, in a notebook, on my whiteboard, or make memos in my phone– because I know if it isn’t written down, something more important than remembering to buy milk at the grocery store will come up, and I’ll no doubt run into a milk emergency at the worst possible moment.

When I made out my meal plan for the week (big thanks to my sister Melanie for teaching me the importance of such a plan) I realized I had all of the ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies, and added that to my list of things to do for the week.

It was an excellent plan, and the aroma of freshly baked cookies mixed with my laughter from watching my favorite Tuesday night shows made me think the evening was going to be perfect.

Instead of sampling a cookie immediately after taking them out of the oven, I waited until they had a little time to cool, and would be able to dunk them in some icy cold milk.

It wasn’t until I reached into the fridge to grab the milk that I realized just how empty the milk jug was, and that I had apparently ignored the little note posted on a cabinet bearing the words “buy milk” when I went grocery shopping earlier in the week.

The easy solution to this little predicament would have been to make a quick run to the store, but since I was already in my pajamas that idea was completely out of the question, even though there is a grocery store less than 10 minutes away, and I highly doubt anyone would have even noticed my attire.

Like the good Girl Scout I never was (their motto is “Be Prepared,” right… or is that the Boy Scouts?), I decided to make the best of the situation and poured the remaining 2 ounces or so into a glass and decided it would be just enough for one cookie, and decided task #1 for tomorrow will be securing more milk to go with the cookies.

Just in case, I may have set an alarm in my phone to remind me of this important task, and I can almost guarantee next time I make cookies I’ll be fully prepared and stocked up on the correct beverages for enjoying such a treat.

Luckily, this little incident was nothing serious, but I’m glad that it happened because it made me think about other upcoming projects on my to-do list. I’ll be sure to double-check my plans and supplies before beginning any of those.


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