Knocking Things Off My To-Do List


My to do list is full of a lot of mundane things. Little things need fixing, things need sorting, things need tidying….pretty much like anyone else’s list.  And much like anyone else, I am fantastic at not getting things checked off that list.

Today’s Perfect Moment is getting one of those things checked off the list.

Last year, I took two cycling vacations. I came back with a lot of memories and a bunch of stuff I meant to put in a scrapbook.  I managed to get most of the stuff sorted from the first trip…but not everything.  Then I totally forgot to do anything with the second batch of stuff.

On both trips, I updated my blog and I posted a bunch of pictures to facebook. On the second trip I put more emphasis on the blog than writing down what happened in the scrapbook.  This was better for the blog, but who knows if I will access it as often as I might pick up the book and leaf through it.


I can’t say it is a work of art. I am not really good at scrapbooking and a lot of what I put in there is a little banal.  I stuck in menus from the flight, business cards, menus and disposable maps.  My writing….when scrawl seems to sum it up best.

I am glad it is done and many of the things from the trip are in one compact place.

Of course, I have other souvenirs. I have postcards that I didn’t send.  I have many hundreds of pictures (which I am still posting to Instagram) , full colour maps, an amazing book of photographs, magnets, art for my walls, and an awesome box to hold my chopsticks.

What kinds of things or ways do you keep mementos from your trip?


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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10 Responses to Knocking Things Off My To-Do List

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Of course I keep the photos. Also keep tourist brochures and fact sheets and once I’ve written about the place or experience on the blog, I ditch those. My house is already crawling with too many little scraps of paper. No longer buy much in the way of souvenirs or even presents for the kids. They say ‘Mum, please no more scarves or earrings or books or art or Christmas decorations or…or…or’.

    • Anthony says:

      I understand your kids reaction. One year I told my family that if they were going to buy me any birthday or Christmas presents, they should be consumable (food, drink etc.) They got rather cross with me.
      Much like yourself, my house has way too much stuff and every attempt I make to compact it…others work against me.
      Thanks for your response.

  2. bgddyjim says:

    I take eight of my favorite photos from a trip and by a frame to fit them… they go on my office wall. I like the scrapbook idea, though. Impressive.

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