• Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
    by David Allen
  • Preparing Instructional Objectives: A Critical Tool in the Development of Effective Instruction
    Preparing Instructional Objectives: A Critical Tool in the Development of Effective Instruction
    by Robert F. Mager
  • The Perfect Puppy: How to Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior
    The Perfect Puppy: How to Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior
    by Benjamin L. Hart, Lynette A. Hart

    This book includes super helpful graphs describing 56 common dog breeds in terms of 13 traits, including playfulness.

  • Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog
    Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog
    by Carol Lea Benjamin

    My favorite book on dog training.

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Thursday
Mar172016

Tasks for Dobby the House-Elf

What would you do if you had a house-elf (as in from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels)?

I recently fantasized about what I would have Dobby do, if he served my family:

 

  • Clean the kitchen after each meal
  • Help with Spring and Fall cleanings
  • Stay on top the Year-Round Maintenance Chart of home maintenance tasks
  • Package the Christmas gifts and get them shipped so they arrive by Christmas day
  • Get us great seats at the ballet (I guess he’d have to have access to our gold for that, hmm)
  • Find the best flight or other transportation to Sedona for Thanksgiving, and stay on top of deals that we could take advantage of
  • Pick up library books as they come in and return the ones we’re done with
  • Fill the gas tank and keep the car clean inside and out
  • Take the car to the repair shop and pick it up when it’s ready
  • Do the laundry and, especially, put away the clean clothes, towels, sheets, etc.
  • Change the bedclothes every couple of weeks and keep the linen closet tidy and organized (with the linen folded per the Marie Kondo method)
  • Help me sort and purge file folders, and use his magic to rearrange the heavy furniture in my office
  • Magically organize all my folders and distribute them evenly among my filing cabinets (per David Allen’s recommendation)
  • Magically sense the folders I haven’t touched in over a year so I can purge them
  • Magically transport archive stuff neatly to the attic
  • Flush and clean my fountain pens when they run out of ink
  • Keep the Dremel (for the dogs’s toenails) in good working order
  • Keep the cobwebs away in the garage and at the front entrance
  • Replace blown light bulbs as soon as they go out
  • Keep the gutters clean
  • Organize the arborist to come every year and take care of our trees
  • Keep our shoes clean, in good repair, and polished
  • Package and sell eBay stuff that no longer serves me

 

Plenty of work to keep Dobby happy!

What would you have a house-elf do? Would you have a Winky, a Dobby, a Kreacher?