by Madison Hart
Meet Lisa. Lisa is your average woman. Except she makes a ton of lists…on sticky notes…everywhere. But this time, she put her 2016 goals on a nice sheet of crisp notebook paper. Tonight is New Year’s Eve. After a long, tiring day as a barista, she retires to her home office in anticipation of crossing off all her goals…
Let’s see… (rummaging through desk drawer), I know my nice neat list of goals is in here…somewhere (chucks stapler over shoulder, barely missing her cat) Ah ha! Here it is Mr. Fluffy (cat purrs) Now, I’ll just snuggle up in the big armchair by the fire and mark off everythi
ng I have accomplished (sits with nose in air).
ONE. Baked cookies every Saturday
Oh ya! That was an easy one-CHECK!
TWO. Never missed an episode of my favorite shows
Barely (wipes brow), college almost got in the
way (perks up) CHECK!
THREE. Found Mr. Fluffy a friend
Um…well…Mr. Fluffy, you really should work on your first impressions (Mr. Fluffy hisses). Just saying…NOT CHECK!
FOUR. Remembered to floss at least once a week
They really should stock that near the gummy bears so I remember to buy more…NOT CHECK!
FIVE. Went to the Gym with BFF once per week
Whoops, ya, I ditched her after the first one…(lightbulb moment) That’s why she hasn’t called me…NOT CHECK! (Mr. Fluffy glares) Ya, ya, I know…bad friend
SIX. (Tries to smile and shake off impending gloom) Successfully completed first semester of Acting School. Well, I did successfully land the prominent role of background dancer #1. Oh ya! ( Pencil checks and Mr. fluffy meows) But, but—(hangs head and sighs) UNCHECK.
(Stares into fire for unknown length of time)
Goodnight Mr. Fluffy, I’m too downtrodden to stay up for 2017. (Throws list into fire) I think I’ll resort back to sticky notes. (leaves room)
(White cat with pink bow rubs against Mr. Fluffy) CHECK!