August 19th, 2013
In less than one week, my son will be starting ninth grade and, as much as it pains my type-A soul, I admit I was flummoxed. Where was the list of unfindable school supplies, the needed nagging to finish required summer reading or the last-minute dash to replace too-small cleats? The year I thought he would need me the most, the back-to-school routine turned into a blank to-do list.
Intoxicated by my first ever mall-free end of summer vacation, I dusted off the always handy auxiliary to-do list. At the top, highlighted and underlined, lay “cancel magazine subscriptions and download free magazines from the library.” Optimism shined as bright as the sun as I reclined on the porch and powered up.
Guilt-free, I opened up my Zinio app, primed to save a few dollars and explore the selection of periodicals. I plunged right in and what started as browsing soon became quite a binge. Only when the “what’s for dinner call” rang out did I realize that a whole new list of complicated, unwieldy projects had been added to my to-dos. I couldn’t have been happier.
Replace kitchen countertop—Family Handyman
Repurpose beer tap into garden fountain—Country Gardens
Lose belly fat in two weeks!—Shape
Try bacon-wrapped corn recipe—Food Network’s 50 Ways to Make Corn on the Cob
Start watching Duck Dynasty—US Weekly
Create all homemade Christmas gifts—Best Ideas for Christmas
Learn to crochet—Interweave Crochet
Plan 2014 summer vacation—Hawaii? National Geographic Traveler
What have you discovered in Zinio (and what’s on your to-do wish list because of it)?