Lists and More Lists

I can’t function without lists. Beside my daily to-do list, an absolute must, I prepare lists before grocery shopping, before packing for a trip, before organizing a get-together. List of guests, list of food, list of drinks…

While starting a touristic vacation, I’ll make sure I have a list of the places we have to visit. I can go on and on with my lists. Are you a list maker?

If you check the Internet, you’ll notice a list of the Most Expensive Houses and the Celebrities’ Houses, presented with pictures and captions; the Weirdest Hairdos, a hilarious list; the Worst People in History; the Best-Dressed First Ladies; the Best-Rated Universities and most expensive;…

You may enjoy reading this list of Weddings in the White House:

Eighteen White House weddings have been documented:

March 29, 1812

Lucy Payne Washington (the sister of Dolley Madison) married Thomas Todd on the State Floor, probably in the Blue Room.

March 9, 1820

Maria Hester Monroe (daughter of President and Mrs. James Monroe) married Samuel Lawrence Gouverneur (Mrs. Monroe’s nephew) on the State Floor, probably in the Blue Room.

February 25, 1828

John Adams (son of President and Mrs. John Quincy Adams) married Mary Catherine Hellen (Mrs. Adams’ niece) in the Blue Room.

April 10, 1832

Mary A. Eastin (Rachel Jackson’s niece) married Lucius J. Polk in the East Room.

November 29, 1832

Mary Anne Lewis (daughter of a close friend of President Andrew Jackson) married Alphonse Pageot in the East Room.

January 31, 1842

Elizabeth Tyler (daughter of President and Mrs. John Tyler) married William Waller in the East Room.

May 21, 1874

Nellie Grant (daughter of President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant) married Algernon Sartoris in the East Room.

June, 1878

Emily Platt (niece of Lucy Hayes) married Russell Hastings in the Blue Room.

June 2, 1886

President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the Blue Room.

February 17, 1906

Alice Lee Roosevelt (daughter of President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt) married Nicholas Longworth in the East Room.

November 25, 1913

Jessie Woodrow Wilson (daughter of President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson) married Francis Bowes Sayre in the East Room.

May 7, 1914

Eleanor Randolph Wilson (daughter of President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson) married William Gibbs McAdoo in the Blue Room.

August 7, 1918

Alice Wilson (niece of President Woodrow Wilson) married Isaac Stuart McElroy, Jr., in the Blue Room.

July 30, 1942

Harry Hopkins (assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt) married Louise Gill Macy in the Second Floor Oval Room (then the president’s study).

December 9, 1967

Lynda Bird Johnson (daughter of President and Mrs. Johnson) married Charles Spittal Robb in the East Room.

June 12, 1971

Tricia Nixon (daughter of President and Mrs. Richard Nixon) married Edward Finch Cox in the Rose Garden.

May 28, 1994

Anthony Rodham (brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton) married Nicole Boxer in the Rose Garden.

October 19, 2013

Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza was married to Patti Lease in the Rose Garden.

Are you a list maker?  What type of lists do you make?

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She's a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist. Mona Risk's name has often been posted on the Amazon.com 100 Most Popular Authors in Romance list, and her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher's Weekly. Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home. If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy her international romances. Meet the spirited heroines and special heroes who share irresistible chemistry in stories that simmer with emotion.  View website

3 Replies to “Lists and More Lists”

  1. Oh, yes, Mona. I’m a big list maker too. How would anyone survive very long without them? I notice I get a lot more done during the day if I have a list to guide me. I make my lists on scratch paper, and sometimes they get long, as I cross out what I’ve done and add two more things that need doing. I find I need a list before I sit down at the computer so that I don’t get distracted by all the items put there by Google or Yahoo. I have one list for work to do that day, another for things to buy, another for long term projects I need to keep working on. My daughter makes each item a post-it-note, then throws them away as they are finished.

  2. Hi, Mon:
    I just finished clearing my desk, printer top and behind the flat screen of lists, post it notes with scenes for certain chapters in WIPS – Yay for lists – can’t function without lists, and if I go to the food store without one, I’m thru!

    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs!

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