When I was still in school I dreamt about finishing so that my time would be mine (and Smoochy’s and Lovegirl’s) again. I had grand visions of delicious home cooked meals, a clean and organized home, arts and crafts with Lovegirl, being in the gym at least five days a week, and life falling into a relaxed, easy vibe.
Instead, my house is still a mess. I find myself running last minute errands almost daily. Lovegirl and I have eaten more grilled chesse sandwiches than the law should allow, the walls of my study are still “insane asylum gray,” and my gym-going habits have improved, but are nowhere near the five days I week I was dreaming of this time last year.
So I started thinking about why haven’t I been able to do the things I want to do. Why I’m still getting up at the crack of dawn and yet scrambling to get out the door on time every morning. Why so many things on my mental to do list are not getting done.
My brilliant conclusion? Because I sit down. As long as I walk in the door and keep moving, I can accomplish a lot. Dishes are miraculously washed, clothes are folded/hung up/put away, lunches are packed, complete nutritious meals are prepared….But more often than not? I sit down. And before I know it, I’ve watched a complete episode of NCIS (love that show!), filed my nails and it’s pushing 7:00. Leaving me just enough time to make grilled cheese sandwiches, get Lovegirl in and out of the tub, comb her hair and get her in the bed by 8. When I sit down again. And don’t get up until 5 the next morning.
Yeah, something’s gotta give. So I’m going back to my daily/weekly/monthly to do lists. I’m buying a little notepad for my purse and will be making good use of it. I’m going to stop sitting down to relax for “just a minute” when I walk through the door and take care of my business first.
On the agenda for this weekend? Somewhere between taking Lovegirl to the fair and probably attending the JSU/SU football game I am taking stock of my pantry, cabinets and freezer and stocking them all so that quick, healthy, homemade meals will be no further than a pot and 30 minutes away.
I’ve also got floors to mop, laundry to fold and a master bedroom to get under control. Looks like the only sitting I’ll be doing this weekend will be at church on Sunday morning!
Hope you have a lovely, blessed weekend. Take care!