Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I Don't Have Time For This

I have been pretty busy the past five days.  They say that the school year is winding down, but we all know that is a big fat lie.  So many field trips, special presentations, assemblies.  I’ve written about this before.  It’s all-consuming.

I’m also going away for a few days.  It’s the worst timing ever, going away in May when you have school-aged kids, but since I have the bad timing skill in the bag, it fits what’s going on here.  

Recently, because I’m going away, and the kids are ramping up to celebrate the glorious fireworks finale of yet another school year, I’m a little busier than usual.  I’ve found myself short on time, like I-don’t-have-a-minute-to-pee short on time.  It got me thinking: what is taking up all my time?  Packing for a weekend trip and signing a couple of permission slips isn’t all that time consuming.  What am I doing all day?

[My husband regularly asks me this question, and I answer it with dagger eyes and cutting sarcasm.  How dare he ask me how I spend my time when most of my time is spent managing our life?  How DARE he come home from work and not notice the miracles that I have done?  HOW DARE HE?!?!?!]

Sorry.  Got off track a little there.

So this is the dilemma that I always have when I’ve got more than the usual trappings of life going on:  as soon as a trip is near, or a big holiday, or a special event, I go bananas doing a ton of stuff to get ready for the big event.  Because me being wild-eyed and certifiable isn’t fun for anyone, I decided to make a list of things I do or have done when I have a lot going on, see what's necessary and what's not, and eliminate tasks as needed to avoid the crazy spiral.  Here we go.

Things I Do When I Have Something Major On the Horizon
  • Roll all of the change in the house to cash in at the bank.
  • Deposit all of the money that the kids have packed in their piggy banks.
  • Return any unfit clothing that I have bought recently.
  • Change everyone’s wardrobe for the season.
  • Take all unneeded or unwanted items to the thrift store.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Go shopping.  Every day.
  • Do an art project.
  • Start a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
  • Do general home maintenance: change air filters, paint trim, change light bulbs.
  • RSVP to any and all invites we have collected, even though the due dates are weeks away.
  • Do all car maintenance: fueling, washing, oil change.
  • File receipts, paid bills, or any other household paperwork that has collected on my desk.
  • Volunteer at school.
  • Bake something for someone.
  • Order stuff on the internet that I won’t be home to receive when it delivers.  Arrange for a neighbor to pick it up.
  • Plant flowers, pull weeds, trim shrubbery, or spread mulch.
  • Write four blog posts in one day.

Jeez.  The non-urgency of this list is embarrassing.  And I’m just getting started.  I’m telling you. Certifiable.



  1. Seriously, how do him have time to pee during the day?

    1. I usually make time for it after breakfast and before the kids get home from school. It works out.

  2. If "deposit all of the money the kids have packed in their piggy banks" is code for put in 3/4 in their accounts and buy yourself a hot cuppa cup with the redt, then we are soul sisters.

  3. Replies
    1. With the amount my babies had stashed in their banks, I could have bought myself some bling with my cut. I didn't, but most of their babysitters have been paid using their cash. Close enough?

  4. Omg, why have I never thought of that? Yes, close enough.