Saturday, October 16, 2010

Busy. Season.

We are in the middle of our family busy season. As I previously blogged about September to November, life is, to say the least, hectic. It feels like we don’t have time to focus, process or breathe. This is my excuse for lack of substantial blogs lately. I actually have bunches of ideas that I have scribbled down on a list. At least half of them, I can actually ready my handwriting and know what I wanted to say. I just literally do not have time to sit at the computer and pound away.

By now we are well-ensconced in the cozy routine of school. I won’t say that homework (i.e. spelling practice) is exactly treated with enthusiasm, but I have at least grudging acknowledgement that Mommy won’t shut up until both children have obliged

The kids are in Cubs and Brownies respectively. While we really love these activities and the outward focus, they are volunteer organization and volunteer means fundraising. So we are simulatenously selling cookies and pop corn.  Plus there is always a list of things to do, remember, bring or assemble. I spent the past couple of weeks acquiring items for a survival kit for Jackson's upcoming camping trip. Hunting for waterproof matches and gauze pads in between everything else.

To give you a taste of what a-day-in-the-life, I present Tuesday to you:

6:00 a.m.: Alarm goes off. Ignore it.
6:20 a.m.: Grudgingly get up, get dressed, grab breakfast, run to bus stop.
7:55 a.m.: Arrive at work with Starbucks.
7:56 a.m.: to 4:29 p.m.: Work without stopping except to pee, to reload on coffee or complain with colleagues about amount of work.
4:30 p.m.: Leave work and run for train.
4:40 p.m.: Breathe enormous sigh of relief that I have 20 minute train ride and can enjoy crossword puzzle.
4:41 p.m.: Receive email that urgent assistance is requested by a colleague (who helps me unquestioningly when I need it).
4:41 to 5:35 p.m.: Read extensive emails and process the question posed.
5:36 p.m.: Grab bowl of dinner made by Husband and head to computer to deal with work problem.
6:20 p.m.: Head downstairs to see if Jackson has all his accoutrements for Cub. Remember that we have to transfer his survival pack from Ziploc bag to fanny pack.
6:21 p.m.: Realize that all things will not fit and pare down survival pack to few items. Debate what items Jackson will not need to survive.
6:31 p.m.: Herd kids to car. Ensure Jackson has survival kit, Cub manual and $1 in dues. Ensure Husband has everything he needs for church meeting.
6:35 p.m.: Back out of driveway.
6:43 p.m.: Arrive at school for Cubs inordinantly impressed that we are 2 minutes early.
6:44 p.m.: Realize Jackson forgot Cub manual at home on stairs and Husband forgot church key at home.
6:45 p.m.: Race home to retrieve manual and keys.
6:50 p.m.: Drop off Cub manual.
6:55 p.m.: Drop off Husband at church for meeting.
6:56 p.m.: Drive to grocery store to buy cheese buns, which they were out of the previous 2 attempts and which is the only  meal item Sydney will accept for lunch without an excessive amount of complaining.
6:59 p.m.: Flip open Sydney’s planner and quiz her on spelling.
7:01 p.m.: Try to think up a way for Sydney to remember CHURNS is not spelled CHERNS.
7:06 p.m.: Try to think up a way for Sydney to remember HUNGRY has an N in the middle of it. And only one G.
7:15 p.m.: Realize grocery store is AGAIN out of 6 pack of cheese buns.
7:20 p.m.: Line up to buy single cheese buns (the last 3) at extortionate rate.
7:27 p.m.: Try to explain to Sydney why BOILED is not spelled BOYLD.
7:33 p.m.: Try to explain to Sydney that REALLY is REALLY not spelled RILLY.
7:36 p.m.: Explain to Sydney that even though we have gone over all of her spelling words, we need to keep working on his because the test is one day away and the idea is to be able to spell some of the words correctly. Rilly.
7:51 p.m.: Arrive back at school with spelling practice completed. 9 minutes early for Cub ‘investment’ ceremony.
7:56 p.m.: Head to gym for ceremony.
8:10 p.m.: Try not to look annoyed that ceremony not yet started.
8:23 p.m.: Receive FIVE crests and badges that need to be affixed to Jackson’s Cub uniform by Friday for camping trip.
8:25 p.m.Chase down kids, who are running around gym with 20 other kids. Usher them to car.
8:35 p.m.: Tell kids it’s bedtime.
8:36 p.m.: Try not to blow stack when children whine “but we just got home!!”
8:59 p.m.: Tuck Sydney in. Tell Jackson I will not be responsible for my actions if he goes into Sydney’s room ONE MORE FREAKIN’ TIME!
9:01 p.m.: Start cleaning up kitchen. Much on deliciosu cheesy Bits and Bites mix. I deserve it.
9:15 p.m. Start on lunches.
9:16 p.m. Knock over large bowl of Bits and Bites mix.
9:17 p.m.: Clean up mix.
9:26 p.m.: Vacuum floor.
9:37 p.m.: Vacuum floor again with real vacuum.
9:46 p.m.: Back to making lunches.
9:59 p.m.: Return to computer to work on work problem.
10:00 p.m.:  Turn on TV and watch coverage of Chilean miners emerging from their 69 day confinement underground.
10:01 p.m.: Realize, things aren't that bad.

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