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So Much To Do. So Little Time.

There are things I have to do, things I want to do, and of course the unplanned things that get in the way. But where or where can you find all the time to get this done and more importantly where do you find the energy to do it after working all day?

As I sit here brainstorming what I am going to do next, I realize that I need to come up with a new plan. It is no longer what am I going to do next (I have way too many choices) but when am I going to do it.

This is how my day usually goes:

5:30 a.m. – Alarm rings…perhaps I should get up and exercise. Then I turn over and hit the snooze.

6:00 a.m. – I manage to drag myself out of bed to brew a fresh pot of coffee and begin to prep for work.

7:30 a.m. (at the latest) – Little Man and I are racing out the door. Drop him off at daycare, stand by my car and make monkey faces as he and his friends stare and giggle out the window (generally act like the fool to get him to laugh but hey, that’s love for you) then off to work.

8:00 – 5:00 – Chained to my desk (where I plan what I am going to do that night, what I’ll blog about…oh and do my job of course 😉 )

5:00 – 5:45 – Pick up my little man and head for home.

6:00 – 7:00 – Prep and eat dinner

7:00 – 7:30 ish – Bath time for little man which means I get out the towels and plan for the second coming of Noah’s flood.

7:30 – 8 – The chase is on. Little man in his batman cape and undies as I run around the house after him with his pajamas. Nine times out of ten, I give up and he triumphantly sleeps in his undies.

Then there is about 10-15 minutes of tickle time, kisses and then some more stories (some read, some made up) and then a couple of minutes where he recites how good he has been and what he wants for his birthday and/or Christmas. Then we discuss “how awesome” the toys are…then after allllllllll that I glance over at the clock and it is usually around 9:45 when JBear finally drifts off to sleep and as of late, I am not far behind.

So here is my question to all you out there who have kids, or pets, or whatever – how do you do it? How do you find the time to get you daily chores done, work, spend time with friends and family, exercise, completing small projects or hobbies and still get to bed at a decent hour?

Step, By Step, By Step

We woke to the time flashing on the alarm clock – a dead give away that the power went out for a period of time.  After brewing a fresh pot of coffee and sipping on it as we gazed blankly at the rim of the cup, we opened up our laptops and realized that the internet was out as well.  AHHHH THE HORROR!!!

In my own feeble way to somehow magically wish the internet connection back on, I continuously hit the refresh button.  This did not work. It did however, encourage Jason to make yet another attempt to persuade me to get an iphone:

 “You know….if we had iphones you could be working on the blog right now”

I must admit – it is getting harder and harder to say no.

So while the cable company worked at restoring power, we began working to restore order to our home.  Divide and conquer was our tactic; Jason outside, JBear and I inside.  Given the sweltering weather, I didn’t object.

In my mind, if I worked fast enough I could get the entire house back in order before the day was done; apparently this day was one filled with disappointments because that didn’t happen.  But looking at it now, I will look at this as a series of small victories and move forward.

I started with what was once JBear’s playroom, converted into a holding area during renovations, and now into our dining room.  Prepare yourselves, this isn’t pretty (yet).

As you can tell, this is one of the rooms on the first floor that we have yet to remodel. It still is sporting a beautiful drop ceiling and baseboard heaters that do not work. Renovation plans for this area are constantly changing; as usual we keep changing our minds. So for now, we both agreed that it should get get a good cleaning and become our dining room.

Toys were relocated one step at a time to JBear’s room. Do you know that you burn 544 calories by walking up and down stairs for an hour.  I ended up loosing count as to how many trips I made up and down those stairs. But, from my calculations of calories burnt, I did use this as a way to validate having Chinese takeout for dinner so I’m not complaining (that much). 😉 

Magically, a few of the toys that I took to JBear’s room kept finding their way back downstairs.  After a quick discussion with JBear we were able to contain the toys to his room and move forward with the room make-over.

We still have a TV and train table to relocate but I consider this progress. Sitting at the dinner table, talking about superhero’s and fireworks…..well I must say our Chinese takeout never tasted so good.

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