07/08/11 Are You Too Lazy, Or Too Busy?

The Daily Post prompt: are you too lazy or too busy?

Interesting question. It seems like I’m always doing something, often two or three things at the same time. I’m not one of those people who falls asleep when their head hits the pillow; my mind is still going long after that moment. I hate to sound repetitive, but there’s always something…being sound asleep is the only time I truly at rest.

I don’t have a ‘real’ job. I take care of a house, husband, five kids, and two dogs. A while ago I tried to come up with a list of what I actually do, so here it is, in no particular order:

-clean bathrooms (toilets, tub, sinks, mirrors, floor, garbage)
-plan meals and a grocery list for seven people
-do all grocery shopping, going to three grocery stores and the dollar store for best prices
-pay bills
-vacuum (floors, stairs, furniture)
-change bedding
-schedule kids chores
-try to spend at least a few minutes alone with each of the kids every day
-keep family calendar up to date
-clean kitchen (clean counters, sink, dishes, floor, stove top, toaster oven, microwave, table; garbage & recyclables out)
-take care of dogs (shop for food, toys, treats; feed; brush; bathe)
-help with homework, school schedules & projects; check Edline daily; SSL arrangements for four kids
-drive kids to activities, library, sports, etc
-online freebies and points for gift cards; check Craigslist & Freecycle daily
-shop for kids’ clothes, shoes, school supplies, etc
-take care of birthdays and holidays (shop for gifts, decorate, cook, etc)
-schedule kids’ doctor appointments, get prescriptions, etc
-all the other little stuff: change lightbulbs, go thru the mail, sew on a button or fix a stuffed animal, make sure oldest son’s fish tank is full, candles in the kids’ rooms that have them, deposit misc checks & change in the bank, water plants, deal with ex, trim kids’ hair, iron, drive kids to visit their father, be a shoulder or nurse when necessary

There’s probably more that I can’t think of right now…I make sure any friend on Facebook celebrating is wished a happy birthday, I email my mother in law once a week, cook a late night snack for one of the boys, pictures are always Photoshopped as soon as possible, send someone in the house an ecard for no reason…yes, I’m busy but I have fun and laugh, often with a lot of things I do I have music to keep me company.

Sometimes I wish I was more appreciated for what I do. This is my life though and who I am…taking care of other people makes me happy. And busy 😉

05/25/11 Busy Again

After Busy Monday I ended up going to bed at a reasonable time, but of course had trouble falling asleep and kept waking up. I finally gave up and got out of bed much earlier than planned.

What next? Get the dogs outside followed by their breakfast, start the coffee, sit down and face the computer, check email. Nothing from D but an email from A confirming what time I’m supposed to pick him up today (day two of senior exams), followed by a text shortly after informing me of a change in plans for Thursday. Ok, this isn’t an emergency, no stress, breathe….

It’s gray and rainy but warm; both dogs are sound asleep, they’re not crazy. This morning’s goals are to get the upstairs bathroom cleaned, start a load of laundry, and try to figure out what’s wrong with the vacuum. The van needs gas before heading out to the high school. It’s been over a week so I’m curious what that will end up costing me. Stop at CVS on the way home for a few things and to argue with the pharmacist about C’s auto-refill prescription that never auto-refills.

More laundry this afternoon, figure out what to make the kids for dinner, finish the grocery list for tomorrow, take a shower, set up bills to be paid…I think I need a vacation 😉 And for future posts I’d like to figure out how to insert a slideshow rather than a bunch of pictures…