Tuesday, February 7, 2012

High Hopes, Big Ideas, and Plugging Along

      I have time to post today, right now.  Not a lot of time, but time.  I figure I had better put something up because this week is shaping up to be a busy one. 

      I got a ton done today.  In the first hour I was at work this morning, I closed 4 cases.  I scheduled a bunch of conferences and whatnot over the course of the next couple days, and, if I can stick to my schedule, I will close 7 more cases by Friday.

       This is big.  Too many open cases at once is extremely stressful.  And, after last week's craziness, I had a LOT of open cases.  It feels good to get resolution for my clients.  And it feels even better to get the stacks of chaos off my desk.

      Though I do now have a pile of chaos on the floor next to my desk.  I figure if it's there, in my way, looking atrocious, maybe I'll be more likely to sort through it and file it away.


       If that were the case, my entryway table wouldn't be COVERED in debris from the last 3 months.  (And 3 months is being generous - it probably goes back to the day we moved in).

      Nevertheless, my desk is cleared off, I've closed a bunch of cases today (I closed even more this afternoon).  If all goes well, I will only have 3 open cases remaining at the end of this week.  That's assuming I don't open any more this week.  Which, of course, I will.  But getting down to 3 cases is the goal.

      I have a lot of balls in the air right now.


      I said I have a lot of balls.

      *Oops*  My closet Jr. High sense of humor got out there for a minute.

      I have a lot on my mind.  Seriously, there is so much floating around in there, I'm surprised strings of words in Times New Roman font haven't stared falling out of my ears.

       I have big plans at work.  I'm revamping systems that have been in place for years.  I'm modernizing.  I'm saving some trees.  I'm leaving my mark.

      You know, between the back-to-back-to-back clients. 

       I have big plans, but putting them into action is slow going.

        The same goes for at home.  Big plans.  Big plans for stuff to do with the kids.  Big plans for the gardens.  Big plans for cleaning/organizing/redecorating.  Big plans for date nights with MacGyver.

       Time to put those plans into action, though?  Limited.

       At the very least, I have made a couple calls about getting a babysitter.

       Thank heavens for MacGyver.  Even though he has been crazy busy the last couple weeks, too, he has really taken on a lot around the house.  My main two chores every night are cooking dinner and doing the dishes - which may not sound like a lot to you stay-at-home or work-at-home types, but I only have about 3 hours a night with my kids and my "chores" don't include any of the things I have to/ get to do with them (homework, playing, baths, bedtime, etc.).  Over the last week or so, MacGyver has taken over cooking a couple times, and done the dishes for me at least twice.  He is the sweetest thing.  Seriously, I have never met a more considerate person.

      I just wish I were better equipped to return the favor.  Which of his chores can I do for him???  It would have to be a heck of a lot of them to even compare to what he does for me.

      But I have big plans for things to do at home.  MacGyver and I were hatching even bigger plans today at lunch.  Ahhhh, future fantasies.

      Then there's this little blog here.

       So many posts swirling around in my brain.  Ethical Eating and Sustainable Living!  We've been doing so much around the house that I want to share!  There is so much information I want to diseminate!  But cobbling together those posts takes a lot more effort than long train of thought rambles like this.  And the Compassion blog (which I secretly think no one else really likes, but whatever, it's important to me).  I'm already in Step 2, and there is so much to write about for Step 2, but I still haven't finished writing my Step 1 posts.  Erg.

       And Project 52?  Yeah, well, we just won't talk about that.

       Dangit.  This was not supposed to be another post whining about how I'm so busy lately.  It was supposed to motivate me to write the other posts I've been putting off.


      Oh well.  You'll deal.  At least it's not another Compassion post, right?  (NO!  Not right, you love the Compassion posts, don't you?)

      I AM busy lately, but it's good busy.  It's getting things done busy.  It's responsible adult busy.

       Which leaves me wondering:

       How the EFF do real, no-kidding responsible adults do this?  How the EF do you live in a house with two working parents and do quality work and lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain an entertaining blog/hobby and keep up on the latest professional and interest-based information and keep a clean house and keep in touch with friends and have a social life and lead church groups and cook and clean (yes, it's redundant, but so is effing cleaning) and date your husband and grow personally and BREATHE?

        Seriously.  I don't think it's possible.  I'm starting to think everyone else is faking it.  Or you're keeping house elves around to do your cleaning.  And maybe your gardening.

       Don't get me wrong, I am having a really good week.  I'm happy.  Things are awesome.  I'm kicking ass.  But even when I'm on top of my game and kicking ass,  there are things falling to the wayside.  I was supposed to reshuffle my savings account setup today, and I didn't even glance at it.  I didn't write a good blog post.  I didn't take the diapers out of the drier.  I am SO far behind in garden prep.

       This post has no point.  But I really wanted to post in case I don't get the chance over the next couple days. 

      And because none of you like my Compassion posts.

      Not that I'm whining.  Because I'm not.

      I am happy and super greatful for all the amazing things life has piled on me to stress me out: Family, Job, Faith, Interests, the whole chaotic mess!

Flintstone decided he wanted to learn to use chopsticks last night.  Pretty darned good for 16 months old!

       And there are about 4 of you who I owe return emails to.  Brittany is one of them.  There are more.  Did I say I was going to send you some information then fail to do so.  PLEASE call me out on it.  I really need to start flagging the emails I need to respond to.

      More random.

      Good thing the lovely Shawn and IA don't have any rules for their Talk to Us Tuesday!  And for more of my rambling, check out IA's hilarious post for TTUT Today and my mini blog post in her comments section.     

I don't even know if that's the right code because my stupid computer blocks everything.
It even, as of last week, block Pinterest.
The horror!


Karen Peterson said...

I am absolutely and totally convinced that all those people are faking it. I don't even have kids or a husband and I can barely find time to cook, clean, or blog lately.

MiMi said...

You always have a lot of balls. BIG balls. :)
You are one busy girl. For reals. Your posts are busy too...lots of stuff. I am not that organized to get it all down in a nice way like you. :)

MiMi said...

PS My word for word veri was Pretti. I don't know why but I liked that.

Impulsive Addict said...

Girl, you need some down time. You need a day where you don't do anything (except maybe date your husband)

Your plate is always full. I'm not sure how you get anything done.

Guess what? I have the humor of a 7th grade boy and I totally laughed at the word BALLS.

I have girl balls. You do too. We have that in common you know!

Thanks for linking this up.

BTW, I'm in my "very very very early 30's" and I can't use chop sticks. It's very sad.

Impulsive Addict said...

Girl, you need some down time. You need a day where you don't do anything (except maybe date your husband)

Your plate is always full. I'm not sure how you get anything done.

Guess what? I have the humor of a 7th grade boy and I totally laughed at the word BALLS.

I have girl balls. You do too. We have that in common you know!

Thanks for linking this up.

BTW, I'm in my "very very very early 30's" and I can't use chop sticks. It's very sad.

Stacy Uncorked said...

I'm dizzy after reading all that. Which turns me into a dizzy blonde, and that's not a good look on me. ;)

I don't know how those people do it, either - I left the Corporate World to stay home with Princess Nagger when she arrived, and even being home all day, there's no way I can keep up with it all. Sure I work from home, but you'd think that would give me more leeway to at least keep the house neat and tidy. Not so much. I need to get my hands on some of those magical little elves... :)

And way to go closing all those cases and getting your desk cleared off! Bet that's a great feeling. :)

Madonna Still Rocks, M.I.A. Steals the Headlines, and Another Stray Cat

Diandra said...

You are right, the "perfect life" everyone is supposed to have (for "mental and emotional health" at that!) is not feasible. I mean, we are just two kind-of adults and two cats, yet we never get everything done. I make time for writing and exercising in my day (getting up early), then there is a normal work day plus cooking, and everything else just kind of gets crammed inbetween. (I read and write blogs when there is not much to do at work, or in the afternoon over a cup of tea.) My social activities are limited, I hardly have got any hobbies (started knitting at night in front of the TV, if we ever get to watch TV), and when in doubt, the flat stays chaotic. ^^

Masala Chica said...

LOL. You said balls. ;-)

You are doing way too much. Though I should talk, I am exactly the same way.

God I need I vacation.

jennykate77 said...

You said "balls". *hehehehehe* My mind is always that of a 12 year old boy. I swear.

You are one busy momma!! I think you need to schedule in a day of NOTHING!!...except maybe a date night.

Cute kiddo! Love that he's attempting chop sticks! He'll be a pro by the time he's 2!

CanadianMama said...

You said balls haha!

Okay, but slow down woman - you are too busy!!

JUST ME said...

I wish I had more balls in my life right about now.



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