Friday, September 12, 2008

More stuff to do, not enough time

I started the school year off organized with my online calendar up to date, an area for kids to study and another area for them to play, a little laundry every day, and even time for me to exercise. However, now onto week two and the one thing that really throws a wrench on my day is when more stuff is added to my already organized to-do list, in particular, stuff that needs to be done NOW! What!? I don't have time for more stuff---grrrrr! One would think that being a "stay at home mom" I would have time to do it all and then some, or maybe I'm just letting these things overwhelm me, yeah that's it.

By the way, the term stay at home mom has to go--we need a new name because I rarely stay home all day and when I am home, I'm working my bumm off and the most valuable pay I get comes from the sloppy kisses and peanut butter filled hugs I get everyday.

Anyway, I have to re-do my to-do list TODAY or I will just crawl back into bed with the baby and watch TV all day and that's just non-productive. Let me explain. I am down to one year of college left to get my degree and it would be pretty cool if I graduated college when my son graduates High School- I'm a late bloomer, what can I say. So I decided to take three classes this semester, it's all online which means a lot of reading needs to be done and I guess I'm still no willing to give up my down time just yet. My classes are Art History, Music Appreciation, and Myth and Culture, a humanities course. All are very interesting to me and I am enjoying the discussions in the classroom quite a bit. But this is a lot to take on and a lot of writing, researching, reading--I'm tired just thinking about it.

Add to this my daily chores, my part time job at the gym which I am thankful to have otherwise I would be joining the ranks of those who say "I just don't have time to exercise." I have to make time even if I'm not working or I will just fall apart without my daily dose of fitness. With the threat of Hurricane Hanna we spent some time prepping the yard, moving all the toys, the potted plants, the lawn furniture, etc. We got a lot of rain and with that came the rapid growth of weeds in the garden. Now I'm left with putting everything back, cleaning the yard, collecting the trash that was deposited by the wind, if I didn't have enough to do already. Another Grrrrr!

Today is the day when I will change how I feel about all this stuff, update my to-do list and make sure I leave some work for the kids to do this weekend. It's time for me to delegate and stop trying to be super woman. I am going to create time in my schedule --again.


  1. thanks for stopping by my blog! people were really freaking out over that spiky spider but you know how small they are!

  2. Thanks for coming to visit! Holy Cow you've got a lot going on! I envy your being able to go back to school. There's a program I want to take, just don't have the cash for. Good luck with the reorganizing. When you're finished can you come to my house?

  3. I know the hardest part, for me at least, is asking for help. For some reason, even though I know it's wrong, I feel like a failure when I can't do it all on my own! I'm a "stay at home mom", isn't it my job to keep my family fed, the house clean, and myself sane? Isn't it? Then I find myself asking, what if he was deployed, if I can't do it on my own now how am I going to do it when he's deployed? Maybe, my idea of the perfect SAHM has been distorted, maybe it's impossible to get it all done, everytime, on time, with a smile! Darn you, June Cleaver! Darn you to heck!

  4. You are too funny. You sound so much like me. I get stressed when I don't get it all done before my husband gets home from work, even though he would never say anything negative, it's all in my head and yes, June Clever set the standards up way to high for us "normal" moms. :-) Thanks for stopping by and Delegate, Procrastinate, or Eliminate!