Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like a hamster in a wheel- busybusybusy but not getting a whole lot done? That has been my day. I look at my to-do list and realize I can’t completely cross off anything on it. What the heck have I been doing since I woke up 8 hours ago (in the pitch black darkness at 6:15 am)?
Well, let’s see. I read a few blog posts, woke up the kids, got them ready for school, made them french toast, pleaded with them to hurry up and eat, said goodbye to the hub and kids and hustled them out the door. Checked in with my gym partner who is sick and can’t meet me. That’s fine since I am getting over a cold myself.
Next I ran the vacuum to suck up all the dog hair from our golden retriever, who is a shedding machine. Then I folded up the towels in the dryer, moved kids’ clothes from washer to dryer, and started a load of hub’s clothes. After that I emptied the dishwasher and cleaned up the mess from breakfast. Got sick of doing KP so I left the pots in the sink and took a break. Scanned my email inbox. Answered a couple emails that couldn’t wait. Made my bed (but not the kids’ beds), took a shower- realized I’d left the clean towels downstairs, so dripped out to the hallway to the linen closet for a towel. Dried my hair, got dressed, etc. Sat down to pay bills at the computer but answered a few more emails first, and fixed a page on the TLC website. I purposely avoided Facebook, Twitter, and my blog stats.
Feeling pretty good about not getting too sidetracked, I got through the first 5 or 6 bills without breaking a sweat. Things were going well until I opened up the bill from Southern California Edison and nearly had a heart attack- it was more than triple what it was last month! And we’ve been actively trying to conserve energy! Certain there was some mistake, I spent 15 minutes on hold (hanging up clothes from the dryer while I waited), then trudged outside to read my meter for the customer service person. It was a meter-reader error (whew!), so I went back to finish paying bills but my session had timed out, and I hadn’t submitted all the bills I had paid, so I had to start completely over. Grrrr.
Before I finished my bill paying the school called. “Youngest daughter is sick, can you come get her?” Grabbing my keys, I left and didn’t realize until I got there that once again, I didn’t submit the payments, and my online banking session would time out before I got back, and I’d have to do it all again- right after taking my little girl’s temperature, fixing her some lunch, setting her up on the couch with the remote control and a blankie and a box of Kleenex and a glass of water. Finally sitting down to the computer, I answered a few more emails and paid the bills a 3rd time (and actually submitted them).
Which brings us up to now. Just realized I forgot to start dinner in the crockpot and kicking myself over it.
Older daughter gets out of school in 15 minutes. I’ll have to rouse Miss Sickypants and drag her with me while I run her sister to the library for a book she needs for school. We’ll also stop at the pharmacy for some children’s Motrin, and the post office to mail off Raych’s Bookcharming.com prize that she won from me a couple weeks ago (sowwy). It’s always a joy to have a whiny sick child along on errands! After that we will be embroiled in homework, and before long I’ll be staring into the frig wondering what the heck to make for dinner. Then I’ll cook it, serve it, and clean up from it. And tomorrow I’ll do it all over again.
What didn’t get done:
2 book reviews
recruiting for the tours I’m coordinating
the dog missed her walk
the kids’ beds are unmade
my laundry (kids’ and hub’s are done but still need to be put away)
pots and pans are still in the sink
Hope your day has been more productive than mine!