Aug 09 2011
Time of day: Yesterday…early morning
I’ve simply lost it. My car keys…that is. Oh, and my son, too (but that’s later in the morning)! Both are in the house, this I’m sure of. I just can’t seem to find either! I’ve been panicking all morning, but that doesn’t seem to be doing any good. I’ve looked everywhere in both the most obvious and the not so obvious areas. I’ve even employed my daughter to go on the hunt with me. But, so far…no luck.
I have a pretty busy day (and quite a bit on my mind) and part of the day does in fact involve driving my car. But, without my keys or my son, my day is at a standstill. Sound familiar????
Time of day: Yesterday…early afternoon
I did eventually find my car keys, but not after A LOT of panic-induced stress and several emails to my husband. As if he would know where my keys are, let alone our son, when he has been at work this whole time. LOL
How did I find them you may be asking? Actually, it was quite simple. I just stopped looking. Sounds a bit silly, right? Well, after getting the last “leave me alone and just find them” email from the best husband in the world, I did just that. I left things alone.
You see, we are in the midst of a move. We are getting everything ready to be packed up by government movers and moving out of state. So essentially, our home is a bit of disarray at the moment. There are things on counter tops that aren’t normally there. Papers, books and yes, KEYS, get moved from one place to another all day long. No wonder I can’t keep track of them. Add to that the small fact that I recently changed out my key chain that I’ve had for a better part of ten years for a new, more classic looking one and you have the workings of a small tsunami. That being said, I did eventually find the keys. They were actually hanging in the spot they were supposed to be at. Go figure!
As for my son….well, I left him alone, too. Please don’t think I’m a bad mother, I’m not. But in a house with only 1300 square feet, I knew he couldn’t have gone far. I also knew he loved making forts and it was well past his nap time. My chances were pretty good that he not only was close by, but was actually snoozing for a change. Far be it from me to interrupt what could very well be one of the last little naps he takes. At least until we are settled in our new home.
Sure enough, I heard a faint, “Mama,” coming from upstairs. When I followed the voice, I found my precious son. He had indeed made a fort, in the back of my room. That’s why I didn’t find him earlier. Normally, the kids know Mama and Papa’s room is off limits. Somehow, at that particular moment, that didn’t seem to matter. What mattered was my son was safe (although in the back of my mind, I knew this) and that he had taken a good nap. Never mind the fact that I spent all that precious time wondering around the house looking for him and my keys, instead of working on client projects.
That just didn’t matter.
Time of day: Today….early morning
I spent this morning reading. Not just any book, but a fictional book. One that I’ll probably write a review for in a later blog post. But that’s beside the point.
I made a conscious effort this morning to read my book and drink a cup of coffee instead of taking the elusive quiet time and get a jump start on my work day. Why? Because I didn’t want another day of lost items, children or my mind.
In the next few weeks things are going to get pretty hectic and while my husband is winding things down at his current job, I will be the one who is looked to, to keep things moving along. Between soccer games, returning those finally found library books, cooking dinners-while at the same time creatively using up the reminder of the food in this house so as to not waste it, working on keeping my client projects up to date and ensuring them of a smooth transition while moving, I’ve got quite a bit to juggle. But, with some organization and some good time management systems in place, things will work out just fine. What would you do in this situation? How would you keep things moving along and what systems would you use?
So with a quiet contentment about me, I am off to start my day. And to be honest, I don’t feel a bit guilty for taking some much needed “me” time this morning. I know I have things to do, but I now have a much clearer head and am ready to face the day. Oh, and the 80’s music in the background is doing a world of good too!