Ok, last time I was here I made a solemn oath to set up a schedule/routine which my family would follow to the letter. (and by family I meant of course my children and I I’m not one of those people who thinks that I can schedule a grown man to do anything—and yes I’ve probably tried before in the past.)
But anyway, back to scheduling. Sunday night I browsed the web for other people’s thoughts on routines. Some of them were helpful- some of ya are seriously a little too scheduled in my opinion. Not that I like you any less because of that but scheduling every 30 minutes? Really? That would make me b.a.n.a.n.a.s real quick. I try to schedule every hour but that’s knowing that those hours will meld into each other before those things actually get tapped off. I specially allow myself 2 hours unscheduled cushion in between so I don’t get all aggravated over it.
Monday was our first go of it, kinda. I mean I made a go of writing down everything that I wish I could get done in a day and then looking through Iphone/ Ipod apps to find an app for that. There are in fact many apps for that out there. But I’m cheap, so after looking trying out a good number of free Ipod organizational apps I found one that did what I wanted it to. That app was called Intuition and once I figured out what the heck I was doing, I’ve decided that it’s pretty darn tootin snazzy.
All of that took me until 11:30 to accomplish- so I disregarded that I scheduled myself to dress the girls and shower and dress myself at 8am sharp and went ahead and did that then. The rest of my day went really well. I sorted, washed and put up 1/2 our laundry ignoring the breakfast/lunch dishes because I had decided to tackle those at 2:00 while the girls had their computer time. And I enjoyed the peace of not trying to jet back and forth between both tasks like a lunatic. Sigh- life was good, every hour had a function and the girls and I were dressed and so what if I had a sink ful of dishes that were rivaling the leaning tower of Pisa? I’d have clean laundry my husband would have clean socks, and no one was going see my dishes anyway.
And then the phone rang. And my niece(who’s a year older then I am by the way) called and asked me to watch her kids please. They had asked her to come into work and she couldn’t drop them off at the daycare anymore. “Um, yea oh-kay ….sure, what time did you say? I asked
“Oh it’d be now, I mean I just have to get dressed for work but basically in 10 minutes, is that okay?” she said
“Oh……..yes………ten minutes is fine, it’d be fine. ” I said staring at my tower in the sink and a hallway littered with a couple more loads not yet gotten to.
”Are you sure? Because I started to ask my mom but she sounded funny about it”she said
“Oh yes of course, I can’t wait, just come right over the kids will love it, see you soon.” I hurried to say through the fake smile clenched teeth I had been taught at Schlotzskys when taking phone orders
Cut to me running around like a compete and utter lunatic. I pushed the laundry back into our bedroom and prayed no one opened that door. I made the kids put their pants back on, am I the only parent who’s kids refuse to wear pants by the way? And I tore through those dishes faster then you could say bob’s your uncle. People in real life do say that right?
So our schedule didn’t quite pan out yesterday and to be honest it’s not gone swimingly today either. But that’s a post for another day…maybe tommorow. What? My day’s too filled up to actually think of entertaining content! And next week my parent in laws will be here so we may have good things to read then.