Thursday, May 31, 2007

Playing Catch Up

We had a wonderful holiday weekend with our dear friends - full of swimming, good conversation, lots of laughter and catching up. The time went all too quickly and Monday night was a somber, quiet night of restoring order and routine to the house. The kids were all whipped, and lightly sun-burned, and went to bed early without one complaint!

Since then, I've spent the days of this week doing laundry, cleaning the house for the next round of company, planning meals, and avoiding that grocery bag full of mail that I kept stuffing away and ignoring while our friends were here to visit. Contrary to popular belief, ignorance is not bliss! It is however, a great coping tool when other, more important matters are at hand. Like staying up till midnight watching movies and giggling together over our crazy lives.

Like all coping tools, at some point I had to consciously decide to stop coping and "DEAL." So last night, after a lovely (LATE!) dinner with my visiting brother and sister-in-law, I sat myself down and attacked the now-bulging grocery sack full of mail, school papers, and "notes to self" in an organized manner. It took me 3 hours. I'm not exxaggerating - 3 hours of sorting, scheduling, and deciding. And the pile only represented incoming papers from Friday till Wednesday. No wonder I never go away from home for more than 4 days. The sheer volume of paperwork generated from a week's vacation would drown me! I dropped into bed at 11:30 last night, completely brain dead from input overload and decision burn-out.

So, I face today with a clean counter and neatly organized lists of "To Do's." And a pending visit from my in-laws. And a sick kitty. But, I've done my baking, started my laundry, sent my brother and his wife off to their next destination, and tackled the Sunday bulletin. Next, I'm off to Curves for an hour of "me" time and back to my computer later to finalize our Pastoral Search Team FAQ brochure. Somewhere in there, I guess I should take a shower and get my face on. Wouldn't want to scare away the in-laws!

And here I thought this "stay at home" mom stuff meant being my own boss, calling my own hours, and playing blissfully with my children while enjoying lots of leisure time to "sit around and eat bon-bons!" HA!

See you all tomorrow . . . .

2 comments:

TCC said...

It's so nice to know I am not the only one that loves and needs order and yet sometimes goes through the coping/deal with it cycle from time to time! Ha!

Holly said...

haha! love that last paragraph! i think that's what my hubby thinks i do all day!!