Oh man, to look at my calendar these days is to risk eye damage. There is so much squeezed into each little block of days it’s mind-blowing. Three kids in two schools on two different sports teams, one school play and an end to a preschool career is a lot. Then there is the fact that I’m starting a business which requires hours of work. Oh, and of course no one has swept in and decided to be my cook or maid so there is still a house to maintain.
I’m not complaining mind you. I realize we are so blessed to have all these opportunities and that everyone here is happy and healthy and ready to take them on. So, no complaining, just wondering how it’s going to all get done. I should be used to this by now. Spring is our high stress season around here. I’m not sure it always was. I think maybe it’s penance for getting to go the beach every day over the summer. You gotta even out the karma some way right?
I’m trying my best this year not to get caught up in the chaos of it all by taking little breaks and trying to live in the moment of it all. I find when I actually block my time and really pay attention-there actually are enough hours in the day. So yesterday I took in a little Team Umizoomi with my guy and no laptop involved. I went back to work afterward, but for those thirty minutes I stopped everything but time with him. He’ll be gone soon enough during the work day. I’m soaking in all of him I can for now.
Today, I spent five minutes watching my killer cat chase a mouse in our yard. It is gloriously sunny for the first time in what feels like weeks so I just soaked up the Vitamin D and marveled that this insane (and kinda bad-ass) creature I get to call my pet. It’s a silly little thing, but it felt induldgent at the time.
So I’ll hold on to the small indulgences as I whirl through the next few weeks. I’ll focus on the fact that busy means good things are happening instead of busy meaning overwhelmed.
It’s not easy, but there’s always the beach in June as payoff!
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