Friday, October 17, 2008

Mom, Interrupted

It's 10:52pm, and as soon as I finish writing this, I'm going to bed. That presumes that I do actually finish writing this. And if I should manage to finish this post, it will have the distinction of being one of the rare few things I did finish today. I am Mom, Interrupted.

This morning at 7am I was nursing the baby and overseeing the beginning of the "Friday Cleaning". Now, after feeding a bunch of kids a bunch of times, supervising and correcting their attempts to clean up after themselves, and beginning a major clean-up of the little kids' room, I'm dog-tired and done in. The toilets are clean, but the bunk beds have no sheets. The dishes are done, but the tile floors need sweeping. I kept meaning to have someone sweep the front porch but that never got done, and we've had our Christmas wreath up since last Thanksgiving, to our neighbors' delight, no doubt. And my intention to re-claim our bedroom remains just that, my intention. Drat.

Today, what is aggravating me the most is all of the things that are half done. I wish I could go around the house and put a half-done bathroom with some half-done laundry and come up with one wholly-done something. So far, I haven't had any luck there. I want to look at how I'm going about all this stuff and see if there's not some way to streamline the efforts and end up with more completed tasks, even if it means fewer tasks begun. Does that make any sense? I'll keep you abreast of all developments, as I know this is riveting stuff.

In other news, I made a play date for next week with Shannon and Melanie. Can I just say for the record that I CAN NOT WAIT! I've been hankering to go ANYWHERE for any reason, or for no reason at all. This explains my eagerness to ride shotgun on Dan's trip to the Apple Store (the geographical center of the Universe, as far as he's concerned) to drop off his mom's computer to be repaired. The Apple Store is in the mall. I have a confirmed allergy to the mall, and yet I slapped on a little spackle and my dear Daring LipSlick (my little act of public service), put a semi-crabby baby in the car seat and rode my rosy pink rear to the mall. And I was glad to do it. So, yep, I'm definitely hard up for action.

And now, I will declare this post finished. It's 11:15pm and I'm going to try going to bed in the same day that I got up. Novel concept, no?


  1. You didn't make it, did you?

    I completely know this sensation, by the way. Cleaning day is particularly brutal. You have to make a bigger mess before you can truly pick up. And if you can't get a project finished, everything is just chaos.

  2. As I read the title of your post, I thought, "Wait. Isn't that redundant? Is there some mom out there who's not interrupted? Can I borrow her kids?"

    Oh, and thanks for letting me feel better about the Christmas lights I left up one year until May (or was it two years). :)

  3. LOL, have fun!!! And really, a mall allergy? I'd die. ;-)

  4. I have a mall allergy as well. I just get all overwhelmed and feel I need to gasp for non-commercialized air. Sad, but true.

    I just love the way you write. You're a delight!

    Oh how I can relate to everything being half done. A friend (who happens to be single) was over one night. She was helping me put the sheets on an unmade bed after half cleaning up after dinner and she looked at me and said, "it appears you are doing so many things that you can't do even one of them well."

    Yes, sister. Tis true.

  5. They have clean clothes and were fed - what more could be asked of you? Oh I know a lot but you got that cute bundle of goodness. The dishes can wait. Matter of fact get some paper plates. ;)

  6. Well at least it's almost Thanksgiving again. I say keep the wreath up at this point. Better yet, take it down for one or two days and put it back up. Ha ha!

  7. I so get the intention vs. interruption. I know...empathy doesn't really help get those floors swept, does it? Drat. ;)

  8. Oh, this is the way I feel everyday. And all of my friends seem so TOGETHER - or if they're not, they seem unbothered by the "half-finished" everything. What a great post. Thanks for reminding me that I'm not alone.

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