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Tick Tock You Don’t Stop

March 23rd, 2010

Forgive me.

It has been nearly one month since my last post.

And something else that I must confess – I recently started a very cool part-time work gig that is fabulous. However, the addition of such has been a bit of a shoe-horn-type exercise into my already full roster of projects, commitments, activities and parental duties. It kind of reminds me of that line from Top Gun – ”Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash!” Only I don’t have a commanding officer, fly F-14’s nor do I “buzz the tower” for a cheap thrill (unless the Dunkin’ drive thru counts). I just tend to keep busy.

But it’s all good.

Eventually, I will figure out how to balance it all. But in the meantime, I must admit I have done a few things in my last few time-starved weeks that I’m not particularly proud of. So of course it’s my duty to share them with you:

1) I got dressed so fast I put two earrings (french wire not post) into the same ear. Luckily, I caught a glimpse of my double-loaded lobe before leaving for the morning.

2) I kept a burnt out light bulb in my purse for a month before I finally went to the hardware store to get a replacement. And in case you’re wondering how I pulled that off, I had it in a Tupperware container, not loose.

3) While out in the yard with the kids surveying the mess of limbs that had fallen during a storm, I looked up at a very large, broken dangling tree branch and thought, “Hmmm, I bet I could just yank that down right now.” And I did, right onto my head. And it trapped me like a Venus fly trap. The kids thought it was awesome.

4) I let my daughter watch 3 movies in a row one day so I could be on the computer working, preparing for a big project and meeting. Ouch, the guilt on that one…

5) My sweet, now-7-year-old baby ever so diplomatically suggested that the homemade chocolate Chewbacca cupcakes I made for his class for his birthday were a little “sloppy“ – “Uh, mom, did you make those cupcakes in the middle of the night?”

6) I ate dusty pretzels out of the bottom of my purse (they’d spilled in there the day before) because I was running errands and had nothing in the car to eat (Note: I was out of my stash of Luna bars and I do have a blood sugar issue, so I think this one I can sort of justify).

7) I signed up for a writing class, because you know…I have all that spare time to write a novel. But I’m 3 paragraphs in! Wahoo!

8) I let my dead dishwasher sit for days with water trapped in the bottom, then I wet-vac’d it out an hour before the new one was delivered, and then I ignored the new one because I was too busy/tired to figure out how to work it. My husband came home from a business trip and graciously read the instructions and ran the first load.

9) Thanks to a very enticing email from, I broke my personal record for online speed-shopping. I not only saved $10 on a super cute pair of brown wedge sandals, but I completed the entire transaction in 6.7 minutes (give or take).

10) Last week I used my daughter’s brand new library card to check out our books so they wouldn’t see the overdue fees on my account.

Yup, that’s what happens.

But at least we just turned the clocks forward and there’s more daylight to make the days seem longer. If I could just convince myself that they are not, in fact, actually longer.

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