Tuesday, November 11, 2008
gettin' it done
Melissa recently asked me to talk about my days and how it gets done. So, I thought I'd tell you. ;)
1. On Sundays I get my planner and look at my week and my projects. I ask myself things like: 'are there any upcoming baby showers I need to prepare for?' or 'how old are those cookies? do we need a fresh batch?' etc...
2. Then I fill in my planner. I have figured out things I can do while Andrew is on the loose and those things I do in the morning. The things I need to do with no Andrew in sight, I do during his quiet time. Isaac really isn't an issue yet as far as that goes. His time awake is spent playing with his little toys. He really isn't able to get into too much trouble yet...but I think those days are numbered. So, anyway, by Sunday evening I generally know what my week will look like and what I'll get done.
3. This is an average day:
7-7:30: wake up and feed Isaac
7:30-8: make tea, make the beds, dress one or both of the boys depending on Dave's morning.
8:00-8:15: shower and dress
8:15-8:45: make and eat and feed people breakfast
8:45-9:00: Isaac is ready for his nap.
9:00-9:45: Mommy School!
10-11:30: morning project (today it was making bagels and washing diapers. Yesterday it was researching Christmas gifts and plan an upcoming sewing project). While I do my morning thing, Isaac is usually asleep for most of it and Andrew is playing or helping me.
11:30-12:30: go outside. Usually for a walk to run errands. Sometimes to the park. I have been trying to get out before lunch, but don't always get to it.
12:30-1:30 make and eat and feed people lunch.
1:30-2:00 Isaac is ready for his next nap. And Andrew goes down for Quiet Time.
2:00-3:30/4:00: Afternoon project. This is when I do what I cannot do when Andrew is up. Like scrapbooking and card making. My paper tools are way too appealing for him...
4:00-5:30: this is my worst and least favorite time of day. I am usually tired and wonder what to do and there is usually a mountain of clean laundry on my bed that I need to go fold, but I really don't want to. Sometimes we go to the park or on another walk at this time. Sometimes Andrew and I watch a movie. Or jump on the beds. Or play Chutes and Ladders. Or dance. And sometimes I do actually get the laundry folded.
5:30-6:30: make and eat and feed people dinner. Dave usually gets home between 6 and 6:30 so we normally wait for him, but sometimes, we can't. Then after dinner is the bath/jammies/brush teeth/storytime bonanza. Dave and I divide and conquer. One does the dishes, one does the baths. Sometimes no one gets baths, but they both love their baths so much that usually they do.
7:15: The boys are asleep, the dishes are probably washed, the laundry is probably folded and put away. And usually the floor is swept too. I spend the evenings chatting with Dave, or reading blogs, or watching movies (or the Daily Show or Cobert Report).
I don't like how little time we spend outside. I don't like how planning ahead makes it so I feel less flexible about last minute changes, but I really think I am hard-wired that way. I do like that I get a lot done. I don't like feeling lousy about days when I can't get done what I had planned. I wished I was easier on myself in that regard.
and that is that.