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Multitasking…

Multitasking is a way of life when you are a mom, help with math homework while folding laundry, wash off kitchen counters while dinner is heating up on the stove, write a blog post while testing spelling words and those are just a few examples.   I do this all day long with a few quiet moments thrown in between periods of perpetual motion.

I have been multitasking since I was a kid watching TV while I did my homework.  As I got older it just got busier, TV, homework, talking on the phone.  By the time I was in college, I was working full time and taking a full schedule of classes, I think chaos was the best way to describe life then.  I left before the sun came up and came home after it set, it was a little crazy.  I had moments of calm, like right before a big exam when I had no choice but spend three or four hours in the library or at the kitchen table pouring over my notes and textbooks.

The thing I am noticing now is that I wonder with all of the multitasking if I have lost the ability to focus on one thing at a time.  The last few days I have been concentrating on finishing one thing at a time and it’s driving me crazy.  I don’t know if it’s the lack of sleep or the out of control allergies but I get all twitchy and fidgety.  My attention span sometimes feels like it’s about ten seconds long, and that is not normal for me.  The chances of me getting a half hour much less three or four uninterrupted hours are about equal to me winning the lottery.  Still you would think I could hold on to a fifteen to twenty minute span of time and get some serious ass kicking work done.  Not so much, it seems.  My brain wanders to the million other things that I need to be doing instead of the task at hand.  

I know I can’t stop multitasking but I need to work on the focusing too.

Note to self… Schedule 15 minutes of uninterrupted focus time every day.

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Fat Tuesday…

Arizona isn’t really known for their Mardi Gras celebrations but in recent years I keep thinking that it would be fun to join in on the fun.  It clearly didn’t happen this year, maybe next time.

I did some researchin French, “Mardi Gras” literally means “Fat Tuesday.”  It falls on the day before Ash Wednesday,  the last day before Lent, a 40-day season of prayer and fasting observed by the Roman Catholic Church (and many other Christian denominations) which ends on Easter Sunday.  The celebration period varies between countries and cultures, for some it is limited to the one day prior to Ash Wednesday, or the three days leading up to Ash Wednesday, or the period from Epiphany through Ash Wednesday.  It was a chance for people to celebrate before the restrictions of the Lenten Season began.  

I was raised Catholic and gave up numerous things for Lent between the ages of six and twenty six, all twenty years with no celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday.  Nearly every year that I was in elementary school, my mother would somehow need to go to the grocery store or the bank on Ash Wednesday so at least one non-Catholic person could point out that I had “some dirt” on my forehead.  Yeah, what part of ASH Wednesday are you having trouble with?   

In the last fifteen years, I have moved away from the church.  It had become increasingly obvious to me in recent years that the personal and political agendas of the leaders of the church had become more important than the original teachings and canon of Jesus.  There are several traditions and teachings that never made any sense to me and believing some of the more mystical concepts had escaped me.   While the church clung to outdated traditions made by men of the middle ages, they allowed and covered up crimes by their own clergy.  

Now, my belief system falls between Wicca, Druids and Jedi Knights. Sometimes I believe I can feel the Force, the basic energy field created by all living things, that surrounds and penetrates living beings and binds the galaxy together.  At the same time I believe in the power of the Earth and nature.  I take all of the good parts of Christianity, like being accepting of all people and treating others with kindness.  I guess I am kind of a new age hippie.     

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Pin it…

So, I finally signed up for Pinterest today.  I had been on there a couple of times looking at stuff that friends had posted on Facebook or sent in emails.  I had been reluctant at first and I am not sure why, maybe I was just trying buck the trend.  Who knows, I am a mom and I am busy, does it really  matter at this point?  It makes sense though for me to like Pinterest, I am always saving website addresses and ideas into emails, EverNote, Word documents, OneNote, notes on Facebook and any place else that pops in my head.

I signed up last night and played around with it a little this morning.  I added some boards and raided some friends boards to re-pin ideas to my boards.  I even branched out from there and added some books by authors that I like.  I can see myself getting sucked in to Pinterest if I am not paying attention.

So far, I have already determined that I need an embroidery machine, there are some really fabulous things that you can do with one.  Of course, I have a gazillion craft things to do already, maybe I should work on some of that.  

Here is a great wreath made with balloons and curling ribbon.

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If you do not…

I hadn’t even thought about what to write for today’s post before I came across this online.  I read it and moved on since I was looking for something else but I ended up abandoning my original search to come back to this.

I think it is very easy for us to say that if you would hard that you can get anything or be anyone you want.  For the most part, I believe that is true with a few exceptions, not all of us are going into the NFL or NBA, there are a select few that become President of the United States, jobs like Astronaut and movie star are in the same category.  Every four years we watch athletes come together for the Olympics, we hear of their stories, their struggles, hardwork and triumphs.  Sometimes it’s hard to watch because not everyone can win.  They all work hard, maybe the difference between first and second place is due to natural talent, a better coach, better training facilities or even just that on that given day one person was better than everyone else.

For most of us, being the best has more to do with being the best we can be rather than the best in the world on the Olympic stage.  Although being the best person you can be is a rough road too.  There are so many variables in any person’s life with family, friends, work, school, church, politics, the list goes on.  And not anyone person is dealing with the same issues as the person next to them.  Sometimes at the end of the day it’s hard to think beyond where we are right now.  Sometimes the exhaustion is too much to even think beyond a few hours of sleep.

Sully works at a job that isn’t very rewarding, it pays the bills and he is able to work from home several days a week so he stays.  He knows that to break into anything else at this point would be difficult, it would be a massive pay cut and starting over from the beginning is not his favorite option.  I have suggested in the past that he look into other options that he can maybe work on at night.  Sully’s reply in the past was that once he gets home he really doesn’t want to work more.  More recently he had mentioned working on some stuff in his free time, if he can work that into something that it is fulfilling then I am all for it.

Sometimes it’s hard to ask questions because it seems like all we have been told is no.  It becomes such a habit to automatically think, “there is no use asking, they’re just going to say no anyway.”  Some of us grew up with parents, teachers or other people in authority that repeatedly said no and that is a difficult thing to get over.  My parents were very supportive of creative, academic and athletic endeavors and that was great.  They weren’t the best about encouraging social interaction.  I wasn’t able to go do a lot of stuff with friends on the weekend because there was always some project that needed to be done at home.  I eventually got to the point where I would just tell people no without even asking my parents because I was sick of getting my hopes and then told no.  I got lucky a few times because my dad was a teacher at my high school and would hear about events and ask me if I was planning on going.  When that happened I was usually allowed to go.  The biggest surprise was the Senior Trip, it was a three day trip to California, a day at the beach, a day at Sea World and a day at Disneyland.  Dad asked me if I was wanting to go, I really wanted to go to Disneyland.  He talked to my mom and apparently my grandmother because that was my graduation gift from her.  

Now when I need to ask a question I tell myself that the worst thing that can happen is that the answer will be no.  If the person wants to add more that I don’t want to hear then I can walk away or hang up the phone or delete the email.  I try not to waste my time worrying about what people like that think.  It’s not worth the effort, most of the people will never be happy.

And were back to moving forward… my blog post from January 9th is titled ‘Moving Forward…’  It’s an important thing to remember, we all need to keep moving forward.   Often we find that there is too much going on and we get stuck, the best thing we can do is just move forward.  Sometimes just taking a deep breath and letting go of the stress can do it.  Letting go of the past and those things that can’t be controlled can be like lifting the anchor so you can continue on.  After a while  you can start plotting your course and begin to move toward something specific.  It’s a great moment when you realize that you are on your way to a place you want to be.

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Enjoying the day…

Alert the media!  I slept in today, it was after 11:00 when I opened my eyes.  The crazy dog, Foley awakened me around 7:30 this morning.  I let him out of his crate and shoved him out the back door.  Honestly, I didn’t really shove him, I open the door of his crate and he runs straight out for the back door.  He does the potty dance around the back door until I open it and he can run through.  I went straight back to bed, usually he barks after a while and keeps barking until I feed him.  Of course, I have to feel all three dogs, not really fair to reward his early rising.  I am not usually able to fall back to sleep after feeding all three dogs and letting them out and back in all that.  As for today, he may have barked in the back yard, I have no idea.  I can be a pretty sound sleeper and I didn’t hear him at all this morning.  The other dogs were perfectly fine in their crates when I went to feed them, I guess Foley just has a small bladder.

After getting up I munched on my cold leftovers from Chipotle, I had added the pinto beans and rice that Boo had gotten with her kids meal.  I really like their rice, it has cilantro in it and super tasty.  I don’t usually like white rice at all, well, unless it is drenched in some sort of sauce.  All in all, it was a great brunch, sitting with Sully on our bed.  He had some cold pizza and the chips leftover from Boo’s kids meal.

While we ate, Sully gave me the rundown of movie showings.  He had wanted to take Boo and I to see the new movie, ‘This Means War’ for Valentine’s Day.  It just opened yesterday, I was a little concerned about it being crowded but there were maybe ten other people in the theater.

I really enjoyed the movie.  Chris Pine and Tom Hardy were perfect, the dialogue was smart and so funny.  The romantic comedy scenes were set around great action scenes.  It was definitely my kind of movie and I have no doubt that I will be buying it on blu ray when it comes out.

We spent the rest of the day watching movies on blu ray and had a great dinner of leftovers and some portobello tortelloni.  I have been amazed by the nice relaxing days we have had so far this year.  Crossing my fingers that this is a good sign for this year.

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She’s a dancer…

A few years ago Justin Timberlake was on Saturday Night Live.  He was in a skit with Beyonce spoofing the music video of ‘Single Ladies’.  Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and  Bobby Moynihan were Beyonce’s back up dancers.  They were, of course, awful and she kept stopping the video.  Justin Timberlake kept popping up and saying, “We’re the dancers” in a funny voice.

Boo’s HipHop Company performed at the Harlem Globetrotters game tonight.  Boo was really nervous before the game, we had been trying everything to calm her down.  We told her she was going to do a great job, to just have fun out there, that she loved performing last year and all of the other normal stuff you tell your kids.  Finally, I popped out behind Sully and said “she’s a dancer” in the same strange voice.  She cracked up and somehow that made the nervousness go away.  Who knew?

Boo’s dance group did a great job, Boo was awesome and had a great time.  The Globetrotters were amazing and hilarious, of course.  A fun time was had by all.

 

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Regrouping…

Now that I am feeling better I am trying to regroup.  I have so much to catch up on, I don’t know where to start.  No matter what else I do, laundry will be on the list.  Beyond that, what should I work on… garage, master closet, craft room, desk, pantry or laundry room.  What about the floors?  Dust mop and mop?  Dusting bookshelves?  I have stuff to do outside too.  The never ending list…

I want to start my Spring Cleaning soon.  Normally, I would be almost done with my Spring Cleaning since we usually start right after we pack up the Christmas decorations.  There was other stuff going on and that just didn’t happen.  

I think my regrouping task for today is working on a schedule for my Spring Cleaning.  I can prep next week and then start the week after.  Onward and upward… only good things to come…