There are weeks that I rock the working parent thing.
And then there are weeks like the last two. Where I end most days feeling like I need this:
Ah. All better now.
Well, a little better.
I started this fall linking up with the Nectar Collective’s Weekly Wishes as a way to try to keep on target and meet goals. Melyssa, the host, encourages those who participate to recap how they did on their past goals and then set new ones moving forward.
Aside from my sometimes maniacal need for order in life, the badge also just spoke to me:
It felt a bit like I’d found my tribe online.
But it’s been an overwhelmingly busy couple of weeks.
So, suffice to say, my goals, well – why don’t we just start the recap?
Goal #1: Keep up on preparing lunch the night before for the kids. A+ success here. I got this.
Goal #2: Write at least two blog posts a week. B-. This worked until last week, which I just skipped completely what with the chaos of life.
Goal #3: Submit my second September Ottawa Mommy Club article. A+ Done. Went up September 24th – I waxed poetic about the transition of my youngest to her Big Girl Bed.
Goal #4: Gym once a week; bring lunch twice; no alcohol at home. D-. I think I’ve been to the gym twice since mid-September. I’ll get back on lunch track soon. As for alcohol? Yeah, my husband actually broke my sippy cup this morning. He felt terrible. I’m going to take it as a sign.
Goal #5: Sort kiddy clothes. Yeah. They’ll soon have squatting rights to the laundry room. Carry forward.
Goal #6: Figure out about donating a crib. A+ success. Found a local charity called Helping With Furniture that provides gently used furniture to families in need with a focus on newcomers to Canada. They are picking it up November 12.
Goal #7: Bedtime reading: Get through Volume 1 of the Children’s Bible with my 4-year-old. B-. We’re almost done.
So there’s the recap. It’s actually not as bad as I thought.
I do feel better!
Here’s this week’s goals:
Two blog posts. Ideally I’d like to get “S” in my Musical A to Z series out. It’s been partially written for over a week.
Submit first October Ottawa Mommy Club article. Start my next one. Stay on track with that commitment.
Gym once and no alcohol between now and the weekend. I’m taking my broken sippy as the sign to run with that one.
Sort kiddy clothes for donation.
Finish watching Lost on Netflix. Seriously. It’s kept me sane for the last two weeks. With my current level of crazy in life something about being trapped on a magical tropical island where you mainly hang out of the beach all day and food randomly drops from the sky kind of appeals to me. Sure, people try to kill you once in a while, but … sunny! And when you have a work assignment, they usually give you very clear instructions and – if you don’t think too much about how completely nonsensical the task is (eg: push that button every 108 minutes to SAVE THE WORLD) it gives you a nice sense of purpose. On balance it sounds like my kind of place.
Set limits for work. Don’t take it home. Take lunch. Find time in the day sometime before Friday to take the 20 minute walk required to pick up my dry cleaning.
So there’s my list for the week. I could, like last time, give you a list of everything else I managed to get done this week, but I’d like to focus on one additional thing I successfully navigated: I successfully booked, hosted and survived my five-year-olds’ birthday at Cosmic Adventures last weekend. Ten friends; indoor gym and arcade; on a rainy day that coincided with Eid. They gave the birthday party parents stickers to identify them. I was still wearing mine when we got home (post a quick needed grocery shop) and my husband pointed out I should take it off.
No way. I EARNED IT.
Reese Speaks said:
I’m sorry to hear about your busy week, and to add insult to injury, your Mommy Sippy Cup is now broken. I am glad that you rocked certain goals this week, and I can’t wait to see how well you will do on this week’s goals. I hope that this week is also better than last week.
Thanks so much Lian! – Your comments always make me smile. My week got better and I’m out the other side of busy now which is nice!
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Reese Speaks said:
Thanks for the compliment, Louise! I’m also happy “busy time” is in your past.
Clare Flourish said:
A netflix goal speaks to me. Top priority, obvs. You could get an exercise machine at home…
I’ve thought about that – but we don’t really have a dedicated space where it could go, so I mostly have visions of trying to jog on a treadmill while my kids ask me for juice, or snacks, or a different TV show, or to help them find Barbie’s shoe, or what have you. Right now the gym with playroom is gold (when I can get there).
As for Netflix – yes. Priorities are important. Next up I plan to catch up on Vampire Diaries so this season makes sense 🙂
I started Lost but never got past season 2. I forget why, I think I got distracted by something coming on actual TV vs. Netflix. I may have to revisit this…
A lot of people have said they lost steam with Lost – I think maybe I just started watching at a time that was perfect for me – it’s just the right touch of hopeful and crazy for life at the moment. I understand I’m only about a half season out from a mass season finale disappointment, but we shall see!
Cheryn Bloom said:
I really struggle with getting in regular blog posts too which is a shame – life just gets so busy! I really need to get a blog schedule going and try to plan posts in advance. Good luck with your goals – visiting from the Weekly Wishes link up 🙂
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