Back when I was working, I had my daily routine down pat. I'd get to work and make my one and only cup of coffee for the day and I'd hang around the microwave talking to my coworkers about what happened on last night's episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Party of Five (am I dating myself here??) and then head to my office. Once there, I'd check my email and my voice mail and my inbox. I knew exactly what work needed to be done for the day, what meetings I had scheduled, what phone conferences I had to participate in. And, sure, sometimes things didn't go as planned. Sometimes, I'd have to meet with students or an angry parent, but life, for the most part, was running pretty smoothly.
That's something that hasn't been happening in the 9 years that I've been home. My one cup of coffee has increased to five or six. I stay in my sweats until 3pm, and basically feel that life is one big free fall and I'm walking in circles without really accomplishing anything.
I do my best when I have a schedule and a plan, and, lately, I feel that so much is being thrown at me that I'm in danger of just sitting on the couch all day and wondering how it got to be 5 o'clock so soon. So, today, at least, I've decided to make a schedule for the week. Not minute by minute or even hour by hour... just a list of things that need to get done, written out in one place, with no pressure to get it all accomplished today or even tomorrow. But having that list will help me see everything that needs attention and, hopefully, will help me prioritize things a bit better this week These are not the only things that need to be done, but things I need to pay special attention to...
Noah's Stroller Fitting
Classmates Birthday Party (Nandi)
Around the House
15 minute kitchen clean-up before bed
Laundry - every day
Organize Laundry Room
Read to Naveen before bed each night
Play Zingo with Noah and Naveen 2x
Do puzzles with Naveen 5x
Do Noah's neurodevelopment exercises 5x (and have Mozart playing in the background while doing so and clove/orange/lemon essential oil mixture in the diffuser)
Read next Story of the World chapter to Noah
Do math with Noah at least 1x (Math is my weakness.. doing it at least once will be an improvement!)
Let Noah and Naveen play with the bean tubs at least 2x and shaving cream 2x
Go for a walk with Naveen and Noah 2x by ourselves and 2x with Daddy
Give Elderberry extract to Nandi and Noah
Make green juice (head of romaine, 4 cups of spinach, kale, one cucumber, handful of parsley, slice of ginger, and tsp of cayenne pepper) 3 x
Drink apple cider/honey tea (2tsp of Bragg's Apple Cider + 2 tsp of honey in 8oz of water) 5x
Errands/Misc Things to Do
Make bone broth
Teach Nandi how to make Congo Squares (not healthy at all, but her favorite dessert and handy to eat in the car this week)
Complete Naveen's 1st CARA report and mail off to Holt
Buy birthday present for Nandi's friend
Diane Craft (for learning disabilities)
Pocket camera for Nandi's Christmas
Making homemade cough syrup (currently looking at this onion/honey mixture - Nandi is our Cough Queen)
We have such a busy week this week that I'm not even sure we can get it all done, but writing it all out makes it seem much less intimidating and makes my head seem much less cluttered!
I wanted to thank everyone for the kind comments on my last post. You know.. the one where I had a mental breakdown on my blog?? Thanks for the sweet words and suggestions (Heather, you rock!!). And to Anonymous, who suggested that maybe "Gotcha Day" was offensive to my kids... I didn't take offense at all to your suggestion... and please don't worry... I didn't think you were rude at all. Thanks for the input. Because I'm an over researcher, I'd heard about this before and we sit down each "Gotcha Day" and talk about it with the kids. Right now, they're totally fine with the term because it's the day we "got them", but we'll change it if/when they want. The important thing is to make sure the kids feel comfortable... and to celebrate the day that we all became a family.
I'm off to print off my to-do list and get busy! Have a good week!