Thursday, June 13, 2013

When The Season is a Fast-Moving Train (Wreck)

Here's my day week  month so far:
Drive, food, drive, drive, break up fight, food, quell sass, drive, doctor, drive, laundry. Food.

We've thrown some fun in, too. Sure we have.

But I know that 2 straight weeks of running around non-stop = me in fetal position.
It hasn't happened yet, but I keep warning Cory, "I'm going to have a melt-down soon. Just FYI. I feel'er rising."

So what's the answer?

I don't know, why are you asking me?
Because all I know is that I do not glorify "busy", like that dumb pin would suggest. I'm not proud of it, people. I'm actually a tiny bit ashamed. Also, tired.

I never understood the parents who over-schedule, me being a homebody introvert and happily having children who mostly follow suit. But then it stopped being winter and all the little activities and obligations snowballed and here we are, it is summer, and I feel'er rising.

The good news? July is chill. Honest to goodness, it will remain chill. It must.
(Except, you know, there's some stuff I'd like to do and so far, I haven't found time....)

I'll keep you posted.

There are clearly a few things holding my sanity intact, and here they are, in no particular order:  
* staying in bed until 7:30 or 8, even though the kids get up at 6:30 (it is ridic)
* keeping water bottles filled and in the fridge (minutes saved, minutes earned, people!)
* not showering until it is dire (this usually happens daily, but at strange times)
* quiet time for an hour or so (if we're home)
* raucous singing in the van
* library books
* staying up until 1am to have QT with Cory (this is admittedly a double-edged sword)
* letting the kids watch some tv every dang day and not worrying a single bit about it
* making them help with chores
* Romans 12
* piloxing (not even playing)

Speaking of piloxing, I just averted certain death for the third time. Here's what I've learned so far: I'm more uncoordinated than I even knew. I cannot be expected to move my legs back and forth while moving my arms in circles. It's not going to happen. Period. Also, I feel like I'm at an unfair disadvantage because my arms are almost as long as Shaq's. My wingspan is greater than my height, and I'm tall, y'all. I don't know why this hinders me, I only know that it must.

That massive, wall-length mirror. It killed me the first night. I looked so weird. Truly, truly weird.
But then I started to embrace what I saw a little. I have a gigantic forehead, okay? I've always been self-conscious about it. It's a legit fivehead. But Tyra Banks has one, too. I'm not the only one.
My limp bangs kept whipping around about my eye region and I just had enough. So I strap the suckers back now, and I'm all arms and forehead and I dig it.

This is who I am, and I'm so chill with it. It only took 36+ years, but I'm convinced that I owe it to piloxing. I never would have believed I could do something like this. I have no muscles. No rhythm. I've never been athletic. But I'm doing it, and I'm a little bit proud of my poor old body. I've been too hard on her all this time. Turns out, she can do stuff! So I'm gonna go ahead and keep her and love her.

Tonight, I'm rewarding my efforts and the fact that I survived and walked out of the class on my two spindly legs with Chinese take-out. It doesn't make perfect sense. I know it. But I'm hungry and we had $30 left in the envelopes and we'll just never be the people who roll extra cash over for next time. It has never happened. We came close this time. Almost there. But if there's one thing I know about us it's that we will always, always burn up extra cash on restaurant food. I don't know. We're good at some things, just not this. Our budget these days is, uh.... yeah. So we've been really good. So good that we had $30 left! Calls for a celebration, if you ask us. We're spoiled and entitled when it comes to take-out.

Also, we're not good at being exactly on time. I add that simply because it feels like the right night to clear my conscience.

So it looks like this is the good stuff, friends. This is 10 pm hot & sour soup on the couch with your man and the season finale of Homeland. This is looking your own exhaustion square in the mug then ignoring it in favor of a different kind of rest.

This is understanding that seasons come and go. This one is sketchy and messy, but it's filled with things that are important, people whom we love, so we do what we do and we play in the middle. Cleaning and sleep and boredom can wait.

Happy Thursday, Party People!
We're almost there.

But don't get too excited, because the weekend's even busier.


  1. Hang in there, you're doing a great job! Love your attitude and sweet spirit! Cram is as much quiet time as you can - As a fellow introvert, I know, it totally saves your soul :) HUGS

  2. I so feel you, sister.

    PS. I'll be watching the mail for my Silas delivery.

  3. You should go read Jen Hatmaker's blog post on surviving the two have very similar senses of humor!


      There, that's it really. I copy and pasted it for save you time. :-)

  4. We also spend extra cash on take out and restaurant eating. I save on buying $2 skirts and go loco on the food. Eating is a priority!

    Is that Charles sitting all fancy on that lounger?! Made my night.

    I've had a busy week filled with kids and socializing. I feel your introvert pain. I'm supposed to be at the horse races with hubby, but tapped out. Too tired!

    I now think I need soup- thanks a lot! ;)

  5. Summer does get busy, doesn't it? I was coming home from a shoot last Saturday night and I started crying so hard. Like gasping and crying all mixed together. I had to pull over. I really want to have a good summer with the kids and not be stressed every.single.second.

    I am praying for mercy. And less stress.

    I will pray for you too.

    I don't know what piloxing is. I think you are beautiful and I always have.

  6. I always stink at it from school to summer...summer back to school...I don't do well. Don't know what it is. Seems like everything is turned upside down. May all that you need come your way...and in just the right way. And YAAAAAAAA for summer and the kiddos not wearing socks. Less laundry. It's the little things people...the little things.

  7. I know the answer: chips and salsa together!

  8. good morning. i love you. i miss you. and i'm-a gonna call you very soon because we have some Business to talk about. :) good kind of capital-B Business, so no fretting.

    ps piloxing i have not heard of, but it must be awesome because i love rolling that word around in my brain. piloxing. a bit like pillow, plus boxing.

    pps speaking of exercise, now i must get off my hindquarters and go run. which is a bit like die.

  9. It's weird to hear about others' summer activities when my kiddos are still in school! East coast (NJ/NY) doesn't get out for at least another week.

    Hang in there, stay chill, pilox away, and try another show (if you haven't already)- Suits.

    And please, please be sure to tell us about your melt down. I seem to have one on a monthly basis, but mine would never be as funny as you'd write it!

    Happy Friday!

  10. I know just what you mean about the busy. I am not a fan. I love to look at my calendar and see now obligations on it. The other way just stresses me out. I hope things slow down for you soon. I think we are officially soon about to enter our slow season. I look forward to it with glee.

  11. I am right there with ya!! I keep saying "its only a season, its only a season!!". Weekends for relaxing?? Psssshhhh...thats poppycock!! Can I say that on here?? lol

    Life is full, I'm surrounded by people that I live and that love me!! I feel alive and exhaisted atvthe same dang time!!

    We definiyely rest in a different way and I think I'm cool with that!! So here's to good busynessand a life full of something :).

    Raise your salsa bowl and let's have a toast for the crazy train and pray those meltdowns pass us!!!!

  12. Wait. What? Homeland. Gah! We ate that show up in a heartbeat. LOVED it. Clare Danes is the bomb. So funny this post - so timely. I too am 'done'. I just got back from the express care with a week worth of roids to quell this poison ivy that is covering me from toe to head. Look away, I'm hideous. For reals. My eyes are covered, my mouth, I look like I have trench mouth. Ha. I miss you. Maybe July will hold time for us. Or November. I'm so done with working myself half to death Shabs. Done I tell you.

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  14. I am right there with you...trying to find the balance between giving the kiddos down-time and letting them participate in activities they enjoy!

  15. I don't believe in rolling money over either---we are envelope sisters for sure.

    And FYI. Pizza Hut has $5 larges today for an anniversary special. We picked up a pizza and took it to the pool with us for dinner last night---our total for nightly fun? $6.04! You've gotta love that kind of total for feeding our entire family for dinner. I think I looked at Bruce while our children were off playing in the water and said, "I feel like I'm on vacation." Did I mention that we just finished VBS? I need to get out more. :)

  16. I know I am supposed to be commenting on your busy summer but I am so distracted by your pictures of your cutie pie kids and those little babies...

  17. that photograph of your trio sitting on the brick wall - what radiates from those faces, those eyes and expressions -


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  19. Simpatico. Even on the huge forehead.

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