It's one of those days. You know the kind where you wake up and - faced with all that is on your plate - wish you could climb back under the covers? I woke to ome of those days today, and wondered aloud 'how do other people deal with days like this?' My default response is usually this:
#1 Stay in bed an extra ten minutes and pray for guidance, then:
#2 Clear my head of everything and just breathe deeply for awhile, then:
#3 Subconsciously (and that's they key word!) find ways to avoid 75% of what is on my plate.
Sometimes we can't help it, we end up with days that involve far more to do than we have the means to tackle it. Sometimes it's due to procrastination, other times it's just plain tough luck. I think mine is a combination of both.
And I'm thinking right now that if I type out my 'to do' list here, I might be shamed into getting more of it done in a timely fashion. Here is my 'must do today' list, in no particular order:
- get car-inspected
- pay overdue oil bill
- respond to jury duty notification
- make appt for sick cat at the vet
- respond to multiple school inquiries about potential residencies
- talk to Virgin Atlantic about my group reservation for 30 to England in April
- finally make overdue 'new' neurologist appt
- get toilet fixed
- replace broken showerhead!
- pick up meds at pharmacy
- drop off invoice at next scheduled school
- set up have-a-heart mouse-traps ASAP (it's that time of year...)
- Start online financial aid form for colleges for Nastia
- Make final college visit appts for this month
- pick up chair ordered at Staples 3 weeks ago!
- send monthly stipend to Anya & Sasha
And here is my 'Can Wait a Day or Two but Must Be Done Soon' List:
- Clean and organize M's room so it is ready when we come home!
- insulate downstairs room & replace broken door
- Winterize the house - take out all air conditioners and screens
- Get new glasses so I can see!
- Plan for final performances for current classes
- Pack suitcase for Latvia so I'm ready to go!
- Find someone to stay with Nastia while I'm in Latvia.
- Replace broken stove
- Make appt to have suspicious black spot on leg looked at!
- take apart trampoline
- pay parking tickets!
This, of course, is not a comprehensive list, but it covers the most important stuff. It is only on days like these that I really feel the burden of being a single mom. Most of the time I love it -- but when my 'to do' list gets too long I feel very aware that I'm on my own. I have so many overdue bills sitting on my kitchen table right now, it is anxiety-provoking to just walk by it. It's time to take the bull by the horns and just tackle them. It's my least favorite things on earth to go - anything involving paperwork and/or accounting. I'd honestly rather have to get bloodwork.