Wednesday, April 17, 2013

When the Little Things Add Up

It's stuff like

computer issues

car problems

orthodontist appointments

getting taxes done

various appointments/lessons getting rescheduled

phone calls to return

bills to pay

emails to return

vet appointments

family stuff to do

work stuff to do

things due at the library

school stuff to do

birthday stuff

lots of day-to-day things to do

the dishes and laundry are non-stop

. . .

and then the engine light comes on

and people around you stress you out

and you notice things you're totally behind on things

(lots of them)

and the police are at your neighbor's house (again)

and your husband is having horrible allergies

and the dog needs a bath

and your daughter has things that need to be done

and your son gets a fever and starts throwing up

. . . 

the little things really add up

and you feel like you're perpetually not on top of things

and it's all you can do to (not) keep up on the day to day

let alone the other stuff

that keeps (also) not getting done

. . . 

lest you think we're totally on top of things around here

we're not


14 comments:

Dr. Mark said...

Well, the dog is clean now. We can subtract one small thing. Small consolation, I know. :/

Lindsay said...

No fun at all. Sorry things are so crazy right now. Hang in there and hope Mark and Thing 2 feel better

Boquinha said...

And now Thing 1 is sick . . .

Boquinha said...

The dog is now throwing up. Are you kidding me?!?

(We're pretty sure dogs and humans don't share germs. She's just a nervous, neurotic dog). But don't mess with her!

Jimmy said...

This is great! But I still think you guys are on top of it.

Boquinha said...

Forgot to mention the broken window on the barn.

And the mouse in the house.

And now we're under a tornado watch.

Both kids are sick. I'm feeling a big nauseous myself. Hard to tell if it's in my head or not. Skyrocketing anxiety will do that to a person. :P

Rebecca said...

I've been thinking about you guys lately. Can I help?

Rebecca said...
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Boquinha said...

Thanks, Rebecca. That is so nice of you. Just reading your comment today made me feel good. :) Kids are on the mend, I think. I'm really tired (it's been quite a past few days), but we're slowly getting back to normal - the piled-up dishes are clean and we're doing laundry. You know how it is. Thanks, again. So so sweet of you.

Emily Foley said...

Ugh, that's the worst! I'm sorry!

Dave Johnson said...

PREACH, SISTA!!

seventytwofishes said...

Thank you for sharing this! We all need to be easier on our ourselves. We expect too much of ourselves these days.

Check this out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-wiens/let-me-be-the-one-who-says-it-out-loud_b_3209305.html

Dr. Mark said...

seventytwofishes, that was an excellent article. I especially liked this paragraph:

"So, maybe it's time to stop reading the blogs that tell you how to raise the next president who knows how to read when she's 3 and who cooks, not only eats, her vegetables. Maybe it's time to embrace being the kind of parent who says sorry when you yell. Who models what it's like to take time for yourself."

Stacy and I have talked at times about how it's so easy to spend so much time reading about how to be a better parent that we could actually miss out on getting to practice being a better parent. We're all human, right? All we can do is our best.

Thanks for sharing!

Boquinha said...

See? Because I'm not perfect and perpetually "behind" on everything, I haven't read what you posted until today. But I just read it! Thanks for sharing. It has good advice. What you said. What Mark said. We all need to cut ourselves some slack.