Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Overwhelmed, Overtired, and Overdone….Is It Over Yet?

By 6:30 a.m., while walking back from the bus stop for FabStepSon, I realized was already done for the day…exhausted, and spent the walk back trying to figure out where I might be able to crawl back into bed and sneak a snooze!

But with a list like this for today:


that was just not a reality…so back to the house I went, to rouse FabPreteen and start getting child #2 ready for the day!  Get her up, make her breakfast and lunch…shower, get dressed…all that was in the plan.

“Mom, I don’t have any clean uniforms!”


So after a rushed load of laundry and everything done, off to school we went (in a slightly damp uniform shirt)…so I could come back and hit the ground running.  Again.

It doesn’t help that I have gone to bed no earlier than 12:30 a.m. the last three (or four?  I cannot remember!) nights. 

And it doesn’t help that my alarm cheerily goes off every morning at 6:05 whether I want it to or not.

Today all the running has caught up with me and I am tired, grumpy, and ready to crash…this isn’t how it is supposed to be, is it?  but of course today my list is the longest.

I am constantly running on the edge of overwhelm…putting out fires as they need to be put out and not managing to get to the smoldering stuff until they become raging fires…and many times I have too many fires going on to handle all of them effectively.

How do other working moms balance it all?  House, job, kids, school, hobbies….sometimes I am just overwhelmed.

So today we come back to being guilty of leaving the teachers’ presents until the last minute…yes…I have to get them today!

And yes…I promised FabPreteen that I would take her and her BFF to see New Moon on the new moon, today, before she leaves for Canada for the week.

And while I didn’t commit personally…somehow (casting a finger at FabPreteen here) I have to run to Publix to get the Caesar salad I was volunteered to bring to the class party tomorrow…and the gift for the Secret Santa. 

And while there I will probably have to run to CVS to pick up something for the kids for Hanukkah tonight….

And have I mentioned that I haven’t done the first lick of shopping for Christmas yet?…

But hey..that fire isn’t raging yet, I can wait until next week when all kids are gone…after all, I will be looking for something to do, won’t I?


Quick run through of my eats today:

I love pink grapefruit…and we got three in our box!  I have to fight FPT over these….she didn’t have enough time to eat this half so I stole it from her…hee hee.


Today’s oats were yesterday’s daydream.  The bananas were finally ripe enough to start eating…oats/almond butter/cacao nibs/banana slices.

HEAVENLY!  OMG this was soooo good!


Into my Oh She Glows box to try some of the delicious teas she sent me…since I was too lazy to make coffee. 

I opted for this one…..


And then followed the directions on the back, making it with almond milk, to make a yummy Chai tea!

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Although the quantity was a little less than satisfying…I had been hoping for a full cup.


This held me for a while, until lunchtime.  We got more of this yesterday…and this is to die for!


The ingredient list, however is a little scary with the peanut butter and canola oil…I am somewhat nervous about how many points this has and there is no NI on the bottle for me to figure it out.  I limited myself to one heaping tablespoon. 


I really wanted a wrap with this, with an Asian style veggie burger…but I am worried about the baba ganoush going bad so I ended up with a scoop of that.

And I am so sad….I am all out of my Mary’s crackers and had to suffer through all that I could scrounge up….some Ritz! 


I finished up with one of the mandarin oranges I got on Monday…but the picture seems to have disappeared so you will have to imagine it…it was sweet and sprayed juice all over the place…and now I have to leave for a 2 p.m. child pickup!  (to be ready for a 3 p.m. appointment I have which hopefully ends before I have to pick up the BFF at 4 p.m… be to the movies by 5 p.m…..have I told you I am tired today?)


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...

I'm sorry you're feeling so overwhelmed! Sometimes you need to step back and think "ok, what REALLY matters here?". Last year I got so incredibly sick during finals and I was just freaking out because there was so much to do! But it was like my body was demanding that I rest, and while I was sent home from doing a few final presentations and didn't study as much for exams as I should have, everything worked out ok! I think it's definitely hard to balance so many commitments, but remember: you can't get it all done unless you take care of yourself too! Maybe you can ask your kids to help out more? Good luck!!!

Ellura said...

All I can say is - I am so tired just reading this blog! Life is sooo crazy. Hang in there. It doesn't last forever. Hope you actualloy have a little time in your crazy schedule to enjoy the fam during this holiday season. :)

Jewel said...

Meredith, it does all work out in the end, doesn't it!

Thanks..this week is going much better.

Hey Ellura! Actually, the 2 kids come back Saturday, 1 on Sunday. I expect work to be light next week and hopefully we can either relax or just do some fun things together!