Ahhh...hear that? No? Me either! It's been a blissfully quiet day in my house (and in my head) for a change.
Day 6. Saturday. But a completely abnormal Saturday since I spent it at home, by myself. The kids and Ben are out of town and it was my goal for the day to enjoy the quiet, do as much of nothing as I could stand, and eat plenty of junk food. I succeeded on all fronts! But it makes for a pretty boring photo collage:
More than what I did do, I enjoyed what I DIDN'T have to do today. It's amazing how easy it is to do only one thing at a time, not have to plan for the next 5 steps in my day, forget about efficiency, and not have to be aware of any people around me (or dressing, feeding and cleaning up after them). Don't get me wrong...I'd get lonely fast, but I'm telling you what...I enjoyed a quiet, mindless, do-nothing day. And I even did a few things...because I wanted to...not because I had to. :)
- 33 photos saved to my hard drive. 20 shown here. How many pictures of me sitting in front of a computer or television screen would you really need?
- Notable differences about today compared to every other normal day - I was by myself all day and did NOT have a to-do list!
Day 5 - Friday. Busy all day long. Working, laundry, packing the kids (for a trip with Daddy - yay!), errands, more work and then freedom (from kids), but not from work. :) That's okay, I think work is fun.
- 160 photos saved to my hard drive. 30 shown here. Many of those were product pictures though...so they don't really count.
- Ben thinks Fridays are haunted around here. The kids and I always seem to be worn out from the week, on each other's nerves, and have no patience with each other, which results in lots of crying, whining and yelling (by all of us). So I usually try to take them someplace fun instead of keeping them cooped up inside.
- Notable differences about today compared to every other normal day - Ben took the kids to Auburn for the weekend, and I got to stay home by myself! I think the last time that happened was early last summer. I was due.
- Another notable fact about today - We received our information packet about our sponsored child in Ecuador via Compassion International!
Ahh...Thursday. Day 4 of this project.
Thursdays are usually pretty good days around here. Lots of work to do, Ayla's at school, and usually Paxton goes to his friend's house for the morning. This week, he was home, but he "helped" me work and read stories, so it worked out just fine. My Week-in-the-Life exercise went a little better today (helped that it wasn't raining and I wasn't sleep-deprived from storms). I have found though that I manage to do about 10 noteworthy "tasks" before I even make it downstairs in the mornings to get my camera. Today, that included getting two kids dressed, changing Ayla's sheets, letting the cat outside, and starting a load of laundry. None of which I enjoy doing before I've eaten my bowl of cereal and checked my email...but what can you do?
- 75 photos saved to my hard drive. 30 shown here.
- Paxton *actually* performed on the potty tonight...after three consecutive trips DURING dinner. He also appeared to be scared to death of the entire experience once he realized what was going on. We made a big deal of how great it was, and he was rewarded with chocolate chips.
- Notable differences about today compared to every other normal day - Paxton didn't go to Shelby's house this morning and was home instead, which means Ben & I didn't have our regular Thursday lunch-date. But otherwise, today was a pretty normal day!
Day 3. Wednesday.
Rainy. Cranky. Tired. Working. Seems like we had more fun the last time we did this project....hmmm...
- 102 photos saved to my hard drive. 30 shown here.
- Paxton LOVES the self-timer. Thinks it's hilarious.
- Notable differences about today compared to every other normal day - pretty much nothing. Today was pretty basic and normal.
Day two..we made it through. Lots of work and things to do. :) Just click the image to see a larger version of our Tuesday:
- 96 photos saved to my hard drive (30 shown here).
- Don't be fooled. Paxton is NOT potty trained. He just likes to "try".
- Notable differences about today compared to every other normal day - I went to lunch at Ayla's school because she was "Star of the Week" and Paxton joined Ben at Disciples Fellowship for "Lunch on Lorna."
Day one of my Spring 2011 "Week in the Life" is complete--at least as far as getting to the kids' bedtime. I may have to retire my camera at that point each night this week...I'm beat. A day full of activities (some normal, some extra) plus photographing them, and writing 'em all down will wear a person out. Now I'm off to watch some TV and veg...okay, maybe I'll get one shot of that. :)
Here's what today looked like at our house (you can click the photo to view the images larger):
- 128 photos saved to my hard drive (35 shown here).
- The first three lines of photos in this collage all occured before 8:30am.
- Notable differences about today compared to every other normal day - We went bowling & Ben gave blood.
If you joined me...how'd you do? If you didn't, why not? Give it a try. Do a "Day in the Life" instead of a week and give it a shot. :)
Not that I have a huge excess of time on my hands (at least *I* don't think so), and I'm far from the most efficient person you'll meet (especially if you've met my sister-in-law Janel), but I practice a few time-saving activities that I think are worth sharing:
- I use my travel bathroom bag at home. Then it's packed and ready to go at any moment - anywhere, even if it's just the gym. It's also a handy hang-on-a-hook design, so it doesn't take up much space and keeps all my stuff off the counter (usually). -
estimated time savings: 10 minutes per trip
- Just 'cause my 17-month old doesn't go to school doesn't mean he can't still have his lunch packed with his sister's each night. One less lunch to make the next day. I'd make my own & Ben's too, but I prefer heating up leftovers to the sack-lunch options the kids eat most days.
estimated time savings: 10 minutes per day
- Limit Facebook checks to 1 time a day.
estimated time savings: 10 hours per day
-- oh wait! I don't do that. That must be why I have no extra time on my hands. jazz...
What are your best time-saving tips?
Maurices Hoover, AL
Now that I've been there about 3 months, I can say that I genuinely like working at Maurices. The "fun" hasn't worn off...but that could be because I only work on the weekends, so I have all week off.
I so enjoy helping people put together outfits, and seeing them smile as they find something they love. It's been so much fun to talk to all kinds of people I wouldn't normally run into, and get to know some of the customers. Plus, I really enjoy all the ladies I work with. And, besides, the clothes & accessories are REALLY cute! (not to mention the shoes)
Just go to: http://facebook.com/maurices.hoover and click the "like" button!
Well, now that I've been working at Maurices for a few weeks, I can honestly say, I've been affected. Suddenly I *need* a whole lot more than I thought I did! Well, maybe not need, but I do really like a lot of what they have in the store...which makes it a lot of fun to sell!
So far so good with this new retail job. I really enjoy it, the hours fly by and I get to visit with lots of women in the area. Plus it's been fun to be a little more fashion conscious than my typical yoga pants & tank top!