Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We're Back Up and Running

The last watery days of summer vacay
I feel like as of 6:45am last Monday morning we've gone from 0 to 60 mph. Gone are the lazy days of summer and in like a fast-moving summer storm is the new school year. It amazes me how one day you can be swimming in a Florida spring at 6:30pm and exactly one week later you're in the middle of the back-to-school grind of getting dinner on the table at reasonable time, signing agendas, and folding tomorrow's laundry.
I basically put anything productive on hold during the summer. Only the essentials got done: grocery shopping (minimal food staples), laundry (not too much when we live in our bathing suits), and bill-paying (mostly on time). Anything else went on the List of Things to Do When School Starts.
And now that school has started...I don't know when I'll ever get to these lofty projects. (Especially the granddaddy of them all: cleaning out the garage). 
How does being in school suck up so much time and energy? The first week back I accomplished the following:
  • completed two packets of back to school paperwork that asks for the same information over and over
  • went to Walmart to refill our supply of toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, etc. that was on the brink of running out within hours
  • completed the search for the obscure school supply items and stocked up for next year
  • went to the gym four times (this makes me happy...but having to get back to where I was at the beginning of the summer does not) 
  • researched and signed up the kids for after-school activities
  • organized my workspace and calendar area in the kitchen, hopeful that this year I'll stay on top of all the paperwork
  • spent half a day searching for a birthday gift for my brother and picked up a couple of shirts for the hubby, who hasn't gotten any new clothes, in like, a year
  • and I, ahem, snuck in a nap, because the shock to my system of getting up early couldn't take it.
I did not come even close to what I thought I was going to do:
  • have celebratory coffee/lunch with friends
  • write a blog post
  • finish my family photo book from 2013
  • return and/or hem the school shorts that are too big
  • start to organize our garage (this has actually become a little joke in our house, because it will never. actually. get. done.)
Somehow, I've got to remember that I'm kidding myself that I have more time when school's back in. When I figure out where the time disappears to, and how to get it back, I will certainly share it here, on this blog.
Maybe this week will be better.
Heck, I've already finished a new blog post!