Finding Balance

I haven't been blogging as much as I would like. It seems like I work on one thing for a while and get that straight, only to find something else left undone. I know there is always going to be something that needs to be done or taken care of , but there has to be a way to keep everything balanced, even if you have to put a little extra into one thing or another.

Any suggestions for how you keep balance in your life?

My Tuesday To-Do List

1. Find a sledgehammer. If I can't find this, find a large hammer. If I can't find that, get rolling pin from the kitchen drawer.

2. Place laptop on the concrete patio outside. Try to center it in the middle so that there is plenty of room on each side.

3. Bring rolling pin (or other object from #1) outside and close the patio door. (The kids are sleeping and I don't want to wake them up.)

4. Take a deep breath and try to think of a few choice words that I can't say in front of the kids. (FYI - stupid, hate, moron, etc. I was going to avoid the other words - you know, the bad ones.)

5. Begin using rolling pin to hit the laptop repeatedly.

6. When I get sick of hitting the top, roll laptop over and hit it repeatedly again.

7. When my arms get tired, start stomping on it.

8. All the while be shouting out those words I am not supposed to say in front of the kids.

I know this isn't going to happen, but sometimes it is just so nice to dream.

Back to Normal

We had a great time at the lake this weekend. It was nice to be away from it all. There is very limited cell phone service, no cable tv and no way to get on the internet. I think I needed the break. Part of vacation is escaping the everyday for something different.

After a much needed break, I am ready to get back to normal.

Vacation - here we come!

We haven't been on a vacation as a family in such a long time! We are taking off to the lake in a few short hours so I will be "out of the office" :) until Monday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Movie Mayhem

So I haven’t really whined and complained for a while. I know, I checked. It was a super bad Monday that you can read about here. So, I figure I’m due.

The good news is that it isn’t that big of a deal and I don’t plan on giving anyone a lecture on anything. I just thought that after an incident like this, it is very selfish of me to keep it to myself. Doesn’t everyone want to hear about this?

The kids and I went to the movies today. The local theater shows kids movies each day of the week at 10am; adult are $1 and the kids are free. Also, if you bring your refill cup, it only costs $1 to. . well . . refill it.

We are sitting in the theater and of course, it is a little noisy. That’s the nice part about movie programs like this. It’s geared for kids so when you go, you keep your kids fro running up and down the isle screaming outrageous things, but if someone asks for the popcorn a little too loudly or someone has to get up to go to the bathroom several times during the show, everyone expects it; no big deal.

There were two isle runners this morning, but they were grabbed up by a parent and taken back to sit down for the duration of the movie. There were a few other crying fits etc. But again, no big deal. You go to a movie for kids, you expect that kids are going to be there.

So, here we are at the middle of the movie and something starts happening in the seats behind us. I didn’t want to turn around and look because everyone knows that you already feel bad enough when your kid is being too rowdy, too loud etc.; you don’t need “the look” from other parents. However, things kept progressing until (and I am guessing here – based on the conversation and sounds I heard) two of the kids started arguing and somehow in the mix of things, a soda was dropped/spilled or something like that.

Can you guess where this is headed? Fate was not on my side. It spilled on me. I wasn’t drenched or anything, but enough to watch the rest of Flubber feeling like I may have some of it stuck on my arm. So I guess I am a little naïve because I assumed that someone – the kid, the parent – someone was going to apologize. Nope.

But wait, it gets better. After the soda spills, I guess one of the kids reached over the seat to see where it went. It just so happened that said child must have been eating some chocolate and forgot to wipe them clean before he reached over, accidentally put his hands on my shoulder, which happened to be covered by the WHITE t-shirt I was wearing. (I know, I deserve for something like that to happen because I was wearing a white t-shirt when I knew I would spent the morning surrounded by children.)

Again, I really thought someone was going to say something, even just a whispered apology. Not a word. So obviously, it isn’t that big of deal. I didn’t go hunting anyone down in the parking lot. I didn’t take it upon myself to insist on an apology. It did get me thinking. 1. Should I have said something? 2. What would I do if Son or Daughter had done the same thing to someone else?

I know, I know – why does all the weird stuff always happen to me?

This is an update to the Solutions to the Cutbacks post

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TFE: Update

The Family Experiment has been going so well. We did got to the store to pick up some things for the party we attended this weekend, but I knew we would need to do that. The only problem I have run into involves our trip to the lake this weekend. I broke the rules and picked up a few things that we needed, but overall, I am still pleased with the results.

Here are some things I’ve learned so far:

1. I have saved a lot of time not going to the grocery store and not cutting coupons. (I don’t want to give up the couponing hobby, but all things in moderation right?)

2. I have saved a lot of money. There is/was so much in our house to eat! I realized that we didn’t need a lot of the things I was purchasing.

3. I have made a lot of different things from scratch instead of from a mix or pre-made package.

4. It was nice to stay home more and not be out and about all the time.

I went to the store yesterday and picked up a few things that we needed; bread, milk, eggs, and a ton of produce. That’s probably the best part of this experiment. We are complimenting so many of the things we are eating with fresh fruits and veggies – more so than we were before.

There were a few things for the trip that I picked up; chips, donuts, cookies (for Dad), butter (because I didn’t realize how much more I would use making things from scratch). I also purchased hot dog/hamburger buns which I guess fall under the bread category, but I wasn’t sure.

I still have a few days left of the experiment so we will see what happens.