Monday January 6, 2014
Greetings moms and dads. Well, it turns out that our management company decided today was a good day to fumigate a hand full of apartments in our building. We had to migrate to do school in the local Barnes & Noble.
12:30pm We head to the car to put our bag away and back in the store we go to finish up with school. I hand Harmonie her Spelling book and tell her she’s on her own. I start working on this post. Let the lagging begin. I know it’s coming. I see her slowly wandering those eyes around the store. “Focus!” I tell her. Oh how often does that word come out of my mouth? She ask for my help and once she gets the hang of the assignment she’s off to the races.
3:32pm We walked in the door and the apartment smelled like the exterminator had been there. So I opened the windows and my favorite tiny human ran off to the bedroom for some much needed down time to watch television. The television is a big deal in our house. I know most people think the television is a bad thing but we are so busy all the time it is how we unwind. I start heading to the kitchen to start cleaning out the cabinets from the fumigation and decide I really need a moment myself to unwind so I opt for my sofa and my television in the living room. I tell myself I have twenty minutes then I need to get back to work. I check some email and Facebook and watched some Food Network channel.
4:00pm I climb off the couch and head to the kitchen. I needed to figure out dinner and of course the kid comes in asking for a bowl of cereal. I tell her I’m making dinner and she disappears. I start cleaning out the cabinets with my bleach, Fabulouso and water solution then I start loading the dishes back in the cabinets. I have a hard time cooking in a cluttered messy kitchen so I scramble to get it in a workable order.
4:32pm Again the tiny human walks in, “Mom I would like cereal for dinner.” Well that’s twice. Who am I to argue. Cereal it is. Every now and again we have cereal because hey we like cereal. My mom use to make pancake breakfast for dinner every once in a while as a treat and we kids loved it. While she eats her Fresh and Easy Rice Crispys I continue with the task of cleaning and refilling my cabinets.
5:00pm Harmonie finishes dinner and I make her sit and do her 30 minutes of reading while I sit down to work on the blog a little more, check emails, Facebook, put in more submissions for my little love and check in on my own school to see if I need to respond to anyone, until I figure out what I want for dinner. Mom-magers job is never done.
6:12pm I head in the kitchen to make homemade tortillas so that I can make a quesadilla for myself because it’s the only thing I feel like eating with french fries. Yeah that sounds great. I don’t normally eat so poorly but every now and again I have strange cravings and today is just one of those days.
7:12pm I opted to make butter noodles with tuna and asparagus instead. I called Harmonie in to tell her to get ready for bed while I take a moment to eat. I notice my niece is on Facebook. I chat with her for a second and then message her mom my cousin, who I have a nice chat with for a bit. While talking to my cousin one of my friends messaged me too. Now two conversations. It’s nice to get a grown up moment from time to time.
7:45pm Here is where I say about a thousand times go brush your teeth. Strangely tonight I only had to say it once. She must be tired. This kid usually will do anything to stay awake.
8:00pm I close the laptop to trade rooms with Harmonie give her a hug and kiss good night and watch the lights go off as I go to my room where I plug up the laptop and go right back to work.
12:15am I spent some time talking to my cousins on Facebook. We all live far apart and hardly ever see each other. While doing this I write my other blog: Adventures in Life, Love and Parenting also on blogger. Tonight’s post was about commercials. Not very riveting but I like to have fun random conversations from time to time. I correct Harmonie’s Spelling and Phonics assignment from earlier today. I graded all her other work immediately after she did it. It’s my new goal to grade her work every week. Eager beaver remember. I finish this blog post, close up the laptop and bid the world a good night until tomorrow. I’m not a morning person at all. 6:30am is not my favorite hour but if I’m going to get things going it is the time for me. Tomorrow will be a totally different day. So stay tune till tomorrow to see what a Tuesday looks like in our house.
I learned a valuable lesson today: Harmonie works better if I work with her rather than force her to be super independent. As independent as she is she needs balance. So my plan of working with her on the most important subjects to me and let her work independently on the others is working.
Does this look anything like your day? Do you see anything in my day that you can use or do you have any suggestions on how I can be more efficient. Let’s talk about it.