Tuesday, September 21, 2010

chaos ...

I don't try to hide the fact that my life is often chaotic. I am overscheduled and overworked. We tend to walk a fine line between smooth sailing and total destruction. Or at least it feels that way.

The vast majority of the time, I like my jam-packed schedule, as I am the type of person who tends to work better when there is a lot to get done. Loose deadlines are my downfall. I know this. But, even though I usually run through my daily checklists without a second thought, some days it's not that easy.

Yesterday was not that easy. It all started on Sunday night when J's car was smoking from underneath the hood. We both thought it best that he not take Dizzle to school, but head to the mechanic to get it looked at instead. So, I took Dizzle. And normally, that would be OK. But, yesterday, I had zero wiggle room. And I had already used that up.

Dizzle and I headed to school at 7:35. I dropped her off and was back at my house at 7:50, which gave me exactly 10 minutes to get Doodle and Dilly ready to leave the house for the day. I was assigned to work in Doodle's preschool yesterday, which meant we needed to be there by 8:45.

So, you are probably saying to yourself, "Well, T that gave you 45 minutes to get to preschool. Easy peasy." And that is where you would be wrong. Sure, if I left at 8:00 I would have 45 minutes to get there, but I failed to mention the fact that I had to drive Dilly to G's (my savior and training partner) house first. And G lives 15 minutes away. 15 minutes not in the direction of the preschool.

Still, leaving at 8:00 should have given me enough time. If I actually could have left at 8:00. Which I was going to. Until Doodle spilled my ENTIRE CUP OF COFFEE into the driver's seat of my car. So, I had to go back inside and get towels. And a new cup of coffee. After 10 minutes or so, we were on our way. And I made it a whole half mile before the coffee on the seat had soaked through to my pants. Fun times.

Eventually, we got to G's and I dropped off Dilly. She was happy and cheerful. For about three minutes, then apparently, G had to deal with my crying child for the next 4.5 hours. (Did I mention that she's my savior?) Anyway, Doodle and I then headed as quickly as possible (without excessively speeding) to school and we got there - one minute late.

Didn't I tell you I border on chaos at all times?

(Note: The day did slightly improve after that. Well, until we picked up Dilly. Her crying wasn't just for G. She also cried for hours on end for me. Needless to say, by 5 p.m., I had had enough of everything ...)

24 comments:

Jen said...

Days like this... I admit... I just cry! Praying that today is better!

Wells L said...

Thanks for the peak into your daily routine. I'm tired just reading it. Hope today is smooth sailing.

Deb said...

Is it wrong that it makes me feel better to hear about someone else's chaos?

It means I'm not the only one.

funderson said...

YES! So good to know I'm not the only one routinely wearing my coffee.. Hang in there.

Courtney said...

Sounds like Dilly had a rough day. I hope everyone's day goes more smoothly today.

Andrew Opala said...

Hang in there, sometimes this bad is someone else's best.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Broken down car, coffee, car seat, wet butt, working at preschool...You know, I am pretty sure that is the exact receipe for disaster!

Marlene said...

I seriously don't know how you do it!

Runners Fuel said...

I hate days like this! Sorry.

the dawn said...

bless your heart. glad you made it through. you should totally start wearing capes, because i'm pretty sure you're a superhero!

Emz said...

Chao happens.

You rock.

Rene' said...

so feel your pain and it was a Monday. YUK!!! i just keep saying my mantra on those days...."what doesn't kill me will only make me stronger:)" here is to a better day.

April said...

Sounds like a true blue Monday! Way to go making it there on time! If I make it anywhere within 15mins of my deadline I consider it on time.;) Days like that really make you appreciate the good days when all the kids wake up happy, they get themselves dressed, fed, and are ready for school with plenty time to spare....oh wait...does that actually happen? We can dream! Have a great day today!

FruitFly said...

So you had to spend the whole day in coffee pants?? :(
~RR

Kerrie T. said...

Ugh. Hope today is better.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I definitely have these days... it's good to know I'm not alone in my craze. Hope tomorrow gets off to a smoother start.

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Huge hugs to you!!! Just know that you are not alone. This: "don't try to hide the fact that my life is often chaotic. I am overscheduled and overworked. We tend to walk a fine line between smooth sailing and total destruction. Or at least it feels that way" sums me up as well!

Teamarcia said...

Blech! Nice to get that day behind you. Here's to things settling down just a bit.

Zoƫ said...

Sounds like you could use a nice relaxing run!

Katie A. said...

Now I know why you and the mill had a 10 mile date last night ;)
You survived, though! Good job! Hope today is going better!!! Big hug lady!

ajh said...

I'm glad you got another cup of coffee and didn't just give up.

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Hoping that today was a better day!

Her Name is Rio said...

Here's to a new day with hopefully a little more calm.

MCM Mama said...

I live that life. Oy!