Thursday, July 09, 2009

Uninspired - to write, at least

You may have noticed that what once were near-daily blog posts here have dwindled to one, two, three-if-you're-lucky a week.

There's so much and so little going on.

Lots of work. As of July 1st, we lost one of my employees to job elimination. She was invisible to everyone there but me and the person who wrote her check, but I am feeling her loss in the myriad things I have to take care of and keep up with now. I'm training a couple of people in my husband's department to help, but I've taken over the monthly scheduling of programs and recordings. That's keeping me busy.

Being summer, the kid is out of school. I'm usually home with him in the mornings and Darling Man and I trade off at lunchtime. DM goes in to work around 6am, and I usually leave after 6pm. There's not much crossover. In order to get in enough hours and get my work done, there's also not much time for doing much of the stuff I'd planned to do with the boy either. It kind of sucks.

This morning, he came in and flopped on the bed behind me as I worked, and asked if we were going to actually GO anywhere or do anything this summer. Somewhere NOT in town. After tossing it about a little, we decided to go to Atlanta to visit the Aquarium, Stone Mountain and the Fernbank Museum (which is featuring Dinosaur stuff right now). It's not too far away so we can drive there. And it would only take two or three days. The problem is dogs. If we didn't have the second one, I'd have no qualms about leaving Kida with my parents, but now there are TWO. I'm not sure how we're going to handle that, but it may wind up that I take Z to Atlanta and DM takes him camping one weekend. I just don't know yet.

There are house projects that I need to do. Finish up the trim work in the stairwell, repaint the familyroom/kitchen, whip the yard into shape, declutter and make a massive donation to Goodwill, redo ZBoy's room, remodel the final bathroom. None of these things seem to be getting done though. There are piles of clothes on the floor in the bedroom waiting for bags and transport. I"ve been ripping out shrubs, but haven't replaced them with anything. Oh! And I need to put guttering up across the front of the porch and garage. So much to do, so little time and so little energy when there is time.

I need to slow down. I'm actually taking the weekends off and not doing work or checking in at work or thinking about work. And Saturday, I have my first massage in years scheduled by a real professional masseuse. I think that if I spend more time taking care of myself, I'll have more time and energy for taking care of everyone/everything else. So far, this summer has been a downward spiral into exhaustion. I'm tryig to rectify that.

And finally, my son brought this "puzzle" in just before he went to bed tonight. It's from the book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney. Our answers varied wildly and we giggled like children at our results. So, just for fun, answer these questions - and if you want to share, you can answer them in the comments!

PREDICT THE FUTURE

1. I officially predict that 20 years from now, cars will run on _________ instead of gasoline.

2. A cheeseburger will cost $_______.

3. Pets will have their own _________.

4. Underwear will be made out of ________.

5. ______________ will no longer exist.

6. A ______ named _________ _________ will be president.

7. There will be more _________ than people.

8. The annoying catch-phrase will be _______________________________________.

9. Aliens will visit our planet in the year __________ and make the following announcment:
_________________________________________________.

10. The number one thing that will get on old people's nerves 20 years from now will be:
_________________________________________________.

9 comments:

karisma said...

LOL Yeah Yeah, its because you are always on facebook instead! I on the other hand have no excuse except pure laziness. You will be glad to hear that i have been on a cleaning frenzy though. Starting to find my house again! Wow!

Patience said...

Put the dogs in a kennel for a few days and go on vacation for crying out loud! The kid is scream for quality time from his family!!!

GO!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sayre-
I live two miles from the Georgia Aquarium, 10 miles from Six Flags, 5 miles from the Zoo, 8 miles from Turner Field, etc. As it happens, I am also in the process of having my back yard fenced and my deck expanded. Maybe you can arrange a trip that falls between the fence completion and re-sodding the back yard. Coordinate with Andy. My room is vacant, of couse, so you and Corky can stay in there. Maggie's room down the hall is also vacant, so Z-boy has a place to sleep. I have a great kitchen, so cooking is no problem. Washer and dryer inside, 65in screen TV... pretty cost effective vacation if you ask me...

John

margaret said...

Sayre - enjoy your massage! You are right! You must take care of yourself in order to properly care for others. And I hear you about the seemingly neverending To Do list. Try to get some rest in; hugs to you!

Janis said...

You are so right about taking care of yourself. Slow down and smell the roses, all that other stuff will wait for you.

Swampy said...

When the going gets tough, the tough get pedicures, manicures, and massages.
Would love to fill in the blanks, but blank is what my brain is right now.
And to answer your questions at my place...Hair-wee got tossed in no less that 50 times.

Hoosier Girl said...

Okay, Steven and I are obviously easily amused on a a Saturday afternoon. Here are our answers:

1.Cars will run on propane.

2. A cheeseburger will cost $8.99.

3. Pets will have their own apartments.

4. Underwear will be made of recycled cotton.

5. TVs will no longer exist. (I think we will do it all on laptop computers)

6. A woman named Paris Jackson will be president. (ha, ha)

7. There will be more trash than people.

8. The annoying catchphrase will be Save the Planet!

9. Aliens will visit in the next 10 years and announce that all the Star Trek movies were right.

10. The number one thing that will get on old people's nerves will be there will be no paper usage at all - everything will be digital and online!.


Great questions! Tell Z-boy thanks, and I'm going to share these with Aaron as soon as he gets back from his dad's for the weekend.

J.

Hoosier Girl said...

PS. I stole your fill-in-the-blank. Check it out.

J.

Liane Michel said...

Okay Z, it took a lot of thought but here are my predictions....

PREDICT THE FUTURE

1. I officially predict that 20 years from now, cars will run on solar energy instead of gasoline.

2. A cheeseburger will cost $9.99 (but lettuce and tomato are extra).

3. Pets will have their own airline. (Okay, I know it's a reality now, I just couldn't resist).

4. Underwear will be made out of recycled underwear.

5. Common sense will no longer exist.

6. A woman named Jessica Michel will be president.

7. There will be more people-in-debt than people.

8. The annoying catch-phrase will be anything with "bail out" or "stimulus" in it.

9. Aliens will visit our planet in the year 1775 and make the following announcement:
"Um, hey you think that you can create your own government that is different and better than what is in place now?"

10. The number one thing that will get on old people's nerves 20 years from now will be: the media.. and for the record... at 46 they are already on my nerves.