I can tell things are starting to settle down here after last week's craziness. It feels good.
1. I got my haircut today. Yes, with the hairdresser who's cut my hair longer than some of you have been alive. I tell her, "Keep me hip and mod, and PLEASE don't EVER let me look like a soccer (football/volleyball/ basketball/softball) mom." She whacked a little here and there, but it's hard not to have that "mom" look when, well, you're a mom. I keep trying.
I almost got to go alone, but Annie(6) woke up with croup, so she got to come with me, since croup has this annoying way of wearing off around 10:00. It was still wonderful to have my head massaged, even though Annie insisted on "helping" with the hair washing. Boy, am I glad I didn't get lice.
2. I took a nap. Yep, for a full hour and a half. The girls watched a movie, I locked the doors, and fell fast into dreamland. The beautiful October sun was peeking through the curtains and I was in that not-awake-not-asleep stage, with my head cemented to the pillow, for a long time. So much for the great hair, but it was worth it.
3. I've been working on my schedule. It's an annual ritual - usually one I put effort into about this time each fall when I'm feeling totally out of control. Of all the awesome things my sister Rachel Anne did for me when I was a new mom (besides highlighting my hair and sharing what I'm sure is a genetic appreciation for a good quesadilla), recommending this book ranks right up there with offering to babysit.
As I was telling Rachel the other day, someday I will write Bonnie McCullough and tell her how much she's helped m over the years. I like her because (a) she has 5 kids, and (b) she is not an organization snob. She realizes it's a challenge with children (and husbands), and has some of the best ideas for organizing families I've ever read - without making me feel like I'm a loser because I struggle. And even though her book was written pre-internet, pre-iPod, and pre- text-messaging, I can still find ways to apply her principles fourteen years into parenthood.
I wrote about how I do my weekly work schedule here. I'm just a visual gal, and I need to SEE our commitments in color. It scares the pants off me, and then I get working to rein in the insanity. So that's a good thing.
I'll try to post it if I can ever get it done here in the next few days.