Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thinking things through

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.

14 comments:

Joanne said...

Katherine,

A nap sounds absolutely delicious. What a treat for you. There are some things that rank number one for us moms'..a nap is one of them, looking good is a close second.
Nap-hair...priceless.

God Bless, Joanne
www.onesolessed.blogspot.com

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

I L.O.V.E that book. I will have to admit that I actually have not pulled it out since we moved the last time, so I am glad you mentioned it. I am off to look for it...

Mary@notbefore7 said...

...and my mother-in-law just asked me for my christmas wish list. I just love books! Thanks - sounds awesome!

Beck said...

I just added that book to my wishlist!

julie said...

A nap? I am sooo jealous. Hubby is home tomorrow so I think I will put one of those on my to do list.

Anonymous said...

You sure know a good thing when you see it! A friend and I found "our" Bonnie over a decade ago as we were both naive newlyweds. Wow, Bonnie changed my life! I was the typical 2 p.m. house-is-a-wreck-and-I'm-still-in-my-pajamas scenario, with my toddler daughter and a university education to juggle. But Totally Organized saved the day, and you inspired me to finally order my own copy tonight after all these years of living off of notes I took when I first read it. Ha!

Thanks for all the encouragement,
Roslyn

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

I have GOT to get my weekly schedule under control. I am drowning here! Thanks for the inspiration/motivation.

Susanne said...

A nap?! You had a nap? Is it written somewhere "Thou shalt not covet thy friends nap"? 'Cause I'm really coveting your nap!

Org Junkie said...

I'm working on my schedule too, can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Ciara said...

This book looks interesting. Thanks for the tip. I'm a little jealous that you were able to take a nap.

Christine said...

Oh, I'm drooling over the head massage at the salon. I have't gotten my hair cut in probably 8 months. It just keeps getting longer, and longer, and longer...

I'm going to check out that book. You never know when something will actually help me instead of sitting on a shelf...

Jen said...

You got your hair done in peace...almost hooray! It sounds like a great day...a nap...that is wonderful.

chickadee said...

if your hair looks like it does in the avatar photo i think it looks fabulous. before i read this post i was admiring your hair.

Harlena said...

So-o-o glad I stumbled across this website! I'm 58, with 9 grandchildren, and still needing help organizing my housework!! Thank you so much for a simplified version! Everything else I have ever read has just left me feeling overwhelmed. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!