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10:00 Check

I’m obsessed with the idea of a productive day.  I have a mental image that productivity begins with getting dressed.  It is my goal when I am home all day to have everyone up, dressed, fed and by 10.  Okay, 11.  In an attempt to make myself accountable a la Food Waste Friday and Menu Planning Monday (neither of which I’ve done in a while and y’all can see how well that’s working. . .wait, maybe you can’t. . . I don’t know how it’s working, but I do know that I don’t have time to worry about it), I bring you the first in an occassional series– 10:00 Check!

beds made – 2

children sleeping – 1 (C down for a nap)

episodes of Curious George viewed – ZERO! (episode 1 for the day now in progress)

meals prepared, served, eaten and cleaned up – 1

piles of dog hair swept up – 1

adults dressed and showered – 1 (Mr. AFT has to go to work.  I have nothing to do with this.)

cups of coffee consumed – 2

mice spotted – 1 (I cannot get rid of them!  I have to get a cat. . . )

dogs deskunked – 0 (that was last night’s super fun project)

On the agenda today– picnic in the park, playground date with friends.



K and the AFTHOTW gang


And the winner is . . .

(Fade in to home interior, early evening.  Our lovely heroine lies face down in bed, with a snoring toddler to her left and a menagerie of stuffed animals to her right.  Heroine stirs and says. . . )

I give up!  Day with only 24 hours, you win!  No matter how hard I try, there are, in fact, only 24 hours in each day and I can’t get everything done!  Alas!

(Fade to black.)

Sounds like a great movie, right?  I should be a screenwriter, right?  Yah, right.

So, I’ve been away for a while.  It’s the whole back-to-work thing.  It really isn’t that bad, but I’m finding it difficult to accomplish all of the stuff I was used to accomplishing while I was home on maternity leave.  Like line drying my laundry.  My dryer is running right now.  I used it last night, too.  I’m still line drying occassionally but not every load, like I did last month at this time.

And meal planning.  I haven’t posted a meal plan in two weeks.  I had a plan in mind last week and this week, I’ve just been winging it.  If you miss my thrilling meal plan, check out any of the 400 or so linked on www.orgjunkie.com.

And Food Waste Friday.  For the last three weeks, I’ve just been freezing my wasted food.  No pictures, no posting.

And my daily chats with you all and of course, Vishnu, the God of Death (anyone get that literary reference?  Anyone?  Tell me in the comments.)

But tomorrow is the first day of spring.  Time for renewal.  Time to get back in  he saddle, go viral and make the book deal HAPPEN, right?  Riiiiiiiiiight.

We have more light so I can take pictures, which I need to do.  Poor Charlotte’s infancy is zipping away undocumented.

She eats cereal now.  She digs it.

I’d love to chat more, but I have to do laundry and pack for a weekend sojourn to Connecticut for Will-i-am’s fourth birthday.  Two parties– and two cakes!

Meal plan on Monday.  Really.  Well, at least I hope so.

Addicted to Access

I’m back to work and, oddly, have very limited computer access there.  My district gave all teachers laptops last spring.  You had to go to a tedious two-hour training to get one.  I had a decent desktop in my office, no childcare for the blocks of time when the trainings were and a pink slip.  So I didn’t bother.  My pink slip was rescinded and my job changed so that I no longer have an office.  I still don’t have child care for the training times (4-6 pm– John doesn’t get home until 6 and day care closes at 5.)   The classroom I’m teaching in now has a clunky old PC that I have to crawl on the ground to hook up, if I choose to use it.  I’s also out in the thick of the classroom, so I can’t set the students to work and then screw around on the internet use that time to work on future lessons and send personal email respond to important administrative messages.  Oh, and there are no scheduled trainings, so it seems that I *can’t* get a laptop now, even if I want one.

Without a computer, I’m behind, disorganized and disconnected.  I hate it.

Am I addicted to access?  Is it too much of a good thing?  Is it even a good thing?  I’ve really been thinking about this all week, since Sunday’s sermon included the idea of “too much of a good thing” (and some other stuff that  I can’t remember four days later.)   At the risk of sounding like I’m making excuses, I think my computer time is reasonable and actually enhances my life– at least my work life.  The piles of scraps of paper that I’m currently carting around are making me CRAZY and I have no idea where anything is and no record of what I’ve done.

There’s also my sad failure to post in a timely fashion– which I am sure is an overwhelming hardship to you, my vast readership.

Short story– I need more computer time and I want a laptop to get it.  Then I can find good cupcakes recipes and post more pics of my kids.

Food Waste Friday tomorrow!  The little things make me so happy.