Thursday, April 29, 2010

What was I going to do?

This is dedicated to my sister, Lisa. I am her “favorite blogger.” I am also the only blogger she reads. I love you. And thank you for being my biggest fan. . .

I washed my face with hair mousse last night. This of course wasn’t my plan. I had just gotten home from teaching a class at CFLT. I was tired. The girls were complaining about getting ready for bed. The cats were on my counter wanting a drink from the sink. All I wanted to do was get in to my pajamas, wash my face, put on my numerous wrinkle-prevention products and relax on the couch. And my mind was racing about all kinds of things I need to do and was trying not to forget. So after applied said “cleanser” to my face, my first thought was “wow, this is sticky.” It was about that time that I was trying desperately to scrub off mascara with no luck, that I realized that I was indeed washing my face with hair product! I looked in the mirror. My eyes were squinted at this point because, just so you know, mousse stings, and I said to myself, “You are losing your mind.”

I’ve been a bit distracted lately. A bit “off.” I’ve always thought of myself as highly organized – and not forgetful. Not like my sister, Lisa, or Trisha Brock “organized” – but pretty dang good. But when I really look at my life, I think that statement only applies to me as an employee. And that’s maybe because I put a “job” before my personal life when I have one. I can say that I am an exemplary employee. Never miss a deadline. Never had a poor review. Always did my job to the best of my ability. Was it because I got paid? Or because I felt appreciated? I don’t know.

Over the last 9 years, since becoming a Mom, I’ve tried to be my former “organized” self. But I think I’m finally ready to admit, that this isn’t the best job for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am doing it and getting it done. I keep a clean house, bills are paid, and the girls are where they need to be on time. They are well loved, and well mannered. I think by most standards, I do a good enough job, although I usually feel a bit crazy.

So maybe I’m not as “on it” as I thought I once was. Or maybe I only think about the stuff that I want to, and the other stuff just goes by the way side to be dealt with only when absolutely necessary. There is so much to remember and keep track of. Specifically when you have school aged kids. Do you know how much paper comes home with kids? I wish I was the Mom who always knew what was going on at school, but I’m not. I usually scan the kids’ folders and unless something really jumps out at me, then it gets a quick deposit to the recycle bin. And then Cari or Michelle reminds me about Skate Nights and Muffins with Mom. I should write this stuff down.

I’ve also determined that I am not good at remembering upcoming special occasions. If you’re my good friend and you’ve rarely received a birthday card over the last 10 years or so, well then, already know this about me. My sister has told me several times that if I kept an updated calendar of these important dates I’d be fine. Unfortunately, I do this some years and some years I just don’t. But don’t worry, it does work both ways – I really won’t hold it against you if you forget my birthday. I promise.

So I have decided to get things in order. Come up with systems to remember things – and places to put everything – from birthdays to school activities, CFLT business, and of course my personal life. I am capable of this. I just have to make the time to do it. Make organizing my life a priority, instead of just dealing with things as they present themselves. In the long run, I’ll be much better off having a true plan of action rather than having my, at times a bit flighty, brain clogged with all of the random things a women/wife/mother has to think about. It seems rather overwhelming and time consuming to try and come up with a better strategy, but what I am doing now certainly isn’t efficient and is clearly not working.

First line of business? Separate hair products from face cleansers on the bathroom counter!


  1. You are without a doubt one of the best people I have ever worked with. Thank you for all you do in the secretarial work and for keeping CFLT and my butt rolling via emails, logos, and everything else.

  2. Thanks for the post Lori! I see keeping a household organized a lot like never ends. Good Luck! And, just for the record, you would be my favorite blogger even if I did read others! Keep up the good work. Love ya!

  3. I can't tell you how many times I have been in the shower and wondering if I already shaved my armpits or put conditioner in my hair or whatever because my mind is thinking if a million other things. Or walking in a room and wondering what in the heck I was going to do. I think you top it though with washing your face with mousse. That is pretty darn funny!! I love all of the crazy things that you do. It keeps me entertained so don't stop :)

  4. That is pretty dang funny... I can picture myself doing something like that too! If you saw my bathroom counter, you'd understand... & thanks for the kudos but trust me - we always think that someone else has it more "together" than we do - but truth be told... well, that just isn't the truth! I'm as scatter brained as anyone... so don't be too hard on yourself friend! If it weren't for my Blackberry I wouldn't remember to get dressed in the morning I swear! You might want to put that Iphone calendar to good use :)

  5. Can I just say that this post brought tears to my eyes~the "misery loves company" kind!! I hear you sista!! I used to be INTELLIGENT and ORGANIZED~color coated daytimer and everything! Shocker, I know! I love to read books on organizing my house and my life~but they end up making even more clutter! Maybe we can "spur one another on" to get our butts in gear and get a 'well-ordered life!' Until then, I have some "Real Simple" magazines laying around my house with some great articles on clutter.... :)