Monday, August 2, 2010

There Has to Be a Better Way

Every morning I make a to-do list. With half of yesterday's list on it. I seem to have better intentions in the morning, than I do energy to check things off at night. Get more sleep you say? Dream on Wonder Bunny.

I stop moving around 11:00 and "unwind" until midnight. Alarm goes off at 5:30, if I'm brave I'll snooze until 6:00. All four of us up, dressed and out the door by 7:00. Work all day, pick up the crew, dinner, play, laundry, dishes, laundry, baths, laundry, books, laundry, bed, laundry, clean up the house, laundry, pay the bills, laundry... sensing a theme?

Here's the thing, I don't want to change anything, and I'm realistic about being a single mother. Crazy as life sounds, it's mine and I love it. There just has to be a better way to get it all done.

Like carrying in groceries. I've been getting bruises from carrying as many bags as I can fit on both arms. But it beat the 10 trips up and down the stairs to the car. So I went to the store and found these clips. Believe me when I tell you I have tested their weight limits. If only the store sold energy! Oh wait they do, but energy shots give me the shakes. So whatcha got? Give me your best tricks and tips, and I'll put your name in the hat to win one of these I'd-Like-To-High-Five-The-Schmo-That-Made-These, clips.

Lay It On Me,


Kieliszeks said...

I found even 30 minutes of cardio does the trick for me. I'm also a snacker so I have started packing healthy little snacks which keeps my sugar levels higher rather than just 3 meals a day. Everybody I work with is on to the mix 1/3 OJ and 2/3 water to keep cals down but keep sugars up. Not sure about that one but they seem to think it works. Hope you find something that works for you :o)

Sara said...

Girl, now if only those things came with a manly bare chested hunk! I'd buy three! But I don't want to get arrested ;)

Dawn said...

My best tip? Since you seem to be a list gal (I am, too!) - take a look at this household system for moms:

The thing that is really neat about this is that there is no guilt if you don't get it all done each day. It's organized so that every task comes 'round again and eventually does get taken care of. Take a look at it!

Be blessed!

RockWallaby said...

Carolynn, I'm just so pleased you're back. Have been checking in every week. Sounds like you're doing well. Good for you.
As for the energy thing, I don't have the answers. Maybe learn to live with a little mess, or get the kids more involved in helping. We have a 'chore roster' on the fridge and I really let the kids know they're part of the team and need to pull their weight.
Good luck!

Boy Mom said...

So good to hear from you! Good luck on that energy thing... sounds like some good suggestions though. I usually resort to sugar and caffeine.

Debbie said...

I wish I had a wonderful "trick or tip" for you. Maybe I'll come back later and see what else people recommend to you. I need all the help I can get!
BTW - it is lovely to see you on here again!

SuperAunt said...

I bought a "Mommy Clip" at Target for $6.99. It is a GIANT carabener, and you can clip as many grocery bags as you want into it. To date, I have carried 10. It works best with the resuable bags you can purchase (atleast down in Illinois) at the grocery store. It especially works best when I remember to put the bags and mommy clip back in the car for the next trip! LOL. Love you.