Thursday, January 21, 2016

Priorities

It's such a struggle to get these words out of my head in the dribs and drabs of time that I can find. It's currently my most frequent complaint, as I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. I'm sure that I'm not the first, nor will I be the last working mom to feel this way. The problem isn't time, you see, it's priorities. A typical work day looks a little something like this:
  • 5:45-5:50am: My tiny human alarm clock goes off. Why didn't she come with a snooze button? Seriously baby, would 15 more minutes be the most terrible thing?
  • 6am: Get up, go in and get Cecilia up for the day. 
  • 6:05am: Wait for the lazy dog to get up and greet Cecilia for the day. She loves him and she gets so excited to see him in the morning.
  • 6:15am-6:50am: Feed everyone but self. Make coffee to take to work.
  • 6:55am: Leave for work, try to remember coffee.
  • 7:30am-12:00pm: werk werk werk.
  • 12:05pm-12:30pm: Lunch walk because fresh air makes my brain work better.
  • 12:30pm-3pm: resume werk werk werk
  • 3pm: Go home, hope that there are no school buses to slow traffic down.
  • 3:30pm if I'm lucky, 3:45pm if I'm not: Greet Cecilia and my Mom, ignore dog so he doesn't get too excited and lose control of his bladder, change clothes and do some sort of exercise.
  • 4:30pm: Take Cecilia from my Mom so she can go do her own work things, play silly baby games and read little baby books.
  • 5:30pm-5:50pm: Begin Cecilia's bed time routine depending on the quality of that day's naps.
  • 6:05-6:30pm: Baby is asleep, go do dinner things.
  • 7:15-7:30pm:  Finished with dinner, clean-up dinner, pack up tomorrow's lunch.
  • 8pm-9pm: On a good day, this is my free hour to do whatever I want, which is generally hang out with Eric since we barely see each other now. Also, I'm usually too tired by this time to want to do anything that requires brain power.
  • 9-10pm: Prepare for bed/fall asleep.
Obviously, my priorities are in order since the important things rank higher, i.e. sleep, food, child, husband, and self. And the not-so-important, e.g. sewing, knitting or watching television, generally fall by the wayside. I suppose it's not so much a complaint as it is an optimization problem, which is why the software engineer in me can't help but sit here analyzing to find some sort of tweak or optimization to eke out a few more spare moments.