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.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Goals, resolutions, whatever.

Somewhere over the course of the last two years, I lost my voice on the blog. I want to fix that but I'm not quite sure where to start. So, I'll just start here and like the first mile of most of my runs it'll feel ungainly and awkward but eventually I'll settle into a rhythm. 

The first week of 2016 wasn't the most stellar, but that's mostly only because I was in a car accident (rear ended) on the way to work last Wednesday. Fortunately, no one involved was hurt and now I'm just onto the hassle of getting my car repaired. I'm hopeful that it will be repaired within the month, but the shop currently has no estimated time of completion. Maybe by my birthday, it'll be fixed. That would be a nice birthday present.

I've been mulling over a list of things that I'd like to accomplish this year for a few weeks now. I guess you could call them resolutions? I usually say I don't make resolutions, but that's basically what these are:
  • Health and Fitness Goals
    • Running
      • Run three 5Ks (May/August/November)
    • Weight Loss
      • Get back to my goal weight and stay in my preferred range.
  • Photography
    •  Pick a theme each month and take weekly photos in that theme for Photo Friday.
  • Crafts
    • Sewing
      • Make Eric's fleece PJ pants with pockets
      • Sew Cecilia a little fleece jacket with a zipper 
    • Knitting
      • Finish three of my Dyed My Way kits from KnitCrate .
  • House
    • Build the raised bed garden that I've wanted for a good two years now.
    • Declutter, organize and deep clean. (I'm sure Eric is laughing as he reads this since I've been assigned the task of cleaning the bathroom counter for over a month now.)
  •  Personal
    • Keep the grocery budget in check. I think we spend too much on groceries and I know that I can do a better job.
    • Read 100 books! I'm doing the Goodreads 2016 challenge.