Monday, June 6, 2011

It's One Of Those Days....

There are days when I am full of life and ready to go out and conquer the world. My to do list doesn't hold me back and amazingly shrinks as the day goes on. I love those days.

Then there are the days where I look at what I need to do and just groan. I start a project, only to find that it takes me many times longer than it "should" take - if it gets completed at all. Mentally, I'm dragging, and frequently physically I am, too.

Those are the days I hate, but I know they happen - and I've come to learn I don't always have control over them. Sometimes they're the days when it's been too long since I've seen the sun in Chicago. Sometimes it's because I've committed myself to too many things and I'm paralyzed trying to figure out what needs to be at the top of the list. And sometimes, I'm just physically exhausted.

Today is one of those physically exhausted days. I volunteered to help at Mister Man's Field Days for his school. It was a hot and sticky, very sunny day in the mid-nineties. And I was outside, trekking from station to station as the official photographer, for almost five hours.

By the time I got home with Mister Man, I was done. Yet I still had to empty the dishwasher. I had to make him a substantial snack before his OT and get him there on time. I had to run to the store to get some critical items I'd forgotten on Saturday while he was at his OT. And I had to figure out dinner, feed the wee ones by myself, and get them into bed - once I'd unpacked their backpacks and ensured that all critical items had been addressed.

By the time I finished cleaning up the kitchen and putting everything else in the house away, it was after 8pm. And I have a post due for the From Left to Write book club. I haven't posted since last Thursday, and I'd really, really like to just take a book upstairs and go to bed. I know my limitations, but I also know my commitments, and I'm not going to simply blow them off - fun as that might be.

Is this the best post I've ever written? Absolutely not. Is it where I'm at right now? Yep, and I know I'm not the only one. And most importantly - this post is perfectly inspired by the book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. That's what counts. Tomorrow will be a better day though. It always is. And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm taking my book up to bed with me.

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In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" for purposes of writing this post for the From Left to Write book club where we write posts inspired by books rather than traditional reviews. All opinions expressed are my own, and I received no compensation.

As an aside, would I recommend this one? Probably not. It really didn't speak to me and was difficult to push through to the end.


Brandie June 6, 2011 at 10:41 PM  

I'm sorry about days like that. We all have them. They suck. Wish I could make days like that completely disappear.

Tara R. June 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM  

Days like that are so physically exhausting. I hope tomorrow is much better.

Emily June 7, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

I used to do the full time working mom, raising a baby thing, and even when I was fairly healthy, it was absolutely ridiculous. There is just too much put on women these days, and now that I am sick and mostly homebound I am an outsider looking in, seeing how crazy it all is.

I wish you strength but also to be able to take time out for you. Read on and try to relax!

Lisa Hanneman June 7, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

I hate those days! Your post just made me realize something: Being home with a newborn has forced me to relax. I'm usually running at a frantic pace with my brain clogged with to-do's. Now, I'm stuck inside, getting done what I can, and focusing on getting a few hours of sleep every night. And somehow as exhausted I am, I'm more relaxed than I've been in a long time.

Helen P June 7, 2011 at 10:01 PM  

I'm exhausted hearing about your day. We all have them, and we will all continue to have them. But you did it! And you will do it again and again and again.
Life does not stop

septembermom June 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

Those days are the worst. And you can feel them literally getting worse and worse it seems until you hit the pillow. Hope happy days are with you now :)

Pat June 12, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

I'm so sorry about those extremely stressful days, Michelle. I'm hoping you didn't end up sick.

You described that long, exhausting day so well and it reminded me of days I've had in the past with kids' activities, work, family/house/church/organization responsibilities. I'd fall into bed at night totally exhausted, then wake up and do it all again.

I hope the summer months are less stressful for you!

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