- I printed my weekly calendar from Google Calendar. Yes, I still have the paper date book, but also keep an electronic version so my family can input and access our schedule, too. And I do like the reminder feature – a text or email to remind you of where you’re supposed to be.
- All those papers that have some kind of due date - permission slips, bills, library books due slip, invitations – I sorted by week. I could also add coupons, restaurant discounts, sales ads, and other random things that have an expiration date.
- Clip the sorted papers behind the calendar page when they should be done.
- Each week, I have that packet of papers that are due, my calendar, and I can jot additional reminders on the calendar page.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Although I've shared what to pack in many of our day-to-day bags - suitcases, swim bags, gym bags, lunch boxes, etc. - in my "Pack Your Bags" posts, I don't know that I've dumped out my purse. For the fun of it, let me tell you what I've got in there. And of course the fun part - I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.
I should probably be clear here that this is "what's in my bag today, right now, in this bag." I change my purse with the weather and the agenda of the day. I'm not alone in that, right? If you've got more than usual to carry, or hanging out at the park with the kids rather than having lunch with the girls or going to work, or trying to look cute with a teeny purse that holds just a lipstick, your phone, and your driver's license. That's why we need so many purses.
What's in my purse (today):
- my calendar/date book (the green thing with the black rings) - yes, a paper-based schedule which I write in with a pen or pencil and is stuffed with random business cards, receipts, and post-it notes. I know, I'm a dying breed, but its a search I go through every year - my next calendar. This is the flexible, ring-binder - so far, I like it.
- knitting - I'm mid-scarf right now. I like small projects that fit neatly in my purse, you never know when you're going to get stuck somewhere with nothing to do and I can only read my friends' Facebook posts so many times.
- 1 pair of glasses - I have three. I'm somewhere between denial that I really do need glasses all the time and the time to go get a new pair that will combine reading and distance glasses.
- nourishment - because I'm a snacker, I try to carry healthy options so I have less excuses to stop for french fries or donuts (note - this does not always work.)
- pink notebook - because I need somewhere more permanent than my calendar to write notes.
- business cards - I'm an indie-writer and a blogger. I'm my own boss, employee, marketer, and agent. I've always got to be ready to promote my blog and my book, Life in Spades, and make connections.
- book of prayers - my sister-in-law gave me this for a birthday gift. I did not realize I would turn to it so often.
- lipstick - why would anyone ever leave home without it?
What's in your purse? What's your "never leave home without it" item?
Monday, October 13, 2014
I'm back in Spanish class. For the third time today, I'm catching a few words as a test to what I recall from high school classes so many years ago. I had PE this morning. No math, no English, no Science. I go to lunch next. Why are my kids complaining that school is so hard?
Its class visit day. On Columbus Day each year, our school system has county-wide open house when parents are welcome to come sit in on their kids' classes. (I think because we have a significant number of parents who are government employees so they have the day off, but schools are open.) Its a good option to actually see what the teachers said would happen when they did their presentation at back-to-school night. But for me, I have so imperfectly timed my visits so that I've gone from my youngest's PE class, went to my sons and daughter's school, where they were both in Spanish, left there for the high school where my oldest was in Spanish and then making up a quiz.
And somehow -I have forgotten my knitting. I thought to bring it this morning, then though "nah, when would I knit?"
I'll next go through round 2 -back for a parent meeting at the middle school, coaching Girls on the Run at elementary, and post-sports pick up at the high school.
And folks ask stay-at-home moms what do we do all day. For one thing, its not staying at home.
Friday, October 10, 2014
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
"Should've known what?"
I was waiting in the library check-out line, when I saw this book sitting on the shelf and immediately, the obvious question came to mind.
Ah-ha. Rich parents and a snooty private school. Someone ends up dead. A spouse had planned to come to the big shindig on that same evening, but then had to work late. Yeah, she should've known. But, wait, what would've been a motive? Nah, maybe she shouldn't have known.
There is some intrigue - more so because WE can figure out what Grace should've known, why didn't she? How many times have you looked at a friend, sister, colleague's situation and shook your head and thought, "hmm.. yeah, I could've told you he was no good." But we totally miss the mess in our own lives. That's precisely, ironically, the topic of her psych self-help book for women who don't recognize all the signs when they first start dating that guy, then marry him.
You can figure out the "who" once you get into the story, but the "why" is a little more elusive. And the "what comes next" was, for me, not enough. [I've made a few more comments below regarding the ending, which may be a SPOILER for some, so watch for the warning]
If you're married or plan to be, like, Gone Girl - I think this will make you review some of the instances in your relationship and think, "hmmm..... should I have known?" I was definitely looking at my husband kinda side-eyed whenever he had to work late or missed his flight.
I wanted the "who" to be punished more than he was. It seemed like he skipped away and got off too easy. And she was no way as near mad as hell as I would've been with my life turned upside down. Then it all wrapped up too tidy with a kinda almost happy ending. That, I did not expect at all.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Other than the candy (bring on the chocolate!), I'm not a big fan of the holiday. Basically, because it's scary and spooky. And carving pumpkins is messy and difficult. But the theme colors - orange and black - are pretty. So if you're like me, and peeking through one eye open until November 1, here's a few ways to enjoy the color of the season, without all the ghouls and mess.
Decorate with mums. I can't grow anything, but I love flowers. Potted plants are the solution. I'm sad when they finally wilt away, but I love the burst of color while the flowers are still in bloom. The bright fall mums are the obvious choice for front steps or a flower arrangement inside.
Go to a farm for pick-your-own fields. The kids and I enjoy picking our own whatevers - fruit, flowers, berries. If you're lucky, there may still be farms with a few apples left, great for applesauce, apple pie, apple cake, caramel apples. Of course, you can pick up the biggest, fattest pumpkin for carving and pumpkin seeds - or several little ones for a pretty table setting. If you're lucky, there may even be a corn maze in your area and the kids can get lost for an hour or so (in a good way.)
Make orange jack-o-lanterns. Skip the carving and scooping and "what do we do with all the inside guck?" Get a bag of oranges and a black Sharpie and let the kids decorate oranges as little teeny jack-o-lanterns. Quick, easy, not messy. Fun to throw in the kids' lunchbox or sports snack bag.
|Easy to make and cute for the lunchbox.|
|An asymmetrical triangle-shapped scarf, made from a light-weight sock yarn.|
Monday, October 6, 2014
I know, as busy folks out there, we tend to think we don't have time to rest, we eat on the run, and we feel we must check and respond to every email, text and phone message ASAP and post our every thought on Facebook or the world will stop spinning. As moms, we even feel guilty for taking a nap, saying "no" to the call for volunteering at school (again), ordering dinner rather than cooking from scratch, and going to bed at a reasonable time instead of staying up and sewing on all the Girl Scout patches and baking two dozen cupcakes for tomorrow's bake sale. My daughter asked me recently, "Mommy, why don't you ever take a bubble bath?" What an excellent question, which sadly the only response I had was that I was too busy.
But, I did get out of town over the weekend. Not 100% a restful get-away, I attended a sorority conference, but there were some restful moments. I did travel alone, drove through the New England countryside a little bit, and I went to dinner by myself before my friend got in town. This is such a rare treat - real food that I didn't have to cook, with cloth napkins and candlelight, a martini and everything. I take my book, order whatever I want, people watch, and enjoy some quiet time. This really is one of my guilty pleasures.
So, yes, we do need to rest, we do need to eat right and take care of ourselves. Otherwise, the only thing that's going to stop moving is you. The world is going to continue on.
What's your favorite way to rest? (And do not say going out for a run because that is not resting!)