This is my favorite picture of me that has ever been taken.
No, it's not because I am hiding from the camera. I'm actually not.
I was caught dancing!
I was at my 20-year high school reunion, at the best residential high school in the world. I was surrounded by friends and my kids were at the grandparents' house for the ENTIRE WEEKEND.
|Photo Credit: Sean Farley|
After the reunion, I returned to the harsh realities of real life.
These people who live with me expect me to wake up at 6 a.m. And they expect it every single day. Then, they want breakfast! Hmmph!
(To be fair, "these people" are 7 and 9 years old, plus a 40-something year old who is busily getting ready for his office job. The 40-something dude who lives with me shares warm kisses, does laundry, and agrees with me that "these people's" expectations are out of control!)
I cope with coffee in giant mugs.
While they are at school, my mornings are spent running errands. I grocery shop, deliver forms to doctor's offices, and drop items at Goodwill. I run, then wait, then run some more, trying to get everything done quickly.
I cope with a great bag for carrying all my errand items.
Next comes lunch. Unless it's a rare non-errand day, I eat on the run. That requires a lunch tote that, let's face it, is cool enough to keep satsumas fresh and to stop chocolate from melting in Louisiana's heat.
I carry a smallish day planner to all these appointments with me. I recommend a Franklin Compact or a Filofax personal-sized. They are large enough to have lots of planning space but small enough to fit in my handbag.
I usually work during the remainder of the morning and during/after lunch. For that, I have my Surface Pro 3 .
Next, I workout. I like to take Barre Blend class at the local YMCA, so I wear toe socks. Some of my classmates go in bare feet. NOT A CHANCE.
Finally, I pick up my kiddos and supervise homework and chores.
A better person than me might eat a healthy snack. I prefer fermented grapes.
I make a healthy supper (because, you know, ALL that chocolate), usually in my cast iron grill pan.
Finally, the kids go to sleep, while I read a great book.
Usually, this happens for way too long and I barely get to sleep in time to wake up for 6 a.m.
Sleep, or the lack thereof, is probably the harshest reality of adulting!
What are your crutches that get you through? Candy? Wine*? Being organized?
*Note: Wine is used in reasonable amounts. I
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