So today is the one day a week (which I haven’t had in a month due to winter break and snow days) that I have no children at home for a period of 4 hours. The older kids are in school, and my 1-year-old attends a Parents Day Out program on Tuesdays. As you can imagine, I had a monstrous list of things to do today, so I of course had not a single thing on my mind.
Attempting to maximize my time, I headed to Wal-Mart after I dropped my 9-year-old at school, so that I could get my shopping done before dropping off the 1-year-old (of course there is about an hour between these times). Shopping completed with no issues, I can’t complain because Brett is usually really good when I run errands, unless of course he is tired! Dropped Brett off at Parents Day Out, and headed home with a monstrous list of things to do in my head.
As soon as I got home I headed to grab my computer and go change into my workout clothes. (Getting my work out in first will ensure that I fit it in today)! Fired up the computer, and away I went. Ready to knock out my workout to energize myself for the long list of things I had to do. Boom. Workout complete, time for a shower. When I walked back out to the kitchen to grab a snack, it suddenly dawned on me that I had been in such a rush to get inside and get things accomplished, that I totally forgot about the groceries in the back of the vehicle!!!! Don’t pretend that you haven’t done something like this before. I do it all of the time. Getting side-tracked from one chore while doing another, trying to multi-task and burning dinner, your mind going in a hundred directions so you go to put the milk in the cabinet instead of the refrigerator. Yeah, I’ve done all that stuff. Many times. But NEVER have I left a car full of groceries, many of them refrigerated, in the car for over an hour! Totally mindless! Thank goodness it was cold outside or my dinner plans would have been toast given that I had ground turkey sitting out there to add to my homemade spaghetti sauce (I will be posting this fantastic recipe soon!).
For the love of God! Some days I swear I’m losing it! There are just never enough hours in the day. And I know many of you moms out there feel the same way often, that’s why I had to share this. Because I live a real life, just like you, and I all too frequently become very forgetful. (I attribute this to my children because prior to them I was very organized and rarely forgetful!) Never mind that while my child was at Parent’s Day Out for four hours (minus my driving time for the actual time of 3 1/2 hours that I have to accomplish anything) I had a monstrous list of things to do:
- Do laundry
- Complete a two-hour project for my part-time job (This one was thrown at me this morning and wasn’t in my original plan for the day, but hey, it’s real life so we gotta adjust!)
- Make homemade spaghetti sauce for dinner
- Clean the kitchen floor which at the moment is filthy
- Phone calls to make
- Start on the STUPID defensive driving class online that I have to take (Yes, I got a speeding ticket this summer, which I haven’t gotten in years, and my husband who is a retired police office was less than happy with me. He insisted that I take the option for the class so that I wouldn’t have any points on my license. Oh joy. I have an extra 8 hours for that!)
Needless to say, I have to leave in 5 minutes to pick Brett up from Parent’s Day Out, and I haven’t completed half the tasks on my list. But I’m sitting here typing this blog, because somehow it is making me feel better! And most importantly, I got my work project complete and out the door, worked out, showered, phone calls made, two loads of laundry in the works, and have a pan of delicious smelling spaghetti sauce on the stove for dinner. Although I didn’t get everything finished, I’ll take it. The filthy dirty kitchen floor and defensive driving class can wait! I did get a lot accomplished considering. So next time you do something forgetful like I did today, just remember, it’s real life, and we all do it. (I’m going to keep telling myself that and that it’s not the fact that I am getting older, and more forgetful!)