Best Laid Plans

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While I’ve found it difficult lately to sit down and write my 500 words about “anything” I can certainly start off a pretty impressive list (probably at least 500) of the reasons why this daily exercise has fallen off the side of my desk. But in the interests of time and space and not wanting to dissolve into a heaping pile of tears, I’ll stick to the top five.

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The Rhythm is Gonna Get Ya

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diningroom

The finished dining room!

Yesterday was what you might call, hectic.  Most days start off a little rushed in order to get the kids off to school on time, but after the drop-off, there is usually a bit of a lull where I can come back home, eat some breakfast, clean up breakfast, straighten up, etc., and even, oh, I don’t know, find the time to write a little something. While some of the craziness was self-imposed (taking on big projects or forgetting items that caused me to lose time), what follows is a pretty faithful account of my day yesterday. I wanted to write it down as a timeline so that I can stop being so hard on myself when I can’t seem to do it all. Because, as the evidence shows, I do get a fair amount done most of the time.

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Two Out of Three Ain’ t Bad

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Slide the TP on a bat for easy carrying up the stairs!

Slide the TP on a bat for easy carrying up the stairs!

Something I’ve realized about having three children is that your workload definitely increases. More people in a house means more messes to clean up, more laundry to do, more groceries to buy. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely means more joy, too. I wouldn’t trade any member of my household for a clean bathroom. At least not on most days. Right now one of my biggest challenges is how to get what I need done on a daily basis, still have quality FUN time with the family, and take care of myself at the same time.

This predicament reminds me of some wisdom one of my college professors once shared with our class. When you’re trying to churn out [INSERT PROJECT NAME HERE] you need to make some compromises. It’s not possible to get everything done on time, under budget, and have it be of superior quality. At least not for mere mortals. You can get it done fast, you can do it on the cheap, and you can produce high-caliber stuff—but the rub is, you can only pick two of those at a time.  If you want something done quickly, you’re going to pay top dollar for it. If you want to save money and do it on the cheap, your [INSERT PROJECT NAME HERE] probably won’t earn rave reviews.

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