II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

mean, lean, multi-taskin' machine

Today as I sat on the toilet at Grant's preschool and "tried" to pee...I thought...Man, this beats all. Here I am, don't even have to pee, but I have probably 30 seconds to a minute to spare before he gets out of class and I am trying to think of what I could do to save me time later. I thought...."hmmm...maybe I should try to pee and then I won't have to take the time to do it when I get home." This got me to thinking...I am pretty much like that all the time. My mind is always working...always thinking. I am constantly finding ways to use EVERY single second of every minute for SOMEthing. For instance, when I stop at a red light...I check my phone for messages, put on my lipstick, put on lotion, file my nails...etc. When I have to sit in the car for 5 minutes (like while I am waiting on 8:45 so I can drop Grant off at school in the morning), I balance my checkbook/enter my debits, clean my purse out & clean my car out. Also at home, I never walk into the "children's wing" of my house without first taking an inventory of what all I can load my arms up with to put in their rooms. God forbid I should make a trip in "vain" and not accomplish at least 3-4 things. Some people like to "kill 2 birds with one stone". Ha! Try killing 5 birds with one stone! That's more like it!
Even if I take time "out" to just chill and watch TV (like tonight --Biggest Loser-- ) I still do something the entire time...like fold clothes, paint my toenails, manicure my fingernails and I get up at each commercial break and put clothes away, feed the dog, load the dishwasher, make lunches, etc. Here's a bad one for ya...anytime I make a phone call, I try to be sure and sit at my desk so I can do double-duty and check my e-mail/read blogs at the same time! I know that's awful...but I hate talking on the phone...and usually I can pretty well carry on a conversation and still be able to read/think about something entirely different too!
I only clean the shower when I am taking a shower.
On the rare occasion that I do go #2, I always make sure and take something that I need to read like the kids homework papers or the mail.
While I am cooking dinner, I always study the pantry and the fridge for items we need and make a grocery list.
You get the point, I'm sure. While I am proud that I can do so many things at once...sometimes I wish I could just relax. Totally---with nothing hanging over my head. It's like if I could ever just get it ALL done..then I could really relax...but that day hasn't come yet--in 10 years and I'm not sure it ever will. I envy my husband sometimes because there can be a hundred things going on, kids crying, tv blaring, phone ringing, dinner cooking, dryer buzzing and he'll be over on the recliner snoozing away. Of course, at the moment envy is not the exact emotion I feel...it's more like DISGUST...but really, I'd love to do that sometime. Just walk out on all of it and take a nap. Aughh......how nice.
I'll leave you with a little conversation that me and hubby had a while back about this subject:
In the midst of one of "those" times...I said, "You know, if there was such a thing as reincarnation, I would LOVE to come back as YOU so I could just lay around and have everything done for me!" To which he replied, "Ya, but then you'd have to listen to YOU whine and gripe about it all the time!"
Ps. I hope it's not "illegal" for me to use that picture since it says "copyright" on top of it..??!! If somebody knows....leave me a comment and let me know! I didn't figure it would let me copy and save it...but it did...so I wasn't sure!?!?!?!


Logzie said...

Wow...I thought I was bad like that! I am about 1/2 way to where you are at...I kill about 3-4 birds with one stone but 5...Wow! :0) You gave me some new ideas! HA!

But...one thing that came to mind while reading this was...maybe that is the reason you struggle with #2. Seriously. Your body has to RELAX in order for that process to happen. I wonder if you try to not bring in homework or mail while you are attempting to go...if that would help. Try a prayer time...I know that sounds bad but I don't think God cares and to me that's the most relaxing thing. Sorry to get to blunt but I just wonder if it would help.

You go girl!!!!! (OH MY GOSH...I didn't mean it that way! HA!!!!LOL!!!!!)

Unknown said...

Wow! You are a busy lady! Next to you I think I must look like a slug - ha! I just wish I could remember things before hand, like taking the kids toys with me on my way downstairs and such. ie- today at the grocery store, list in hand, i still had to back track thru the store at least 4 times to get the items i forgot to get on my way by!!! i waste too much time that way. You must have a very clean house!! HA! :)

MLM said...

Your conversation with your husband and his response was CLASSIC! It did make me wonder though...What was YOUR reaction to his "then I'd have to listen to you" reply? I know what I would have WANTED to say! :o)