Let's face it: there are only 24 hours in a day. It's hard to find time to make yourself beautiful, get the job done, be a parent, buy groceries, be a spouse/lover, relax, and fix decent meals...I haven't even mentioned the other important things in life, like keeping in touch with friends and family.
What's a person to do? I wish I had the answers, but the truth is, I don't. However, I'm starting to try to make small changes in my life (read: everyday routines) that allow time for each of those things. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm succeeding, but at least I'm trying.
For instance, yesterday I got home from work at about 5:30. After saying hello to the main men in my life, I went straight into the bedroom to change my clothes - into something I could wear to work in the yard. In the process, I came across a spatula (!) on my husband's bathroom sink. I immediately went and got my phone, took a picture, and sent it to a friend, with the caption "Can you spot what's wrong with this picture? Hint: it's the bathroom." Included in the picture was the sink, a toothbrush, and mouthwash, along with with said spatula. The main idea here was that I wanted to be outside because the weather was absolutely glorious (low 80s and sunny) and, admittedly, my yard needs some serious work. This is my idea of relaxing, but making progress on something else that simply must be done.
Granted, we did not have an organized meal last night, but sometimes it's fun to do that. I know I enjoyed my boiled egg and even didn't mind the one mosquito bite I got. And, in just over an hour, I managed to clean up a flower bed to the point of being "somewhat tolerable". Progress!
Once I came inside it was only about 6:45, but I had to have a shower (bug spray) and I wanted to allow my wonderful husband time to run (the boys had friends over, one of whom is only five years old, so we have to be available even if we're not directly in the room, so I couldn't take a shower while he was out). Got the shower done, ate, and then proceeded to clean up the daily stuff that has to be done.
...and then I remembered the taxes! So, I started getting the tax stuff together. It was mostly already gathered, but I still had to package it nicely and send it to the accountants (yes, I pay someone to do my taxes, it's worth it in my opinion). So, progress made on the taxes.
By then it was 8:00 and the neighbor kids were gone, and my boys were bathed, and it was time to chill...NOT! I had to go and floss/rinse/brush my teeth. I still have braces, and it takes me about 30 minutes to accomplish that to my liking. So, off I went. I was nearly finished when my husband yelled that the boys were in bed waiting for me to tell them goodnight. I rushed into the room, did our nightly goodnight routine, and came out into the family room.
Only to realize that I needed to gather a load of laundry to be washed today. We happen to own one of the greatest inventions ever: a washing machine with a timer on it. I can set up the washer and it will run up to 19 hours later. I usually set it so there is a freshly-finished load of laundry when I walk in the door from work every day. And yes, that's the first thing I do when I put my purse down: put the clothes in the dryer!
By 9:00 I was able to lay down on the couch and relax...by 9:30 I was in bed.
I think I like this lifestyle. It's hectic, but I don't feel like I spend any time watching TV. And the truth is, I don't miss it at all.