Thursday, January 31, 2013

Whelmed!

Where did the month go and yet...when will it be over?! It seems like "months ago" when we went up north for NYE...nope just 30 days ago! This month has been so busy, fun, cold, and just a tad bit long!

Remember the line{s} from 10 Things I hate about you {high school Rom-Com starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, et al.}:

Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?
Bianca: I think you can in Europe.

Well, I am feeling whelmed these days, maybe I live in Europe or maybe I am just confused. Afterall, I am still trying to figure out just how or why I live in this frozen tundra called "The Cities."

I am not at a point of feeling overwhelmed...just yet, but I fear it is around the corner.

These days it just seems like once I hit the road in the morning, my day is a whirl wind. My work day is jam-packed and filled with meetings, phone calls, endless emails and projects. On any given day, my sent box has a solid 50 sent messages. Just yesterday, my calendar included meetings at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm. Crazy, right?

The moment our cars arrive into the garage our evening goes as follows: change clothes, hit the gym for just shy of an hour, come home and make dinner, clean-up and play, time for Miss L to go to bed around 8:30 and then before we know it, we look at each other and say "where did the night go?"

Soo much for completing "Christmas Thank-You Notes" or replying to an email or phone call from days, weeks (er, month or so) ago! I'm ready for a shower or bath and bedtime!

Visits to the gym nearly all four weeknights per week may be scaled back after our vacay, which will be helpful. I have been trying to do one crock pot recipe a week, we also have been trying to meal plan together and also make one entree salad each week - tonight was a typical "Black & Blue Salad" with steak and blue cheese atop a bed of greens and veggies.

I am trying to streamline as much as possible at work. I have a "New Member Checklist," a "Newsletter Checklist," a "Marketing Touchpoints" Reminder sheet and so on... And I have secured a part-time intern for the summer...which makes me real eager for June to arrive!

Recently, I put a Pinterest project into action and made a very pretty dry erase board.
I bought a framed piece of art at Goodwill for $8.01.
I bought 4 pieces of gray with small white polka dot pattern paper at Michael's for < $2
Replaced the art with the paper and ta-da...a nice looking writing surface to manage everything:
To Do, Reports, Prospects, New Members, etc.....

 
 
 
The nice thing about being a working mom, it definitely forces one to leave at the end of the day...regardless of how messy the desk is or how many voicemails are sitting their blinking on your phone.

Look at this goofball, running circles around baggage claim at DTW in December!
 
 
Anyone have any grand ideas for making more time?
All kidding aside, any suggestions for striking a better home/work life balance? 

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