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Whirlwind trip to Holland to visit my Dad. Pictures are below the cut.

It was sooooooooooo good to go "home". It's been over two years since I've visited my Dad. Also, I didn't realize how badly I needed a vacation until I got back to the States. I felt completely devoid of stress - well, whatever stress I had from work and family drama. The stress of traveling with an infant is an altogether different thing. I will say - he did AWESOME. He only cried a few times and not for more than ten seconds at a time. Mainly he was frustrated when having to be seat-belted in and facing forward. Otherwise, he was climbing over me, smiling at seat neighbors, chewing on books. What a relief!

We didn't do a whole lot while overseas, but honestly I was happy to just not have to drive, cook or clean for five days! We went shopping in the village my Dad lives in (Heiloo) and had ice cream (even though it was fucking freezing cold), lunch at the beach for my Dad's 11th wedding anniversary, lunch and shopping in Alkmaar, a party at the house for my Dad's wife's family to meet his grandson, champagne in their garden, daily stroller walks through the neighborhood, and lots and lots of wine throughout the whole trip.

Cam was such a champ on the flights that we're already considering our next trip - France! My Dad is going to rent a house in the Champagne region next September. He just came back from Brittany, France and had a lovely time.

If you haven't been to Holland yet.... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Land of tulips and chocolate and wooden shoes and champagne!Collapse )

The Constant Struggle

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My constant struggle is... trying to do everything in the evenings. Once I get home from work (usually 5:30 p.m.), take care of my kid (fed/played/cleaned/bed) and start dinner for me... it's nearing 8:00 p.m. Not cool. If I happen to eat my dinner on the couch, which happens 99% of the time, you have to pry my ass off of it with a crowbar. I am just done for the night. I'm not looking to run a 5K after work, but I sure as hell would like to muster up enough energy to do simple tasks, like fold a load of laundry or make lunch for the next day.

Although what I'd REALLY love... is to just head to my bed and read. Do you know how long it's been since I've read a book? I think December of last year. And that was when work was so slow due to the holidays and I ended up just reading a Kindle book during downtime in my cube. I think it was "The TIger's Wife", which was really good. I have a stack of books next to my bed begging to be opened. When? WHEN?!

My Aunt says if you really want to do something, you will find the time to do so.

Am I asking too much of myself? Is working a full-time job, hauling around a kiddo, taking care of his needs... is that enough for the day?

There's this site I like to look at once in awhile (Zen Habits), and the blogger has a list of 9 ways to simplify your day. One of the ideas that I latched on to was:

Limit Tasks. Each morning, list your 1-3 most important tasks. List other tasks you’d like to do. Say no to some of them. See if you can limit your list to 5-7 tasks per day (not counting little things, which you’ll batch). Limiting your tasks helps you focus, and acknowledges you’re not going to get everything done in one day.

So my three tasks today are? 1) Go to the bank. 2) Buy kiddo a pair of shoes. 3) Send a thank you card. I've completed two out of three so far. Once I get that thank you card done, I should feel pretty good, right? Accomplished? Then how come I never do? Where is this pressure to do EVERYTHING today come from?

Here's the full list of the 9 ways: http://zenhabits.net/simple-day/.

Apr. 9th, 2012

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