Monday, 30 June 2014
Monday, 23 June 2014
This morning was a rough one. I am always tired on Monday mornings since I coach 1130-2130 on Sundays. Add to that the fact that DH had to work so I had the kids while I coached and it's safe to say that yesterday was a little more exhausting than my usual Sunday.
Fast forward to leaving the house when Hunter refused to get in the car because Steve backed it in the driveway last night and he had to get close to a bush he was convinced was full of spiders... You get the picture.
I only worked a few hours this morning, because I had a meeting at Hunter's school. Essentially, I had to cram 6 hours worth of work into 3. Fun. Really.
The meeting was with an educational psychologist. I am pleased to report that my little man is getting better, it is just a slow process. We need to address his negativity and his perfectionism.
Now, usually I am quick to look elsewhere for how he inherited traits, but I won't be so quick this time. He gets the perfectionism from me, sadly. And while I am not anywhere near as negative as he has become, I must admit, I can be a bit pessimistic.
The psychologist got me examining my own behaviour and that has me thinking. I need to make sure Hunter knows that it us okay to be less - than - perfect. I need to remember that as well.
She has given me the name of a book to buy (hurry up, payday! ) and in searching for it I found one that might help me as well. It's worth a read, anyway.
Another thing that stuck out today was my need to set a better example. The ASD is never going to go away, so I need to find better ways of dealing with it. Children learn their behaviour from their parents. Lately, I haven't been much of a role model.
Yes, all the world is a stage. And the most important audience members are those little ones at the front.
Friday, 20 June 2014
When we got home he ran out of the car to go to his friend's house. Half an hour later he came home saying 'I've got to make more! I sold the three I made in the car.' he handed me £3 and told me to give it to the people with cancer. He had gone around knocking on our neighbours' doors.
I love that kid.
Monday, 16 June 2014
Friday, 13 June 2014
This picture, combined with the knowledge that my 87 year old great cousin has asked if I have finally finished a book for her to read, has made me think hard about my aspirations. I am not getting any younger. If I don't start taking chances now, I may never have the chance to.
My cousin's comment made me seriously think about whether I want her to read any of the stories I am working on now. Don't get me wrong, they are good stories, but if I only ever finish one or am known for one, I know which one it should be-- the book that keeps me up at night.
Then, I read another quote-
Now, I have to be honest. I read this, liked it, and totally misquoted it in my mind. Or maybe misinterpreted it. See in my mind, this meant that the reason I was stuck on 2 WIPs was because I needed to get the 3rd, larger one out of the way. Now that I read it again, I wonder if the third idea is fully formed. It does feel as though it is coming together, so maybe this is why I couldn't move on it before now.
Nonetheless, I am going to look into it. It is the book that scares me and I have just enough time to lay the groundwork for it before Camp NaNo and the next 100K in 100 Days Challenge. Right now I feel blocked in the current 'safe' WIPs, I suppose, like Jim Carey says, it's worth giving the dream a go.
Monday, 9 June 2014
Yes. These are the things dreams are made of. It's Monday, which means a Mommy-ish post. And, of course, being Monday I am exhausted. Nonetheless, I am desperate to get writing. I realize that if I am ever going to make my dream of writing full time a reality I need to start writing. Most days I am still wrestling a darling, but seriously defiant, 2 year old into bed come 8pm. Most days my year old is fighting bed time with 'but I'm hungry/thirsty'. Miraculously, it is 7:29 and he is tucked in his room with an apple and she is fast asleep.
I have no idea how that happened!
Time management has not been my strong suit the past few weeks. My boss has been on annual leave, which means the work load has doubled and the one at work who revels in my pain has decided to install herself as my new line manager. We are now enlisting a lawyer to help with the landlord for the non-profit I am program director for. And since we are in summer (I mean supposedly, I have yet to see actual summer weather) the sun doesn't go down until the wee hours-- which means neither do the kids.
Normally, I am rather good with my time. Probably my favorite way to stay on task is my 2Do app. I have it on my phone and tablet and I am always checking it to see what to do next. It keeps me moving from morning on, checking off to-dos, and usually finishing early enough to read a chapter or two in bed. Of course, by the time i have finished I am too burnt out to do much other than read and pass out.
I know that we all have the same 24 hours, but is really hard to fit in everything I need to. I am still inching my wake up time earlier (slowly, but then I don't sleep much at night thanks to the little one), but I am wondering if there is anything else I can do. Does anyone out there have any tried and true methods for getting more done? They would be willing to share?