Modern Conveniences: Blessings or Curses

This has been a stressful morning. I have a lot going on right now: a messy, trashed house, lots of dirty dishes to wash, appointments for 2 different kids today that is going to take most of the day, a “surprise” yard sale to prepare for, working the next 2 days. You get the picture.

What did I do as soon as I came down stairs, I got on the computer! I didn’t get a diaper changed, make my kids breakfast, monitor them to try to prevent more messes or wasting of food. Yes, I was doing things I wanted done, but did they need to be done this morning, NO. I really needed to make my kids a good breakfast, hey I needed a good, balanced breakfast with some protein. I needed to get the laundry put away that I had got done yesterday, and I did get some put away.

Modern conveniences are blessings and curses. My washing machine is helpful I wouldn’t have gotten all the laundry done yesterday without it. I line dried most of my clothes yesterday, but when it was late and some of it wasn’t dry yet, I was able to put them in the dryer. I miss my dishwasher at times. It was leaking pretty bad when we quit using it a few months ago. We think it is just the door seal, but aren’t sure. I am finding I don’t mind hand washing dishes, but I miss the convenience of being able to put the dishes in there and coming out clean and odorless.

They can be curses as well, take my example of the computer this morning. I wasted way to much time on there that I could have spent getting my housework done or getting ready for the day. My baby kept asking for my attention and so did the bigger boys by making messes.

Do I wish I lived in the days before many of these conveniences? Probably not. I just need to learn how to be a better steward of my time, know when to say No and when to say Yes.

Ephesians 5:16 (NIV)
Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Procratination

Yes, I am Procrastinating!  I admit it.  I have a 2 day class that starts tomorrow in Flint.  Have I even finished preparing . . . Not on your life.  I am on chapter 3 of over 21 chapters in the textbook.  Should I be studying now . . . you bet, plus feeding my kids breakfast, which is going to come first when I get off the computer.

I am still doing my normal Wednesday activities plus I am planning on going to Bay City for a LaLache League enrichment meeting.

Why is it so easy to procrastinate?  I don’t know how much money I could have saved us and stress if I hadn’t procrastinated on things when we moved or in keeping track of our finances.  I can guarantee it is probably in the hundreds of dollars, easy.

I college I had a postcard framed in my room about “Why study?” and that is almost the way I feel now.

Must go and get studying done plus William is calling for his breakfast. . .

Tired of not feeling well

I will be so glad to be over this cold, or whatever it is that I have.  I have had a sore throat for a week today.  Waking up in the morning is the worst, or just sleeping in general.  Last night Tyler decided that he needed to sleep by mommy at 3 am.  Thankfully William was sleeping on our “satellite” bed (crib mattress next to our mattress) at that point and I could slide over next to Russ and still have a fair amount of space.  Well at 6, William woke up and wanted to nurse.  Ok, you can nurse for a little while, but nurse, pop off, nurse, pop off, fuss, nurse, pop off, fuss was not ok, as it was keeping mom awake and she was getting hot.  Got up turned on a fan, laid back down “I want covers” (Tyler).  Back to nurse and pop off.  Mommy is not putting up with this.  Grabbed William a pacifier.  By this time Russ was awake, I grabbed a blanket and a pillow and ran off and hid in Tyler’s room on is bed for the next few hours.  William went right to sleep.  That was nice sleep, just wish it lasted longer.  William likes sleeping with Daddy most of the time.  They have been sleeping buddies since William was a newborn.

 I have a lot of housework to do, especially since I haven’t been feeling well, so house work has been on the bottom of my list.  I should get off the computer and get some work done.  Like picking up the mess in the living-room and unloading the dishwasher.

I need to be feeling better as we are feeling a real financial strain right now and I need to be able to work and possibly get some overtime so we have money to live on for the next month or so.  I hate the consequences of bad decisions, but I hope me make good use of the lessons learned.

Any one have very inexpensive Christmas gift ideas of things I might already have around my house?