Wednesday, January 6, 2010

balancing my crazy

well with christmas being over, and with my new year word of "consistency" in place, i feel like i can finally start breathing again.
anyone else?
no, just me?
okay.
i LOVE this time of year. it's this time of year that i re-find my love of schedules and lists. i feel more focused and ready to take on life with gusto.
anyone else?
no, just me?
okay.
it's this time of the year that my house is clean and organized, it's this time of the year that my laundry is folded and put away every day, it's this time of year that i want to try something new, it's this time of the year that i feel well, pretty much on top of it.

and then by march my house has slowly gone back to "well i cleaned the toilet tuesday...no wait was it tuesday? i can't remember, maybe i'll have the boys have that as part of their chores." the laundry goes back to "MOM!!! I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE PANTS!" and "honey? do i have any more clean underwear?" with my answer of "yeah, it's coming out of the dryer right now...or wait i think it's in the pile i was folding...no wait, i'm doing that load next!"

my wanting to try new things has then turned into "wow, this is really cool how i can grind my own wheat and make my own bread, and look i'm learning to crochet... wouldn't silk screen printing be a totally awesome thing to learn this year?!!...crap, did i miss my dentist appt? oh yeah, must remember to clean bathroom."
and my on top of it has turned into spinning in circles multi tasking with all the crap i've piled on myself because i felt so on top of it that i thought i could add one more...well, maybe 5 more things to my plate.

i spend the next 9 months in a full speed blur. i'm tired and my hair is singed with smoke coming off of it. i'm usually coming from one place just to get to the next place, so that i can make it in time to finish that one other thing i needed to do all the while thinking what i need to get done next week. somewhere in there i need to schedule in pooping time, and a few hours of sleep so that i'm not so tired when i'm exercising at 5:45 the next morning.
by december i'm haggard, grumpy, and sometimes down right sarcastically nasty.

december
is
not
my
month.

but january...
january
is.so.totally.my.month.

so if you'll excuse me,
me and my super duper scheduled life, and super duper clean house, are going to enjoy this loveliness that happens only this time of the year, and try to learn something new, keep a nicely balanced life between spirituality, physical fitness, craftiness, and being the best that i can be as a wife and mom.
because as we all know... this is the calm before the storm.
anyone else?
no, just me?
okay.

here's to progress.
and here's to balancing my crazy a little better in 2010.
we'll talk soon.


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58 comments:

Jessica said...

Hahaha... I love it. I've been very proud of myself for doing the dishes every night this year. Its a big step for me!

Anonymous said...

wow! That is ME exactly! Have ALWAYS LOVED January as MY month. . . and hate - hate - hated December. You explain it perfectly!

Blue Is Bleu said...

I'm SO glad Dec is over! I detest Dec because I live by a schedule so when I can't keep to one, I get very annoyed.

michele said...

ahhh V....thanks for never failing to make me snicker to myself as i read your posts.

and don't neglect scheduling time to poop. it is verrry important.

celine said...

hahaha.... thanks for making me feel better. so relieved to know that i am not the only one with "mummy, i don't have anymore panties!".

the fireman's wife said...

I could swear you are talking about my house with the "Mum where are my......" I too love this time of the year and also make promises........that I'll eat better, I'll exercise more, I'll finish each project before starting a new one (like that will EVER happen), I'll spend more quality time with the family, I'll balance work/home better......Gotta LOVE January.

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

that says it all! Happy New Year!

jaybird said...

go for it!! december is usually totally my month... but as you know.. not this past one... so i'm making it a goal to make january my month.. cause if i don't make it my goal nobody else is gonna do it for me!

Kaye Prince said...

I feel the same way Vanessa! I have already accomplished so much in January and it's only the 6th! I'm really loving it and it feels great to get things done.

Sarah said...

This is perfect:)

Katie B. said...

Hey, at least you have January! Some people are crazy 12 months out of the year. I'm not naming any names. Okay, I'm talking about me.

Danielle said...

Your January is my September... I think one of my loved ones was calling out the "no pants" cry a few weeks ago! LOL

Cara said...

Ah, at least you have a month. I've got the smoking hair thing going on all year long! Right now I'm exhausted from playing catch up after an exhausting holiday season :P

Busy Little Quilter said...

That sounds exactly like me! lol

I've been thinking about what my words were going to be this year, and I think I have it figured out: Bright and Balanced. It's the name of a coffee at Panera Bread. I guess it means not too strong; not to weak. Now that I have that figured out I need to get working on it!

mary'smom said...

I agree with you. January is a much better time than December. I also love the spring! That first warmish day is the best ever. Crocheting is so much fun. Try You-tube....I find it easier to see the stitches in action...this is weird since I learn more efficiently with the written word.

Mindy said...

V, I'm TOTALLY with you. January is so much more my month than December. I love love love fresh starts.

Cheri said...

Every one of your typed words are my exact thoughts this morning. Doesn't the clean feel so good?! Isn't it so nice to actually think about laying out the kids clothes the night before, and then when actually DOING it, there are clean clothes to lay out?! Isn't it nice to sit down and read a longish book out loud to the family and not be worrying the whole time about what really could be getting done right then?! I am in heaven. And I wish us both luck when the storm hits. AYE CHIHUAHUA! (I will pretend like it's not going to happen.....)

trish said...

Oh boy. You could not have put that better! :o)
- Trish

abby said...

So funny! I feel the same way!

CitricSugar said...

I wish you the best of luck in balancing the crazy! I like to keep mine unbalanced so it can't run away from me....
I have no particular love for January but I certainly don't hate it. It's a winter month and I enjoy it but I also love December and that feeling of completion. November and I don't get along, however. It's brown and yucky and undeservedly stressful. Like the part of the movie where you need to pee and keep waiting because something good is supposed to happen but doesn't and all you can think is I could've peed by now.

Love your theme for the year!

Crystal said...

Hi! Thanks for being so honest in your post. I think your honesty is a breath of fresh air and makes me feel a little bit better about already getting off track with my resolutions.

onlymehere said...

I wish this was me but sadly I'm more of an April/October-type girl. I seem to catch my second wind then and catch up. The only bright spot we have in January is my daughter's birthday!

girlsmama said...

If only I had a month...

Amy said...

All I can say is amen and i love this post!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

You.Crack.Me.Up! Gotta love ya V! You so inspire me and I only have two kids! Jenn

Dogwood said...

Fun post. Clean house? Should I come over with my white gloves?

Marci said...

i have this great advantage over alot of people who comment here...i can totally picture you saying all of these things...especially the pooping part. it makes it all the more funny!;D
i'm with jess up there...i wish i had a month!

Melissa said...

first,
where'd you get the little Doe? my Grandma had one just like it, I remember going to visit her and admiring it from afar.. nice little flashback this morning...

December is not my month either. I don't manage stress well during the Holiday season... and my life sounds pretty much like you described, going from one thing to the next in rapid succession...
however, I'm not getting that "january newness" this year.... house is still a wreck from the holiday and no motivation to organize anything
.. oh well...
enjoy january while it lasts!!

busy lizzie said...

Is it just you? Nope! I can totally relate to your post!

Jessica Munk said...

I wish I had Januarys like that :) I'm trying. But the working out is making me so sore, that I am useless. But at least I'm working out :) And I will try to organize at least 2 closets today :)

mom2three said...

I think it's cute that you think you can balance crazy. I've got a couple of years on you and I've got to tell you something.... crazy is crazy. No balance about it... but once you can accept the crazy - then you'll have something. I'm going to embrace my crazy in 2010. I've learned it's either embrace it or get myself a straight jacket- who would clean the toilet then??

wishing you a wonderful January! Can't wait to see the new things you're learning!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

I hear you. It's like the best version of yourself come out to play. The crazy version isn't so bad either though because it all wraps up into one you. At least thats what I tell myself!

Brandy @ The Moody Fashionista said...

Couldn't have said it better! Happy New Year!

Chance and Beth said...

Ha ha ha! Did you really say you have to schedule "poop" time?? You are so funny! LOVE it. I'm still trying to catch up from December, so hopefully by Feb I'll be a little more organized...

Jacqueline said...

Loved your thoughts. I can relate! My "January" usually takes place in August or September. There is something about fall that gets me organized and motivated. Otherwise, I am just balancing my crazy all year long.

The Busy Butler Family said...

Oh, V. How I adore you! You always make me smile and chuckle at my own crazy. Thanks!

amy smart said...

Whenever I start to get the winter blues I am going to remind myself that this is the best sewing season. Kids in school, Christmas is over, and no yard work. I should also be using this time to create a functional cleaning schedule for each member of my family. I really should. Really.

Kim said...

That is SO totally me!

Cameron and Katie said...

I feel like I just read something I wrote on my own blog. Thanks for posting this, because I have the crazy, too!

kersten said...

Here's to you and a focused three months!

Jessica Harris said...

Uhm summed up this is my life! I just never looked at it that way. But I look around my house is clean my kids are clean all the laundry is folded and put away, my crafts are caught up and I want to learn EVERYTHING NEW AND CRAFTY! I have a list a mile long. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one!

i see something red said...

Laundry. Evil isn't it? Same way in our house too! You are not alone! Sometimes i forget to put the load thats in the washer into the dryer since the dryer takes longer and i'm busy doing a million other things. Then it sits and sits and starts to smell and i have to put soap in and wash all over again. Drives the husband crazy!

Becky said...

Too too funny Vanessa!

Since my kids are grown and I don't have school schedules to keep up with I find that I usually don't even know what day it is. And I have a tendency to sleep late and stay up late almost flipping my days and nights!

But I remember life as you so aptly and cleverly describe!

Rachel Carlson said...

cheers to january. SO happy december is gone. best wishes for an amazing year!

clare's craftroom said...

Did you write that post or me ? I thought I was the only one , thankyou I am not alone (or just crazy) !!!

Lisa said...

We are scary people sometimes! I found myself nodding and smiling as I read. The worst part - I'm almost proud to be so crazy busy and on the verge of a breakdown most days! Yikes.

bri and shawn said...

oh gosh. that paragraph about the laundry?--totally me. except I only have 1 kid and you have...more than that. sigh...and I claim to "enjoy" laundry...sigh again.
thanks for making me smile! :)

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Tony and Julee Huy said...

This is totally me! I am SO ON TOP of everything right now. If only life could run on my schedule all the time. I'm just enjoying will I can!

jess said...

i sooo know what you mean. i feel like now i can tackle all those christmas crafts i wanted to make but didn't have time or energy for! haha

The Taggarts said...

I love your blog! Your just so real! Where'd you get that little glass deer? I collect glass animals and really like the little deer and I'm wondering if there's a cute collection of glass animals of some type.

V and Co. said...

i found the little doe at DI. cost me a whopping $1.
I LOVE IT! it lives in my daughter's room. ;)

Chelsea M said...

No, SO not just you! Glad I'm not the only one that tries to learn ten new skills at a time. :)

Sarah ACP said...

OMG i'm glad i'm not the only one. Thanks for a beautiful blog. I enjoy it every chance I get.

cindi said...

It's not just you...only it seems that this January hasn't really started for me as tings just. keep. happening. UGH!

Belva said...

amen sister. You totally hit the nail on the head. I think I'll go do something productive now.

ellie said...

Oh I hear ya...I have been on a cleaning, purging moving furniture fit this whole week. My back hurts I was totally wore out..I'm doing all this so I can be organzied with all my upcoming craft projects...

beewitchinstitchin said...

Soooooo, that's how you do it all! I was wondering.

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