You know those days when you wake up and know things are going to be hectic? Well, I had one of those this morning. And maybe that’s why I was less than pleased to find out my daughter’s school had a delayed opening due to the snow that stopped falling yesterday.
Once I dropped Isabelle off at school I raced to the supermarket to pick up the jalapeno pepper I forgot to buy for tonight’s dinner. I got home and expected to get to work mining a picture book for craft moves. Instead I came home to e-mails that needed quick responses. Just when I thought I’d be able to get to work a reminder went off from my GTasks.
Call Comcast — again.
Ugh! That was a call I didn’t want to make. I won’t bore you about the reason I had to call them, but let’s just say that once I got the right person on the phone an hour and a half later I got the answer to my question in under five minutes. (Many thanks to Casey from Comcast’s Harrisburg office who solved my lingering problem in five minutes, which no one could seem to do in the previous three weeks.)
While I was on hold for Casey (which took so long I tweeted Comcast!) I started preparing tonight’s supper since I knew I wanted something warm to eat when I arrived home at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Multitasking is my thing… until the chili pepper fell into the slow cooker, which caused me to leave this note for my husband who will be coming home to a mess I was only able to partially clean up due to the fact I had to pick up Isabelle early from school.
By the time I cleaned up the mess and got off of the phone with Comcast, I realized I only had 15 minutes left until I had to pick up Isabelle at school to drive her to her medical appointment. Not enough time for me to eat lunch. Grrrr! I popped some cheese and crackers into my mouth, packed a Lara Bar for the ride, and got in the car to pick her up from preschool.
We drove the 25 minutes to her appointment and were taken in on-time (which was nice). I kept going and going until my husband took over and drove them home so I could take care of my work and the appointment I have at 5:30 p.m.
I kissed Isabelle and Marc good-bye.
“I’ll see you around 7:30 p.m.,” I said.
They walked off in one direction and I went in the other.
I inhaled deeply once I sat down into the driver’s seat of my car. I looked at my watch. I had two hours — two good hours — until I had to be at my appointment. I glanced at my work bag, which I contained the picture book I hoped to mine for craft moves and my iPad. Where can I go to work on this?
I pondered my possibilities. Starbucks? Panera? Cocoa Beanery?
Panera. I needed to eat. I don’t have many options these days since I’ve been gluten-free since mid-January, but there are still a few things I can eat at Panera. So, I drove there. I ordered my late lunch. By 3:45 p.m., I sat down in a booth, unpacked my work, and breathed. It was so nice to hit pause on this hectic day.
GO GO GO
There’s barely anyone here at Panera at this time of the day (because most people have eaten lunch and it’s too early for dinner). I can work in relative peace until I have to leave. At 5:15, I’ll be on the go again. The day will go full-force until I turn in for bed a little after 10 p.m. I’ll take some time to pause and take a few deep breaths between now and 10 p.m. Yes, I will do work. Yes, I’ll respond to e-mails. Yes, I’ll check out other Slicers’ writing. But I will also remember that not all days are this hectic. (Heck, not all of my writing is this disorganized. But the SOLSC demands that I write daily this month. This piece of writing most closely represents the day I’m having, so, well, this is it.) Being busy isn’t always bad. And besides, I’ll have warm chicken chili waiting for me when I get home later.