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Saying “No” … Epic FAIL

I just got back from a meeting at Burke and Maggie’s soon-to-be-school. It was a parent advisory committee meeting…where I’m pretty sure I volunteered to be on the board. I think “treasurer” may have been mentioned.

So much for something having to give, huh?

Here’s my thinking…I like being involved with the kids’ “stuff” without being in their faces…so being on the board of something that helps them out seems to satisfy this. It also helps me to figure out what’s going on behind the scenes. Like…I’m fairly certain that I wouldn’t have had any idea that a meteorologist came to their school last month if I hadn’t been a volunteer with the PTO there.

So…what’s going to give? Well…starting soon (next month??) I’ll no longer be the membership chair of my twins club. Go me, right? Well…I’m actually moving to the president position. (I know, I know…) I’m told that it’s actually an easier position. We’ll see 🙂

I’d love to say that my second job is still tiny and infrequent…but just about a week after I wrote that, it picked up. (Figures, right?) It’s still not that bad, and I enjoy the work…and the extra cash.

You’d think that since Burke and Maggie are changing schools that means I won’t have their preschool PTO stuff any more…except that Logan is starting school there in the Fall, so my guess is that I’ll probably continue with that. Luckily, it’s not a board position…it’s just an “I’m here!” type of thing.

I’m 100% sure that I will not be a Sunday school teacher again. Way too much pressure to be in front of people kids like that!!

My church women’s group meets monthly, but I’ve missed the past two because I was sick…so I don’t have much to report about that.

Oh, and I was asked to help start up a working mom’s online group. (Ya … guess what I said! oy…) I figure that it’s online. And it’s a mom’s group. And yes, I already belong to two (my town’s and my twins’ ones), but this one might serve different needs catering to other moms who also work, so perhaps playgroups would be when I could attend them (you know, in all my spare time LOL!) It’s still a baby, but it beginning to take off. And they’ve started a bunco group; I’m curious!

Okay…off to start another volunteer folder…

Time

One thing I’m always asked is how do I have enough time to <insert said thing>: read, blog, have a second job, crochet, volunteer…whatever.

The honest answer is: I don’t know. Perhaps we’ll all figure it out by the end of this post. 🙂

As you may know, I have a full-time job. Recently though, I’ve been working from home full time instead of the 2 days a week that I was doing. An instant 6 hours a week gained from travel time! Since I still have my nanny for the same number of hours…there’s time for my second job built right in.

My blog posts are written…whenever, actually. If I don’t have time, you’ll see some photos and a little blurb – usually sent as an email from my phone. If I have some time over lunch or after the kids go to bed, I’ll put together a longer post. This one? I’m actually hand-writing it on the back of a flyer while waiting for Burke’s art class to finish up. I’ll either type it up tonight after the kids go to bed and set it to post in the morning, or I’ll type it up tomorrow morning some time…and I’ll type it up word-for-word so I don’t have to THINK about it and it’ll only take a minute or two. There’s no way I’m typing all of this out on my phone! (Note: I’m actually typing this up this morning right before posting…)  READING my favorite blogs is different story. I do that here and there – some on my computer and some on my phone. All through my blog reader though. And I HATE that I don’t have enough time to comment on them all. (Know that I’m still reading though!!)

I tend to crochet in spurts. And those spurts tend to happen around when I need to finish up a project before giving it to someone (like a baby blanket). The spurts also usually happen in the car when we head to Vermont or while I’m watching TV after the kids have gone to bed.

Right now, almost all of the stuff I volunteer for is online with a meeting here and there….except for Sunday School. I figure I’m at church anyway, so I might as well help out, right? (Not next time!!) The PTO meets once a year and the rest is done through email. Since I’m in front of my computer all day anyway – that’s easy. Membership Chair for my Twins club is all done online as well, so… that’s easy too. And Fishful Thinking is mostly done online or chatting with another mom while I’m waiting for one of the kids’ classes to finish up.

Reading. I won’t ever give up reading! I have to admit that there are weeks when I don’t get enough sleep because I’m finishing up a book well after I should be asleep. But I also make sure that I build in time to read. I leave a little bit early to pick the kids up from school so I can park and read a chapter or so. The kids have a class? I bring a book (but I try to be social if there are other moms there!) Kids watching a TV show, but I haven’t seen them all day so I want to sit with them? I read a book with a kid on each side and one in my lap. (I think it’s important for my kids to see me read anyway. I know seeing my parents read books absolutely fostered my love of reading.)

I have to admit – having a nanny helps A LOT. I wouldn’t be able to leave a bit early to get the kids if Logan had to come with me. And I wouldn’t be able to sit in peace if the other two kids had to come with me to Burke’s drawing class or Maggie’s dance class.

I also have to admit that I leave some things undone around the house. Are all of the kids’ toys picked up every night? Nope. Are there dishes in the sink over night some nights? You bet. And I use my crock pot a lot so that I don’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen.

So…time. I multitask, plan, leave some things undone…and I’m incredibly lucky.