Thursday, December 16, 2010

Clearly I'm Off My Game

I used to share dinners with my neighbors because I made too much. I made pillows and curtains for several rooms in my house.  I went to pilates or ran 3 or 4 miles at least 4 days a week.  I would spend a crazy amount of time thinking of thoughtful gifts for people.  I always volunteered at school functions.  I used to bake...often.  I could make my house look amazing in thirty minutes.  

This isn't me anymore though.  I would like to blame it all on Stella's arrival and the fact that having a baby instead of just two rowdy boys makes doing almost anything impossible, but that just isn't true.  I've apparently just lost it.  I have zero housewife game anymore.

Here is a list of the items just this week that are just proof that I've lost it.

1. I found a clump of some mystery food on my counter today and didn't even bother to wipe it up.  I actually forgot about it until just now.

2. I've been walking by the same basket of single socks without a mate, for about 2 weeks now. 

3. Last night I attended a book and ornament exchange party thrown by a girlfriend and idiotically brought a children's book because my brain is so narrowly focused to kids that it didn't even enter my mind that the books should be ones that someone over 5 would enjoy.  I am a pathetic woman.

4. A few weeks ago Aiden's teacher asked me to write a letter from Santa to him for his holiday party and I just didn't do it. Thought it sounded adorable, put it down... and never thought about it again. His teacher had to write a generic letter without any personal detail because I'm such a space. (Yes, I realize this most likely will not be the worst thing that happens to him, but it made me sad.)

5.  I spent 45 minutes looking for the tv remote tonight and then finally found it on a bookshelf, behind a chair, almost behind these random wooden statues we have....and no, the kids did not put it there.  I did it.  It made sense at the time, I think.

6.  As my children were sorting through their loot from their class Christmas parties I discovered that every other mother in their class had given all the kids some gift.  This did not even occur to me.  You should really hope Aiden and Cole aren't in your kids' class next year with Scrooge Dadidakis for a Mom.

7. I was summoned to jury duty.  Filled out my card with my exemption and now I have no clue where I put the card.  I will probably forget to continue my search for it and when I return from my Christmas holiday I will probably be arrested.  Can that happen?

I could continue but I just feel worse and worse that these are coming to me so quickly.

I think I am going to blame the holidays.  It's a crazy time of year and I feel like we've been celebrating something for months now.  I can't maintain this level of jolly cheer for much longer without something major falling apart in my care.

Packing for our trip to Indiana has about sent me over the edge.  My house is covered in stacks of clothing that I am planning to either pack, clean or attempt to put back in it's proper location, but most likely will just throw in the basket with the mismatched socks.

I am cautiously optimistic that with start of the new year I'll get myself back together and be organized and efficient again.  That is, if I'm not in jail. Seriously, what happens if you just skip out on jury duty?  I bet my lack of organization skills or attention to detail wouldn't really be that big of deal in the slammer.

I'm sure that card is somewhere though.  Probably equally as logical as the tv remote's location.  Perhaps I should check next to that clump of food or under that sock basket.

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