October 24, 2009

Wasted Time

Today has been one of those days when I feel like I've been spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. I was up until midnight last night--I had a blast with some of my downline members doing a shoebox swap and visiting. It's been awhile since I had some good girl time! Charis did the projects with us, and I provided 2 projects for everyone to make instead of one. After the ladies went home, it was nearly 10:30, and I needed to get Lucan to nurse one last time unless I wanted to get up in the middle of the night. He was sleepy, which meant a really good, long nursing session. I decided to watch one of the webinar tutorials on the new My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! so I can finish my certification program by the deadline of the 31st.

So, when all was said and done, I was crawling into bed at midnight next to a snoring Ted. Four hours and 57 minutes later, Lucan was crying to be nursed again. Sigh. When he wakes up at that time, he's pretty much ready to be awake for awhile, so I watched another webinar (I've been procrastinating on this, can you tell?) in the kitchen (love my new laptop!) while doing dishes and keeping an eye on Lucan, who was rolling around and eating his toys.

The goal was to leave the house by 8:40 a.m. so I could be at the commissary right at opening time to get the groceries for the next couple of weeks. Charis had planned to go with me, since I needed to stop by Michael's on the way home to exchange something and she wanted to use her birthday money.

Well. I pulled up to the gate and realized my military ID was not in my wallet. Some frantic moments later, Ted confirmed that I had left it in my pants pocket from when I had taken Lucan to his check-up, the same day I got hit with the flu. I pretty much came home and died to the world that day, and obviously I haven't been on base since!

So. On to Michael's instead of grocery shopping in the early hours before the mad crowds hit. The good news is that Michael's is absolutely NOT crowded on a Saturday morning, but I don't particularly enjoy browsing around there for very long. I tried not to rush Charis, but all I could think about was that I had to go home, get my ID, and head back out again!!

Charis was relieved to not have to do the grocery shopping with me and escaped to the basement where she happily worked on her new projects from the craft store. I drove back to base, where it seemed that every active duty and retired person within a 50-mile radius was doing their grocery shopping. Sigh. So, not only did I waste all that time making the trip twice, but the actual shopping took probably twice as long because of all the traffic in the aisles and waiting in line to check out.

This afternoon has been exciting...putting away groceries and cleaning the house, LOL. Then I tried watching a video for the parenting class Ted and I are taking at church--we were assigned to each watch one geared toward "fatherhood" and "motherhood." Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time trying to get the video to load only to find out that it wasn't working--not on the laptop, and not on Ted's Linux computer. More wasted time. Grrrr.

But we do have something fun to look forward to this evening: We're hosting a family from church for dinner tonight. I'm looking forward to the fellowship, although I'm exhausted and ready for a day of rest...but tomorrow is full as well. Our squadron is having a fall/Halloween party at the boss's house, and I'm providing one of the crafts for the kids. (That's what I worked on early this morning after my kitchen duties!) Ted leaves early for church to play guitar with the worship team, so it is looking like it will be a loooong day, and I can already tell Monday is going to come way too soon!

Sigh! I hate it when weekends seem to slip through my fingers, especially when I woke up so early...you'd think I'd be feeling like I accomplished something after being up for almost 12 hours by now! I'm praying God will renew my energy...I definitely am in need of His strength right now.


Debi said...

Sorry things are so rough. Maybe planning less on the weekends will provide more of the rest it sounds like you need!

Bob and Claire said...

I know what you mean about weekends slipping through your fingers, and Monday coming too quickly. I feel this way too! I love how you express things--must be that writer in you!