The down side to this schedule is that it means I get up and get dressed to run errands, clean the house and take care of appointments before lunch. By the time nap time rolls around, my make up is usually on, I'm dressed in non-paint clothes and I can think of a dozen reasons why I don't want to head out and get dirty.
I fight with this every single day. To go out to the garage, or not to go out to the garage…. Too often the later wins because I put it off and put it off and then it's dinner time. Oh darn, it'll have to wait until tomorrow.
Today I did happen to make it outside (kudos to me) but that means I've changed my clothes a total of four times.
It went like this: got up, got dressed, lunches packed, #1 and #2 children off to school. A quick straighten of the house, fold laundry, #3 child dressed and to preschool. Back home, make-up on, hair uh…together, #4 child dressed, run a few errands just in time to get back to pick #3 up from preschool. Lunch time, followed by a quick kitchen straighten, #4 child down for a nap, pull hair up, put on grubbies, head outside with #3 child to sand. A couple hours later, I'm sufficiently dusty and it's time to pick up #1 and #2 children from school. A snack, homework and another quick straighten of the kitchen. Send the kids to the backyard so I can shower and get dressed…again. It's too early to put my pjs on (darn), so I throw my everyday clothes back on with wet hair. On to dinner, the last kitchen cleaning and the bedtime routine. A quick change to my jammies and now I'm snuggled up with my laptop in bed to return emails, edit photos and write this blog post.
After reading this you're probably thinking what I've been thinking all day: I need a new schedule. One that's more efficient and doesn't involve so many clothing changes. I've debated back and forth as to how to best accomplish this. Do I assign Monday, Wednesday and Friday to painting and such and Tuesday and Thursday to appointments and errands? Three days I'd plan to spend all day in my grubbies and two days to get up and get dressed to run errands and head to appointments? Or do I stick with what I've been doing and try to get out a little everyday and change my clothes too many times? Or better yet, just embrace the fact that what I do means that I'll just be ghetto most days?