Frying Pans, Fire, You Know the Drill

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed today. I realized this afternoon that I have about 17 frying pans in the fire and I’m trying to keep my hair from burning as well.

School has started back and I always forget that, even for pre-school aged children, the wheel starts turning again come fall. Eli and Liza had their two days of Mother’s Morning Out this week. Things were great except for lunch time, which I always thought was the easiest subject. We bought everyone bento boxes while we were in Japan. Cool, right? Wrong. Eli’s cup leaks so bad he isn’t allowed to return to school with it. The teachers in Liza’s room were confounded today by how her bento box stacks. I’m only slightly worried about the stacking training Liza is receiving from these sweet ladies since her box is keyed and will only fit together one way. I guess next week I’ll just go back to good ol’ American plastic bags and hormone-coated sippy cups.

This week also brought our first week of soccer practice for Eli. We returned home on Monday from Kansas City and Stephen took Eli straight to soccer practice. I took him tonight since Stephen needed to do some work at home. I think Eli’s going to have fun and I’m completely impressed that the coaches are teaching them actual fundamentals of the game, but I can already tell that the schedule is going to kill us. Games are on Saturday — wait for it — at 8:30 a.m. Everyone groan in chorus with us. I know that soccer is going to be great for him and he will make some friends that he will hopefully go to school with next year, but holy cow, 8:30 on a Saturday. And that’s what time the game starts. We have to be there between 8 and 8:15. I guess it’s also good practice for getting him up for school next year.

We also brought a lovely parting gift from our trip. All four Granade children have colds. Liza had it first, so I’m guessing it’s from when she licked the floor at the Nashville airport. Now Eli has it, and even Sam and little Noah have it. When I talked with Joy today, she wondered if we would be able to get together and not share germs before the kids are 15. I’m guessing it ain’t gonna happen. When Eli sneezes he sounds like a squeaking mouse. When I told him that in the car on the way home from soccer practice this evening, he nearly fell out of the car laughing.

Stephen is preparing talks for Dragon*Con. His involvement gets larger every year. I expect in about five more years he’ll have staged a coup and taken over the whole system. I’m guessing that when that happens, there’s going to be a sharp increase in the number of SciFi authors invited. I’m proud that he’s found his niche there and is having a good time, but the alternate schedule around our house for July and August while he is prepping makes for some crazy late nights. That schedule in combination with the above mentioned children’s colds is not a good thing. You might ask, “Misty, why are you staying up with him? You aren’t going to Con so why not get some sleep?” My answer, this Con anyway, is “Michael Phelps and Beach Volleyball.”

Next is work. Wha? Yes, I have some work going on right now. Some is Dragon*Con related; some is regular church stuff. Today I spoke with some folks for a new short term freelance job which I’m hoping, if I do a bang up job, will turn into more freelance work. Regardless, this first piece is cool and I’m excited to get to work on it. I actually used this morning while the kids were at MMO to do work. I sat at the computer for multiple hours in a row and worked. It’s amazing how much I can get done when I’m not tending my chicks.

Lastly, I have turned into a one woman craftapalooza. I’m working on the birds. Still. I made the first batch and then realized that I wanted to give a few more. Then I added to that list and then I just wrote down the names of pretty much every woman I know because I thought it would be a nice gift to get so I wanted lots of you to have one. So if you haven’t gotten a bird yet, you probably will. Be patient with me, though. I’m working on them off and on since I am also making a purse (pictures forthcoming as progress is produced), cloth bookmarks, paper bookmarks, storage containers from recycled tins (if you have any, I want them!), a new DIY planner for myself, and I’m in the process of updating my work portfolio so it looks a bit more cohesive. My latest brainstorm is to collect plastic lids off of bottles (soda, OJ, milk, etc.) so that I can carry them to Eli’s school for an art project. (OK, so I saw this on one of the crafting blogs, but I don’t remember which one so don’t yell at me for not having a link.) I’ve always found it funny that when I am busiest, I feel energized to work on projects for myself.

If I have two coherent thoughts to string together after all of that (and my usual child rearing and house chores) all I want to do is watch Dr. Who or sing songs from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I find it really funny that my two favorite actors right now are men with very expressive foreheads. I’m sure that says something about me but I don’t think I want to examine it too closely.

Anybody else out there obsessing about anything or enjoying their own chaotic life?

10 thoughts on “Frying Pans, Fire, You Know the Drill

  1. Yeah, crazy for sure right now. Maybe not quite as busy as you guys. I do feel as if there are not enough hours to sleep in the day. 😉 Thank goodness it is the weekend where hopefully I’ll be able to catch a nap or two and sleep in!

  2. I’m obsessing pretty hard over quilt #2. #1 went together so fast it was a blur, but this one is requiring a lot of thought on the color placement. I don’t get to fudge it now and figure it out later; those colors have to be dead-on right before I ever take my cutter to the fabric or I end up with a subpar finished result.

    I suspect I will calm down once I’ve got a final running order on the colors. Then it will just be about being patient, cutting straight, and piecing carefully. That part I like. It requires single-minded concentration, which is great for stopping thoughts about work or sick spouses or … whatever’s looking to latch on that night.

    Plus the end result is warm and snuggly. BONUS.

  3. I don’t think it calms down till they learn to drive and then it’s an entire ‘nother mess.
    Wait till Liza wants to do her own thing.

  4. August for some reason always gets me started on my own crafty projects for the year (why can’t I do crafts from March to August? Too warm? Hmm). I am doing a cross-stitch project, working on two quilts (reminds me that I need to drop Amy a line), crocheting a blanket and a cape, need to work on three scrapbooks, overhaul my Web sites, and we still have to rearrange furniture for the baby. But I love it. All this will occupy me till December or so. Unless I tack on more to extend the crafting to March. Then I am done for the year. On top of that, I am starting a book project. And looking for some freelance work to keep me company. And then there’s the job that I try not to think about too much.
    I have a hard time grappling with the idea of kids in school *already* – school is for September.

  5. I feel your pain. I’ve got a list a mile long of crafty things I’ve been wanting to work on, but I’ve been out of town for several months now. I’ve got a couple that I’d like to get done before I fly to Huntsvegas, but we’ll see how my first weekend at home without being on call 24/7 goes. Hopefully, when I get back, I can finally start work on the quilt for Sean’s and my bed. I’ve only been trying to start that for about 5 months now. Work travel is driving me nuts.

  6. Morgan and Grace are gearing up on the activities too. Morgan started a new one for us this week: Irish dancing! She is fired up about it. They each have two activities, and we’ve had to draw the line there. The time and money just run out too quickly otherwise.

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