Monday, March 14, 2011

9: All Before 9am

We're into the single-digits on our countdown. That's something to celebrate!

The single-digit number nine made me think of another number nine I saw once. Steam of consciousness. Bear with me...

I always get a kick out of those emails that ask people to reveal personal details about their life in a survey format.

I never fill those things out. Not that they don't pique my interest, but because my computer time is so limited with three little monkeys running loose around here.

The one and only time I did oblige was a few months after I had my third baby as I found myself awake near the computer at all hours of the night while breastfeeding.

I've always liked to engage both my boob and my brain at 3:23am, so I decided to record "25 Random Things About Me" and post it on Facebook.

In the first item I divulged, First off, ya'll know that I NEVER do these lists. I don't know what's come over me.

And the last item confessed, Ahhh, I finished. It literally took me two whole months to complete this list... working on it one piece at a time, typing one handed while breastfeeding in the middle of the night. I never thought I'd get to #25.

25 Random Things About Me was the first—and last—friendly email survey I've ever done.

There was one, however, that came around a year or so ago that really got me thinking.

"What Do You Accomplish Before 9am?" was the question.

I did not respond to that survey. But there are plenty of mornings that I make a mental list of all that I do before 9am. Just for kicks. I like to remember the days when the list was only two or three items long. And then I weep. I miss those days. How things have changed.

Most days, I am running around like a crazed lunatic in the mornings.

Packing lunches. Helping small people dress themselves. Attending to a few business emails. Cooking oatmeal. Changing diapers. Transferring laundry. Making grocery lists. Searching for socks. Searching for shoes. Searching for backpack contents. Searching for the meaning of it all.

It is obvious that I need a better system. But all systems seem to be lost to me before 9am. One day perhaps I will do all of these things before 9pm. But until then, our mornings will remain chaotic.

As always, feel free to chime-in and tell us what you're day looks like before 9am. I'm curious if anyone's list will include bathing and dressing, leisurely eating breakfast and sipping coffee. And that's it. Nothing more. Nothing less.

If so, please include your home address, because tomorrow morning I'll be knocking on your door—bags in hand—ready to move-in with you.

In some distant dream of the future, if I do ever find myself with the opportunity to have just four simple things on my list, you will find me in a lounge chair listening to this song while I take it easy in all those hours leading up to 9am.

Simon & Garfunkel - El Condor Pasa

1 comment:

  1. My lovely husband does the kid thing in the morning because I am off and running before everyone else is even up! I'm up at 5:45am, out the door by 6:30am, and I don't get home till 5:15pm. STINKS! I think my evening however, is probably as chaotic as most folks' mornings...
    Hope you're doing well.


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