Monday, July 15, 2013

Days 7-8: Extra Time

Yesterday, as all Sundays are, was a crazy time-sucking vortex and I have no idea what happened to the day. All I know is that all the good intentions that I felt impressed to act on during the excellent Relief Society lesson fell flat when I got home and it was suddenly 12:00AM.

Just for the sake of completeness, I better not skip a chance to tell you what we watched last night.

Actually, now that I think about it, that's basically where all the time went. It was an hour and a half. Mystery solved. (Shameful)

Today, probably in response to yesterday's "what did I do all day" feeling, I worked as HARD as I could. In the morning, I took Lilly to the YMCA and dropped her in the daycare while I did the elliptical for 30ish minutes (ok, that doesn't sound like much, but anything over 5 minutes of cardio is hardcore for me).

Then when we got home, I did the laundry, washed all the dishes, cleaned the stove and wiped the countertops, made some banana bread (first time!) and swept the kitchen. Considering my dream of having the entire apartment spotless to surprise Matt when he got home, my results were actually kind of pathetic. I have had this dream many times since Lilly became mobile, but I don't think I've ever successfully accomplished it yet. Someday....

Anyway, it still turned out to be a more productive day than I've had in a while. Lilly even "helped me" clean by picking up a piece of food that she found on the kitchen floor and throwing it in the garbage.

As far as my goal to attack the "Avoid" list, I've done better than I have in the past, but it's interesting to see how there's a hierarchy of items that I'm avoiding and I happily do some before others. I think that's cheating. I'm supposed to start with the worst ones.

Here's what I HAVE done:

  • Set up meetings for work that I've been nervous about
  • Attended one of the meetings
  • Sent out emails for RS
  • Gotten completely caught up on case notes for work (woooohoo! This took almost an entire day)
  • Attempted to find the phone number for our dentist
  • Found out that it appears our insurance no longer covers dental (nooooO!!!!)
  • Tried to put the waterbottle mount on my bike (the one I bought a month ago)
  • Found out that we don't have the right size allen wrench to do that
  • Finally put the ice scraper back in the car (it's been sitting next to the door for months)
  • Make initial attempt at setting up Visiting Teaching visits
  • And probably some other stuff I forgot.

Now here's the list that I still need to attack
  • Call Centro Hispano about setting up counseling groups for kids
  • Follow up with EH Community Center about the same thing
  • Put the waterbottle on my bike
  • Call our insurance to hear them tell me to my face (kind of) that we REALLY TRULY no longer have dental coverage (Wah!)
  • Shop around for a dentist
  • Participate in UW health initiative where they test our blood and we fill out a questionnaire about our health habits so Matt and I can qualify to receive $100 each, which we will most likely then put toward our dentist visits
  •  Schedule dentist visits
  • Get dermatologist referral renewed
  • Set dermatologist appointment
  • Fill out "Therapist Specialty" form and email it back
  • Contact co-worker to find contact info for Centro Hispano
  • Do online training for work
  • Make appointment to visit WIC
I think that's it for now. It's funny what makes the "avoiding" list. I mean, I have a to-do list that's much longer, but these are the things that I usually put at the end of that list. Some of them have been at the end for a long LONG time.


What does this list say about me?

Oh. I know, I know! It says I'm pregnant (WIC)! Surprise! I meant to tell some of my close friends before posting it online, but I figure if you read my blog, you either ARE a close friend, or you deserve to be one of the first to hear, anyway. :)  I'm due at the end of January.

If you're someone who doesn't know me personally, I would be very curious to hear how you found the blog and what you think of it. Please feel free to leave a comment. I noticed that I'm starting to get a little traffic from mormonmommyblogs, so I'd love to hear from that/those readers.

Thanks to everyone who reads and comments. As always, it means a lot to me and it gives me the motivation to follow through on these goals.



Teri said...

You're pregnant!!! Wahoo!!! Congratulations! How wonderful. I love you! When are you finding out the gender?

P.S. Also, regarding your avoid list, what is the ONE thing you REALLY don't want to do the most? It doesn't matter if it's less urgent than others. That's the one you should do tomorrow. :)

Jeni said...

Congratulations love! Very exciting news!

Christina said...

Teri's so great :)

Esther Carlsen said...

Cam, I don't know why your insurance wouldn't cover dental. Ours still does, and that would be odd for the competitor to just drop it.
Also, congrats on making it over a week with less TV. It's a bit ironic that Rob and I decided last Sunday to stop using the computer other than one e-mail check after Rob gets home from work. It changed the whole dynamic of our household. Keep it up!

Jenny said...

Congratulations! And I'm intrigued by Esther's goal. Not use the computer except once a day??!! Even if I still used it for work things, I don't think I could do that. But dynamic changes sound intriguing....

Ted Meikle said...

One other suggestion for some things that tend to wait on lists forever: Ask, do I really need to do this? Many of them really really do need to be done. Do them. Some really do not need to be done. Cross them off or delegate them, and use your time for the more important things.