The race starts as the alarm clock goes off. The outside world is running in the dark. Every minute counts!
Right after my shower I fuel the cycle with the first eight ounces of home brewed dark coffee, preferably the Sumatra Starbucks kind, one spoonful of sweetener, and another one of creamer.
I hold my favorite white ceramic mug close to my face, enjoying the heat coming out of it. I sip slowly, taking in the scent, and waking up.
It is quiet at home and I feel at peace.
After a few minutes the caffeine starts to kick in, just in time to get the kids up and off to school. I slap a few slices of wheat bread with peanut butter and jelly and add a few favorite items, like honey buns and grapes, to the kiddos lunch bags.
Off to school they go! Getting them out of bed and on time to school counts as one of the greatest achievements of my day!
The Everyday Cycle
I have to get ready to go to work. My commute is long and instead of enduring it, I made the decision a few months ago of enjoying it.
Yeah, I know… It sounds crazy! How are you supposed to enjoy crazy drivers and many hours stuck in traffic?
I listen to so many episodes of enjoyable podcasts that I now look forward to my daily -otherwise- painful drives.
The Dallas-Fort Worth highways and roads are packed not only with vehicles and crazy drivers, but also with countless construction projects.
I hold on to the wheel and reflect on how long I’ve been wanting to start a blog, and the conversation between my thoughts begins.
Who has the time for that? After work you have to venture back, bumper to bumper, in the madness of the urban jungle.
Traffic can suck the soul out of you if you let it!
Back in the Zone
I am home. As soon as I slide the key through the door bolt the commotion starts. Hershey and Joey, my dogs, meet me at the door with extreme excitement! And I mean extreme.
These dogs are adorable slow-moving but they can get very annoying too because they won’t stop stalking me around the house until I take them out for a walk. Who has time to blog?
Dog walks are done. Kids are fresh out of the shower. Now, it is time for my dinner special. I get fancy reheating leftovers from our oversized weekend family dinners. Who has time to cook, right?
The Cinderella Hour
We are one step closer to the finish line, the end of the cycle. I keep an eye on the clock to avoid, as much as possible, the “Cinderella Hour”. That is the time of the night, around 9:30 pm for me, when I magically turn into mean mommy.
My system shuts down and my patience runs out. The kids better be in bed soon!
I get in bed with a copy of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. My eyelids get heavy a few pages into the book. So typical of me!
I try to fight it but my body gives in. One day I will have more time to read… and blog. For now, it is time to close the cycle. The clock is ticking for the next start.
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