Establishing a new groove

“Beware the groove… the GROOOOOOOVE…”

In talking to the always-wonderful Mamatat today (website forthcoming), I started thinking a little more seriously about establishing chores lists.  Given that I seem to be completely immune to any sort of routine (outside of staying up too late, getting up too early, and keeping up with an online calendar, kind of), I started trying to establish a little more of a “free-form schedule” last week by writing out the chores that had to be done on a daily basis, and then letting the kids (and myself) pick out which ones we had to take responsibility for.

Something that Mamatat did last night with her chores list, though, was to put her daily chores AND her hubby’s work routine on there, too, to illustrate all of the effort that goes into paying bills and keeping the household running smoothly.

Abso-freakin’-lutely brilliant.

Today, I did exactly that – listed all of the things that I needed to do, plus the things that needed to get done around the house – and had to force myself not to panic when I had to tape the first long page to the fridge and start on the second page.

And then I’ve been running back in there, adding things as I remember them or they come up.

Oi, vey…

Couple all this with the additional fact that I also have to work at the second job tonight – 6 to midnight – and I found myself fighting a wave of overwhelm the likes of which I haven’t had in… oh, a few days, at least.

Still, I’m going to give it an honest effort.  Something’s got to change to get everything working a little more smoothly so that I don’t feel so overwhelmed.  Related to that, I’m thinking of taking up cross-stitch or needlepoint (are they the same thing?) in lieu of knitting for the summer and make some samplers to hang on the walls.  Among them:

“The problem with ostrich people who bury their heads in the sand is that they leave their posteriors completely uncovered.”

and…

“The Little Red Hen Rule:  If you can’t be bothered to help get the job done well, I can’t be bothered to share the rewards of that job well done.”

Because I’ve totally got time for a new hobby… though, really, doing these samplers might just be a matter of self-preservation.

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