Perusing my Google Reader list this morning (which is looking hideously bold at the moment because I haven’t had chance to catch up for ages… I’m currently running at 357 unread posts! Eek!) led me over to Trash Towers and the discovery of this great blog. I should have snaffled this blog name. Definitely suitable for me at the moment. Although, on closer reflection whilst I am a mother, no-one actually uses the term Mama to describe me, and if I ever indeed had it, I’m sure I lost it long since, rather than being in the process of losing it, so maybe it’s a good job I’m the cookie blog instead.
Anyway. There are writing prompts posted on the Mama’s Losing it blog and I thought, like Ms Trashalou, I would play along today. There are a couple of prompts to choose from:
1.) Tell us about a lie you told that you later regretted.
2.) Choose a task you'd like someone to complete and write a poem asking them to do it.
3.) Describe a talent you have.
4.) Write a list of ten things on your mind this week.
Hmmmm. I think I’m going to have to go for #4. I do like a nice list.
1. I’m still a little shell shocked by the fact that we seem to have inadvertently bought a new car this weekend. When I say inadvertently I mean that we went to look at some cars, but I really wasn’t anticipating actually buying one, but we have, it should be ready to collect by the end of the week. My new car is black and shiny and contrary to what my MIL thinks purchasing a black car does not mean I’m taking up drug dealing – although I will have to pay for it somehow.…....hmmmmm.
2. Working in education is weird. You’re on a continual circuit of the academic year going round the same processes year after year like a hamster on a wheel. Then there are some points in the year where you’re not only thinking about the current cohort, but also looking at the new intake for the next academic year. It’s like juggling, only with students instead of balls. I wonder if they bounce?
3. I am acutely aware that I’ve consumed a crazy amount of sugar and fat this last week. I feel like my arteries are made of chocolate fat and golden syrup is running through my blood stream. Hmmmm….detox anyone?
4. We still don’t have good snow. Part of me desperately wants a good snow fall so Egg can get to make his first real snowman – part of me really doesn’t want any snow because I know that I’ll still have to go to work in it, which is just depressing to think about.
5. Potential crafty projects. I have so many things that I want to make that I can’t decide where to start and therefore haven’t started anything. It’s counter-productive for me to see all these good inspirational blogs and ideas because ultimately I get “I wanna make that “ overload and manage to actually accomplish nothing. Not sure what to do about that really.
6. I’m crap at keeping a journal. I desperately want to be the kind of person who can journal daily. I’m just not. I think I might have to finally admit defeat. This makes me a little sad. Why can’t I do something that in theory is so simple?
7. How is Grace really getting on at school? It’s Parent’s Evening again tonight. I’m thinking it’s probably going to be more of the same (which is good), descriptions of this alien child that does as she’s asked without question and is super well behaved. Why is she like that at school and can be a complete cowbag at home? She’s whizzing through her reading books at a rate of knots. I love that she loves reading, because I love reading. I wonder what I should read next? I need new things to read.
8. Is there anything more excruciating for a parent than listening to your child tell you that other children in their class have been mean to them? Is it wrong that you want to march round there, grab the little meanie runts by their pigtails and swing them around whilst simultaneously forcing them to promise never to be horrid to your little one again?
9. Why isn’t organisation something you can buy? My life at the moment is thoroughly unorganised. Between work stuff, and home stuff and school stuff and Gracie’s social calendar (which is better filled than mine), and thinking about finances and trying to organise a holiday and basically dealing with life, I can’t seem to get a handle on any of it. Back to the juggling again – if I drop one plate will they all fall? I wish I could buy organisation in the supermarket along side the washing powder. My mother was born organised. Clearly it skipped a generation. I suppose that means there’s hope for Gracie though.
10. What are we going to eat for the rest of the month? I’m sick of cooking the same meals over and over again. I need menu plans because it’s much easier and less stressful if I know what we’re eating in advance – and cheaper because I shop with a list so don’t spend so much on superfluous stuff at the supermarket. It’s hard to think of new things to make though, especially if the kids are feeling fussy. Grace has just started on school lunches, which hopefully will make her a little less inclined towards fussy eating, but there’s still some things she won’t eat. Why doesn’t this parenting melarky come with a handbook??
So there you go. That's what is swilling around in my brain at the moment. Is it any wonder I can't get anything done??
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