When other people eat your time

This week’s reader question comes from Becky, who posted this as a comment last week: “I have maybe 2.5 hours per weekday that are not dedicated to work/getting to work/eating/sleeping. I look at that time and make plans for it.” This is a great first step. However, “when the time actually comes, I find I’m re-directed into other things. Let’s wa… read more »

The village comes through for us

I went to Washington D.C. on Saturday for a professional event. My husband is perfectly capable of dealing with the kids when I’m not around, but due to some events being rescheduled because of weather on previous weekends, we wound up with a situation where all three kids needed to be somewhere different at 1 p.m. on Saturday. They all really wanted to do the… read more »

Musings for Thursday

Another random thoughts post…
The dishwasher finally broke. It had been struggling for a while, and now has ceased to get the dishes clean. Doing dishes by hand has reminded me of how utterly awesome dishwashers are. I dislike emptying the dishwasher, but I don’t like washing dishes by hand for a family of five either (and I’m not even doing all of th… read more »

Time confetti and NaNoWriMo

There are 168 hours in a week. Even if you work 40-plus hours, sleep 56, and spend a reasonable chunk of time on housework and family responsibilities, there will still be time leftover.
However, a lot of this time seems to come in bits and pieces. There are nooks and crannies everywhere: while you’re waiting for water to boil so you can throw the pasta in. When… read more »

Morning on a 25-hour day

Sunday was that rarity in the universe: the 25-hour day. The clocks fell back as daylight savings time ended, and so the day was a little slower than usual. I was more mindful than usual of the morning, knowing that I had the extra hour. All in all, it went pretty well.
I stayed up until midnight, but it was really more like 11 p.m. The sun came up an hour earlier than u… read more »