Routine, Scheduling, Self-Care

Recap: A Month of Self-Care May 1-7

This month is already off to a much better start than April. I actually had the first day’s “task” done before I even published the April Recap of Mama’s Mission of the Month. For the next several weeks, I will post little recaps for the week of tasks that happened prior.

I got this challenge from Brianna Fae Mental Health Blog and thought it was perfect. My original intent may have been to do this in April, a month with only 30 days, but I figure this way, I can do the recap on the 31st. Problem solved.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Fill in your planner. Set days aside for yourself.

This was easy and fun. I actually forgot that it lead off the challenge for the month. I filled in my desk blotter calendar, in all it’s Crayola marker color glory. Then, I had at it in my Academia planner. (Speaking of which, I need to review this; I finally found planner peace!) The Academia is complete to date in the monthly spread, and I have the week ending on Sunday, May 6, 2018 complete, to the best of my knowledge. I’m also waiting on Connor and Lexi’s work schedules to really get it all together. As it stands, I have four big chunks of time set aside to just chill and do whatever.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Take a relaxing bath or shower.  Due to errands and appointments, the day was a tad on the chaotic side. So, I opted to flip around day two and day three. So, as I paid bills, cleaned house, and everything else, I binged on “The Originals”. I’m half way through the third season at the time I typed this.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 Catch up on a show you enjoy. As previously mentioned, Tuesday was a tad on the busy side, so that relaxing bath was today, and it was glorious. Me along with my Brandless faves. It was awesome. I’m going to have at least one more while the kids are with their dad this weekend.

Friday, May 4, 2018 Clean out your social media feeds. Well, due to being at my appointment longer than anticipated, that will be delayed until the kids are at their dad’s and Connor is at work.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 Clean a room in your home. I settled for one of those “rooms within a room” and knocked off my bedroom. Out of frustration and for the safety of Ryli and Landry, I took my bed and set it up in the corner of the dining room. I’ve gotten more nights to sleep alone, and the kids no longer jump onto my bed from the top bunk. Win-win. I even took the Iowa State Football throw that was my grandpa’s and hung it up at the head of my bed.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018 Do your laundry. Fold and put it away. Laundry, laundry, how I simultaneously loathe and love thee. I love the fact that aside from changing loads over, you can get so many other things done while the washer and dryer does the dirty work. I like to fold and hang it. I just hate putting it away. Part of that is because I want everything to be perfect, and partly because the hoodlum roommates tend to demolish it when they get in a game of fashion show. This task will continue to run in the background for the foreseeable future. I confess, while funk bound, I did just enough laundry to get by. Summer break is fast approaching, so I really need to do a bit of taking inventory of the kids clothes. I am also fairly certain that I need to buy more socks and lock up all the scissors, as they have once again been chopping up socks to make clothes for their Baby Alive collection.

Monday, May 7, 2018 Eat something healthy. This was fun, even if my INR could suffer for it. I ate raw brocolli and carrots and cabbage all day long. I am, and will forever be, a veg head at heart. I love salads and veggies, the only healthy food that can compete is strawberries. I’ll find out Friday at my lab appointment, I’m sure.

I’ll be back next Tuesday with the next week worth of updates, and hopefully, a few more posts as well.

 

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Mama’s (tardy) Mission of the Month: May 2018

 

Hello May

Here it comes, May 2018’s Mama’s Mission of the Month. Sorry about the delay, but I may have fallen asleep before the prime time line up on the networks made it to their first commercial break. Then, I woke up soaked in sweat. Apparently, the kids felt the need to crawl in bed with mom, and each sleep on half of her. Last time I checked, they have each other in loose choke-holds; silly little cuddle monsters.

If this is your first time reading a Mama’s Mission, you can find out all the details about it here. Otherwise, without any further to do, here is May’s edition.

 

Self-Care (Physical)

  • Boho Berry Checklist *
  • 2,500 steps (minimum) a day
  • 64 ounces of water (minimum) a day

Self-Care (Mental/Emotional)

  • Boho Berry Checklist *
  • Minimum 7 hours of sleep a night
  • Read 30 minutes per day on average

Health

  • OB-GYN appointment to (hopefully) get scheduled for an ablation **
  • Keep INR *** appointments and keep my levels between 2.0-3.0
  • Schedule Landry’s 7 year well child check up (eeeeek)

Parenting

  • Get a routine going
  • Keep/get appointments and couseling as needed
  • Schedule for all the end of year events at school

Household

  • Continue streamlining storage and organization
  • Keep planners up to date
  • List of things to keep a look out for (make lists by room?)

Financial

  • Stick to budget
  • Meal plan
  • Keep registers up to date

Blog/Online

  • Self-Care Challenge
  • Schedule and stick to it
  • Clean up and keep up with social media sites

Miscellaneous

  • Tweak BASS
  • Take/give all medications daily and journal
  • Figure out what kids will need for school for 2018-2019

 

* I’m a member of Boho Berry, so I get free downloads of all manner of printables on the Boho Berry Tribe Free Resource Library. I printed out the May Monthly Tracker and use it in addition to the monthly tracker in my Academia. Feel free to check out Boho Berry here.

** An ablation is basically getting your uterus cauterized. I’m on blood thinners, and have yet to reach even a hint of menopause, so I have some monthly bleeding issues on a horror movie/crime scene level. I can’t do hormone replacement on account of the Factor V Leiden, so a hysterectomy is out, as is anything hormonal, leaving me this as my potential out.

*** INR stands for International Normalized Ratio, which is a measure of how a person’s blood clots. Being that I have Factor V Leiden that has reared its vile head twice, I should be on blood thinners for life. “Normal” is 1.1 or lower. For a person on thinners, its 2.0-3.0. I’m currently flirting with the high side… yikes.

Challenges, Home, Parenting, Routine, Scheduling

Slight change in plans (I want my bed back)

I have got to get the kids to sleep in their own beds. Ryli is pretty good about it, unless she’s ill or Landry is being obnoxious about it. Landry just climbs in my bed and passes out, and by the time I go to bed, I’m in no mood to transfer his butt to his own bed. I am sleeping horribly. The first thing I do when I get them off to school is take a nap. I use a sleep quality monitor on my phone. My sleep quality sucks with both of them in my bed, and improves a good deal if there is only one in bed with me. I can only imagine how much better it would be if they both were in their own beds!

So, that leaves me to come up with something to use as an incentive. I think I may try to see if I can use new bedding sets as the reward. I’m fairly confident that we could find something that both of them like that coordinates relatively well. We shall see.

The slight change in plans is that I will be putting the 30 Day Self-Care Challenge on the back-burner until next month. I am still making a conscious effort to practice better self-care, but there are a few tasks that are derailing me. I’m going to practice for now, and get those other things addressed. Then, I’ll just be in a better place overall. Things could actually go according to plan, however, and I could end up starting when I complete the few odd tasks. First on that list is kicking everyone but me out of my bed. Hell, once I get Landry out, Tiger will follow. He loves to sleep with his human.

I will give Landry some credit. Ever since the medication change, he has been a dream come bedtime. Now, I have to hound Ryli to go to sleep, because odds are good that come 8:00, Landry is already gently snoring his brains out in Dreamland. He’s even been known to wake up by himself in the morning, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Time to get ready to greet them when the bus finally drops them off. It was an end of six weeks testing day… yikes!

Challenges, Meals, Mental Health, Routine

Holy Bleepin’ Train-wreck!

WOW… this month hit the skids early this month. I picked the kids up from their visitation with their father, and they were both complaining about their stomachs. They went to bed without issue, but alas, I wasn’t feeling well, and the alarm at the ease of them going to bed didn’t register. I got sick that night. I was fairly well recovered come morning, but the kids were not. I kept them home, and was grateful for the decision before their school bus would have made it to school. Double win… two kids that got to keep their dignity intact.

Monday was the start of the constant running of the laundry. All week-long, it seemed I’d fall asleep to their song; just before dawn, I’d cut them on again. They were both sleeping with me… turning me into what resembled an extra from The Walking Dead. By Tuesday night, I had a backlog of laundry, when Landry got sick in my bed. It was surreal. He’s not that big of a kid, and I’m still wrapping my mind around the fact that THAT much came out of him. It definitely make me rethink my grandpa’s proposition that some people just have hollow legs. Ryli luckily had dozed off in her bed, but I still had two king comforters on the bed, plus pillow cases and pillows. It was bad.

Wednesday morning, I scheduled them an appointment with their pediatrician. They fought like cats and dogs in the waiting room and in triage. They finally started cooperating when the doctor came in, trailed by a duo of nurses. One was in to give her a hand; the other, to read with the kid who wasn’t getting an exam. It went well from there. They ended up being diagnosed with a hell of a stomach bug, and being given excuses for the whole week. Two more days with my little rays of sunshine. They were already getting sick of each other on top of the bug.

Friday, I got my friend to watch them so I could escort Connor to the ER about his never-ending cough. That was an eight-hour exercise in futility… we headed home after 4:00 a.m. after never seeing a doctor. I also found out about the urgent care clinic just next door, so we planned on hitting that in the morning. Ryli and Landry had a sleepover with their friends’. They came home and we got them ready. Between my craptastic sleep Friday night, and the bits and pieces I’d collected during the week, I was so spacey, I folded up a pile of clothes for the kids, and then forgot to pack it.

After I got the kids and their not quite packed backpack off, Connor and I jumped on the bus and headed to the urgent care clinic. We were in and out in four hours. The chairs there sucked as bad as they did in the regular ER, but it was a lot calmer and quieter. We made it out of there with a diagnosis of bronchitis, prescriptions, and the doctor’s amazement that it wasn’t pneumonia. We headed home, ordered DoorDash, delivered the work note, and crashed out.

Sunday was a wash… I was still so tired from my whirlwind, laundry filled week. Yesterday, Ryli was sick yet again. Turns out the Zofran she got for her incessant nausea stopped her up, so yet another trip to the pediatrician and she is right as rain. Landry was up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 5:00 a.m. and couldn’t wait to go back to school. He was excited to turn the notes in to the office, and we had a nice chat while we waited for the bus to show up.

Today, I got them off to school, then after sunning myself on the balcony, I walked down to my doctor’s office to see the nurse for my scheduled INR check. I know that I missed at least one dose of my medications last week in all the blur. It looks like it was probably two, because I slid down to a 1.7, but I will take it. I did remember to use the stopwatch on my phone for the trek home. I pulled it off in under 20 minutes.

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So, now that I have brought you all up to speed, I’m going to belatedly start my 30 day self-care challenge, get some stuff done around the house, and get ready to get my new toys out so I can make my first frittata tonight. I will be back!

February, Planning, Routine, Scheduling, School

No, really, I AM still here

Between the last part of winter break, sick kids, and quite frankly being an airhead, I am just now sitting down at the computer to get something done about my poor, neglected blog.

I started my day after getting little people where they needed to be by sitting down at the dining room table with all my pens and markers and my calendars. Don’t be fooled, you are not seeing double; I had to transfer some things from my old Academia planner to the new one. Then, there’s my desk pad calendar, the calendar that resides on the bulletin board by the front door, and not shown is the blog planner.

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I decided that there was no time better to get the calendars all set up for (I can’t belive it) February, get things switched in the Academias, and actually plan a little bit for the blog. The only things I haven’t done yet is update my calendar app on my iPhone and plan a little for the other blog.

First up was the bulletin board calendar. The desk pad was filled out for the most part last week. That wasn’t too difficult, and all that’s missing either hasn’t been scheduled, or the fact that Connor has yet to get his schedule for sure.

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Next up was the transferring of all my February appointments and whatnot to my new Academia.  I finally have some planner peace with that one. It’s not the flashiest, but it runs from 6:00 a.m. clear until 10:00 p.m. with another block for P.M. and trackers for damn near everything. The new one is the Academia Spring. It only runs through the end of July, but there are a LOT of perks. As a matter of fact, I probably should order the Fall 2018 soon. They will overlap a bit, but considering the kids notoriously get appointments scheduled pretty far in advance.

 

Last but not least was my rough and as yet incomplete plan for the blog. Just subjects, vague, but telling, at least to me. This post is technically late, as I planned on publishing it last night, but my mommy cuddles were requested, and I may have fallen asleep as well. So, I am up before the sun to get it done. No worries.

Next Sunday, this post will spring back up, as I begin to tackle the weeklies, which I like to do the night before the week starts. For me and the majority of my planners, my week starts on Monday and ends with the weekend. I may even attempt my first review of a planner… wait and see.

Challenges, First Day, Girl Scouts, Health, Home, Mama's Mission of the Month, Organization, Parenting, Routine, Scheduling, School

Coming back and doing so on a mission…

Life has been interesting as of late, to put it mildly. The new school year is wrapping up its first six weeks tomorrow. Dallas County Schools is still essentially clueless, as the little ones’ bus has yet to pick up or drop off within five minutes of the scheduled times. Things at the school have been better than the were last year, but there are still hiccups and road bumps galore with the transition to being an ACE school. The fledgling Girl Scout troop meets for the first time next week. I’m on two committees at school, plus on the PTO. I’ve represented myself in court and continue to wait for the trial of my dragon. Connor got himself a job. The kids pulled down a few nominations for TAG. I have been constantly running white uniform dress shirts through the wash since August 30, as well as the perpetual hunt for those wayward black socks and white socks.

I will officially be back here no later than Sunday, October 1, 2017. Truthfully, I will try to be back before then to go over what exactly I have up my sleeves for the month of October and onward. It involves more of what you may or may not have come to expect from me, such as Mama’s Mission of the Month, and some fun new little treats in the realm of a blog challenge or maybe even two, and the added gems of me being on all these committees and leading a Girl Scout Troop and everything else.

So, without any further ado, I will now be returning to my scheduled oddity of doing my own laundry so I don’t have to scramble any longer. The kinks are finally getting straight.

Here’s a few pictures from the first day of school. Landry is still loving the uniform, where as Ryli is a bit sick of it.

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Mama's Mission of the Month, Meals, Organization, Reading, Routine, Scheduling, School

I’m BACK! Plus, Mama’s Mission of the Month May 2017

Okay, after over a month off, I’m back. This time, things are settling down to the point where I don’t think I’ll be disappearing like I did for quite some time. I just had a lot on my plate that I needed to do something about. Most of the crap has been dealt with at this time. The rest is in the final stages of being dealt with. I’m still hard at work at slaying my dragons, and the house is finally coming together how I want it to.

Since this is the first of the month, we’ll get back into it with the most regular item from the blog of the past: Mama’s Mission of the Month. I’ve gotten a slightly better grip on everything now, so it shouldn’t be too hard. The topics haven’t changed, but I am relaxing it a bit and not self-mandating that I have three goals per topic. Maybe this way, it’ll go a little smoother, and I’ll get more things done!

Without further ado, May’s Mama’s Mission of the Month.

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PERSONAL

  • Start tracking habits in my bujo
  • Make the most of my new health insurance
  • Read at least six books in May

PARENTING

  • Make habit trackers for all four kids
  • Hold family meeting about expectations
  • Help Connor get squared away with permit, school, job, etc.

FINANCES

  • Make budget without child support and STICK TO IT!
  • Work out allowances; budget for tooth loss

HEALTH

  • For me: doctor, dentist, vision, and OTC allowance
  • Kids to all appointments

FRIENDS & FAMILY

  • Catch up with the Harpies
  • Plan trip to Mom’s

HOMEMAKING

  • Meal plan and stick to it!
  • Purge everything, then inventory
  • Make lists of wants/needs by room or person

BLOGGING/ONLINE

  • Get these beauties (A.K.A. my blogs) up and running again.
  • Post a minimum of two times a week for both blogs
  • Take more pictures

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Practice handlettering
  • All journals (bujo, Passion Planner, Techo, and TN) up to date all month!

 

Hopefully, this time, everything works out and I do better than I have thus far!