27 June 2008

When the Mice are Away, The Cat Will...

Our latest round of SoulPerSuit (going through the book of Colossians) had an intriguing challenge for one of its Shuffle the Deck activities.

Daily Digital 1. With your digital camera or camera phone, take a picture of the EXACT same object everyday in the exact same place around the exact same time. It is best if the object is organic or in an organic setting and something you can take a picture of EVERYDAY: a tree in your yard or other piece of landscaping, your face or the face of a family member, your breakfast meal, the surface in your house that collects all the mail, lunch bags, and keys, etc.

My digital camera broke recently though, so I adapted this Shuffle to fit my present circumstances.

This week was the first week in 9 years that I have been without ALL of my children for a part of my regular daily routine. I signed them up for a summer gymnastics camp. So while they are off for three hours, blossoming into Shannon Miller and Kerri Strugg, I've had the same three hours every morning to use as I will.
Here is a "snapshot" of how I spent my time.

Sweet Dreams
- Stuck around the gym to make sure the littlest one transitioned to her class well. (What was I concerned about? She chatted the teacher's ear off and bopped all over the trampoline like she was made of rubber. No socialization problems for that kid!)
- Went grocery shopping
- Arrived at the gym early to watch my kids in action (because even though I pine to have some time away from them, it kills me to know they're learning and developing in new ways that I'm not there to enjoy as their mom.)

- Watered the garden.
- Started a load of laundry.
- Secreted away some doll furniture that my girls no longer play with but insist on keeping set up in their room. I'm done stubbing my toes. And I hope they don't read what I just wrote. Otherwise I will be forced at screech-point to take the doll stuff back out of the closet. Let's see how long it takes the kids to realize that a giant chunk of floor space is now available for cartwheels and handstands.
- Dropped books off at the library and got some books for ME off of the shelves. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, and Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs. Both to live happily on my extendo-bedside table for a few weeks. :)
- Visited the newest independent coffee shop in Frederick, La Dolce Vita, and sampled their Ghirardeli Chocolate Mocha. Sat out in the sunshine with its yumminess and worked on a SoulPerSuit card that is confounding me. (The drink and sun were delightful, the card still eludes me.)

- Tried to tackle that SoulPerSuit card. Made some headway. Now I know what WON'T work.
- Worked out another Colossians question I'm wrestling with. (Well, I'm still wrestling so I guess it's not exact to say it's worked out. Let's call it "deepening my conversation with the Lord." This conversation has been going on for a long time. And will continue until the day I'm buried. There's always a conversation running in the background.)
- Popped into Home Depot to get three quarts of paint mixed for my test patch in the living room. Moss Landing, Scotland Isle, and Asparagus. Someday... that living room is going to be great... someday...
-Popped into Target (right next to H.D.) and picked out a couple of new summer tops. Man, I hate shopping. Even if it's just me shopping for me. Get me outta there, quick! (I couldn't help thinking about the free time I was wasting standing there looking at the racks of clothing. But it needed to be done, and doing it solo was preferable to dragging the gymnastics team with me. I like the tops I picked. I don't even have to return them. (Double bonus!))

-Went to Wild Bird Garden to try to get some replacement tubes for our hummingbird feeders. They don't sell them anymore. Seems that no one does. :( So I bought a new (less artsy-looking) feeder to tide over the little guys until we can figure out a way to repair the glass orb feeders that I really like. Also bought a garden gift.
- Grocery shopping again. It's almost a luxury to do it by myself. Although... didn't I just say I hate to shop?? Cold watermelon sounded so good though.
- Came home and read blogs. Wrote a few E-mails. Read a few more.
- Wrapped up a gift for a friend.
- Ran the dishwasher.
-Wrote a blog entry. (What, publish it? No, no. (Because then you might think I was up to something.))
- Made my bed. Because I am a civilized being.
- Watered the garden.

- Met hubby at the gym so he could witness the agility and strength of our children. Once he walked in, the littlest one began flapping like a bird and no longer listened to her teacher. DADDY was there! :)
- Cleaned a bathroom in 10 minutes flat! Yeehaw!
- Vacuum the someday-to-be-verdant-green living room.
- Fix tuna salad for the gymnasts' protein lunch.
- Started the dishwasher.
-Hand washed the over flow dishes.
- Hung up the new hummingbird feeder.
- Made my bed. Because I am a civilized being.
- Composed a blog entry in my brain.
- Challenge myself to type this blog entry in 30 mins. (I'm 2 minutes over already. Drat!)

For someone who has often entertained dreams of what my life might be like if my kids went off to school, this week has been a good experiment.
Because even though I pine to have some time away from them, it kills me to know they're learning and developing in new ways that I'm not there to enjoy as their mom.
I don't think I could live this way permanently.



Blogger Christianne said...

i'll first say that your labels always crack me up. :)

i really enjoyed reading the details of your morning routine this week in this new space of quiet and freedom. crazy, though, huh? i can tell it feels kind of, er, weird.

you're so cute. have i told you that before? yeah, i'm sure i have. but guess what? it's still TRUE!! and ever will be.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous heather said...

Sounds like you got some good tummy-rubbing time.
And, oh my heavens. I've been away, and I'm glancing up at Christianne's pic--and does she have short hair now?

11:00 AM  
Blogger Sprittibee said...

Love the snapshot. I have garden envy. ;)

4:22 PM  

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