Monday, October 10, 2005

The best laid plans....

Today was one of those days where I set out with a huge list of tasks to accomplish, determined to be productive in every way. And yet, as the saying goes..."the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." It might have been better if I had stayed home and watched TV all day today. I would have accomplished almost the same amount and I wouldn't have wasted so much gas.

This was my to do list for the day:

  • Pick up dry cleaning
  • Buy diapers
  • Buy stuff to make Bria's birthday cupcakes for her Kindergarten class.
  • Scrapbook store for specific cardstock colors
  • World Market: See if they have necessary spices for luau food
  • Buy football stickers for Visiting Teaching Conference invitations
  • Buy something to make the missionaries for dinner (signed up at the last minute yesterday, didn't really have anything suitable)
  • Go to the copy center to copy invitations for Visiting Teaching Conference
  • Also work on Young Women invitation project at copy center
  • Do 2 loads of laundry
  • Mop floors
  • Vacuum
  • Do dishes

So, I mapped it all out and came up with what I thought was a clever plan to get me where I needed to go starting at one end of Power road and ending on the other. (You really have to plan carefully with the outrageous prices of gas these days.) Here is what actually happened, in the order it happened:

  • Go to small scrapbook store, knowing they might not have everything I needed. Find all but the red cardstock, so I decide to just donate a whole piece I have to the cause rather than drive 12 miles to the other store. They also don't have the right color for the other part of my project, but I figure Michael's would have it and they are on my "planned route" for the day.
  • Go to pick up dry cleaning, only to find out that when she said it would be ready on Monday, she really meant it would be ready on Monday after 5:00 pm. Leave empty-handed.
  • Stop into Michael's to see if they have the right cardstock for my project. They don't. I buy some clearance ribbon instead. (At least it's pretty cute.)
  • Go into World Market and peruse their food aisles. I can't find anything that I need for the luau. Ask for help and she does find sea salt for me, but there isn't any Hawaiian sea salt. I don't know if it really matters, but I figure it does, since there was French sea salt, Greek sea salt, Mediterranean sea salt, Italian sea salt and Asian sea salt. Since they also don't have Aloha Shoyu Sauce, I call Joel and he recommends to just hold off on sea salt since whoever carrys the "Aloha" stuff will likely carry the "Hawaiian" stuff as well.
  • Get back into the car and drive further north on Power...arrive at Kinko's. Chloe has fallen completely asleep by now and is a dead weight on me, making it rather difficult to cut and tape my YW project. After making four or five copies, I realize it's going to look better to just print them on the computer (even though I only have 5 pieces of the right color cardstock...), and I move on to copying the Visiting Teaching Conference invitations.
  • Stand in line forever to get the cardstock for the invitations, only to discover that Kinko's is out of the right color of blue. I decide that it won't do any good to worry about it and just go with a different blue. I am not in love with the color, but I decide that it's better to cross this project off my list for the day.
  • Once the copies are made on the cardstock, I decide to use the Kinko's paper cutter to save wear and tear on my personal paper trimmer. After three cuts, it completely stops working. I fiddle with it, and then end up waiting in line to use the other one. When it is my turn, I work on cutting 60 pieces of paper while trying to keep an eye on Chloe (she has now woken up) as she curiously roams around the copy center. When I have only about 10 left, the blade on that paper cutter stops working. The employee tells me, "the guys know how to fix it, but they are too busy to bother with it." She fiddles with it, though, and amazingly, gets it to work. I finish my stack and pack up to leave.
  • Last stop: WalMart. By this time I feel like I am just too tired to actually make dinner for the missionaries, so I opt for the easy (but more expensive) road: A Stouffer's lasagna, a baguette and a Sara Lee cheesecake. I will assign Joel to make a salad. I remember to buy cake mix, frosting, food coloring and marshmallows for Bria's "creepcakes." (She saw these in Martha Stewart Kids and insists that we make them as her birthday treat for her Kindergarten class.) I forget to buy the chocolate chips and licorice that are also needed. I decide to check the craft aisle to see if perchance WalMart has the right color cardstock for the YW project. They don't. I checkout in the world's slowest line and go load my car. Only when I'm driving home do I realize that not only did I forget the other "creepcake" ingredients, I also forgot diapers (kind of important) and the football stickers.
  • I don't have time to go back in, nor do I have time to stop at any other store. So I head home.
  • Arrive home just minutes before Bria gets home from school (I told you I didn't have time to go back in).
  • I put the Stouffer's lasagna in the oven and try to start my household chores. Most of these should have been started before I left, but weren't because today was just one of those phone call days.
  • I watered my garden (not on list, but needed to be done).
  • I did mop the floors and do the dishes, but I did not vacuum or get my laundry done.

Anyway, just one of those days, where NOTHING works how it is planned. And tomorrow I will have to start all over again on the majority of my list, and hope that I can at least cross off a few more things.

It does make me think, though, that in the grand scheme of things, what we plan isn't usually what happens (no matter HOW well laid out our plans are) and that we just need to roll with the punches, while somehow trying to still meet our goals. So many times life seems to be like can be frustrating, but we sure do learn a lot in the process...such as, no one in the world seems to carry flesh-colored cardstock (I know it exists, though, I have 5 pieces of it, and Paperkins are made out of it), and a few other important lessons, like patience and long-suffering.

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I try to NEVER plan that much for my day... WHO ON EARTH DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? SUPER WOMAN? I suppose you think you are, but dang it -- have the dang YW leaders make their own freakin' invitations. :)
    You rock, never forget that.

  2. i've had days like. i can't sleep well after a day like that.