Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

I am always grateful when life gives me an excuse to slow down.  Or, rather, when life forces me to slow down.

This semester, I teach all day on Tuesdays.  Pretty much the entire time my big girls are at school, I am teaching.   Sophia stays at a friend's house (and I keep her kids while she works on Wednesdays) and it is nice to be able to get most of my teaching done in one fell swoop.   The problem has been that I also teach a lot on Monday afternoon, so I never really get a chance to clean my house from the weekend until sometime on Wednesday, and I really hate that.

This last weekend my laundry (there's that &*#$ laundry again!) got so out of control it was comical.  The pile in my bedroom was higher than the chest of drawers next to the laundry basket, but I just plain didn't have any time to deal with it.  Or maybe I just didn't have the emotional strength to deal with it.  Whatever.  It was a lot of laundry.

And then, at 1:00 on Tuesday morning, Sophia came into my bedroom and proceeded to be sick.  I was up for several hours bathing her, dealing with the new laundry she had just created, and helping her make it to the toilet.  Poor thing.  It became incredibly obvious that I couldn't teach all of my lessons on Tuesday, and that Joel and I were going to have to tag-team between taking care of Babalicious and teaching our classes.  The way that worked out for me is that I had to cancel my last 3 lessons of the day, which meant almost 3 hours of found time.

While I fretted a little bit about having to make these lessons up at some point (the worst part of cancelling lessons), I was grateful for the time.   Time to cuddle with Sophia, time to vote without rushing and time to get a few things done at home.

Like 9 loads of laundry.
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. Poor kid. Hope she feels better now. MIL tells me when things get out of control in the laundry room. Get up on a Saturday morning, pile the stuff in the car and go to a laundry mat. Get it all washed and dried at the same time. Take it home and have a folding party or grab Starbucks and fold it by yourself quietly.

  2. Oh, I hate that Sophia is feeling so sick. =[

    I'm glad you got a little slow down and I hope things go a bit smoother for you.

    p.s. Gorgeous new header and fonts!

  3. I fret when I have to cancel a piano lesson.

    New found time is always wonderful.

    Hope she feels better.

  4. I'm not sure if your title is the correct wording for a song or not, but I'm singing it in my head right now. :)

    So sorry for Sophia, but glad you got some time with her (and to take care of other things).

  5. Laundry is the bane of my existence. It's not that hard...I just forget. Until it's insurmountable.

    The same thing happened to me today. I canceled my morning lessons because my son was sick. Spent the time reading to him, catching up on other things. But here's where you're way better than I am -- it didn't even occur to me that I could do laundry during that time. Nope. Not once.

    The other strange laundry phenomenon I discovered is that once I have a chance to take care of myself and/or do something more fulfilling in copious amounts, the laundry doesn't look that bad after all!

  6. Ugh. Today was my laundry day. I am glad it is done for a week. So not my favorite. I hope she feels better though. And nice that you were able to get caught up on some things.

  7. Laundry, laundry, laundry. I really dislike it. Because it is never done for a day. Especially after it is all done and folded and then doesn't get put away for another few days....I've changed to doing a little bit every day. It seems to keep it more manageable.

  8. I tackled my laundry on Monday. It had been way too long. I had 182 pairs of socks to match. It was NOT pretty.

    I hope your little one feels better now!

  9. Oh, I so feel you on this. I often will do 3-4 loads every few days, I have a system of sorting it on our dining room table or bed, as the next load dries. I try and keep it under control, but life has been so nuts of late, it's like my household is unraveling at the edges. Sanity, more of it, please! :)

    PS: We just had the barfs last week, not fun. Hope you guys get well asap!!

  10. Seems like there is something going around and everyone is yakking!

    Hope all is well again, and you tackled the laundry. That's what I've been doing all day.

    Laundry - not yakking.