Monday, October 19, 2009

I have a way of creating my own chaos

We ended up having another yard sale this past Saturday with the proceeds going to the adoption fundraising. Our first one was in the pouring rain and this one was in the freezing cold. Yep, we know how to pick the day. It turned out to be a pretty good day and we were so very thankful for all the goods that were donated to us and the help from my Mom for organizing the stuff.

But what was I thinking of having a sale just a week after my oral surgery. Did I mention I had my last 2 wisdom teeth out. Yep. It has been a LOT harder to recover than I thought it would be. I am still not eating normal. My mouth still hurts and I keep getting food bits stuck in my "teeth holes". Delightful sounding isn't it?

So we get up early to have our garage sale (in like 40 degree temps). Work the sale all morning, I come inside to make some food (hadn't eaten all day). Make a tuna wrap and snarf it down (like I said - HUNGRY). My mouth was in so much pain for eating that lunch I paid for it the rest of the weekend. I was still frigged cold so I curled up on the bed to warm up under the blankets and conked out from the pain meds. think I would learn my lesson about over doing it??? Nope.

Today I was working on a lapbook that I can use to demonstrate when I teach a class tomorrow night on lapbooking. I also had signed my girls up for a history fair for our homeschool group and I decided today that we better come up with some kind of a display (the fair is on Wednesday). Meanwhile we are starting our own lapbook on Mary Cassatt for our own school lesson. And today I thought to myself...I think I'll make some chicken soup and freeze it.

Like I said...I have a way of creating my own chaos. I have the ability to be my own worse enemy.

Did I NEED to start the Mary Cassatt lapbook today? NO
Did I NEED to make chicken soup and freeze it? NO
Did I NEED to have a yard sale this past weekend? NO

When will I learn my lesson? I must work harder at having better judgement. Just keeping it real here. =)


Annie said...

So often I think of you as being the perfect organizer. Everything I am not. But in this post you reveal you are a little more like me than I thought! Here is my achilles heel! I try to do too much. At least, the nice part is that it is because I LOVE life, and I ENJOY everything! I really do. And that is a good trait, surely. Yes! So long as we are not greedy. Because being greedy does take the joy out of it a bit.

All your projects sound wonderful. I'm sorry the surgery was so awful. I'm glad the yard sale worked out...but yard sales are work. No question there! Good luck with the lap book, the presentation and the history fair!

K-Sue said...

If you figure out a way to control the "create my own chaos" syndrome, let me in on it. I managed to schedule us this fall so that we leave the house for some event/class/practice/game EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK.

Anonymous said...

I COMPLETELY understand what you are saying. I've had weeks like that for sure!!! But I've found that the best weeks are the ones with fewer planned activities and more time to relax, love on my family (instead of growling at them because I'm stressed), and listen to God's voice. I find it very hard to hear his calling when I'm too busy. I'm not there yet, but it is my goal.

A great quote I read in a book says
"Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least" -Goethe
I have to constantly remind myself of what matters most (my family, my sanity, homeschooling, character training) before I say "yes" to an activity.

carrie said...

Cris, sorry that it is taking you so long to heal! I can relate to the frustration right now! I just want to be back to normal but have to realize my limitations.

I so often have lofty ideas of what I'd like to accomplish and then get frustrated because I can't fit it all in or get too tired. Balance is a hard thing to learn!

I hope you made some good money with your yard sale. So glad your mom was able to help!

Rachael said...

Oh, there is a NAME for this symdrome (Create Your Own Chaos)?! Good to know, 'cause I think I have it too, sometimes.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

steffany said...

do you know the best way to get the food out of your tooth holes?
duct tape a straw to the end of your vacuum hose attachment then turn it on-It's sucks the food right out of there. No joke. I used to have Adam do this for me after my wisdom surgeries:)

I love this post.
So true-I think for most of us women.

Tiffany said...

I can sooooo relate!!! Story of my life~

Kara said...

Well, there are only so many hours in a day, so a mom has to make the most of it, right? It's amazing how much there is to do just in a week.

Crystal said...

Go easy on yourself! Your garage is so beautiful : ) I wish I could have come to the sale~

Salzwedel Family said...

Why do we think we can do it all? I have the same problem, although I am SLOWLY learning to pick and choose carefully.

I hope your teeth/mouth feel better soon.