Sunday, December 21, 2008

Losing my mind

I thought I was organized and ahead of the game this year. I had my tree up Thanksgiving weekend, my decorating was finished by the following weekend. We visited Santa, made cookies, watched the Nutcracker, ordered my Christmas cards... Then I remembered that I'm only fooling myself to think that I can be organized without writing down everything I need to accomplish. If I'd only done that, I probably would have saved myself from spending the last weekend before Christmas running all over town with all the other last minute shoppers.

I've never been naturally organized. I have to work at it. I tend to kind of live in the moment, and I really have to think about planning ahead. Something that is the complete opposite of my husband. That man has a filing system for everything. If anything ever happened to him, I would not be surprised to find a note somewhere obvious saying "if anything ever happens to me, here is where to find anything you will ever need...". He even surprises himself with his organizational skills. When I was hanging the stockings on the fireplace, I asked him where the little hooks were that we had used last year. He didn't remember. But knowing how good his organizational skills are, I decided to look in his tool chest. Bingo. There they were.

The director at my girls' preschool recently asked me if I'd serve on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer. Clearly, they are under the mistaken impression that because I work in Finance, I'd be up to the task. Ever hear the saying "the cobbler's family has no shoes"? Well, the financial professional's family has no budget. Needless to say, I'm going to have to turn down this volunteer opportunity, as much as it pains me to not be able to help out. I think it's better that I stick to volunteering for things on a one-off basis.


Issas Crazy World said...

I have the presents wrapped and the tree up, but that's about it. No cookies have been made, Santa hasn't been seen...although I'm not sure they want to this year, I haven't even figured out what I'm feeding all the people who are going to be at my house. Chinese take-out anyone? :)

Kirsten / Mama Ginger Tree said...

Good for you for knowing your limits. You have years and years ahead of you to volunteer for stuff like that.

Tina S said...

Omgosh.. this is soooo true. I'm way over scheduled in my Mommy life. I sit on the PTA board as Treasurer, I'm a girl scout leader for one dd's troop, then, I'm a camp leader for the other dd's troop, cookie manager for one dd's troop, I sit on the soccer board and I'm charge of training for the coaches, I'm also the computer scorer for the Swim team. Basically, I keep too busy that sometimes I don't even have enough time for my real friends or family. So, don't do it... Your kids won't remember what you volunteered for. They will only remember the time you spent with them.


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