Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday, Monday...

Did everyone but me know that it was a 3-day weekend? I had no idea until last night at around 8pm when Seth informed me. Talk about being in my own little world!

These are not my photos...they are some of my Flickr Favorites that I made into a Mosaic. These are fun to make every now and then...especially when one hasn't taken any pictures of her own as of late. Ahem.

My poor camera...she is neglected. Cast aside. Lonely. And because of that...she mocks me. Not really. I just like to say that. It cracks me up. Isn't it nice that I can amuse myself so easily? I think it has something to do with delirium...

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So, it's Monday. And my boys are off of school. And I am starting my new work schedule today, officially. I trained a bit last week then got thrown into the fire to fend for myself on Thursday and it was totally fine! I like it. And I'm telling you, the time flies when I'm in that back room ripping boxes open and frantically entering stock into the computer. I get there...clock in...put on my handy-dandy purple apron and next thing I know it is 5 minutes past the time I am supposed to clock out! It's nice. Except that there really isn't enough time to actually receive the entire UPS delivery on a daily basis. Between getting called to the front register to cover for breaks, lunches, bank runs and long lines...it's all I can do to receive 10 boxes per shift.
Anyway...enough about boring stock rooms! What has my life come to?! That is the LAST time you will hear about stock rooms on this blog. Stock rooms are not pretty...self-sustaining...eco-friendly...oh if you only knew the bubble wrap, plastic, cardboard and wasteful packaging I throw away on a daily basis...it actually makes me feel a slight bit nauseated. It goes against my recycling nature. Completely. But...it's how they do it and I've been told to "let it go" and "get over it". So...I will. For now. Until I get settled in and can maybe figure out some way to lessen that waste. I don't know how exactly...but...I'll figure out some small way to make it better.

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One day at a time...right? When I think about everything I've got on my plate...and that every evening this week has something going on...I get so anxious I can hardly breathe. So, what I have to do is focus on the issue at hand. And right now, at this moment, it is getting ready for work. I can't think about school tomorrow night and the chapter that needs to be read in preparation for my quiz. I can't think about Seth's band concert Wednesday night and bible study Thursday night and Seth's traveling game Thursday after school and Ian's practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Or the fact that Chris and I are double-booked tonight and Thursday night. I can only think about this morning. And getting ready to go to work today.
One day at a time. One obligation at a time. Focus on what's in front of me and do that as best I can. Then...move on to the next thing...do it as best I can and move on. Before I know it I will have made it to the end of my day, having done all that I needed to do, without freaking out or hyperventilating.
What I need to remember is that this situation is temporary. Going back to college is not a lifelong thing (trust me...contrary to my school history...I'm getting it DONE this time!). It is a year and a half out of my life. Once I have my bachelor's degree in my hot little hand I will get a job (hopefully) and then I will only have one thing to focus on. I won't have to focus on work and school. I will just focus on work.
I will still be running around with the boys...but really, that is temporary, too. before I know it they will be grown and gone. And I will long for the days that we ran to meetings and games and concerts and youth groups.
Yes. This is a busy time. But it can be done as long as I keep my head straight and keep things in perspective. And with God's help, I can do that.

Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

9 comments:

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

This is the lovliest, softest mosaic I've ever seen., that stack of pink books!!!!!!!
That deserted circus tent, the whole thing has a feeling of peace.
xx
julie

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

When my husband and I were both in grad school, we often had two jobs each, on top of school, a LONG commute, church, and life! And I must say, I didn't realize you had only 1 1 /2 years left. I thought it was longer. You can do this girl!!

Just an FYI, I believe I saw on a tv show one time about companies that will pickup your left over bags and carboard, etc. from businesses to recycle. Or they provided a receptacle which you later dropped off at their location. If your boss does this, he can use it as advertising that he is "green". People will love it and YOU should get a RAISE for increasing his profits!

Mari said...

You go girl!! We all need God's help to get us through our busy lives.

Baby Mama said...

love your mosaic..and to me, your job sounds like fun!!! i would love to work in any place that i was surrounded by books! :-) enjoy your day, let the busyiness energize you, and be proud of everything you are/can accomplish. you are awesome!!!

Nancy said...

Inhale....Exhale....Slowly...Repeat

Like Babymama, I think a job surrounded by books would be fun. Even in a stock room.

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Gorgeous collage....so much beauty.

ain't for city gals said...

I wish I lived closer to you...I would love to take all that packaging off your hands...I sell on e-bay and always looking to re-cycle packaging. To work in a book store would be my dream job...you are right....take it one day at a time...don't sweat the small stuff

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

Hi ya! I'm thinking of you today...

underthebigbluesky said...

michelle,

i have no idea how you do it!!

i think my head would explode if i had your schedule, but i love that you smile and keep going.

a definite example to follow!

-jen.