Thursdays at CatholicMom.com begin with a look at the past week’s Small Successes!
This has been one of those weeks when I’m just glad I have a job with a flexible schedule and a husband who doesn’t get too upset when the dust accumulates to the point where you can write your name in it. It’s been one unplanned thing after another.
MONDAY during the day I had to run over to the school and deal with an insulin-pump infusion set gone bad. I spent an hour on the phone when the supplier of insulin-pump equipment called to tell me that effective last week, the infusion sets TheKid uses have been discontinued. That’s probably for the best, as they haven’t worked out super well for him (as evidenced by that earlier run to school), but it caused a scramble. I emailed the diabetes educators at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (where he goes for treatment and classes) for guidance.
TUESDAY I had the whole day ahead of me so I worked like crazy and got a lot done, and it’s a good thing I did, because CHOP offered to squeeze us in on WEDNESDAY for a consultation about new infusion sets.
WEDNESDAY I did the grocery shopping and some laundry and put fresh sheets on my bed, then picked TheKid up at school to head to the NJ branch of CHOP (not his favorite location due to lack of a Food Court, but beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to last-minute appointments). He tried on a new set, likes it so far, and we were on our way.
While we were out and in the area (40 minutes from home) I returned two defective backpacks to the LL Bean store. I’d already replaced my daughter’s, and TheKid was using his backpack, broken zipper and all. He emptied it out in the car on the way to the store. I’m glad I got those packs at LL Bean, because they were super about taking the return of one pack that had a hole in it after 3 weeks and one with a bad zipper (both packs were new this fall). TheKid walked out of there with a replacement pack and I got a refund on the other one.
I had all kinds of plans for what will get done TODAY, but then my daughter texted me rather late last night to ask if I’d go through the 2 suitcases and 2 Rubbermaid bins she’d brought home yesterday from college to see if she’d left her wallet in with her stuff. Answer: yes.
So this morning after rush hour I’ll be heading over there to drop off her forgotten wallet. And then I have Adoration, and then a council meeting for Secular Franciscans. I should get busy putting together the agenda, come to think of it.
In light of all this, I think a slow-cooker dinner is in order for tonight. (It looks like this, but without the potatoes. I’ll serve it over rice.)
After that, when I get a few minutes, I’m going to unsubscribe from all the time-management newsletters I get in my email. Those “experts” have nice ideas, but I’m convinced they don’t have children with medical issues that can change at the drop of a hat. My productivity is directly related to a lack of kid-related errands and phone calls.
And you know what? That’s OK. That’s the season of life I’m in. I’m glad that I’m free (enough) this morning to run that wallet to my daughter. I’m glad I can zip over to school to deal with an unanticipated pump-site change. Do I wish I didn’t have to do either of those things? In some ways. But my time management right now involves doing as much work as I can when I know I have time to do it, because I never know if that window of work time I’ve planned for later in the week is going to be open.
So today my Small Successes is brought to you by my slow cooker, the free cup of coffee from Wawa that’s going to help fuel my trip to Philly with a forgotten wallet, and Adoration.
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8 thoughts on “Small Success: What Schedule?”
Time is only managed to the extent we have flexibility. You spent your time as you should, on those that matter.
It seems that everyone is about time management this week! Hope your trip is smooth and safe!
Already back 🙂 Not so smooth–I got stuck behind an accident on a highway (in an iffy neighborhood) and working around that was terrifying. The rest of the day will be smooth sailing compared to that!
Well, I’m grateful you’re safe now! Hope things work out for The Kid’s pump, too!!
Barb, God bless your heart. My friend Vicky is a Type1 Diabetic and she now works in Diabetic Research in Denver. Ups and downs. You are always in my prayers, though I probably don’t say it enough.
Thank you for your comment on my post. My balancing act is nothing in comparison to yours, I’m sure. My child is fairly healthy, his mind just works in ways I don’t understand. I have to learn to manage MY reaction and feelings about it. Sigh.
I just bought my husband a backpack. It’s slim and has so much storage. http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/tls-professional-weekender/272275?productid=10299286
He loves it. LOVES! Its not cheap, but none are.
Thanks, Emily! We balance different things. But we are still balancing and in both our cases, what our children face is something that’s ALL THE TIME.
That is a nice bag! I’m sure my kid would destroy something like that but if Hubs ever needs a new bag for work, that’s the kind of thing I’d go looking for.
Good luck with the new pump set.
So far so good. 52 hours and still going. You’re supposed to get 48 to 72 hours from a set. He’d been only getting 28 so this is WAY better!