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Frantic

I’m a little frantic this morning trying to get caught up on work, lots of stuff piled up, Tia leaving, kids had to get to school, etc. I need to run as well, which I was hoping to do early, but I might need to leave until before karate.

I have a ton of articles to edit, which isn’t my favorite thing to do. A number piled up before my trip to the UK, and I didn’t dent the load that much in the week between that trip and vacation. I’m not looking forward to going through them, and that will take me 30-60 minutes just to sort out.

Adding in another log to the fire is that the kids are off on Fri and Mon. We’re thinking of going skiing in Aspen, but that means mucho work for me this week and Tia’s going to be gone until Wed. Not something that makes me really productive. It’s quiet, but too quiet and I struggle to get things done efficiently.

On a final note, my neighbors are out of town, so I get to take care of tonight:

  • 6 horses (my house)
  • 3 dogs (my own, but easy to free feed)
  • 2 dogs (neighbors, let out, let back in tonight)
  • 1 dog (locked in because he wanders. Makes me sad to see him in there)
  • 2 cats at my neighbors house
  • 3 cats in their barn
  • 2 horses in one pasture
  • 2 cows in another
  • 2 kids of my own to feed. Fortunately the 3rd takes care of himself.

Comments

Posted by nwlibrarian on 9 February 2009

When I read your "Frantic" post I remembered this story I heard once: A professor stood in front of his class with an empty glass jar. He filled the jar with some pebbles so that they came to the top of the jar. He then asked the class if he could fit anything more into the jar. They said no. So then he proceeded to take out a container of BB's and poured them into the jar. The BB's were small enough that they filled the open spaces around the pebbles. He then asked the students if he could fit anything more into the jar. They said no. So he took out a container of sand and poured the sand into the jar. The sand slipped between the BB's and pebbles until it came to the top. Then he asked his students if the jar was full. "Absolutely," they said. "there is no way you can fit anything else." With that he took out a can of beer, opened it, and poured it into the jar. The liquid slipped between the grains of sand, pebbles, and BB's. Then he told the class, "No matter how full you think something is, whether it be your job, your family, or a jar, there's always room for a beer."

Posted by Steve Jones on 10 February 2009

And I need a beer!!!

Actually, my Mom sent that story to me as well. There's always time for most things and I try to remember that. Try to balance things out. Some days I succeed better than others.

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