It Didn’t Happen

Nemo came and went, leaving us with an awful lot of snow.

Toddler in Snow After Nemo

I have to admit, I was looking forward to the storm. Forced downtime? Yes! Extra family time? Yes! My husband having a whole day and a half off? Yes!

Of course instead of just going with the flow, I started forming a mental to-do list including the obvious blizzard/fun things like extra snuggle time with my guys, chatting over drinks with my husband, making pizza on Friday night and playing in the snow. I wanted to do a kettlebell workout on Saturday and get some things done around the house, finish our taxes, and do a little work and blogging.

Sounds like a lot for just one and a half days, right? The problem is, this is how I operate. I always want to get a million things done and then I get discouraged when my to-do list isn’t complete.

There’s no way I would have gotten through that entire list no matter what, but I actually ended up getting really sick a few hours into the storm. Like, couldn’t function I was so sick. Needless to say, very few of these items got done, even the fun ones like snuggling with my guys and pizza making.

Instead of dwelling on how awful it was being sick or how nothing on my list got accomplished, I’m keeping everything in perspective. I’m thankful that I don’t get sick often. I’m thankful that my husband was home to help take care of CJ Friday night when I was really sick. I’m thankful that we didn’t lose power at all and had plenty of heat, hot water and entertainment. I’m thankful that CJ was a good boy on Sunday when my husband had to go back to work and I still felt run down.

Dad and Toddler Kissing

I wanted to have the best time ever with my family during the blizzard and it didn’t happen. I wanted to plow through a huge to-do list during the blizzard and it didn’t happen. You know what though? It’s all going to be just fine. :)

Do you have a hard time when you are forced to change plans or can’t be productive?

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4 Responses

  • jobo says:

    I think you and Jess have the same need to do too much disease-itis ;-) Even I, while type A as well, can settle back and not DO much, but she is the queen of shoving too much into a free day, and you are right there too hehe. BUT the key is, you know this and tried to not do to much, with some success and I am proud of you for that! After all, there is nothing wrong with being too productive in my book :)
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  • Jess says:

    Yup, clearly we share the same GO GO GO disease. Unable to ease up, unable to ignore the mental to-do lists piling up, unable to just BE. BUT this weekend proved to me that I CAN do that…as in ‘do’ less, just be, go with the flow and STOP ticking things off my to do list. And guess what? The world won’t end. Sure, I had moments when I had to push down the desire to do do do, but I listened, I exhaled, I embraced it as best as I could. And even though I know it’ll continue to be something I battle, this weekend proved that its doable…and I’m glad you got that chance too. I just wish it didn’t mean being sick for the whole thing. ugh!
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  • I can’t begin to tell you how guilty I feel about living in the South. I used to live in Syracuse, NY but I fled to South Carolina simply because of the cold. It’s hard to imagine what you’re going through when I’m sitting outside in a tee shirt!
    ❤ Julie Maloney ❤ (@Momspective) recently posted..Random Tuesday Thoughts – Coffee and Laxatives

  • To do lists, sorry of my life! I can so relate to this!!!
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