Oops my Neurosis is showing...

So I thought I would share some of my "tricks" (aka neurosis?) for getting things done. Although, I assume that everyone does this and that I am not a freak for doing them...if I am well..at least I am happy right? And if you are one too...well then keep a freak company!

Actually there is really only one "trick". I hardly ever do something without doing something else. In fact, I make a game of it. It goes like this...I start the toaster oven--now how many things can I get done before my toast is done...wipe down counters, sweep floor, load dishwasher, wipe down fridge...toast is done. Or I am uploading photos--how many of my blogs can I read while I am waiting or how many emails/convos can I reply to? I do this game while I wait for anything. I will even wipe down the inside of my car/file a nail/clean out a pocket, etc--while waiting at a red light, or in line somewhere. In my pre-dvr days I did this with commercials too--could I finish vacuuming before Dr. Phil came back on? I also work on something while watching TV in the evening...in fact I find it very hard to just sit there and watch...

All those little things add up...so do all those spare moments...what else am I supposed to do? Wait for the light to turn/microwave to countdown/toast to be done? There are 24 usable hours every single day and I don't like for them to go to waste.

and then there is this...

I am going upstairs/to the kitchen/to the bathroom/to Moses room---what needs to go there? I hate to make a special trip for one thing.
Here is my happy assistant and my bright idea of the day. Who knew that a little dry rice and a pan would entertain a toddler for 30-40 minutes while mommy sits nearby sewing?
And yes, I know that it is May but this is one of those ideas that was stuck in my head just begging to get OUT! I won't be making many of them and I can't promise that I will make them come Christmas time so get them while you can...and don't forget where you hid them when it is time to put them out!
Speaking of neurosis, I worked on this pillow for Mrs. H last night while watching American Idol, whose results I am not pleased with. It is still a work in progress. :)

And lastly, say a little prayer for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family today...his youngest daughter was hit in their driveway by an SUV driven by their son! Sadly she has gone to be with Jesus. We are going to start a family rule...no pulling out unless you KNOW where all the kiddos are!
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8 comments:

April said...

first...thoughts and prayer to the Chapman family...my heart sunk when I read that earlier today.

Second...I thought I was crazy....did you read my laundry post from last night....baby you might have me beat

hugz

Holly said...

I'm a freak right there with ya, sister. Just in different ways. Oh man, I'm missing little opportunities to "turbo." Thanks for the insight. I absolutely multi-task, but know there are little moments that I don't take advantage of. Oh...the things I'll accomplish now. =-)

The pillow is coming along so nicely, sweet friend. Thank you very much. Take your time...'member. =-)

Bethany said...

You are too funny...I am obviously not nearly as productive! I just stand there while we wait on our waffles in the morning and I don't seem to struggle one bit with just sitting and watching TV! THAT is my biggest problem!! Well, that and the computer of course!!

Love the rice shots...we have done that here before and the kids LOVE it! Craziest thing, isn't it?!!

The pillow is WAY too cute!! I might need some of those for gifts!!

Sara Mincy said...

I like the idea of the dry rice! Maybe it would work with my over active 2 year old :)

Anonymous said...

you seem to always be on the go!  Is your primary personality type driver aka choleric, do you know?  I just wanted to come by and give you this link:http://melodyross.typepad.com/my_weblog/ this link is for Melody's blog, who is the owner of:http://www.chatterboxinc.com/home/DefaultHomePageI've been reading her blog for a while and thought she worked for chatterbox - I didn't realize she OWNED it until her post yesterday.  ANYWAY - the reason I'm giving it to you is because, this post, that was about her new line artsy.licious is really cool and she's giving away a bunch of free stuff and it's now on sale and I thought it was some cool stuff: http://melodyross.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/05/with-a-huge-smi.htmlthis all reminded me of your blog and shop for some reason.It may not be your style at all and you may hate it or maybe you'll love it, I don't know - but I figured I'd come by and give you the links since it reminded me of your blog.Have a blessed day! :) and take some time to rest :)

Simply Me... said...

I feel so badly about the family who lost there little girl. I've been praying for the family.But how wonderful that we know we will see her again! what a comfort...
Have a great week-end

Lanny :)

Julie said...

Multi-tasking is your superhero power. I have figured it out!

Amy Bell said...

oh, i am still just so heartbroken over the news of the Chapman family...so so sad...i can't imagine the grief..still praying today.

the rice box is great...i have one for the boys with rice/beans...L was really good with it and Z, well, i cleaned a lot when he played with it. :)

you are one talented sister...look at those towels! wonderful...

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