enormous changes at the last minute

I’ve been a bad little blogger. Not that I haven’t been thinking about it. This post has been rattling around in my brain for weeks. It started in late August when I knew the family was in for some schedule changes when Oliver started at his new school. I started trying to modify my sleep schedule, and the universe proceeded to laugh its ass off at my expense. We have yet to miss the 7:25 am bus but it has not been easy or painless. I am not getting to bed early enough and the kids and dogs regularly conspire to interrupt my sleep. This part of the change is not working well but I know that when I do get to bed by 10:30 I feel great. Scary great. I need to do this more.

My work schedule also changed to accommodate picking him up at either 4 or 4:30 pm. I love the extra quiet time in the morning. I typically eat some banana, shared with Eleanor and the dogs, before leaving the house and then have breakfast at work. My drawers are stocked with food (more on that topic later) so I eat at my desk. On Fridays, when most of my co-workers are off, I’m the first one in the office and it’s utterly silent for nearly an hour. This part of the change is working really well.
Since I am a glutton for punishment, I went back to Weight Watchers a few weeks ago. I’m also participating in Sarah and Devra’s Biggest Loser competition over at Loser Moms. I wish I could say I’ve dropped ten pounds but no, it’s only 4 but I have learned a thing or two about weight loss and my own behavior over the last few years. In a nutshell, perfect isn’t possible and imperfect is inevitable. An off day is no reason to get completely de-railed. I’m accepting my mistakes and forgiving them, as quickly as possible. I no longer think, “Screw it, tomorrow is another day.” Now I think about the next meal or snack and get back on track faster. I wish I could say this is all my doing but my leader is a genius. She gets me. This part of the change is going okay. Lots of work left to do but moving in the right direction.
Now, for proof I have lost my mind entirely, I said, “yes” when asked to be the Room Parent for Oliver’s class. I did not know at the time that I would be responsible for hosting the Parent Social, a parents-only event. At our house. Where my children live. I think we worked that out but it’s going to be interesting. The school has also asked me to be a parent ambassador, fund raiser, and a few other things. Love the school but they are trying really hard to occupy nearly every day of my life. I’m learning to say no. Apparently not fast enough, however, since I also said yes to chairing the Finance committee for the Girl Scout board of directors. Thankfully, the third volunteer-y thing I said, “yes” to didn’t pan out or I would have been well and truly screwed. This part of the change is definitely a work in progress.
Since I’m changing just about everything, say hello to my new blog look, courtesy of NapWarden who worked her magic for me once again. For someone who had never hear of, let alone seen, a Clumber spaniel until the last couple of weeks, I am insanely impressed.

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