I hope that everyone had a calm and enjoyable long weekend. We decided to a little staycation which I will detail in a future post. It was actually just what we needed. We had planned to travel to Philadelphia, but I am so glad we decided to postpone that.
I have about a million things to do today. Monday is always my busy day as I try to get the house back under control and run errands since the kids are back at school. Obviously, since we had a long weekend, today is my Monday.
I actually have significantly less time than usual this week. It’s a short week to begin with, I’ve volunteered to help with a school event tomorrow, and I am leaving on Thursday to go out of town for a funeral. I should really be knuckling down and getting things done. I have my usual list of tasks to accomplish and an additional list. We are moving in exactly 2 months and while we are in temporary housing, making my list shorter than usual when we PCS, I do have a list of things that must get done in the next few weeks.
I am one of those people who feels better when I look better. I know that is somewhat superficial, but I’m being real here. I am that mom who gets up and does hair and make-up every morning. I rarely leave the house in yoga pants. Like, I am really having an off day if that happens. And look out when it does. When I look put together, I feel a little more put together inside my head.
Today, I’ve decided to take a self-care day instead of maniacally trying to get it all done. As I get older I have gotten better about taking time for myself, but PCS time is generally when I forget about myself altogether. There are things to be done, lots of things. The organizing and the packing are extremely time consuming. There are a million “thank you’s” and “goodbyes”. The kids need extra attention as they wrestle with leaving friends behind again and the anxiety of what will come in the next place. My husband tries really hard to help out when he can, but he is the one working so he is only available sporadically. I decided that it was time to take a moment to myself before the crazy begins for real.
So today, I browsed the swim suit section of Target and grabbed a coffee at Starbucks. I got a pedicure and a haircut (in the same day – unheard of!). I went to Barnes & Noble and bought a new book to read on the train this weekend. I took the dog for a long walk and now I am sitting on my back porch enjoying the breeze. I’d like to be sitting by the pool but unfortunately, it’s not particularly sunny today.
Of course, I still have some things to take care of today, you know, like the kids. But, if you need me, I will be here on the porch with my book and my Tervis.