Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Settling In For the Winter

WHY does it take me over a week to put away the Christmas decorations when it only takes 3 days to put them up? Last weekend we finally got all 10 boxes of decorations returned to the garage attic. Our house seems bigger, and a bit desolate now. It's time to settle down and accomplish some goals again.

Goal #1-get Z's sleep patterns straightened out...again! It only takes ONE sleepless night for Z to get his days and nights turned around. Unfortunately, it takes 2 WEEKS to get him straightened out again! Saturday morning I will get him up and keep him occupied all day, so he doesn't give in to the temptation of napping. He'll be irritable and cranky, but we must get back on schedule!

Goal #2-totally empty Z's room and reorganize everything. Then L and I need to resume our duties as room wardens. The cluttered state of his room clutters Z's mind. His frustration prevents him from learning efficiently. Then he sinks into the hopelessness of ever accomplishing anything. This needs fixing....NOW!

Goal #3-fill our daily vitamin containers and resume taking our vitamins and herbal supplements. I KNOW that the listlessness and aches and pains, that are running rampant in this household, are a direct result of not taking our supplements for the last few months.

Goal #4-tackle the 2 overflowing baskets of mending in our laundry room. Once this odious chore is completed, maybe I'll feel like tackling the new living room drapes that need altering?

Goal #5-learn how to edit and post some home videos to my blog and organize our digital photos into chronological order. I've been ignoring some, supposedly, fantastic photo software that we bought 2 years ago. It's time to get brave and adventurous and tackle this software monster. I CAN learn this! I will PREVAIL!

Goal #6-burn more of my vinyl LPs to CD. L got me an MP3 player for Christmas and I NEED to synch some of my old tunes on it!

Goal #7-continue to enjoy the pleasure of my husband's company. We're learning to take time to re-discover each other and we're LOVING every minute of it!


At 1/16/2008 5:41 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

We have so much stuff crammed into our house, it's a relief to get rid of the Christmas decorations.

I think clutter clutters up my brain too.

There is no way on earth I will ever tackle old photos OR vinyl records.

I think I might be afraid to rediscover my husband. I'm pretty sure he never did know who I was.

At 1/16/2008 5:50 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jeannie, L USED to know me better than I knew myself. Then we were suddenly like 2 strangers sharing a house. Either he forgot who I am, or I changed a lot.

At 1/16/2008 6:56 PM, Blogger Sonja said...

All those sound good - big, but attainable.
I looked around my house in complete terror after I'd taken down all the decorations in one whirlwind afternoon. It felt sterile! (Not to worry, I've now cluttered it back up with some of our "regular" stuff that I'd hidden in a drawer before Christmas. Phew! All better.)

At 1/16/2008 7:01 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sonja, sterile, that's the perfect word for my post-Christmas trauma!

At 1/16/2008 10:56 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Wow, Z and I have so many of the same, er, "issues." The sleeping problem, for me, has been the worst for the past few months. Like Z, all it takes is one bad night, and I can't sleep at night (and poorly during the day) for weeks on end. Also the same with clutter. It's not a neat freak thing, but if things are out of place and cluttered and messy, I just can't think and get that same sense of hopelessness.

It's good that you and L are getting to know each other. It sounds difficult, but that's what makes things worth it.

At 1/17/2008 12:54 AM, Blogger SME said...

That's quite the list, but I know you guys have done more in no time. I should be learning to convert our vids, too, but it IS intimidating!

At 1/17/2008 11:42 AM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

Good luck on those goals. A list that long would take me a year to complete.

At 1/17/2008 5:02 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Courtney, it must be that damned CDO!

SME, I haven't even looked at the software, so I don't know if it's intimidating or not. :(

ZF, you'll probably see me posting the same winter goals next year too. Something always derails my plans. :(

At 1/17/2008 7:59 PM, Blogger VV said...

Okay, I'm exhausted after reading that. Don't tell Z, but I'm going to go take a nap.

At 1/17/2008 9:41 PM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

You know our livingroom is something like 18x20 or something like that and I have this empty feeling everytime I put the tree away these past two Christmas's. I dont know what it is. The livingroom feels empty with out it in here. Congrats on finding eachother again. Most important part of being married..LOL..

At 1/17/2008 10:37 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

WONDERFUL goals. If you don't achieve them like you want to don't give up - I'm having my ups and downs but have my "jaw set like flint."

I hear what you are saying about the organizing - I try to help our boy out - eliminating clutter. We found some supplement that is helping him a lot called "INTRAKID" made by Drucker Labs. I think it helps him focus better. Also he has stayed so much healthier than usual.

At 1/18/2008 2:01 PM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

You have an award awaiting you over at my blog when you get a moment.

At 1/18/2008 3:20 PM, Blogger Mike S said...

I also can identify with Z's sleep problems, although in my case it's not a real problem any longer being retired and all. I do have to adjust for making meetings and appointments though. I still dislike the disoriented feeling too. It seems like just one long day run together when it happens.

On 'rediscovering', my current(2nd & last as well)wife and I literally rediscovered each other 35 years after last being around each other. She was my Sister's best friend and a bit younger than I. We just celebrated our 14th anniversary and our 15th year living together. The one important thing I've learned over the decades is an old Ham Radio instruction that works well in daily life, especially marriage. "It's impossable to 'recieve' when you're 'transmitting'!" Listening is the key to almost everything:)

At 1/18/2008 4:08 PM, Blogger Blue said...

Good heavens Tshsmom, that's one big list of 'to dos'! It wears me out just thinking about all that stuff.

At 1/18/2008 4:57 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, who are you kidding? I'll bet your to-do list is twice as long as mine! ;)

Tweets, I think we miss the magic. ;)

Gardenia, I don't give up; I just extend my deadlines. ;)
Essential oils have helped Z quite a bit.

Mike, L has problems with the "transmitting" part. We weren't "receiving" or "transmitting"...good thing we got our radio fixed! ;)

Blue, this is the short list. Wait until you see the summer list!

At 1/18/2008 8:38 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

Noble goals all.

Especially happy to read Goal #7.

Good luck - and take your vitamins! (Just a friendly reminder....oh, and I'll go take mine now, too.)

At 1/19/2008 8:46 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks Cherie!
I probably should have made #7, #1 on my list. If #7 ain't workin', everything comes to a standstill.

At 1/19/2008 9:30 AM, Blogger VV said...

My "to do" list _is_ twice as long, but it's not getting done anytime soon. Two more mega cases to get behind me, then maybe there'll be a breather.

At 1/19/2008 10:36 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

I'm so happy to hear that you and L are having good times together. You have a lot of goals. Good luck with them. :-)

Hee hee, my word ver is donemow. Mowing is one chore you don't have to do right now. Or maybe it means you've done mo'.

At 1/19/2008 1:14 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, now how did I already know this? ;)
Take some time to enjoy that SUV and camcorder...and each other!

Squirl, I don't know which is worse, mowing and trimming, or blowing and shoveling. :(

At 1/20/2008 10:36 AM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Wonderful goals. Mrs. Z and I have been spending a lot of time together recently. We've decided to do that after becoming distant, because sometimes in life you forget what's really important.

Can't help you with Z. We're still trying to get him to bring home a report card that doesn't turn our stomachs. Once we figure that out, then our advice would be worth something.

At 1/20/2008 10:52 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ZS, that was our problem too, we'd become distant. It's far too easy to fall into that trap. We grow so comfortable with each other that we start taking each other for granted.

Motivating kids is a real challenge. I'm sure that you two will find something that "clicks" with Jr.


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