Every weekend, I plan big(ger than possible) projects to do while Pat gets reacquainted with Madison. So far, I have yet to actually complete what I set out to do over a weekend. Part of the problem is that there are too many steps to my projects. I usually have to prep the area, go get supplies, then come back to actually start the project. Once you factor in feeding Madison every two to three hours (since Pat still can't lactate), making lunch, trying to exercise (usually my only chance all week), and taking Madi long enough for Pat to do his schoolwork, I typically get to about the supply stage and call it a day.
I decided Friday to try to plan ahead so I could actually complete a project. After all, as Confucius (via the Amazing Race) said, "Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure." Or something like that. In the name of "previous preparation", Madi and I decided to go get project supplies Friday to eliminate a step and ensure success.
First, we went to a thrift shop run by some local churches.
I do need to thank my anonymous angel at this point; as I was walking away from the stroller/car seat, she stopped me and asked if I had told anyone I would be leaving the stroller there. I asked if that was necessary, and she said, "only if you don't want it to be sold"!!! Wow. I never considered that. After politely asking the cashier not to sell my travel system, Madi and I scoured the place for anything decent. I was hoping for some matching lamp bases, but at places like this, what you hope to find is almost guaranteed to be MIA. Sadly, such was the case on Friday.
After spending some time showing Madison the "pretty" sparkly dresses/pant suits, we headed to the back of the store, hoping to find decor or even baskets for storage. All we came up with was three frames for the hallway.
The extra twenty-five minutes put Madison well beyond her typical nap time. Thankfully, her tears turned to baby snores once I got the car going. In all, I'd say we had a successful day. I still didn't finish all I had planned for the weekend, but that's a story for another day.
Do you have a hard time completing your projects? What changes have you made that helped? Have you ever made your baby squint into the sun for a photo op? Do you avoid making eye contact with strangers in the grocery store?