Monday, September 22, 2008

stretched too thin

today was not a good day. Nothing terribly horrible happened, but getting up at 5:30 a.m., although a valiant effort to try and get a solid 2 1/2 - 3 hours of work in before the day "officially" began, probably didn't start me off with the best reserves to meet the demands of my life. Additionally, trying to sew a pioneer bonnet for Noodle (for Liberty Girls) when I couldn't understand a fair amount of the sewing instructions (where do they come up with these bizarre terms?) added to my frustration and my general attitude of "Kids, find something else to do besides bother me." Additionally, (perhaps I'll get all the way to "Multiplicatively"...that is what it felt like), David had a job interview today for a job I would be super extremely delighted if he got, so I was a bundle of nerves both before and after. (He said it was a good interview, though nothing stellar, and I haven't wanted to pester him beyond that. We'll know by week's end, though.) Anyways, it was just generally a rough day.

I commented on my teenage niece's blog last night that in high school one thing that helped me out a lot was realizing that sometimes you just have a couple of down days, usually every month, and you feel blue and crappy and there isn't a lot that you can do about it. The best thing to do is to realize, "Hey, this happens every once in a while and it is perfectly normal." The worst thing to do is to stew and beat yourself up and thing life has suddenly taken a nosedive. So, even with all of my own sage advice rolling around in my head, I still am feeling pretty rotten about this lousy day. It's definitely a day where I feel like I've bitten off more than I can chew without making a total mess of myself. I hate days when I'm a crappy mom. They just seem to spiral downward. Thankfully the kids are forgiving and we had a nice evening out with Nana & Pop pop. Still, I really hope tomorrow is better.

7 comments:

Debra said...

I wish I could say something to make you feel better. Your own advice was perfect and I think I'll tuck that away for my two or ten crappy days a month. Are you in a misery-loves-company-mood? If so, I'll tell you I do indeed have these exact same feelings now and again. The "crappy mom" part bothers me the most. We all beat ourselves with that one once in awhile. Better than beating the children, I suppose.
:)

3in3mom said...

hard to have those bad days--though to be honest I'm glad to hear others have em. I admire your efforts to do a bonnet. . . I agree that sewing directions can be quite icky. I haven't tried to sew in awhile.

The advice you gave yourself is very valid--I wish I only had 2 bad days a month. Isn't it lovely that we moms have to deal with that--plus being Mom and wife. It was easy in HS (cause we just had us).

I hope D's job pans out for you guys--that'd be great.

Kirbell said...

You're right, we all have these down days. I always beat myself up when things don't go well and it just makes it all worse. Hope tomorrow is better!

andrea said...

I was feeling exactly like that this weekend. It was super crappy. I feel your pain sister.
good luck with everything job wise!

Lucy, Marc and Katie said...

Mindy and "crappy mom" just don't go together...

mindy said...

Thanks everyone for your kind and encouraging words. Sadly, the rest of the week wasn't much better, but I'm hopeful that I can make this week a good one. Halfway through Monday and things are going well. ::fingers crossed::

Blue said...

it's always hormones for me. i agree just knowing that helps me get through it, when otherwise i just feel irrational, like i'm losing my mind.

i was flying last week and the week before, so i'm getting caught up. any news on the job? here's hopin' for ya!