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Keeping track of it all

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

My biggest mommy challenge of late has been just keeping track of it all. There is just so much involved in the management of 5 people, 12 baseball players, one dog, one cat, one turtle, and seven chickens. Then, there's that full-time job I have as web editor. And the rental house. And the bills. And our house. And the garden. And the cars .... And the laundry — Oh God I Suck At Laundry! Every once in awhile the ginormity of it all creeps up on me and feel faint and overwhelmed. I think that there is now way that I am ever going to keep all of these plates spinning. And yet, somehow, I do.

Here's how I do it. A) When I'm not web editor, I never sit down. People always give me that smile, like I'm exaggerating, but I mean it quite literally. B) I'm a list person. I make two lists on two pieces of paper everyday. One is work related. The other is personal. I work, then on lunch or break, I do something on the personal list, and visa versa all through the day. C) When I hit the door at home, I cook and clean. There's dinner, then dishes, then laundry — Oh God I Suck At Laundry because I always leave it until last and I'm soooo tired that I'll fold it tomorrow — and then, I stare at my calendar for awhile making triple sure I know where we need to be the next day for all the sports stuff, and basically start plan the next day's plan of attack.

I'm sure there are better ways to manage all of it. There are phones and apps and special notebooks and what-have-you. But, what I'm curious about — Is every mom like this or am I just taking the mom thing way too seriously?



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