Friday, December 16, 2005

The Mad Dash Mama Game!

This was my second day of madly sprinting to get all things holiday-related done, or started, or at least planned, for chrissakes. Wanna hear something totally lame? I was thinking there were two more weeks til Christmas, y'all. YIKES!

Baby Bean slept through the night for the first time ever! I think it's her new, reduced nursing schedule that's doing something to her biorhythms. Or something like that. I only got 6-1/2 hours of sleep last night because I was, um...accosted by my Husband at 11:30 p.m. But they were 6-1/2 hours of SOLID sleep so I feel great. This morning I hit the ground running. Here's what I did:

  1. Walked Sister to school and made it there ON TIME! (Score 5 points.)
  2. Returned home and got Bean off to her first nap struggle-free. (Score 5 points.)
  3. While Bean napped, I made a batch of macadamia nut brittle and wrote out the list of which of our friends are getting what baked goods when. (Score 10 points, baby.)
  4. Avoided blogging, email, or web surfing. Made beds, swept up fern leaf litter that Bean keeps stripping off the stems. Picked up scattered toys all over the house. Put a load of laundry in the machine. (Score 10 points!)
  5. Assembled 2 large platters of home-made cookies and candies demonstrating my and all other parents' appreciation of 100 teachers and staff at Sister's school. Wrapped them in plastic wrap and put them in the car so that I wouldn't have to struggle with it once Bean woke up. (Score 8 bajillion points.)
  6. Woke Bean up and kept her from being upset by singing cheerfully and making funny faces at her while getting her into a clean diaper, coat, and cute bunny hat. (10 more points.)
  7. Drove cookies to the school and lugged them in while carrying Bean because actually I was 15 minutes late and would be even later if I set up the stroller and strapped her into it, all so I wouldn't have to make 2 trips up that long ass sidewalk. (Lose 10 points.)
  8. Exchanged important documents with local Brownie Cookie Sale Coordinator Lady who works on campus. Only drove around a little while before finding the damn parking lot she was talking about. (Score 5 but lose 10.)
  9. Went to the mall and found all the presents I was looking for! Picked up birth control prescription and remembered some hair product! (Score 20.)
  10. Went to the ABC store to buy some fancy Scotch for Husband, but there was a sign that said "cash only, card machine broken." Shit. Who the hell carries cash anymore? (Lose 50 points.)
  11. Went to a Persian cafe for lunch because I forgot to eat breakfast and was starving, and Bean was growing impatient with the car seat. Lunch was tasty, but overpriced. The owner wasn't terribly comfortable with me nursing Bean in his nearly empty cafe, but he came around when Bean afterwards happily ate the Persian equivalent of tzatziki and curried rice and vegetables. (Score 10 but lose 20 for a $10 lunch.)
  12. Went to Target to pick up pictures for Husband's father plus a photo album to put them in. Stopped the clerk from overcharging me--a coupon was supposed to be applied, dammit. Also replenished ingredients needed for baking. And for once, avoided spending $100! (Score whopping big points for that!)
  13. Retrieved platters from Sister's school where someone had kindly washed them for me. Noted that the teachers had hoovered down nearly everything I made for them! And several of them stopped me in the hall to thank me gratefully. Plus, I picked Sister up on time and chatted with the teacher about the diorama viewing happening on Monday. (Score 1,000 points!)
  14. I rock! Except that I'm blogging again and ignoring Sister who wants to show me her drawings of superhero imaginary friends and all their magical powers. Better go quick before I lose some points here...


Piece of Work said...

Good for you. I swear, I had all my christmas shopping done by Dec 6th, and still every day is like yours. So busy busy busy! Kind of fun, though--isn't it?
I wish I lived closer so you could bake ME something!

Erin said...

Dang girl! You're doing great! I thought I had it together today, but even though I have worked my butt off, here I am blogging. Oh well! Have a great weekend!

Nancy said...

I'm very impressed. Did you figure out your final point total for the day? (I'm guessing you ended up in the positive gazillions.)

I am not sure if I ended up plus or minus for the day -- the homemade cheesecake I brought to work was a big hit, but the prepackaged cheese and crackers I had to bring to the day care party were not as popular (in my defense, we are now forbidden from bringing homemade goodies -- not much fun!)

The Daring One said...

You so totally rock. I thought I had WAY more time too. I'm pretty much the Christmas equivalent of dead-meat. Ah well. It will be a great holiday regardless.

Mommygoth said...

Okay, SugarMama - I'm driving over there now to slap the shit out of you. That's far too many points to accumulate. I am squandering Miss K's morning nap on the computer, myself.

notyourtypicalsouthernbelle said...

My tree isn't even up yet! But I am going to get that done, hopefully tonight!

pie maker said...

i seem to recall you said in a previous post that you bustle. . . and here's the proof! good grief, i don't know how you do it with Bean in tow - I'm very impressed!

cubmommy said...

That is impressive. I just started Christmas shopping. I have so much I need to do this week.

RGLHM said...

Excellent job. What a great feeling. I have opted to feel like a bum this year and do nothing. Though as a former teacher and eater of treats, would have loved and appreciated the treats you brought to school.

And that darn blogging thing...always should be doing something else...never seems to be enough time to do it all.