Sunday, June 15, 2008

But When Do You Find The Time?!

In which I reveal myself to be a seriously sub-par wife, mother, and triathlete.

"You have a blog?! But when do you find the time?"

This is a question I get a lot lately. Usually, it's in response to the Remedial Lit Summer Project, or to having a blog at all.

"I could never do it," they say. "I just don't have the time."

I like to answer, "Well, I am smarter and more efficient than you." But that is a lie. In truth, I find the time by neglecting things that other, more responsible people do.

Rather than confess outright, I thought I'd give you a little game to play. I present:

Just How Lame Is Jacqui? A Matching Game

Can you match the items on the "to do" list (1-10) below with the "when was the last time Jacqui did it" list (a-j)? All of the "to do" items are ones someone I know did this week; all of the time frames are, sadly, 100% accurate.

1. ironed
2. cleaned the shower
3. exercised (not counting wrestling toddler into car seat)
4. bought/made presents for kids' teachers for end of school year
5. wrote a single word on non-fiction project that's now two years old
6. trimmed either child's finger or toenails
7. read a newspaper (not counting Yahoo headlines)
8. bought/made gift or even called my father for Father's Day*
9. weeded my garden
10. paid bills/balanced the checkbook

a. never
b. summer of '06, and only then because I was quilting
c. frankly, I honestly can't remember
d. two weeks ago, before I hurt my back
e. cannot locate garden under thickets of weeds
f. fall of '06
g. Sunday, May 18, 2008
h. I don't know but yesterday Tinkerbell's friend suggested that if they got any longer, they'd curl under
i. It is possible these brown-outs are not due to thunderstorms
j. oh crap! Is that today? I have to go.

* I did procure my husband a present -- a signed copy of my friend Salman's latest book. "Where did you get it signed?" husband asked. During the interview, of course.**

** Or at the bookstore.


C.R. Evers said...

If you ask me, your answers indicate that you have your priorities in order! :0)

My motto: My house is clean enough to be healthy but messy enough to be happy!

there's lots of truth to that. When I try to do everything "perfect" I just end up all cranky and I'm no fun at all. ;0P


Brenda said...

Hi Jacqui...

I have decided that I don't want to do my dishes, so I'm going to try playing your Match Game...grin...


Okay...this is my final answer...oh wait...that's another game...grin...

Brenda said...

Sorry...I forgot that I'm Lilfix from the blueboards...

Jacqui said...

Christy, what I say is, "It's untidy and disorganized, but not unclean."

brenda/Lilfix: how do you know me so well already? :) You are almost perfect, but I have, in fact, ironed before...

Gosh. Nobody send the link to this blog to my mom, okay?