Saturday, September 29, 2012

Missing the Microwave

Our microwave randomly stopped working this week. I opened the door to put some food in and the power went out along half of the kitchen (the refrigerator stopped humming!). Lost Boy tripped the breaker and I tried again, but the fuse blew again. After several breaker trips/fuse blowings we decided to call maintenance.

Maintenance replaced the outlet, but the microwave still blew the fuse, so they said it must be the microwave. Sigh. It is no big deal to heat food up in the oven, but we realized how much we depend on the microwave clock and timer. We are constantly looking at the microwave, only to realize that there is no clock in the kitchen (or front room) anymore.

I finally had Lost Boy move the microwave out of the kitchen. I think he has some ideas for repairing it. Meanwhile, the kitchen is in transition and things that had a place (on top of the microwave) are now homeless. Sigh.

Friday, September 21, 2012

How do moms do it?

Back in February I decided that I wanted to take my blog to "the next level" this year. Among other things, that meant posting three times a week. But then I stopped writing altogether for the next three months. And all of the post ideas that usually float around in my head dried up. I finally started "writing" in my head again recently and have slowly been getting more ideas. But how do you write with a toddler around?

I hardly ever sit down at the computer to anymore. I'm adjusting to the limited social media, but my 'work' is piling up! Someone at our house is almost always getting screen time, so if 2Flowers isn't watching Elmo on the desktop or playing with a smartphone, then someone else in the house is using the desktop or a smartphone.

I've gotten to the point where I am only willing to work on the computer for more than three minutes if 2Flowers is not awake. But she is awake more often than I am at this point in the pregnancy! I can't stay up later than her. I rarely wake up before her (and when I do there are things like dishes that need to be done). I feel guilty doing screen time while Lost Boy is home because even though 2Flowers is distracted from me, we only see him for a few hours a day and me working on the computer is not quality time.

How do work-at-home-moms get their work done? I'm not a work-at-home-mom, but I'd kind of like to go in that direction. I am in awe of the moms that are able to be productive from home.

From what I've gathered, it is all about having:
  1. discipline (which I don't have),
  2. a place to work (my workstation is in the middle of the living room), and 
  3. routine/consistency (which I cannot get the hang of!)
I remember reading about one mom who wrote a book in five minute increments, because that is all the time she could ever get at one go. I'd rather work for 1-2 hours at a time, but maybe that isn't realistic?