Sometimes people look at me with wonder (or maybe it’s the “ARE YOU CRAZY” look or “WHY?”) when I say I work full-time, have five kids and wrote a book.Really the secret to getting it all done is not work life balance, a housekeeper or tons of money…it’s technology.
I learned years ago, that the virtuous women of the Bible did a whole lot more than I do, but they usually had a slew of servants or lived in communities where women help women.Well I’ve learned that I really don’t live in such a society, so technology is my helper.My washing machine and dryer probably replace 2-3 Biblical servants, my groceries delivered on Tuesday substitute for a personal chef and my computers and brand spanking new iPhone replace a ton of people.I never ever thought I would be this high tech, but in order to get done what I need to do, I have to be more efficient.
Although I love edible apples, I am not a Mac fan, but I am going to give this iPhone a try.So far it has replaced the following items in my purse: my paper day-timer, mp3 player, camera and broadband card.Now I have everything I need to fill in those numerous hours I spend at the fieldhouse waiting for track and gymnastic practices to end.
My Verizon broadband card and new HP laptop computer has made me more productive because I no longer have to share a desktop at home with my kids!
I am fascinated by this topic (just as I am about dwarfism). I am a purger, mostly because my mother is a hoarder and I do everything in my power to not do the same. Plus with six kids in the house, I can NOT set an example of "saving" things...If someone wants to save something tangible I convince them to take a photograph, write a story about it and SCRAPBOOK IT!
Although it was hard to see how the Maryland couple could live in such conditions, we all need to look at ourselves and see what we hoard. I have one pair of closed toed shoes, so it's hard for me to understand why someone has more than 5 pairs of shoes, whereas someone with 25 shoes wouldn't think that's hoarding.
I love how the two experts (althought briefly) discussed the root of hoarding...the emotional reasoning for hoarding...they actually discussed it in more detail on Peter Walsh's Oprah and Friends XM 156 radio show.
What I do hoard is cardstock and pens. So there's my confession, what's yours?
I'm off to sort through my scrapbook papers and pens!
The kids and I count everytime we go somewhere with the dog and someone asks, "Is that a Poodle?". Her hair is a bit curly, but that's really where the similarity ends...at least to us.
We describe the Portuguese Water Dog breed like a "Poodle on steroids". She'll grow to about 50lbs and she's thick and muscular.. a beautiful dog. She's hard to photograph, because she's so hairy, but here's my latest attempt...can you make out her face LRY?
I think the side view of her muzzle distiguishes her from a Poodle.
A couple of Saturday's ago, I was getting ready in my Master bath when I heard chairs turning over and kids screaming at the top of their lungs. I thought for sure that blood was involved. I ran to the family room to see what was the matter. There were all the kids gawking at the television at an AKC dog show...the working class division, where there was a Portuguese Water Dog. Jerin had the camera in hand and was taking pictures of the television and the other kids were screaming with excitement because the dog came in third place...it was hysterical. The overturned chairs was Jerin leashed to the dog trying to manuever in the kitchen with the dog in one hand and the camera in the other...too funny.
I never ever thought I would be excited about a passport. It was my husband's idea to get a passport so we could attend one of his conferences in Canada next year. Our local post office had a passport processing day and I had all of docs together...because I'm so organized:) and I did it...he on the other hand couldn't find his birth certificate. Just three weeks later this little bitty came in the mail. I was surprised by my reaction to see it arrive, I was totally excited...FREEDOM, that's what I felt...Freedom to move about the country world. Now, I'm praying someone cancels on my sister's tour group to South Africa in January so that I can go.