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One a day.
Its all part of my diabolical plan to rule the universe (muah-ha-ha-ha!). Actually, its just part of my plan to stop letting the universe, and large quantities of laundry, rule me.
It is clear to me that my current lifestyle precludes me from making large, elaborate, multi-faceted plans. Today, in fact, it precluded me from using the toilet uninterrupted. On one of my trips, I even had the baby in the back-pack. I am talented like that. I can piddle AND tend a child simultaneously. I felt at one with all of the mothers all over the world who have ever had to scurry out of a corn field or rice paddy, babe attached, to score a potty break on the shady side of a tree. Only with toilet paper. And no tree.
But I digress. Which, truth be told, is a huge part of the problem. Side tracks, digressions, distractions... I blame it on my kids, but I am as scatter-brained with them gone as I am with them here. Thus, in my New Years resolutin' I have decided that if I am to ever achieve any of the lofty goals that have eluded me in the past, they are going to have to be way more simple, and worked on in phases. Like in construction, only with no money and much shorter lunch breaks.
So here is my "One a Day" list. I need only do the things on this list in single servings, mere minutes in duration. And frankly, if I can't manage that, I should have my all my meals interrupted by small humans asking for help fishing all the microscopic bits of mushrooms out of their spaghetti. Oh wait, I do.
One a Day
One morning prayer
One verse of scripture
One dance to one song with weights on ankles
One fruit per meal
One veggie per meal
One full glass of water per meal
One story for Tessa while kids are at school
One call from my "must call" list
One page from a book
One effort at an art/sewing/writing project
One page of emails cleared
One song for the girls
One evening prayer
I know there are many more things that I could list. Its a work in progress, just like me. Housework makes no appearance here because I seem to have no problem doing plenty of laundry and dishes, to the exclusion of all else. Its more the things I could do for me and my kids that get swept out the door with all that dirt, that I need to focus on. And I am not asking for the big things like whole chapters to be read, but if I linger longer, -sing an extra song, read a few more verses, maybe eat another helping of something green - well all the better. Its always the starting that's hard, after all.
Oh, and there is one more One.
One trip to the bathroom a day...