Wednesday, May 16, 2007


My husband has one of those "Blackberries" that he wears on his hip, and whenever something comes to mind he needs to remember, he'll say, "Let me park this thought," and the right index finger flies over the keypad while he makes a note of whatever he doesn't want to forget. I used to be able to do that mentally, and then retrieve info as needed. My brain just doesn't work that way anymore. I try, but it's like my brain has become one of those multi-level parking garages with sections labeled A through double ZZ. When I try to find the thought, I find myself driving around from level to level, going up and down ramps and spiral exits, and when I arrive at the cashier, I've usually lost the ticket I need to get out.

Looking ahead to the next three weeks, we have three "last days of school" for our family. Middle-boy-child finishes a week from tomorrow. The following week, youngest-girl-child finishes her school year. And finally, the week after, oldest-boy-child finishes his junior year of high school. Then it's time to get girl-child ready for camp, followed by oldest-boy's trip to Japan for six weeks, and various and assundry activities for middle-child. I try to wind down my at-home job a bit in the summer, and this year that is complicated by the fact that one of my clients is retiring this month, so there's some added stuff there.
In between there are field trips, school programs and 8th grade graduation activities. And, unfortunately the ordinary, everyday stuff still needs to be done, like laundry, meals, shopping.
Then, we'll be planning for some vacation time at the end of July and early August. By the time we get back, school will begin right away, due to a change in the start date for next year.
I don't have a Blackberry, and I don't trust my parking garage brain anymore, so I'm making lists. And more lists. And somewhere on one of those lists, I need to remind myself, that approaching are the "lazy days of summer," so don't blink, or I'll miss them!


Karen said...

You're funny, Karen! I have scraps of paper all over the place to remind me of things. Trouble is....I forget where I put them. :-(
Good luck racing to the finish line for school and camp.
I, personally, can't hardly wait for summer break!

Becky said...

Oh, yeah ... summer break.

gail said...

Sounds like a busy time! But fun, enjoy it all and take it in because it will be over before you know it! I don't have a blackberry or pda...I still use pads of paper and make lists too. My sister Stacy has a pda and thinks I need to use that but I still like a list on paper!

Lynne said...

I have to keep lists too. Usually scraps of paper. I have a PDA but don't use it much anymore - I always forget to charge the batteries!

I just found a really neat organizer. It's called Amy Knapp's Family Organizer. Bought it at Walmart for $7 on sale. It covers July 2007-Dec. 2008. Here's the website: If you use Internet Explorer, you can view the inside pages. I can't do it using Firefox.

I'll be using this book starting in July.

Christie Belle said...

Haha, I love how you compared your brain to a parking garage! I've always been a bit scatter-brained, so I usually have a small mountain of reminder notes on my desk, dates, times, appointments...and I don't even have kids yet! I hope the next sevearl weeks go smoothly for you and your family!
Hugs, Christie