lost time

March 5, 2009 |  Category:   life


Now that I’m up and about and pretty much recovered, I’ve been mourning a bit over the weeks that were lost while I was sick in bed. Now, I know that this is a ridiculous way of thinking, but I can’t help but feel slightly bitter that the rare, free weeks that I had in between work projects and the after-holiday rush was spent not being productive on the things I earmarked for this time, but spent completely miserable in bed. Sometimes life just doesn’t cooperate with your plans, does it? I had hoped to spend this time designing more recipe cards, re-thinking some packaging ideas, and playing with label designs for our spice mixtures, a product line that we always had in mind since the beginning of the business, but looks like we might have to push that back again. Frustrating, isn’t it? I feel like Mark and I just get through each day, trying to fulfill the tasks we need to do on hand, and there isn’t ever time to actually plan and work on new stuff. I start 2 intensive new work projects in a week, so I’ll likely be stressed out with design angst again. I think we need to clone ourselves. I’d like 2 more of me please: 1 for the kids, 1 for the business, 1 for my freelance design work. Oh, maybe 1 more so I can do things like go to the movies and read a book. Yes, that would be very nice.

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  • Sarah March 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    yes sometimes it seems cloning would be the best possible answer. But wouldn’t that just confuse the husband? (either that or make him very VERY happy.)
    I find myself in the same boat. Between work and kids (and laundry, cleaning bananas off the floor, scooping cat litter…) that so many of my other tasks get pushed back. I’ve been attempting to do photo albums and scrap books for the twins (that’s 4 books total) for, well, a year now. But just as I drag them out…

    stay positive and know that you’re doing your best and everyone in your life is rooting for you.

  • Basht March 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I have the time to plan things just no hands to accomplish any of it. Remember that we all believe in you and things will happen in their own time

  • Brenda March 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ha, you’re on to something! I need a clone for window shopping and going to movies!

  • Jenna March 5, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    All you guys are too sweet.

  • patricia March 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I feel like that all the time. How does that saying go – misery loves company?

    Sometimes I do think that before we know it our little ones will be flying out on their own and that we’ll be longing these crazy times.

  • Billy March 6, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Hi Jenna – I would say forget all the work and concentrate on your little daugthers. They will grow up so quickly you will be in no time in a position to use all your day for your work. There is no such thing as lost time – things happen for a reason. We just need to pay only attention to the positive side of life, which I think you are not doing at the moment.

  • Jenna March 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Billy, would be great to forget the work and just be with the kids. Believe me, if I could, I would not take on client work anymore so I can focus on the things that I want, but then there would be this little problem of paying the mortgage and bills and buying food. I need to work.

  • alicia March 6, 2009 at 9:37 am

    All the beautiful photos of your lovely lil girls (at the park, museum, b-day parties, holidays or simply at home being kids) seem to prove you indeed concentrate on them every chance you get. I applaud you on balancing career, home and life. 🙂

  • Tumus March 6, 2009 at 10:00 am

    AH but oh contraire! You were sick on your least busy weeks so you could actually recover 😆 there is a plan in all that madness. And you can make time for the things you cherish most.
    People always say they have “no time”, but most of us will go home from our 9-5’s and sit in front of the TV for 2-3 hours each night.

    There’s time for the taking if you look for it! woot!

  • unha March 6, 2009 at 10:56 am

    i hear you. but think of me. freakin’ full time!

  • nichole March 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. Wish there were more of me. It’s so hard with young children!