what’s that quote about lemons? meh

December 7, 2010 |  Category:   life

It’s crunch time, folks. This week is a big one and every day we feel like we are racing against time. 7:30am and we’re rushing to get the kids ready for school, then 10am, then noon, then it’s time to pick up the kids from school at 2 and 3pm, then 5pm (we’re just resigning to the fact that we’re doing a lot of take out for dinners and not thinking about the cost, something we never do), then 8pm. The kids go to bed and it’s another race against time to get things done till we have to go to bed, usually around 1 or 2am.

I think my most favorite time of day these days is around midnight. The house is quiet and if Mark is waking up early at 5:30am to get to the kitchen, then he tries to get to bed by midnight. I have the house to myself. I know it’s a bad habit, but I have to make myself go to bed at 2am. I’m just never ready to call it a day, but mornings, as you can imagine, are hard. Sometimes the noise of the kids wakes us up earlier than we want. Sometimes Claudine will come over when she wakes up at 6ish and ask if she can climb into our bed. Usually I pull her in, but this morning I was so tired that I told her no. I can feel her sulking and pouting as she walked away.

17 more days. That is what we tell ourselves. Sad that the holidays has come to this – just counting down till it’s over, particularly since I used to love the preparation and anticipation of the holidays, BUT, we do feel fortunate that we are busy. We know that we are lucky in that regard and that’s what drives us these days.

Yesterday was one of those days, however, where everything just went wrong. Issues with printing, fan belt falling off while driving, car breaking down, more wholesale orders on top of all the corporate orders needing to go out this week, design deadlines. We’re keeping it together though. I think we’ve learned to just laugh it off rather than get stressed when things keep piling on. Keeping a sense of humor is the only way to survive.

And yeah, those lemons…forget the lemonade. If you’ve got meyer lemons around, you should turn it into preserved lemons and put them on everything.

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  • jodi December 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    hang in there!

  • Lakshmi December 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    You guys are sheer awesomeness… Keep at it, sending you lots of deep breaths and blessings from Atlanta… 🙂


  • unha December 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    hang in there. crazy time here too. trying to be positive.

  • molly December 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Hell, I’ll take preserved lemons over lemonade any day of the week.

    (Hang in there…)

  • Renita December 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Well, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger … there are moments where I enjoy that ‘hustle and flow’ … however you are right about the unwinding part … it can be hard to shut ‘it’ off.

  • nancy December 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    well, i just got my new kitchen conversions poster today and it’s adorable and i can’t wait to hang it. so know that someone 1/2 way across the country today was appreciating all the hard work you’ve been doing!!

  • diamondkelt December 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    omg yeah….this last push up till Christmas…so exhausting. I dream about my dog ornaments these days lol and make lists in my sleep.