What stresses you out?
For me, it's a completely booked up calendar.
If I look at my planner, and every hour of every day is booked up for several days in a row, I can feel the tension start to creep into my neck muscles.
I can handle sickness, family strife, money woes, work obligations, and other 'stressors' pretty well and take it all in stride, but moving at 100 miles an hour, blowing and going from one activity/obligation/responsibility to the next leaves me feeling I have the right to be cranky.
When I haven't had time to stop breathe...that's when a simple task like grocery shopping makes me want to pull my hair out. Especially after a day at work when I literally couldn't find time to stop and use the bathroom. Let alone eat lunch (unless cookies from the vending machine count). My very first patient had a medical emergency, and that kind of set the tone for the whole day. Just a crazy day from the get go.
Self-talk begins here: It's just a trip to the grocery store. You can do it. Come on! Make the grocery list! Load the kids in the car! Battle the mayhem that is the grocery store parking lot! Quit using this blog post as an avoidance tactic! It's just grocery shopping! And if you want to feed your family dinner tonight, you really must go. You can do it. Stop whining and get it done.
Okay. Wal-Mart, here we come.
I should perhaps warn my children that if they even think about mis-behaving while we're there, it will not end well for all involved....
OHHHH have I had many of those days before.... I strongly dislike going to walmart with all the children! I hope you did it and that all went well.
Oh we have the standard car pre-shopping pep-talk, too.
It goes something like, "We are about to go into the store. It is not a park. Don't act like you have never been there before. Do not touch things, especially you, Lucas. Stay close to Mommy. Do not ask me for anything. Do not whine. Do not yell at each other. If anyone even thinks about quarrelling, you are going to catch IT! Does everyone understand?!"
This is usually followed by someone asking, "Mom can we get cookies in the store?" and "Mom, can I cross things off your list?" and "Mom, Israel is bugging me already!"
I feel your pain, sister. I feel your pain.
Oh yes, I really do not like taking all 4 of my guys into a store at once! However, tonight my dad went to Whole Foods with me. He kept saying, "In all my 65 years, I have NEVER been in a store like this one." Too funny...makes me chuckle just thinking about it!
How different are we? I love the challenge of taking all three of the kids to the store! My little organized brain sorts the entire store into different zones and areas where I can make it kid-friendly on our shopping rout...yes, I'm a nerd.
And I love the FULL schedule. It's the only way I can survive, if my schedule is packed full!
I'm here if you need me..to vent, to watch kiddos, whatever. I'm here, girl! And not to remind you of yet another to-do on the list, but if there's something I can to do help with story hour this week, let me know.