Most days, I work on the proviso that we start every day with a certain number of energy points. These are there for the picking, spent as the situation requires. Some tasks, of course, require a greater number of energy points than others. Occasionally I find I can achieve two tasks using a single energy point, and in those rare moments, I feel supremely smug.
Over the years I have learned three things:
- Getting an overdraft is difficult.
- Sometimes I am over-expended by 8.32am.
- My application for an overdraft, logged by 8.43am, is usually denied by 9.03am.
Here's how the tally went today:
Get up early to ice new cupcakes to be taken to preschool for the junior recipe tester's birthday. These were to replace the lot of cupcakes that never made it to preschool last week (when it was actually his birthday) due to the contraction of a communicable disease.
Realise I have forgotten to purchase lollies to put on said cupcakes and have to explain my ineptitude to the junior.
Manage the junior's disappointment.
Find a suitable alternative lolly in the pantry. Am so relieved, and the junior so pleased with the outcome, I receive an energy boost.
Get the washing up done before we have to run out the door.
Feel extremely good about having a clean kitchen.
Walk through a puddle of water on the kitchen floor, which I hadn't previously noticed, spilled from the afore mentioned washing up.
I am wearing only socks
Search for a pair of dry socks in my drawer. There are none.
Head to the laundry to rummage through unfolded washing for socks.
After several minutes searching, I can find only 1 sock.
Pack cupcakes into a suitable container for transportation to preschool.
Negotiate with an over-enthusiastic junior about the pitfalls of carrying such precious cargo to the car, and perhaps he should allow me to do it.
Lose that battle and admit defeat.
Unpack the cupcakes to wipe as much squashed icing off the inside of the container as I can after the junior drops the cargo in spectacular fashion.
All the while gritting my teeth and trying not to (a) shout or (b) preach about how early I got up that morning to sort the cupcakes out.
Make it to preschool drop off
Preschool teachers don't need explanation as to why there is icing squashed everywhere. (They've seen it before)
Realise how much I need a cup of coffee
Realise I have driven past the coffee shop and need to turn around
Select an appropriate driveway in which to pull in to (to turn around) and wait for a break in the traffic
When the break does appear, realise that I've overshot the driveway and can't pull in to it at all. This causes some alarm.
Create a traffic headache on the street because now I am blocking both sides of the road and doing a 7 point turn. Alarm turns to panic combined with embarrasment
Attempt to wave an apology to my fellow motorists. Consider winding down the window to shout an explanation about cupcakes. Receive an error message:
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