A Case of the Mondays When I Should Have Been Doing a Sunday Confessional

Heather says:

Holy cow, I had a heck of week. The up, down, crazy, sideways and what the heck am I doing kind of week. I know it’s Monday morning, but each time I opened my browser to start working on this week’s Sunday Confessional (which would have been long enough before Sunday came along) someone in my household lost their ever-loving-minds.

Most of you know what the Sunday Confessional series is, but for those who are newbies (oh hai! And welcome to Home Ec 101) it’s the series in which I try to point out that no one is ever going to get their lives magazine perfect. And I never want to contribute to anyone feeling like they are somehow less of a person because their homes and lives don’t match media and judgy mcjudgerson Internet Standards. The Sunday Confessional isn’t about celebrating mediocrity, it’s more about just admitting that no, we ALL have bad days or weeks. And I want to be sure you understand that we are almost always -in our heads at least- comparing our own absolute worst moments with other people’s best foot forward.

Last Monday I flew home from San Francisco where I had been meeting with the Method brand -and oh my, I cannot wait to tell you about that, I have never fallen in love with a company before and I have butterflies. . .  we talked chemistry and the environment and cleaning and and and post coming later today, I’ll stop gushing now.

Tuesday, I started my new job. I’m now a server in an Irish pub three nights a week. I love it, it’s exactly the kind of escape from startup / homeschooler / working from home life I needed. What I need now is a way to manage my time more effectively -the fact that it’s Monday and I’m writing Sunday’s post should say something. Friday another server called in and I was thrown into the Friday night rush on what should have been a training shift. That really wasn’t a big deal, I did serve for years in my past life, it was just a matter of having to cut myself some slack for not knowing all of the ins and outs of their computer system and hoping they’d cut me the same slack. I made it through. Saturday I picked up a shift because the server that called in had to be replaced. Let’s just say it ended up being a very, very late night thanks to the time change* and my children do not have a snooze button.

Sunday morning my dog ripped off a toenail and created a scene straight out of Dexter for me to clean up just a few minutes before I had to get the kids ready for Sunday school. You know, I really hope no one in my household disappears unexpectedly, I’ll have a lot of explaining to do when the crime scene people show up with the black lights. Yeah, the floor only got a lick and a promise kind of cleaning, the deep clean has to wait until tomorrow -hopefully.

Today? I have to figure out how to get all of these metaphorical juggling balls back into the air, maybe I’ll breathe after my shift ends tonight.

What about you? What do you have to get off your chest? I know it’s Monday, but we just had the time change, so we’re all running a bit behind.

*No, it wasn’t the kind of late night that results in a hangover, it was just a late night running my mouth with actual adults.



  1. piscesvirgo on March 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Well first, congrats on the job! An Irish pub, that sounds fun. I hope your week looks up and csi never shows up at your house 😉 This weekend was typical, you know where I run around the house like a chicken with no head. It’s always like that over here. You gotta just keep smiling and looking forward to what’s to come.

  2. Rachel@FoodFix on March 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Today I tested a recipe for shortbread cookies and ended up with three sheet trays of shortbread puddles. tomorrow is another day! I guess that’s what happens when you are operating on an hour less sleep! 

  3. imabug on March 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    gee. all i’m doing is trying to write two papers for my phd qualifier.
    i really need to keep my browser closed when i’m trying to write because that internet thing makes me totally ADD

  4. KeterMagick on March 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Holey moley, Heather, you have had a week!  I spent Friday through Sunday doing SXSW Interactive stuff in downtown Austin, schlepping about my own startup, Jigzle.com, looking for a techy (“social skills not required” co-founder).  The site is up, but just barely; that’s why I need investors: I know how to write requirements and manage software development and testing teams, but advanced coding is not in my skill set.  SXSW is an event that requires young DNA; miles of walking, hours of standing, and making repeated pitches to strangers has left me feeling very “senior” if you know what I mean.  I envy your energy; it will take you far while I’m popping ibuprofen by the double handful and trying not to fall asleep at the keyboard more than twice a day.
    I am praying that my now decade-old, rental-return washer and dryer make it for another year, ditto the 16 year old dishwasher that came with the house.  At least this 16 year old dishwasher doesn’t quit in the middle of the job to play video games.  ;o)

  5. Awesomemom on March 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    We had parent teacher confrences last week so it was a looooong weekend. My baby decided that napping was for suckers and that she needed to he held every second she was awake.  My husband upgraded my computer OS so I had to go and adjust everything back to my comfortable settings only to have the stupid thing fail to turn on this morning leaving me to have to deal with my husband’s laptop.  To top it all off we are all off schedule because of daylight savings time.

  6. TonyaStaab on March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I should probably save this one for this Sunday, BUT seeing as it technically started on Friday I can’t resist.  After a week of watching backpacks landing on the floor under the hooks by the front door, I actually hung them on the hooks myself on Friday.  Big mistake.  HUGE! I forgot to go back and clean them out – the snack bags, the lunch boxes, the take-home folder.  Oops.  This morning upon looking for lunch boxes I discovered my mistake and the smells coming from the containers was BAD.  And of course there was a last minute homework assignment in there too that was due this morning.  So while the lunch boxes were airing out and I was on the laptop shouting out answers to questions about elephants and zebras the kids were madly writing with one hand and eating cereal with the other and were late to school.  Oops.  Happy Monday :).Note to self.  Let the kids backpacks land on the floor in future, apparently I remember to clean them out then.

  7. Lisa Frame on March 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Lady. Why don’t you come visit and take a breather. I’m tired just from reading this!

    • HeatherSolos on March 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

       @Lisa Frame dude. You should see what I left out.

      • Lisa Frame on March 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

         @HeatherSolos I’m scared… 

  8. HeatherSolos on March 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Oh and I’m so discombobulated I totally forgot to mention that my clothes washer is on the fritz and making life in the laundry department a complete and total headache which is just AWESOME with 6 people in the house.

    • mydwynter on March 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

       @HeatherSolos Our dryer is broken. Pro: I can now disassemble and reassemble a dryer. Con: Dryer is still broken. And I wasted all day attempting to fix it, so not only am I behind on my work, now we also have to either suck it up and try to deal with repairmen (we have v. bad luck with them), or get a new one and wrangle that upstairs. I am Jack’s roiling displeasure. Welcome to Laundry Hell.

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