Sunday, February 20, 2011

Squeeze Those Oranges!

I KNOWWW I haven’t blogged in a while.  I apologize profusely from the bottom of my heart. 

Yeah, right.

Seriously.  I haven’t had a moment to myself since starting my  new job.  That’s right, when I quit my old job that I loved, I not only gave up a job that I loved, I gave up any free time I was able to squeeze in between my home care patients.  Now….I get to work about 8 am, leave at 5 pm, pick up the little ones from the sitter which takes about a half an hour….and that does not include the drive which is only 15 min. each way… takes a half an hour just to get them out of the sitter’s house.  They dilly-dally getting their boots on, their coats on…then they need a sucker for the ride home, then Little Man forgets his Nintendo DS…then Lil Lady needs to give the sitter just one more hug….

Fuck THAT!!  Damn!  I’m in a hurry you freakin’ short people!!!

Always in a hurry.

My evenings are then spent trying to pick up the house…not Pick Up the HOUSE…but pick up the toys that have TAKEN OVER the house.  Then I help with homework.  Then I log on to work email to see who fell…because I MUST know this before going to work the next day.  I just MUST.  If there are no falls then I continue with the cleaning, maybe do dishes if I had time to cook, if not, I gather up the paper plates and finger foods that me or my spouse divvied up for the monsters children….

Rush Rush Rush.

About a week or so ago…yes, it’s taken me this long to write about this, but about a week or so ago, a former patient of mine called to say she’s been saving her oranges for my Lil Lady.  You see, Lil Lady absolutely LOVES the taste of freshly squeezed orange juice!  I never ever buy oranges because when I do, they go to waste.  Go figure.  But for some reason, my former patient’s oranges are perfect for squeezing….




See?  She can’t wait to get her hands on them!

I really didn’t have time to go get the oranges, but I made the time.  This lady went through the trouble of saving these oranges, and I needed to show her that it was a pain in the ass to go get them extremely appreciated.

Remember the days when you were a kid and it didn’t matter what time it was?  It didn’t matter who was waiting on you to get your ass moving…it was All. About. You.  Right? 

I miss those days. 

Watching my teenager go through it is quite frustrating though.  She takes her time getting ready for school…leaves herself 15 minutes to get ready and even though her ride shows up, she makes them wait.  And this seems ok to her.  WTF?  Seriously?? 

But I can NOT get her to understand that she needs to move her skinny ass just a bit faster, especially when someone is waiting on her!!

Then you have the little ones.  Little Man just goes with the flow for the most part, but Lil Lady…yeah, she has to ENJOY everything.  Especially the little things….






So, this got me to thinking.

That’s right….I need to fucking slow down!!  I need to try to enjoy the “little things”.  Like these….




Flowers from my spouse, delivered to my work place, on Valentine’s Day.


I barely had time to enjoy them.  (Part of this was because they died really fast which pissed of the spouse who then called to complain because he said he felt like a complete ass….ohhh, the joys of being a proud man….)

Anydeadflower…..I was ok with this.  It was the thought that counted in my eyes.

But I got to thinking….they say…”take time to smell the roses”, right?  Well, mine died, quickly.

So…what next?? 

 Take time to squeeze the damn oranges, THAT’S WHAT!!



And take time to RELAX!!




Because no matter how crazy each day is, and how many things happen to put you behind….you are where you are at any given moment because THAT is where you are supposed to be. 

As I drove to work the one morning last week, in a rush of course….I saw THIS….



A Winter Rainbow.


And I KNEW I was where I was supposed to be…even though I was running late because of the two short people and the teen.  All was ok because this, to me, was a sign.  If I was on time (fat chance)…I would have missed the rainbow, right?

I KNOW things get crazy around here, and I KNOW it’s the choices I’ve made that have made my life quite hectic….but I also KNOW….one day….I will miss all of this chaos.  I will miss the late nights, the early mornings, the rushing around….I KNOW I WILL…

…..and so will you.  So….enjoy what you have now…..because….

….You’re gonna miss this….



Live each day as if it were your last.

Take the time to smell the roses.  (Sometimes they don’t last a week as guaranteed!)

Slow down and enjoy the rainbows…

…Most of all, take the time to taste and squeeze all the fresh oranges you can!! 




Happy Sunday!!


Maggie said...

I think this might be exactly why, even though I still go for interviews, I'm so reluctant to give up my job doing home care. I love that I have the flexibility to get my job done and still have hours left in the day to exercise, clean (gag), read a book or even have a nap.

Would I like the extra money? Hellz to the yeah! But...I stick it out.

Sorry you're so rushed, but I'm glad you take the time to come update here once in awhile..and squeeze some oranges :)

Rebecca said...

Licking oranges looks kind of fun after reading this!

Nice flowers too...even if they are in a dumpster behind your office.

Would babysitter handle the coats/boots/jackets/goodbyes before your arrival? That would make life so much easier, right???

Kat said...

You are so right! And you ARE going to miss this...I miss the chaos that once was my household every single minute. What I wouldn't give to have a place big enough for them all to move back in. Even though that is not progress for them. Because I miss it. Enjoy your little rose-smelling, orange-tasting moments - each and every one of them :)

gayle said...

I love that song and you are so right! We will miss some things more than others! Take a day to just do nothing!

Jotter said...

I am tired just reading about your before I take a nap, let me say that our latest posts are so similar in message. Our kids know how to live for sure!