Monday, 2 September 2013

Back To School

A plaid from India
   

This week, my children will start school again. Where has this summer gone? We are back to the old routine and I have mixed feelings about it. We had to buy new school's clothes because the old ones didn't fit any more. This means that I am spending what seems to be an eternity sewing the labels with their names on the new clothes. And you have to put the labels at the right places, otherwise you will get a comment and you will have to do it all over again, As a mum, you have to be a taxi driver, a chef, a personal trainer and a seamstress too. It just never stops.

To make matters even worse, I went back on my scale and didn't like what it was telling me. I need to go back to the gym in a big way. I used to be able to eat what I want. Well, not any more. Growing older sucks.


In fact, I need a holiday on my own. You know, I feel like I need to drop work, kids and family for at least 6 weeks and go somewhere fabulous, such as India, Wyoming or Indonesia (the first three that came to my mind). I would only take care of myself, write, eat and sleep. Finding the time to exercise and lose weight would be easy with only me to take care of. I would do yoga and meditate. I would write. It would be me and me. Lovely. In fact, I am not sure that I would go back.

If only it were possible! Instead, I am thinking of exercising every day at 6 am because I badly need it and I don't want to let myself become too fat. I feel like I am grounded. Not to mention that I need to be careful about what I eat for at least a month. It feels like boot camp. And I need to go back to Bikram yoga.

It just never stops. A woman has got to do what a woman has got to do. To make matters even worse, I will have to make it look like it is easy. Ah, the things a girl has to do...

On this note, I hope that you enjoyed your holidays. Please tell me that I am not the only one suffering from pre-school blues. Now, off to work.

22 comments:

  1. MrsB @Mind over Matter2 September 2013 01:25

    1. Permanent marker is the best way to write names on kids' uniforms :)
    2. Why do you have to make "it" (exercise and being fit) easy? - it's not easy. If it were easy, everyone would be fit. If anything, make it look like it's FUN :)

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  2. AmericanMominBordeaux2 September 2013 01:41

    Totally understand! Yes, I feel the same way...life gets crazy running 3 girls around - school, activities, cooking meals, shopping, organizing etc..Even the summer holiday is not totally the summer holiday...us women still have to grocery shop, cook, clean, organize and plan. I am happy for the kids to be in school during the day - so I will then have a bit of time to myself..but life still rolls. Sending positive vibes and strength your way - we women need to stick together!

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  3. Try eating raw food - the weight will drop off you. However, now you've got an authors agent, you are entitled to be a fat cat!

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  4. Yes! I agree! Growing older sucks! I also used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and maintain a good weight. Not anymore! I laughed when I saw the first three destinations that came into your head... Wyoming? Hehe! Cut yourself some slack... try to fit yourself into your busy equation.

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  5. Carolina HeartStrings2 September 2013 07:49

    I am curious why you call this a plaid? Here this is a quilt or at least the top layer of a quilt pieced together in a pattern called "Log Cabin". The squares can then be assembled in various ways. This way the seems to be expanding from the center has a specific name but I can't remember what. Also the centers of each square being red is symbolic. It is supposed to represent the chimney/hearth at the center of a cabin. See - I am full of totally useless information. Just don't ask me anything about current events, lol.... As to the real content of your post - good luck with the back to school hustle. Did ours 2 weeks ago and still not completely settled.

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  6. I cried every year I sent kids back to school. I know you are dreaming of a vacation alone, but they do go to school every day. You should have some "me time."

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  7. I do miss the Sept ritual. My daughter is the only one going back to school to finish her teaching certificate. I never sewed on labels and I can't remember them losing anything. Also people here didn't recommend labels because a stranger might learn a child's name and use it to lure them

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  8. That is no longer among my issues. But, I do recognize school has sprung, because the buses are traveling like slugs on the roads...

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  9. My boys are going back to school this week, but it's less of a hassle the older they get. One starts today at 3pm, just in time to go home, and the other on Thursday. It's a cool week. No labels either. :)


    As for staying slim, I have reached a new comfy plateau because keeping my old weight was getting to be a pain, and my DB likes me a bit rounder. I have to keep up the zumba though or it shows on my belly. :(

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  10. What I hate HATE most about school is the fact that these kids just pass viruses all year round...non-stop it seems. My son was well almost the entire summer break. Then just after 2 days in school and he has a cold /cough. It's never fun and I just want to stop worrying about illnesses. When will it stop? Like you, I do wish for that 'Only Me' holiday you speak of. *sigh*

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  11. It gets better, Joy. My daughters are sick once a year, that's all. I wish I could just take a long, relaxing holiday too. What did we do to be so tired?

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  12. It is all about being round in the right places, as my husband says...

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  13. I envy you, Roy...

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  14. We only have the last names on labels, and they are not visible, it is just in case you take your jumper off. That said, you didn't miss anything: sewing them is not very exciting.

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  15. I am supposed to have some me time, but it all goes so fast. and I need to catch up with my day job when they are at school...

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  16. It might be a quilt. I wouldn't know, really. Thanks for the information: it was nice to read about it. I am trying to settle into my new routine but it is harder than I thought.

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  17. I wish I could. I really do. When does it get easier?

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  18. You are totally right: that's my excuse. Do biscuits count as raw food? If so, I will totally go for it...

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  19. Thanks for the vibes -I badly need them. How do you manage with 3? I can barely have a life with 2...Does it get better?

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  20. I cheated in the end: I gave all the labels to my local dry cleaner and they did it for me. Bliss.

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  21. Susan Penelope James8 September 2013 13:16

    For a working mother, finding the time to lose weight and do exercise is as elusive a dream as going on holiday somewhere fabulous on one's own. Guess you just have to cut calories - but then where would you get the energy to do all you have to do? As for exercising, stop thinking about it. Only makes you feel bad.

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  22. AmericanMominBordeaux9 September 2013 11:28

    3 is definitely a juggling act...luckily they are 3 and 3.5 years apart. My oldest is now more independent and las we are living in France she can get back and forth to more activities on her own now...a small blessing. We also limit the activities to 2 a piece...although - not quite sure how that translated to multiple practices weekly for each....it is still crazy.

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