The Monotony

Monotony definition according to American Heritage Dictionary:  “Tedious sameness or repetitiousness.”  You can say that again!  Ha.

Yesterday was one of those days when I let it all get the best of me:  laundry, dishes, vacuuming, diaper changes, meals, errands, picking up toys, handling temper tantrums, letting the dogs out AND repeat.  By the end of the day, I was annoyed, tired, and my fuse was short.  Some days the monotony of it all catches up to me.

Some people have asked how can I fit this blog and all of my furniture refinishing in with everything else.  I can’t.  It’s hard.  I feel like I’m never doing anything really well and I’m struggling to do it all better every day.  At the same time, how can I not fit it in?  Writing this blog, furniture refinishing, antiquing and all things related to it, are actually what keeps me sane.  I need this outlet to break up all that other stuff.  It reminds me that I’m not just errand girl, boo boo kisser, cook, maid, and regular ole’ house slave.

I realize that a natural disaster could occur and all of the superficial things I work on, like interior decorating, home remodeling projects, redoing that tired piece of furniture, or a DIY craft I made could be gone in an instant and all that will matter in the end is my family.  In the meantime, it all helps me get through the mundane day-to-day chores and it makes me happy.  I look forward to writing and I enjoy the creative outlet of dreaming up ideas to share with you.  I need it.

I read a quote from Susan Sarandon in a magazine yesterday that I’ll share with you.  When asked “How do you balance work and family?”  She answered, “I feel like I need to balance better – like I’m doing everything badly!  You have to forgive yourself for not being perfect.  My house is a mess.  I find permission slips I was supposed to sign two weeks late.  But that’s the life of a modern mom.  Any woman who works in and out of the house is amazing.”

So there.  Now that I’ve let you in a little bit, I best get back to the laundry, cleaning off the table, getting the kids dressed, making a run to Target, figuring out what I’m going to make for dinner tonight and on and on and on . . . the difference is today I will try to have more patience and will practice self-forgiveness.

Hats off to all of you Super Women out there!  Have a fantastic Thursday!



  1. YES.
    I write, and make it a point to get at least a thousand words down a day. People ask how I do it, and I say that if I DIDN’T you’d be visiting me in Mendota!

  2. You are a super mom and super woman! Love you!

  3. Hi Found you from Coastal Charm I loved the chair you did… Im off to like you on facebook Have a great night

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