It's Monday Again! Funny how that happens.

I am going to start this post with a major brag/celebration. A bold move for a Monday morning, I know, but let's do it. 

It is currently 7:15am and I have daycare lunches packed and ready to go, the kitchen is not in a state unfit for the general population, and the kids are having an actual food breakfast. Oh, and I have coffee. All of the winning.

To those with the untrained eye and ear, that just sounds like providing the basics. Like, isn't that just the baseline level of success for parenting - alive and fed?  

Getting out the door in the morning with kids is like facing a walk across an expansive field... that's full of barbed wire (which is okay -- at least you can see it) and land mines. 

I have the hours of 6-9am blocked off in my calendar as "coffee + chaos" and I really expect nothing other than that for those hours. Productivity output is zero, caffiene input is maximized.

Anyway. I've found the only way to come out of the morning drop-off unscathed is to begin my morning the night before. Yes, I'm tired at night and the last thing I feel like doing is prepping toddler lunches. But odds are that it's also the last thing I'll feel like doing when I wake up in the morning...night is the lesser of two evils because I'm free of input from the hooligans (they're ij bed at this point) and in the morning I know I would rather have coffee.

* gets up to pour self more coffee. pauses to put clothes on the (apparently) naked toddler * 

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It's Monday Morning And I Need Coffee To Function

It's Monday morning - the morning that always holds the most possibility for me. And, it's a particularly sweet Monday because it is 7:22am and my kids are still sleeping.

 I know -- the moms out there just had a chill. Like DONT SAY IT AND TEMPT FATE!

But I did, and I shit you not - the toddler just started making noise. Crap. 

I'm going to cross my fingers and persist...because I found myself with a moment of choice this morning. I wanted to make coffee (crap. now the baby is up too.)


(pausing to put a show on because the toddler is officially out of bed and asking to choose, and tbh Netflix is my co-parent) 

It's worth noting that what should have been a two second job - turning on a show - became problematic because our Netflix account signed out.  That is a pain in the butt because the interface of the remote and tv thing we have (I'm so tech savvy) sucks. You have to use four directions - up, down, left, right - and choose each character individually. With case-sensitive passwords and stuff IT IS INFURIATING AND TAKES FOREVER.

Don't worry - he decided he's hungry first. Starving, in fact. So I got him a snack. And now we are logged in and he's finally chosen a show...a painful process, as the parent of any almost 4yo can attest. 

Also, baby is definitely awake. And pooped. BRB. 


That was awful. Anyway. Both kids are watching Nanny Netflix with the same snack (an important fact for peace with siblings) and I think I bought myself a minute to finish my thought.  ..or at least continue it.

It's worth mentioning that my baby (almost 2) routinely wakes up between 5:30 and 6:00. Sleeping until later than 7:00 is pretty much unprecedented. I'd been moving around in ninja mode to avoid waking him, because obviously I couldn't sleep in even though he did. Luckily, I was in bed before 9:30 last night (I adulted SO hard) so waking up at 6:30 to a quiet house was a dream.

But 45 minutes into the quiet, I also really wanted coffee, and that requires using a grinder to crush the life-giving essence from those beautifully caffiene-rich beans. A noisy grinder. 

I gave myself a moment of pause to weigh my options. Coffee vs Quiet? Then I considered a third that disrupted my routine of coffee first.

What if I write? 

I've been off social media for a week or so for a whole host of reasons I'll get into another day. But I still want to write and publish. Those actions matter most. 

So instead of making noise (and coffee) I committed to writing first.   And now I get to head into my week having done the most important work first -- even before coffee -- I wrote, and I published.

It is 7:51 am. 

Also. My coffee is ready now. 


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I'm all about making things easier to do

One of the biggest takeaways I've gotten from working + momming is that if I can do it from my phone, I can do anything.

It reduces friction in the process, which makes things easier to do. Theoretically.

I've discovered that Squarespace has a blogging app. I'm so excited. I no longer have to lug my computer around to blog, and it means that I can write around babies.


Of course it means you (reader, whoever you are) will be subject to much more verbal vomit.

I hope you're excited too.

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