Posted August 2, 2006on:
Scenario: 430 PM, Matt calls me to say he and Kyle are ready to be picked up. Yay, early knock-off for me! I get a mental picture of me in the house relaxing with my 3 boys while cuddling the youngest one. Then, still on the call, Matt says he needs to print something for his Science lab report. Tap, tap, tap, click and zip. I finish my work, send the last few emails and sign-off from Adium/Yahoo at 500 PM. That’s it for today’s office work.
Fast-forward: By 630PM, I look harassed as I lug all of my things to the vehicle. I drive out of the muddy tract of lot we call car park and speed towards the road to school at rush hour. I get to my boys at 715PM. Gee whiz! Where did 500 – 630 PM go???
Rewind to 500PM. Matt tells me he needs to print something for school. I tell him give me the format and I’ll do it (cursing under my breath why this homework is so “last-minute”). I wait. He sends a message. I check the SMS for the format as I type on my Mac. Ok. Type school, font size 18, bold, centered… 11 spaces down…. Type Submitted to:…by:…. 11 spaces down…. date…. Then click print. Oh, dang no paper! I load a fresh sheet of long bond paper. Print. Ok make that 2 copies for good measure. Yay me. Now I’m really off.
I get ready to fix my things together with Matt’s sheet when I see the ad Kyle is supposed to submit the following day. Huh? This too? Conspiracy! Heck, what is a mother to do? I type the ad, paste the image of a 3G phone, cover the brand and paste on it Kyle’s chosen brand name: Avatar (I half-expected him to say “Dota” as his choice. Hahaha!). Write a short ad on its “advanced features”. Measure, cut, paste, print, paste. Done. I look at the time: Ack! 625PM!
I should charge my boys some overtime pay!