One of THOSE Weeks

I realize I whine about the chaos in my life on a regular basis. All I can say is “this is my blog and I’ll cry if I want to.” *g* But this week is one of those chaotic weeks that make the others seem like a cake walk.

It’s the week before a holiday and the week before my child goes on a trip. A trip that requires me to drive her over 500 miles to the ex. I’m pretty used to hopping in the truck for these little adventures of ours. I don’t even mind the solitude of the drive home alone. I usually get lots of plotting done and if I find a good one, get an entire audiobook listened to start to finish.

But the lead up is what bothers me. For some reason, these are the weeks some extenuating circumstance creeps up and throws a monkey wrench into my plan to stay on top of things. Thanks to the start of softball and a school talent show, my house is a mess, packing is not done, dishes are not done. I have one final to take (of course this has to be finals week!) and I need sleep if I’m going to survive the next two 16 to 18 hour days, most of those hours behind the wheel.

Every night I say I’m going to bed early. Never happens. To be fair, this issue is not unique to this week. I simply have no discipline.

Next week will be better. I can exhale, get the house clean, and maybe even get some writing done. Notice I say maybe. *grumbles at stupid procrastinating self*

Ever have one of THOSE weeks? Months? Years? Any meditation techniques, cleaning service phone numbers, or effective hiding places you’d like to share?

PS: I googled “chaos” in images and got that cute little guy up top. He’s a boxer puppy and his name is Chaos. Isn’t he just the cutest thing?!

9 thoughts on “One of THOSE Weeks”

  1. And here I thought you’d adopted a puppy on top of all the other stuff you have going on!

    Dumb question, but why can’t you meet your ex halfway?

    We worked, took care of two ailing (w/senile dementia) parents and had four kids at home, so I remember the chaos quite vividly. Something always got overlooked, but somehow we all survived (well, our parents didn’t but they both died in their beds when they were 81—I’ll be happy to get that far). You make lists—do so and cross half the stuff off.You’re the only one who knows what needs to be done; just don’t do it. Use paper plates and paper cups (screw the environment—not really, but paper products are a godsend). Be good to yourself! And eat some Cadbury eggs. *g*

  2. terrio says:

    Maggie – my friend has a pregnant mastiff and is threatening that if she can’t get rid of all the puppies ,I’m getting one. I told her she’s insane. *g*

    And 500 miles IS halfway. Actually, this time they are driving further than I am because they are driving from AR to FL and I’m just going to Atlanta and back. Usually, we meet in Knoxville.

    I need to do the paper plate thing. And it would save on my water bill too. But I already have too much garbage to carry downstairs. I have no idea how 1 1/2 people can generate so much garbage. It’s a mystery.

  3. Quantum says:


    You could try some of the brainsync audio tapes…..I particularly like the Kundalini meditation tape, but there is something for all your needs … including slimming!

    free downloads available from:

    You can buy em if you like em!

    I don’t envy you the journey….500 miles would get me from London in the south to Aberdeen in Scotland. When I drive long distances like that I try to break the journey in two and visit somewhere scenic and interesting. England seems like a cosy cabbage patch compared to your vast continent!

    Have a safe trip!

  4. terrio says:

    Thank you, Q, I’ll have to check out that link. And 500 miles is only half of the trip. I then have to drive home 500 miles the next day. LOL! I could cover all of the UK!

  5. awww, chaos is so cute(an odd statement in and of itself). I’m so sorry your week’s been hard and there’s more to come, Terri. A good hiding place,for me, is always between the pages of a book and the compassion of good friends. Hot tubs work I love lounging in the hot tub after a particually trying day. Chocolate does more damage than it does good so don’t go in for that. And try out some pilates or yoga. Both suck the stress right out of you(though that may be because you’re too tired to feel anything afterwards). I hope some of this is actually helpful*g*
    I’m sending you a huge cyberspace hug and hoping things get better.

  6. terrio says:

    Thanks, Kelly. He is cute, isn’t he?

    I have these weeks about four times a year so I’m sort of used to it. It’s just that so much always has to happen at one time. But it’s better already. Final is done, no more school for a few weeks, I’m all packed and now I just have to do the driving.

    Before I know it, I’ll blink and it will be Sunday. And kiddo will be having a blast at the happiest place on Earth. LOL!

  7. Anonymous says:


    I find that when life is trying to be chaotic, I usually step back, take a 30 min mental break by reading something I enjoy, and then re-evaluate what needs to be done. Usually works for me. And when that doesn’t work, then I go buy a new book. Doesn’t help, but makes me feel better!


  8. Janga says:

    Terri, I’m with Maggie. Be good to yourself. The April LHJ has a list of fifty ways to destress. I was pleased to see that it included tears and laughter, wine and chocolate, books and music, long baths and lavendar–all great ideas for being good to yourself. So if you take a long, lavendar-scented bath with some of your favorite music in the background, a glass of good wine and several pieces of the best chocolate at hand, and a terrific romance to evoke cathartic tears and laughter, you should feel wonderful and well able to cope with chaos (or Chaos. Or you could try another destresser on the LHJ list–sex. 🙂

  9. terrio says:

    Janga – now I think you’re just having fun shocking me. LOL! And I’m combining that last one along with reading. I’m reading the next two in Lora Leigh’s Navy Seal series. Trust me, that will be plenty of sex!

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