Thursday, August 19, 2010

I am Wonder Woman

Two days ago I woke up at 5:00 AM with my mind racing, a blog about prioritization running through my head. I decided to go ahead and get up and take an hour for myself, to drink coffee and write in a very quiet house. As I crossed the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot I found myself sloshing through a very large puddle of water. Several hours of panic and soaking towels and calling 24 hour emergency plumbers to find one that actually worked before 9am ensued. So now, 2 days later, I'm sitting in a house with enormous holes in the walls and ceilings on 2 of 3 floors, carpet ripped up, hardwoods that are warped, electricity in parts of the house not working, and the worst is the 11 loud fans that are running 24 hours a day for a total of 5 days. To add on to this, what started the plumbing problems was our bathroom remodel, so I'm sharing a bathroom with Jay. And that all started with a little leak.

My readers know that I'm not usually a big complainer, so I'll conclude my bitching shortly. I love my orderly, clean, peaceful, quiet house and honestly, this is a lot for me to take. It's daunting the number of workers we will need to hire, the amount of time until my house is back, and the pressure to keep our normal life running. I told my sister yesterday that I didn't think I could handle one more thing right now. Then I came home to hear that our lawnmower is broken and we need a new one. And you know what? I didn't crack. I handled it quite well: "Alright, let's go to Lowe's this weekend", with a smile on my face.

I'm definitely drawing on some of my recent epiphanies: perspective, generative coachability, and prioritization (next blog). As well as my general nature: efficiency, a good attitude, and  relying on the people around me.

I am trying to balance out the bad with good: flood in the kitchen with gorgeous runs around the lake; A/C not working with a dinner out; big fans running 24 hours a day with extra long shower to exfoliate and facial mask; sharing a bathroom with extra yoga sessions; holes in my ceiling with wearing my favorite dress; you get the idea... the more I can take care of myself, my well being, and my health, the better equipped I am to deal.

So, as stressed as I am, there are a lot of good things too. I am amazed by what I can actually handle as I am going through things. I am thankful for the wonderful people I work with that are understanding and my confidants for letting me vent. I am grateful for the ability to afford wonderful things and keep them wonderful. And I love that I'm mostly letting it roll off my back, keeping my perspective, and continuing to live a fun life...

...QueenB Says


  1. this is my favorite post yet. I can relate so well to this...In my own world...I am managing redecorating my new home, a new job, keeping in touch with my family and best friends who live 2,000 miles away(figuring out how to best do that)...and last but not least be a mother to my 2 month old..and keep my marriage going ...all the while still be KERI. It is incredibly hard and challenging and 3 hours sleep each night makes it nearly impossible to have a good attitude. Even though these are all great things...its insanely stressful to manage. Its funny, you never know WHO the person will be that will give you the advice you need to keep on trucking but the advice always comes when you need it most. For me it was Dylan's pediatrician. Took Dylan in for his 2 month check up. She could see I was exhausted, overwhelmed and stretched to the max and she said 4 words...."this too shall pass"....and its true. It always does. We are all on a constant roller coaster of crazy and calm times. Just keep rolling girl. It will get better. It always does. It will always change and you will come out stronger in the end.

  2. oh and not that i want any of the above to "pass"...its the feeling of being exhuasted...overwhelmed..and like i am just not getting it all done...that will pass...and it will. had to make that clear :-)

  3. Keri, I just saw you and you look amazing, you were conversational, wonderful, intelligent, and someone I am proud to call a friend! Thank you for the amazing comment and you are clearly dealing with ALL of your pressures with elegance and class. XOXO!

  4. You are a trooper. Take one day at a time. You will laugh at this in a few months. You should go and get a pedicure.

    Love your lil sis!

  5. and so are YOU! Thanks for the compliment. I am really proud to call you a friend as well and glad we can inspire each other. Have a great weekend!! Lets get together soon. xo, k