Tuesday, October 04, 2005


It seems that everything in my life right now is labeled as "unfinished." There are countless projects that are staring at me longingly wondering "when will I get done?" "when will it be my turn."

Case #1 :The pool. We are in week 5 of the pool construction and it seems to be at a stand still. Everyone says this happens...it moves very quickly in the beginning until they shoot the shell and then it stops. The curing process seems to be the culprit, although do you really think it has to cure for 30 days? And aren't there things that could be done while it is in this dormant phase? I don't know and honestly I am afraid to ask because the people are mean and not easy to work with. I am not one to back down from confrontation, but these people not nice and would not receive the questioning as I would intend it to come across.

Case #2: Halloween costumes for the girls. Why oh why did I think I could pull this one off? I am in no way what one would call a seamstress. I have made a couple bags, a couple dresses, and curtains and that's about it. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to make the girls costumes...that it would be meaningful and special and they could use them for years to come to play dress up and look at them adoringly and worship them because they came from the hands of their mother. Bad bad idea. Now, I have to finish them because I have already spent the money on all of the fabrics and I WILL NOT buy them a costume because of the same reason. So where does that leave me? Unfinished.

Case #3: A lawsuit that I am not allowed to talk about, yet. Unfinished.

Case #4: Laundry, laundry and more laundry.

Case #5: This blog. As you can see the posts have been sporadic at best and there is good reason. There has been a tremendous amount of sickness in my little family between the Bug, the Birdie, and me. I have strep throat yet again, the 4th time in 2 months and this puts me at a 50/50 chance of having my tonsils SURGICALLY REMOVED. Not my idea of a good time. And my poor kids, it seems like we haven't been all well in what seems like forever. There is always a cough, a fever, or a snotty runny nose.

I need to get my act together. Finn will soon be turning a whole year old. This means a party will have to be planned, invitations ordered and sent, gifts bought and wrapped, and everything else that goes along with having a birthday celebration. Before that, however, it Halloween. The costumes. I'm getting stressed thinking about it. Then Thanksgiving and the twins coming, and Christmas, and New Years. I think I'm gonna throw up.


Jason said...

#1 Pool - what are you thinking!? You've got the beach! Now, a pool for me I could understand... I don't have the beach... mosquitoes and a irrigation canal... but no beach.

#2 Costumes – at such a young age will they remember the costume? I remember my mom running me around and getting good candy… having fun… I don’t remember what I was wearing… I was wearing something though… promise!

#3 Lawsuit – that was unexpected – we still pray for you on that one!

#4 "I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry, because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?" – Anonymous

#5 Strep again!? You have had it far too often! I’m really sorry! Our kids have never been any sicker than when they are in daycare – then they bring it home and then… you know the rest of the story. This last weekend we were all sick… all 6 of us… no fun…no fun at all. Get well soon!

shannon dowdell said...

thanks Jason, for the perspective. as for my unfinished business:
#1 - can't do anything about it
#2 - almost done, sort of, I decided to modify the pattern so it has become much more simple
#3 - Hooray, seems we might have settled this thing, fingers crossed knocking on wood
#4 - laundry still piled up, but I will take that quote into consideration, although I don't think Jason likes wearing poop-stained underwear, oh sorry, too much information
#5 - on the mend and the girls seem to be healthy again just in time for flu season.

Hope your family is well soon, it is never fun to be sick.

Anonymous said...

Relax and take a breath.
Look at the photo, you have a beautiful family!
Dont stress, try to take it as it comes, its easier to handle that way.