Something’s Got to Give

I’m not sure I should be admitting this, but I promised to make this an honest account of what daily life is like for a temporarily single mom dealing with a deployment.

I’m pretty sure I went a whole week without washing my hair. How did I let that happen? Eww!

OK, that’s a little dramatic. It wasn’t bad, otherwise I’d have made it a priority. With a blow-out and an occasional dose of dry shampoo, it really wasn’t as big a deal as you might think.

I’m busy. I mean, really busy. If I have to choose between working out, keeping the house tidy, shopping for groceries, etc., or taking the hour + to wash, dry, and style my hair, I know what’s going to give. Don’t get me wrong, I have showered, I just didn’t take the time to do my hair.

My week was busier than normal, and my normal weeks are busy. On top of the usual activities, appointments, volunteering, etc. Dwight is having surgery next week so he needed a pre-op appointment that lasted an hour and was at an Army hospital an hour away from our home. The surgeon requires a good deal of paperwork, so I worked on that.

Tax time is approaching, so Horatio and I had to settle on how we would deal with that. He always does our taxes with Turbo Tax. I’ve never done it and, to be honest, I’d rather not start. I feel completely overwhelmed when I think of sitting at the computer to figure it all out. We decided that Horatio would do them. So, I scanned all of our documents and emailed them to him; no small task. It was easy, but time consuming. He will try to fit it into his weekend, which is not easy when you work seven days almost every week.

We joined an Asperger’s social group. So, now, every Thursday loses 3 hours. I am the room parent and an art volunteer in two of my boys’ classrooms.  Our elementary school sanctions Valentine’s Day as the one official party in the classrooms, so I am helping to plan them.  All of these things take priority.

The point is, it may be harder to fit everything in and harder to manage the logistics, but just because Horatio is deployed, doesn’t mean I have an excuse to let everything go, so something’s got to give.  This week, it was the hair washing, oh and the two baskets of laundry that I washed on Monday but have not yet folded.

About Commander in Chief At home

Erin is a military spouse and, sometimes temporarily single mom to 4 boys. She's a writer, editor, teacher, and (Autism) mom.
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1 Response to Something’s Got to Give

  1. Kristi says:

    This was a great post – it shows just how many things you’ve been juggling lately. Hope that everything goes well with the surgery!


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