Nate's work schedule keeps flip-flopping from day-to-night.
Anyone who deals with shift work is familiar with the bizarre home upending that occurs when you switch to the ominously-named graveyard.
It doesn't help that my friends are some of the bluntest damn souls on the planet. “Wow, you look tired. You should probably take a nap or a break or…something…other than whatever it is you've been doing lately.”
Thanks guys, I'm on it.
I've learned that the key during busy times, really, is to brace yourself for the inevitable chaos. Do everything in your considerable power to ready your home for a little bit of insanity. Ditch clutter. Free up your calendar. Have some babysitting days lined up if you can. Beyond that, it's all about reacting appropriately.
That's what separates the wheat from the chaff, really. A plan. A small amount of know-how. I worked as an aide in a library for awhile, and I'll never forget the single biggest lesson the head librarian taught me.
“You don't know need to know all the answers, Chelsea. You just need to know how to find the answers.”
I've expanded that idea into virtually every aspect of my life. I know that I don't need to have all the laundry done or supplies ready or even all the groceries in the refrigerator. I simply need to know how to obtain the necessary things when and if they're needed.
I gushed about GrubHub in my recent roundup of romantic apps, and I was so excited when they reached out to us to work on a full feature. The company has an app and a website that identifies nearby food delivery or pickup options and lets you place an order with a few button clicks.
It's refreshing to not have to yell into the receiver – trying to track down menus and delivery windows and whatnot – with all THIS going on in the background.
I have a penchant for exotic food (Thai, Greek, Indian, Vietnamese) so it's pretty fantastic to me that I can browse all of the menus nearby and conjure up basically whatever tasty treats I could possibly imagine – right in my home – without lifting a finger.
BAM, baba ghanoush! You want falafel? You got it. How about feta fries with that?
Everybody in the family gathers around to check out my dinner plans. And I mean everybody.
I usually corral us into the kitchen, at least, but on this particular night it was cluttered from a trip we're packing for.
Comme ci comme ça. We'll get that part right tomorrow.
So next time you're having a rough day and think, “Hey, some spanakopita would make this a whole lot better…” you can make it happen. No stress. You've got this in the bag! You may not have a menu plan or ingredients or clean dishes, but that's okay. You, dear friend, have something just as useful.
A contingency plan.