Monday, March 7, 2011

The Juggling Act

I feel I've been such a terrible blogger recently. I promised to post the knitting projects, and I'm way behind in doing it.

Normally, even if I haven't time to post, I can get around a few of you and leave a comment, but even that seems to have been too much this week.

Since I went back to work full-time 3 years ago, I find that life is a juggling act. I know I have too many things going on, but if I think about what I would drop, iI realise I can't bear to give up any of those things I enjoy. Playing the French Horn does take up a huge chunk of every week; when you add up lesson time, orchestra and practice, it's a total of about 9 or 10 hours, including travelling time, but I just couldn't imagine giving it up. I love it!

Walking is another of my "pasttimes", and again, even though it takes up chunks of time, about 3 hours a week, I don't want to give it up, because I enjoy it and it's good exercise.

Blogging is fairly new to the mix, but I enjoy it so much, love meeting new people and there's no way I would consider giving it up.

And going out is yet another pasttime that I enjoy, whether with Hubbie (we try to go out once a week for a couple of hours), or meeting friends for a cuppa and a catch-up.

No, I couldn't give that up either.

Then there are the runs to bring the kids to their activities, (though thankfully there are not too many of those, most things happen after school and they're great at making their own way back), and Hubby does a big chunk of all this work too. Also there's aromatherapy, and last but not least, the boring things like washing, ironing, housework, yawn!!

So, each day, something suffers, and I try to alternate the thing that suffers!

And now knitting has been thrown into the mix!

The scarves for the 3 kids are finished, and worn regularly, and I started on socks with the beautiful yarn in the first picture. It is a joy to work with, and I look forward to wearing them when(ever)they're finished!

We have a little "study area" beside the kitchen that turns into a laundry area every weekend, and this is what it looked like 20 minutes ago! I've tidied it up now, and folded the laundry, but that means that I'm typing this post at 00.52! Agh!

Any suggestions? Am I just disorganised or is it just this stage of life with 3 kids? And I can't afford to go back part-time!


  1. When I come up with something I will let you know. Together we could change the world. Juggling is something I am struggling with as well.

  2. You are very busy woman.;) But that is how life is and yours sounds fulfilled.;)
    How exciting that you play the French Horn.;)

  3. Aptly named yarn. That juggling act seems part of being a woman. So appropriate for the day before International Women's Day.

    I'm so happy to be able to visit with you at yours or mine whenever we both have the time. Who cares about the laundry piled up? It just makes it all more home-like.

  4. I would say it is just life with 3 kids :)
    I think the scarves are awesome!!

  5. Your projects are lovely! I started a sweater for Tucker today...never knitted a doggie sweater before so this should be quite interesting! LOL

    I am not good at picking out colors like you are...I will spend an hour or more looking and then walk out with nothing because I change my mind. Drives me NUTS!

  6. I think alternating is a good way to juggle things. Remember: to every thing there is a season. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Did you see my giveaway?

  7. Just keep juggling Mimi. When the kids are grown you'll be trying to keep yourself busy. After three years I still miss not having them around on a daily basis.
    And hey, you've knitted, you're walking, you're playing your horn, the laundry's done AND you've published a blog post. Looks like you can do it all - just maybe not everything everyday.

  8. I just love the knitting. So beautifully done. Lovely yarn.

    Of course you must keep up with all your hobbies.The French horn is so important because you have come a long way with it and you enjoy it.

    I'm afraid that I just do enough housework to keep from being unhygienic and tackle the things that show (sometimes!) Housework will be here forever, so its not worth getting into a lather about.
    I will not be, so I enjoy what I can when I can. However living in complete chaos is depressing so a balance has to be made.
    You sound as though you have the right balance too.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  9. Sounds like you lead a really busy life. I don't seem to have enough hours in the day either - but I have come up with a brilliant plan! Seeing as we are going to have a new government from tomorrow, and they are looking for ideas to get us out of the mess we're in I am going to ask them to add another day to the week. Eight days a week will help the economy and give us all more time for blogging and leisure.

  10. If you ever figure out how to keep all your balls in the air please be sure to let me know, because I sure don't!

    You knit so beautifully, I'm jealous, I'd love to learn.

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  11. Don't worry, Mimi. You're doing a wonderful job. Life would be boring without a little juggling, right? (And as long as you have clothes to wear, don't fret about the laundry. That's my motto, anyway, and why I have a pile the size of Everest in my hamper!)

    P.S. Beautiful knitting!

  12. I am envious of your talent. Can't knit. Friends tried to teach me and I was horrible. BUT I so love knitted items. I often feel like a terrible blogger too. Can't keep up with anything anymore. Spurts of one thing or another :). I understand the pulls. You are just fine!

  13. Life is a juggling act for those that truly LIVE. So embrace your busy life and be glad! I always let the housework bring up the rear of "important yet repugnant" duties! Your knitting is lovely - and look at how functional your projects are!!!!!