Usually when I complain that I've been too busy to blog (or read a book, or cook dinner, or breathe), it's because I am "just" working full-time and parenting three kids (which seems to require an out-of-proportion—and increasing—amount of laundry, food, shopping, and chauffering), plus whatever other things I have going on, like volunteer gigs or household needs.
Now I feel that I've perhaps been the blogger who cried wolf one too many times, because how will I do all of that stuff and, on top of that, tackle three really time-consuming and overwhelmingly important "life projects" coming at me all at once? To wit:
1. Julie's Bat Mitzvah is in less than 3 months. Which means that I should, um, I don't know, order some invitations or start dress shopping or begin writing the "blessing" I'll deliver....
2. As I discovered at a big info session at the high school last night, applying to college has turned into an incredibly complicated project. And it turns out that Steph is suddenly a SENIOR and will thus be—gulp—applying to college really soon. The last time I did this (35 years ago), seniors were advised to apply to one "reach" school, one "good fit" school, and one "safety" school (and perhaps one other, if you were really ambitious). You filled out your applications, stuck 'em in an envelope, and hoped for the best. Now, of course, it's all done online, which makes it so easy that kids are applying to 8, 10, 12, or MORE schools. And that is completely throwing off all the statistics about how hard or easy it is to get into any one school—for example, a school that used to accept 500 out of 1000 applicants is now accepting 500 out of perhaps 3000. So now the transcript and the test scores and the extracurriculars and the recommendations and so on are even more important than ever. Stress! There's quite a bit to do to get all these pieces together, and it all has to happen sooner rather than later, especially for the Early Action/Rolling admissions programs. (The ideal scenario would be for Steph to be holding an acceptance letter from any one school on her list as soon as possible; THEN, we can exhale and wait patiently to hear from the other schools.)
3. In the midst of all this, my parents have decided to sell their place at the Cape and live in Florida full-time. Which means that there's 28 years' worth of STUFF to get rid of (they've had both places for all this time, so they essentially own two of everything). And, of course, this is all going on in the next 5 weeks too.
So ... anyone know where I can get me some Calgon?