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Not So Tough
Friday, October 22nd, 2010

“I survived because I was tougher than everyone else.” Bette Davis

I can claim “tough”.

I served 14.5 years in the U.S. Army (including a stint in the Middle East during the Gulf War), plus another 7 in the Guard.

I gave birth to a 10.5 pound kid without so much as an aspirin.

I worked full time, wrote full time, and put up with a 3-hour commute each day.

So why do I want to whine like a 5-year-old because I’m up at the butt-crack of dawn now and can’t go back to sleep?

It’s my own damn fault. I looked at my calendar, carved up what I still had to accomplish for the rest of the month, then did a little backward planning to come up with my To Do list for the next few days. Today’s has a hellish 30 items I need to get through to keep on track. I’ve been making great headway on the Viking story, but shoved everything else aside this week to make sure I kept focused on goal #1, but I can’t afford to let all the other little things slide either. They add up. And they keep my edgy.

So, here I am at O-dark-thirty, getting the the first thing scratched off my battle list. And if I’m reverting to Army-speak, it’s because I feel like I need to roll out today like I’m getting ready to cross the LD (the line designated to coordinate the departure of attack elements). Hooah!

9 comments to “Not So Tough”

  1. Lisa J
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 8:06 am · Link

    I always get up at the butt-crack of dawn. It was especially tough this morning because I couldn’t get to sleep last night. I heard the clock chime at 12:30 am and since I get up at 4:45 am, that doesn’t allow much time for sleep. We had a big lay off here at work last Friday (it left us with a lot of queen bees and very few worker bees) and it has been a bit stressful in the office. I’m having trouble sleeping this week.

    Keep crossing things off the list!

  2. Delilah
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 10:56 am · Link

    Lisa! Sorry to hear about the stress at work. I completely get why you’re unsettled. Been there, hon! Might try a little melatonin or ambien before you head to bed tonight.

  3. Brandy W
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 2:35 pm · Link

    I’d imagine you’re much further along on that to-do list now. One day you might be able to take a quick break.

  4. Delilah
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 2:39 pm · Link

    One day? How about December 1st? That’s when the three WIPs are due. Blech.

  5. Diane Sadler
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 8:33 pm · Link

    All I can say is: it will still be there tomorrow!

  6. Natalie
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 pm · Link

    I definitely agree tomorrow the list will look shorter.

  7. Delilah
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Daughter agreed to keep the little one with her all day tomorrow to give me a chance to play catch up. Only 11 items crossed off my list today. Sheesh.

  8. Lisa J
    · October 23rd, 2010 at 8:41 am · Link

    As my Mom always tells me, that’s eleven less you have to do today. (I always hate it when she tells me that.)

  9. sue brandes
    · October 23rd, 2010 at 7:39 pm · Link

    They been cutting hours at my work too. I can’t imagine having to worry about lay offs. Hugs. Whenever I have a list I have to do one at a time. Slowly I get things done. I am hyper about it though. LOL. I always feel if I don’t get up early I won’t get anything done. You’ll get it Delilah. Sounds like you had a lot of training. 😉

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