Quality Time

So, as we all know, there is an economic crisis going on and tried to share this with my daughter.  She’s 10.  Obviously, you know how well that conversation went over.  Anyway, last weekend she decided that she just wanted to go “window shopping”.  This led us to Nordstrom where she took off in high pursuit of the trendiest gear (read: expensive) that she could put her hands on.  I gently reminded her that I did not bring any money because we were just window shopping.  To this she replied “Well, can I try these on at least?”  I nodded my head in resignation and followed her into the dressing room.  She actually looked cute in the outfits she had picked out until I started scrutinizing the price tags.  Wow!!!!  She was enjoying herself so, I didn’t say anything.  Since, I’ve been pregnant and cranky at times, I have been trying to spend more quality time with my little girl so that she doesn’t feel left out.  Being a single parent, I know that she may be a little worried that the new kid on the block may take her place.  This guilt had me hypnotized as I put the items on hold and told her I would get them the following weekend when I got paid.  Yesterday, was the day and do you think she forgot.  Nope!  She kindly called me from her grandma’s house (she is staying there this weekend while I move us) and reminded me about the clothes.  All I can do is thank God that I worked the extra hours and when I purchased the items, I didn’t go into a panic attack.  Here’s to quality time.

Mental Stamina

Well, a new school year is about to begin for both myself and my daughter.  I have to buy uniforms, register for the baby shower (I have a son on the way), attend meetings before I start work ( I teach also) and a billion other things.  So, my question is when do I find the time to sit down and actually study my mind on writing.  I have bookmarked countless freelance writing opportunities and have yet to apply to one of them in the past three weeks.  It has been that busy.  With the new baby on the way, my daughter wants all of my attention which is typical for an only child that has spent the last ten years concerned with only herself.

Meanwhile, I am staying with my sister until my apartment is ready in October so, all of my things are in storage and my life seems off-balance.  It is easier for me to write these short blurbs for my blog but, harder to write more lengthy pieces that are targeted for future positions.  Anyway, I have gathered my notebook and agenda and tonight I will create a schedule that will at least allow me to apply to three freelance writing positions before the school year starts in a week. Wish me luck.