“I have NO Fucking Time!” I screamed at my husband. Then, I turned away from him because I didn’t want him to see that I was about to cry. “What is wrong with me? Why am I crying about having to make dinner?” I thought to myself. Then, as if Satan himself wanted to toy with me, I hear a knock at the door. It’s one of our family members with their kids and wife showing up unannounced! I didn’t have enough food laid out of the freezer. “More Stress!” I screamed inside my own head. “I just got off work! Don’t these people know that I don’t have time?”
I quietly opened the freezer door, hoping I had something to cook that would feed four extra unexpected people. I was so angry. I just wanted to be alone but, instead, I am cooking for people that didn’t have the decency to tell us they were coming over five minutes after I walked in the door from work. I love my family, but I feel like I don’t have time to enjoy their company, not if I want any personal time at all. Man, how selfish am I?
I found some ground beef, 8 frozen meatballs, spaghetti noodles, and sauce. I cooked supper for my family and our guests. I knew that I was being kind of short (maybe a little rude) with everyone, but I was truly in a bad mood. I had a long day at work and the only thing I really wanted to do was to come home, turn on a chick flick, and veg out on popcorn covered in sprayed butter and white cheddar salt! But, I am a mother and a wife. I have no choice. I am supposed to be happy to wear myself out every single day for years…right?
At 10:00 pm our unexpected family members decided it was time to go home. They didn’t have to work the next day, so they had plenty of time. (That is what I kept thinking about as I participated in the conversation.) I kept thinking, “It must be nice to have time to decorate your home, start a garden, go fishing, and plan a picnic in the park!” These are the things they were telling us about. My entire day and evening was over. I had time to take a shower, make sure my kids did their homework, and go to bed.
This is the way my life was going. When I started my job I had a few hobbies that I enjoyed doing in my free time. Now, I have no free time. This kept happening to me. So many nights, I got off work, made supper, and ended up going to bed without getting any time to enjoy life. Eventually, all of my hobbies ended. I would say, “I will work on that tomorrow.” Well, I would say the exact same thing the next day, and the next day, and so on. I couldn’t let this keep happening. I had to find a way to save more time!
I told my husband that I know it seems like I am always in a bad mood and I just need to find a way to have more time. I wasn’t enjoying life and life is short enough. My husband is a woodworker, so I gave him a mission. “Save my sanity!” I said. I told him that I needed a way to get more time out of my evenings. I couldn’t continue to live like that or I would get depressed. (Honestly, I was already depressed)He built a few different options, like a cutting board on a cart with wheels. (which I still have) But, it just wasn’t right. I needed something I could carry outside if we were using the grill. After a lot of trial and error, we created our 3-Piece Matching Serving Set. (And now, we also have a 4-Piece Matching Serving Set.)
With this set, if family comes over, I can grab it off the refrigerator, throw some crackers and cheese on the cutting board, grab a bottle of wine and glasses to use with the wine carrier, and serve drinks on the tray, and I can pull it all together in about 10 to 20 minutes! The best part is that I can use this set as part of the table decoration because it’s a matching set and it looks beautiful together. This isn’t fixing all of my time issues, but it helps.
Sincerely, Cendee (One Half Of Our Whole)
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