For the last few months I’ve been working on a project that I really want to finish.

I’m frustrated with myself, because I was supposed to be done in March.

i love to draw

Back to the drawing board.

Oh, I’ve got a bunch of excuses reasons why I’m not done. For one, this project is pushing at the limits of my technological skills.

I took a Photoshop class this spring, but I still have some boundary stretching to do in the tech department.

 

photoshop learning fun

A Grand Illusion

I’d say, don’t try this at home, but you can if you’ve got Photoshop!

Anyway, I’m not done. But all around me things are finishing.

Today was my baby’s son’s last day of high school. It was also my last official day as a parent volunteer at his school.

high school mascot dragon

I sold school t-shirts, but they never made me wear the dragon costume. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two days ago I made the 4,449th cheese sandwich (approximately) to go in my kid’s lunch box.

For the last time.

Because a Lunch Box Provided By Your Mom is not one of the choices for his college meal plan (I checked).

For the last nine months, there’s been his last cross country meet, last all district (and this year all state) chorus concerts, last music awards picnic, last piano lesson and recital, last prom, and lots of senior events that continue the You’re Finished theme.

But I’m not finished.

Not yet.

I just need a little more time.

 

Are you checking stuff off your To Do List? Tell me, I’d love some inspiration. Or a hug. Or a donut. And speaking of donuts…

donuts in richmond VA

Happy National Donut Day!!

xo

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37 thoughts on “Just A Little More Time Please

  1. :Donna Marie

    Oh, Colleen, you are SO not alone! This has been the story of my life (and probably most people’s) for most of my life. Life will ALways detour us. I have been saying/intending to launch my blogs for about 1 1/2 years. I’m lucky when I’ve gotten to focus on them in a couple of short spurts. IF nothing else big comes up, I SHOULD be able to tackle them in the next few days, though my father goes in for unexpected surgery on Monday, and so and so on. There’s always something that keeps stuff on our To Do lists much longer than we wanted them there. You just have to go with the flow…

    Allen Saunders: Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.
    โ€”Publishers Syndicate (http: //quote investigator. com/2012/05 /06/other-plans/)

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      You are so right! Every time I get frustrated I remind myself to chill–and also to try and enjoy the journey and not the result. Sending good thoughts your way for your father.

  2. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    I’ve got The Chairmen of the Board’s “Give Me Just a Little More Time” stuck in my head. It’s a 1970 song with a Motown feel. I hope it sticks around for a while.

    Coleen, you’ve made the most of your time with the kids in the nest, and I suspect you’ll fill the empty nest with your interests and enthusiasms. The day will come when you’ll be glad you don’t have to pack a school lunch. Really.

    Too bad you didn’t get to wear the dragon costume, though.

  3. Teresa Robeson

    Like your youngest, my oldest is graduating high school…and I don’t think either case is easy, so I’ll share a hug and a donut with you!

    I only have 4 things of my writing to-do list (and a million on my home and family to-do list, but that list is never ending) and I’ve only crossed off one. Ack…and the week is ending. Is it time to panic yet? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a lovely weekend!

  4. kath unsworth

    Coleen I am on the same road, trying to finish illustrations for my picture book I was afraid to set a date to finish as I know as mum life gets in the way of my passions…and thats okay. My daughter all of eleven years old grabbed the calendar and marked a date. She said come on Mum you can do this…you know what? it spurred me on, I may not finish on that date but I am going to try.

    Keep at it Coleen eat lots of donut rewards and you will get there…keep us posted and have fun.

  5. CJ Burright

    It’s so bittersweet, isn’t it, to see our babies grow up? My daughter graduated last year and isn’t more than a couple of hours away at college, but I miss her. A lot. Still, she’s grown up to be a smart, witty, independent, confident young woman, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Plus, there’s never, EVER enough time in the day for all my stuff to get done. Which is why I need some slave-clones… Have a great weekend!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Happy, confident kids equals happy parents for sure! Thanks, CJ. Let’s work on those slave clones. I’ve got some major housework for them.

  6. Patricia

    Oh Coleen, I feel you. I need a little more time for a lot of things. I find myself with time at works some days because there’s not a lot to do, but I cannot use that time to do the other things I enjoy in my life, like writing, crafting, napping, etc. Those things are frowned upon at my office.

    Congratulations on your son’s graduation. It’s hard when they grow up, but rewarding in other ways. Hang in there.

    Patricia Rickrode
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    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      That’s so frustrating. I’ve had jobs like that. I mean I know it’s their time, but still when I’ve got nothing to do, I want to be doing my thing. As far as napping at work, you’ve got me thinking of George Costanza from Seinfeld. He had that napping station built under his desk at work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jennette Marie Powell

    Oh wow, that sounds sooooo much like my current project! I was expecting to have it finished by February… or at least March! Though in my case, it wasn’t techie or graphics stuff holding me up (Photoshop and techie stuff is my thing), it was everything else LOL.

    And yeah, I remember all those “lasts,” too! (I just have one kid, so many were firsts and lasts at the same time!)

    That doughnut sure does look tasty…. ๐Ÿ˜€
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    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I have confidence we will get our projects done! This one is definitely teaching me to chill, because whether I stress or not, it’s still waiting for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you get plenty of happy writing time, Jennette.:)

  8. Patricia Tilton

    I join the group — you are not alone. I need to be working on something there are a million other things I find to distract me. I’m impressed that you took Photoshop. Don’t think I’d pass. Hugs, Patricia

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Patricia! I was determined to get through the class. I kind of wanted to quit that first day, because not only was it a foreign software, the class was being taught on Macs. I’d never used a Mac. I was sweating that day, but plugged along one frustrated sigh at a time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Dianne

    I love how you weave the frustration of not getting something finished with the bittersweet realization that your day-to-day life as a mother will be finished all too soon. And I love your son’s lunch — what will he do without those cheese sandwiches???

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Dianne! I think he will be eating loads of cereal in the college cafeteria! Years ago he once told us that he was looking forward to college because of the variety of cereals in the cafeteria. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 4amwriter

    I wonder. Can anyone make a national anything day? My votes would be for Sleeping, Writing, and Disney (assuming none of those already exist).

    This is always a hard time of year for me. I’m not fond of endings. Even though I know that endings mean new beginnings, I still feel like I’m losing something important from my life.

    Have a great summer, and here’s a hug. (Sorry, I ate the donuts.) Kate

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks for the hug, Kate. Hope your summer is a happy one! Let me know when it’s National Sleeping Day!! ๐Ÿ™‚
      PS No worries about the donuts, there’s always more.

  11. Clay

    I love the dragon costume… we are sharks and have a dandy shark costume, mostly kids wear it and stand in line to wear it, to be the shark, it allows them to don a persona, to be someone they’re not (sorta like that chicken costume)… not a bad thing for a moment. as for your list, I am the king of distractions, or maybe the crown prince… I am always finding (or making, or being given) something that takes my eye off the prize…. keep at it! Have a great week!
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    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      A shark costume sounds cool. Although I’d probably walk around quoting the old SNL skit– “Land shark.” :)Thanks, Clay. Happy summer!

  12. Kassandra Lamb

    Coleen, I’ve come to the conclusion that to-do lists are like laundry. If you ever get it all done, it will only stay that way for a very brief time. And more often, the list gets longer, not shorter.

    But I do love it when I can check something big off of that sucker!

    As to your baby finishing high school, congrats to him, and condolences to you. I’ve been an empty nester for over a decade now, but I still remember the bittersweetness when that newly-minted, thinks-he’s-an-adult, semi-grown child heads off to college. There are definitely some advantages to having an empty nest though. Sometimes, I run around the house in my undies, just because I can! ๐Ÿ˜€
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  13. Penny

    I’ve got a long to do list – blogging chores, organizing the condo, etc. Donutsโ€ฆat the top and bottom of the list and always and easy one to get done. Can’t seem to get anything else done as quickly as I want to! Congrats to your accomplished son on graduating. A memorable milestone for all of you. As for photoshopโ€ฆ.it can be overwhelmingโ€ฆaggravating at times…and addicting!

  14. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    Well, it looks to me like you have Photoshop skills for sure! I took one of those classes and can’t remember for the life of me how to do what you did there! Sigh.. things just don’t “stick” with me as easily these days. Maybe that’s why everything takes me so much more time??

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Oh i have this problem too. I HAVE to write it all down–or if it’s on the web, bookmark the instructions in a folder. I always think I will remember, but I always need my notes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Name

    Big hugs. Watching your baby leave the nest is a tough thing for a mama. I know that I stood in the card aisle at Walmart and bawled while I was reading graduation sentiments. Seriously, I had to leave and come back later. As for Photoshop, it’s looking pretty good:)

  16. Alarna Rose Gray

    Ah, this sounds like a very familiar tune over here. I’ve been thrashing myself with the forever lengthening deadline of releasing Hello Pepi books, and that’s just the beginning on a long list of delays. For me, real life has loomed ahead of everything this year, and sometimes I despair, feeling like nothing ever gets done. But then Ms reminds me that my deadlines are only self imposed. And in the end, sometimes real life matters more. Linger on the ‘lasts’, Coleen. They are way more important than anything else… xo

  17. Karen McFarland

    Uh Coleen, you’ve had a lot of stuff going on. Nothing like a graduation to mess things up. I mean, how dare he interrupt your schedule? lol. “Because a Lunch Box Provided By Your Mom is not one of the choices for his college meal plan (I checked).” LOLOL! Keep laughing Coleen! We moms are in an emotional turmoil during this life-altering period and there’s no escaping it. But the photoshop is looking good girl! ((Hugs!)) ๐Ÿ™‚
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