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In the true Olympic spirit, I always remain hopeful of snagging the gold around here. What would my “gold” be? Being able to get ready for the day, completely ready for the day, all in the course of one morning. I can usually at least get most of my personal grooming tasks done within a 24 hr. period, but this feels about as un-awesome as it does when you spread the cleaning tasks out over the course of a week (you know–clean a toliet here, wipe a sink down there, etc.). My Type A personality would just love to get everything done all at once and make a big check mark over an item on my to-do list.
The other day, I was desperately trying to entertain my toddler and occupy my baby long enough to just snag a quick shower. I do agree that showering can be an excessively lofty goal for a mom of two young ones, so I usually just try to cover the basics (deodorant, clean underwear, teeth brushing–flossing can even be optional). No, I wasn’t trying to do anything fancy like shave my legs or blow dry my hair, but it was still a panicky affair. After getting out of the shower, I was so excessively perspiring from scrambling to get dressed before the baby’s cries turned into all-out screams, that my efforts to get clean were quickly counterbalanced. I paused for one second and just thought about how it would feel to fully bathe and groom without such a hysterical, needy audience. Could you imagine trying to put on your make-up without someone whining that they need more apple juice? Could you imagine putting make-up on at all? I would feel like aces if I actually managed to put on all of my clothes, a little eyeliner AND even have time for something as indulgent as a pee. And to do it all in one morning?
Everyone has their version of a gold medal-worthy accomplishment, and this most definitely would be mine. Later this week, athletes will be rocking out mararthons and triple-dismounts from the balance beam. Just give me one morning when I’ve managed to cleanse and style my hair, and I’m taking the podium. Move aside, Micheal Phelps.
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