May 2009 has been A Very Busy Month here in the Dillow household so far. Strangely enough, so was May 2008. And gosh, May 2007 was certainly well-documented here as The Month That Nearly Did Us In. May 2006? Getting ready to move from Colorado to California while selling a house in a real estate market teetering on the brink of collapse. And while undocumented on this blog, May 2002 was a bit of a blur what with preparing sub plans through the end of the school year for when I was gone welcoming the now seven-year-old... or May 1995 when I finished student teaching, graduated from college, said goodbye to Oxford, finalized wedding plans, and got ready to move from Ohio to Montana. I can't be sure, but I'm willing to bet that month wasn't really the peak of calm for me either.
I'm suddenly a little bit nervous about May 2010. And a little sheepish that I didn't notice this pattern until tonight.
My friend Susan recently pointed out that while reading her recently unearthed old journals, she noticed that she reacted to stress way back when in the exact same way she does today. Details changed, but the nature of the reaction remained the same. By genetics, by habit, whatever. Apparently the same holds true for how much one puts on one's plate throughout the year. Perhaps next year I'll make sure I squeeze in a few quality naps the last week of April in preparation.
The nice thing about May is that a lot of the time, the things going on are fun things. For example, like this month:
• Family 5K at Maddie's school
• farewell picnic with Melanie
• developing/completing my next workshop at Big Picture Scrapbooking
• concert at the Kennedy Center + weekend visit from Marie and Lily
• Bridget's breakfast birthday party/Mother's Day breakfast
• book club going away party
• visit from Grandma and Grandpa (which included Social Studies and Science Night, a visit to the Museum of American History, Eastern Market, and Bangkok 54; traipsing around Arlington National Cemetery in search of a relative buried in Section 1, a second viewing of the pilot of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, taking Maddie to see Earth as an early birthday present, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of American Art, a trip to Politics and Prose to hear Amy Krouse Rosenthal, dinner in Del Ray—plus a trip for Matt and Grandpa to the Air & Space annex at Dulles)
• birthday-eve brownies and ice cream for 19 sweet first-graders (at school)
• birthday luncheon party for three sweet first-graders (at home)
• Memorial Day picnic down the street
• impromptu photo shoots
• long, lingering, lazy evening visits to Buzz
• NBA playoffs (OK, so sometimes this fits into the not-as-fun category. I am proud to be a witness, but if I witness much more heartbreak like tonight, I don't know what I'll do. I remain hopeful, though, just like all good Cleveland fans! Game 5 is Thursday.)
• behind-the-scenes work on a big new thing coming soon
• normal activities like gymnastics for all three girls, farmers' market and library visits, playgroup
Plus the things that weren't quite as fun (though not terrible):
• audiology appointments at Walter Reed AMC, well-baby checkups, pharmacy visits, renting another house sight unseen from 1500+ miles away using only the computer, faith, and adrenaline from eating the change fees caused by cancelling our plane tickets to Cheyenne to avoid having to buy a house for an assignment of TBD length
If you were thinking this doesn't leave much room for laundry, grocery shopping, and doing anything of substance to prepare for the move, you'd be right. If you were thinking that I better get a picture posted on this blog soon, you'd also be right. But with almost 1000 pictures to choose from, I'm not sure where to begin. I think I'm leaning toward the close-my-eyes-and-point-at-the-screen method tomorrow : )