Freeform Katia

May 2, 2008

the daily grind

Filed under: family, musings — Tags: , — freeformkatia @ 9:30 am

I was inspired by catalogrrr and her Walk to Work photo essay, so yesterday I did one of my own for my walk from work to home. Click the photo below for the slideshow.

walk home 001

I love walking to and from work. It gives me 15-20minutes 2x a day to think my thoughts. By myself. Sometimes the walk is therapeutic as it gives me some time to wind down; sometimes the walk is stressful as it allows me mentally stack up the million+1 things that need to get done or the million+1 things that should have been done. Either way, though, I think the walk is good for me.

Of course this morning I thought about a million things. And the question I keep coming back to: why does everything have to seem so complicated? Life is not that hard: eat, work, sleep. It’s all the extra stuff that gets in the way — all the deadlines and timelines. Take today, for example. If you work the day backwards, there is little wiggle room:

7:08pm : be at airport to pick up friend

6:30pm : leave for airport. I plan to bring Maja with me so that Richard can get Madeleine to bed at a reasonable hour; that means in order for Maja to be relatively pleasant we have to eat before we leave.

5:30pm : preferably have dinner ready and start eating.

between 4:00pm and 6:00pm : pick up plants from plant sale. I only had 2 choices for this — tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow, though, is booked solid with an event that only occurs 1x a year. So, no flexibility there.

2:00pm and 2:15pm — girls have doctor appointments

1:15pm at the latest! — start drive to doctor. This means having them in the car and driving out of the parking lot. So, I have to be AT school at

12:45pm — be at school to pick up the girls. Gather sheets, clothes, bottles, etc. and get everyone/thing into the car.

12:30pm — leave work. In order to avoid being ‘charged’ a 1/2 day sick time I can only take 2 hrs off work… so that means I have to work a 5hr day. To leave by 12:30pm I need to be at work by 7:30am.

7:30am — be AT work. This didn’t happen. See? The day was shot to hell before it even started!

To top off the chaos, I didn’t remember last night about the appointments. So I had no snacks or activities packed for this afternoon — all that had to get done this morning amidst the usual morning chaos. This frustrated me to no end: how could I be so stupid?!? Probably because by the time all was finished last night I was too tired to think any further. Time for an overhaul in the organization department.



  1. My photo essay inspired you? That’s funny because your photos inspired me to take those pictures in the first place.

    I agree about the walk to work being the time to just unwind. It’s perfect. I think I’d walk more if it took me 15 minutes instead of 60 but that’s what happens in life. :)

    I like you walk to work pictures. It makes me want to visit your city.

    Comment by Laura — May 2, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  2. I feel for you babe, but I got you beat today. I am flying BY MYSELF with the two boys to Salt Lake City. Thankfully this is ONE flight (SLC happens to be one place we can actually get to without a connection). But not thankfully, Liam has been barfing/diarrhea for the last couple of days and my fingers are crossed we’ll make it without some sort of explosion of body fluids. Once in Utah we’ve covered– my cousin has 4 kids and her hubby is a dr!! Have a great wk end!

    Comment by Lynette — May 2, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  3. Oh Lynette — yikes. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you. Good luck.

    Comment by freeformkatia — May 2, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  4. What a lovely walk to work you have! The best I ever had was a short walk to the train station. It wasn’t quite as nice as yours.
    I’m sorry you have such a harried day. Hopefully, tomorrow will be MUCH better.

    Comment by knittedgems — May 2, 2008 @ 11:45 am

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