Thursday, August 12, 2010

Overwhelmed And Underpaid

I am stressed, really stressed. It is that time of the year - back to school time. Just one more thing to add to my never ending list of things to do.

This year I have three in school. That is at least 6 pairs of shoes, clothes and endless school supplies.

Money is tight and I have been looking for a job for close to a year now. What makes it even harder in this awful economy is that I can only work nights and weekends. It makes it even harder to find a job.

I got my first job interview at the end of last week for a major retailer. I have a college degree, I am a smart woman. This should have been a no-brainer. Guess what? They made me go all the way down to the store to be told that I wasn't "flexible" enough with my time. They asked on the application if I could work mornings, afternoons or evenings. I put evenings and weekends. They were looking for a person to work from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. What the hell? Last time I checked 11 a.m. wasn't evening. I cried all the way home. Why did they waste my time and get my hopes up??

Then there is all the appliances. Why do you all decide to break down when our "rainy day funds" have been depleted? The air conditioner going out just about put me over the edge. I got away with a $300.oo bill instead of a $3000.00 bill for a whole new unit. I guess I am lucky. (ha-ha) This is projected to be the hottest week in Illinois. We couldn't live without it. It's money I could have used towards school. Oh well.

I have lost the ability to organize. Between cooking, cleaning, the NEVER ENDING laundry, being interrupted every two seconds by one of the four of my girls, I don't get things done let alone organized. I feel like I am juggling eight balls at all times and dropping them all day.

I try to complete too many things and end up getting nothing done. I have tried to prioritize to no avail. EVERYTHING seems to be a priority. I have made lists. That doesn't work either. What is the point to having a million lists all over? I would only have to organize them too!

I guess I can only hope that once we all get settled with school things will get easier.

Anyone have any good organizing tips for me? What works for you?


Obviously MARvelous



  1. :( I hope things start looking up real soon. It's hard to find a job now days it seems. My daughter finally found one after 2 months.

  2. Oh trust me I'm still not organized! This is my last one who's 15yr and a Junior, we're just now school shooping and it starts in less than 2 weeks. Good luck!

  3. my only organizational tactic is lists. except i make one big list and then take like 2 or 4 things from it and make sure those get done. the master list always has things added to it, but it eventually gets shorter and things get checked off.

  4. I am a list person also. I only make one a day though, that helps with them not being all over. :) Thanks for participating in Traveling Through Thursday and following Momondealz! I am following back!

  5. Hang in there. I know how you feel about everything being crazy. I have been feeling like that since I started blogging, but I don't really want to give it up. It seems like everything is breaking around here, too.

    As for the school supplies, shoes, clothes, etc. I don't even buy my kids back to school clothes anymore unless they have outgrown everything over the summer. They always wear shorts for at least the first month anyway. I don't want to buy fall or winter clothes and have them out grow them before they even get a chance to wear them. Plus if you wait a month or two everything is really marked down. My kids don't even care. If your kids are upset maybe you could just buy them one outfit for the first day.

    As for school supplies, you can find them really cheap right now if you just buy them on sale. I have been scouting out the deals and only buying them when they are rock bottom prices, but we have almost a month before school starts. Staples, Walgreens, Target, Walmart and others are offering great deals. I buy a little at each store. You can check out my blog if you want. I have a lot of the deals posted for the week.

  6. I decided years ago that trying to keep the house organized during the Summer was pointless. Three kids will always equal chaos! (and you have one more than me! lol!) When the kids head back to school Monday, it will probably take me a week or so to get things straight again. I have no tips, though, other than doing one thing at a time, and focusing on that one thing. That's what works for me.

  7. I am joining the Thursday Blog Hop and I am your newest follower. Hope you could return the favor. Its and

    Thank you

  8. You are doing what a bazillion other mothers are doing. Lists just don't work unless you are going to the grocery store. It puts way too much pressure on you. Often those list contain other things that are really not a priority. Just saying.

    The first thing is you need to be less hard on yourself. You are a one woman show and that's a tough thing to fulfill.

    Take a deep breath and try to relax a bit. Big hug. :)

  9. Sorry things are so crazy! I also use lists but I have to make them in a composition notebook otherwise they get lost. I hope things start looking up soon!

    Following from Thirsty Thursday!


  10. Yikes...sounds like you're juggling a lot of balls in the air. Sure hope things settle down somewhat for you soon. I think its ironic... a lot of people refuse to work nights and weekends, and here you are, WANTING to work those hours, and are having such a tough time. I guess that really speaks volumes as to how shitty this economy is...and sadly, I think it's going to get a lot worse. Oh crap....I think I just made your day worse instead of better. Sorry. :( Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully that redeems me a little.

  11. I really hate this time of year too. On one hand I can't wait for the kids to get out of the house (I got the last one in pre-k last year) and give me some peace and quiet on the other hand we have a birthday in August plus all of the back to school expenses. I've got three and they won't stop growing out of their clothes. To bad you can't stop feeding them when you need money for other things. Are any of your girls in a size 1 shoe? I bought my daughter two pairs of skechers z strap girls dress shoes last year and she wore them once - they are really narrow. I've kept them because I just feel wrong throwing them away.

  12. Hang in there, when you're at the bottom the only way to go is up - right?

    I'm a list maker too, I actually have an app for it on my phone. I have daily lists, and grocery lists and work lists, well, the list goes on an on. It at least makes me feel organized.

  13. Following from Thirsty Thursday!


  14. I'm totally a list person. I love seeing the things checked off. I get real detailed lol too so I can check more things off lol... make bed check, eat breakfast check, I feel so accomplished as I see more checks. Just crazy me. We're getting ready for vacation so my list is really long now without any silliness.

    And employers... what really upsets me is when they are interviewing 6 people and they know who they're hiring before the even start!!! They got 5 peoples hopes knowing they weren't going to hire them!! Don't get me started.

  15. Thank you for stopping by my blog hop Thirsty Thursday & for following me at Obviously MARvelous! Im now your newest follower and look forward to seeing you in the weeks to come!


  16. Oh, I don't know. I know that I have to laundry every single day in order to just keep up. Maybe you can start the girls on throwing laundry in or folding or something.

    Life is busy these days and I can't keep up either. Sigh.

  17. I have started just winging it. I figure if there is anything missing from the first day of school then we can get it later. Last year, I made sure my youngest had all her school supplies and half of them never left her backpack. I am also the bad mom who doesn't buy new clothes and shoes for school. It makes things much easier.

  18. Cleaning with kids in the house is like trying to sweep the beach. I was laid off on April 30 and have sent out close to 75 resumes. Not a single interview, not a single call back and not even so much as an email saying that they weren't interested. Hang in there!

  19. Thanks for becoming a follower via Keepin' Company Thursdays. I am now a follower of yours. Hope things get better for you soon. I don't have any tips, but know that everyone has those kinds of days (or even weeks) and it's okay. I can totally relate to a lot of it. I'm in Illinois too and it has been HOTTT!


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