Monday, September 10, 2012

I Just Keep on Going, and Going, and Going..

I'm now at that time in deployment where my "to-do" list is far longer than the "days left". It's sad. 

Yes. My to-do list IS that long. 

With the amount of rain Hampton Roads has been getting lately, many of my outdoor projects have been halted. 

Now, I'm trying to prioritize and I'm working hard at not stressing myself out.

This is the hardest part of deployment, for me... Conquering my "list". Remember months ago when I said I always put more on my Deployment To-do list than I have time to complete? I wasn't kidding.

I still have 2 1/2 rooms to paint (bathroom is 1/2 done), table to refinish, patio to complete, fence and shed to install and those are just a few of the important things on my list. And guess what?! I only have XX [insert some relatively low number here, but one that isn't low enough to pee my pants with excitement] days left!

Am I stressing yet? eh, borderline. 

I'm not quite stressing, but I'm getting there. Between working the part time job, full time with my photography, Promo jobs as I can score them... I haven't been giving myself a day off. 

I did this to myself last deployment. I made myself completely mad at myself because I made my list a mile long and continued to add to it- and, of course, I wasn't able to complete it. Deployment number 2 is no different. My list is 2 miles long and I've added at least 50 (it seems) things to the already ginormous list.

Why do I make my list so long? I like to be busy. I do not stop. I AM the Energizer Bunny. I just keep on going. Granted last week, and the 2 weeks before that, I was sick and I just stopped and slept ever second I could, when I wasn't working. So, because I was sick, I feel I am slightly more behind and overdrive needs to kick in. Although, I feel as if I was already in overdrive.. 
I like to physically and mentally exhaust myself. I work well under pressure and even when stressed. Probably not good for my heart.. but I've always been this way and I don't think it is something I can easily change.

So, this week's goal(s): Finish painting bathroom, Paint bedroom Hang new curtains in bedroom, paint office,   hang curtains in office, Make one huge Goodwill run and put a lot of "junk" on the curb for trash pickup. 

I think that's plenty to put on my plate for the week considering I have 3 days to work the part time job and 3 sessions this week, plus 2 to finish editing. 

But when I want a day off, I am rewarded in many ways.. Like this awesome session:

See, who could have a bad day with such adorable little boys in it? Not me. He was precious! 

Today's agenda? Work. Photography. Paint.


  1. I hear ya. My husband's deployment ended at the end of June, but around mid-May I started getting a little depressed that he'd be home! I knew I wouldn't finish all my projects in time for his homecoming!!! Dear me. I feel your pain!

    1. I feel this deployment will be much like the last, when I get to the week of homecoming, I'll be begging for just 2 more days to make everything perfect!

  2. Such a sweet photo. I've completed half my to do list. I've changed things so many times its just a never ending battle. Today after doing one of my husbands to do's. I.E. truck looked at, I went for a looooong walk. Today's weather was amazing.

  3. Hi there! Stumbled across your blog searching for Navy wife blogs. Turns out I'm also in Hampton Roads (so shocking with the amount of Navy here right? LOL) Hope the drier weather has given you a shot to get things done this week! ~Katy

    1. Hi Katy!
      I got a few yard projects crossed off! Yay!

  4. I stumbled across your blog when I was searching about Navy life earlier. My boyfriend was in the Navy for four years and he's talking about it again and I've been curious (and a little scared). Then I found you and I've been reading all day and found your photography website and then found out you live near me! How random. I'm also a photographer, located in Williamsburg. I love your blog and your photos are amazing. And I just thought I should let you know. :)