People often ask me that. I don't have a satisfactory answer, I usually talk about the planned programs I have to keep 43 boys in check, mention hugs and kisses and putting on of band-aids and so forth. But last night before dropping into bed at 9:30 (highly unlike me, usually up til midnight!) (I had to force myself to stay up that late, as I was waiting for the three boys enjoying Saturday Night Sleepover in the living room to fall asleep) I wrote out a partial "Post-return-to-Mozambique, Post-Christmas-and-New-Years-To-Do List." So here we have a bit of the things that take up my time:
Clean every surface: dust, sweep, mop to get rid of two months build-up of dust and dirt blown in the windows
Write name on all movies and arrange in more orderly fashion so when people come to borrow them they can find them more easily.
Clean/sort three-tier shelf near lockers.
Rearrange lockers (food, crafts, boys' books etc.)
Rearrange storage chest to make room for new group toys/games.
Blog about Pedro
Sort thru clothes to give away to Tias
Rearrange suitcases used for storage when not traveling
Decide what to do with box of donated videos under bed
Decorate/hang bulletin board bought six months ago
Swap wardrobe and shelf with dresser?
Thank yous to supporters from last church service
Poster to Randy Powell
Organize and name photos into folders
Clean computer screen
New medical insurance
Flight quotes for trip to New Jersey for Mom's birthday
Return 167 emails in inbox!
Mani/pedi (not the salon type, the "file the broken nails and get my feet clean"variety!)
Hang poster number 1
Laminate and hang poster number 2
Put together new bicycle
Give old, somewhat broken bike to Bendito
Go thru bag of too-small or ripped clothes from Room 2
Dust and rearrange shed
Paint and repair small chairs
Give to-do list to maintenance
Move bench and store broken back part of bench until can be repaired
Move old tools to loft
Paint rooms 1 and 2
Sort thru stuff I shoved in cupboard when my house was painted
Take old clothes from Rooms 1 and 3 and new clothes handout
Arrange December birthday party
Organize incentive program for boys who "xi-xi" the bed at night
Put new plug on radio for boys
Assess shoe situation
Shopping List, partially to complete above:
Bucket, to replace the one Agostino broke yesterday
Mirror tape for hanging posters
Batik for Room 3
Chairs and tables for all kids to eat meals in dorm after the new year
Towels for Room 2
Chips, biscuits and drinks for New years Day meal
Two thoughts I have now: so why am I taking time to blog about this instead of doing it? And, why am I dropping it all to accept the invite to go to the pool this lovely Sunday afternoon with my friends, the Wakelys?