Setting the Scene
As most of you know, I have a full time job. (You know, besides my main full time job of being Mommy.) I teach high school English.
Here in Texas, we have been preparing for our state standardized test for months. It took place this last Thursday. The day before SodieDooDotch went live. The day before I needed to have the website together, posts written, and loose ends tied up. The day before I
needed wanted everything to be perfect.
So while I was furiously reviewing my students on the mechanics of persuasive writing, the logistics of completing short answers, and all the test-taking strategies I could possibly think of, I was also hard at work thinking about the mechanics of writing for a blog, the logistics of posting regularly, and watching as many WordPress self-help videos I could find.
Why I decided to squeeze high-stakes testing and blog launching so close together, I will never know. It’s probably not gonna change, though; I’m notorious for doing these kinds of things.
Nevertheless, Thursday afternoon, once this long-awaited test was finally over, I decided to take off work on Friday. My boys would both be at preschool, my husband would be at work, and I could stay up all night Thursday and have the house to myself on Friday to focus on SodieDooDotch.
Apparently, I had a momentary lapse in sanity and forgotten the fact that my 2 year old is going through some kind of phase and has not slept through the night for at least 6 weeks now (yawn). No worries, though! I got some work done here and there. Besides, I had Friday right? I could launch SodieDooDotch and work on it simultaneously. (cue laughter)
My own amazing, awesome, couldn’t-live-without-her momma came over to take my boys to school so I could keep working. And that’s what I did! For exactly one hour. Before my son’s teacher called. To tell me he was running fever. 100.2. Come and get him.
Isn’t that just how it works? Nothing goes as planned. But it still goes. I may get interrupted, distracted, busy, frustrated. But it’s no one’s fault. It’s just life. And once it’s over, all you can do is laugh about it.
The state English test is over. SodieDooDotch was launched. The inaugural post was written. My child, running 100.2 fever, is miraculously well today and played his best t-ball game yet. We all got a good night’s sleep. It’s Saturday; the sun is shining; and it’s a balmy 72 degrees here in Texas.
The process may not have gone the way I expected, but the outcome was more than I ever dreamed. Thanks to you awesome mommas, SodieDooDotch ended its first day with a grand total of 315 views. Y’all sure are making this one exciting ride so far! I appreciate all of you.
I wanted perfection, but I didn’t need it.
Have you experienced anything recently that you had to just laugh about once it was all finally over? Maybe it was a string of stressful moments or a series of unfortunate events. Maybe your expectation for something was very different from the reality you experienced. Please share with me in the comments below. That way, we can laugh about it together and remember that we don’t need perfection in every step of our journey.
Until next time,
P.S. I will be setting up blog posts to automatically post at 6 am on its appropriate day according to our schedule. That way it will be there ready for you to read at any point during the day. Have a wonderful weekend!
P.P.S. I think my English teacher side got the best of me with the section titles today.