Muffin Anyone?

I vaguely remember that I’ve written about this before, but play along, if you will. Do you remember that book If You Give A Mouse A Muffin? Well, a few years ago I stumbled upon an internet spin-off by Beth Brubaker:


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If You Give a Mom a Muffin

If you give a mom a muffin,
she’ll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She’ll pour herself some.
Her three year-old will come and spill the coffee.
Mom will wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she will find dirty socks.
She’ll remember she has to do laundry.
When she puts the laundry into the washer,
she’ll trip over shoes and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She’ll look for her cookbook
(How to Make 101 Things With a Pound of Hamburger.)
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The checkbook is in her purse,
which is being dumped out by her two year-old.
Then she’ll smell something funny.
She’ll change the two year-old.
While she is changing the two year-old, the phone will ring.
Her five year-old will answer and hang up.
She’ll remember she was supposed to phone a friend
to come over for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself some more.
And chances are,
if she has a cup a coffee,
her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

HEE-LAIR-EE-OUS! And true. Hilarious BECAUSE it’s true. Every–single–time I sit down to do one thing today, something else pops up and my attention snaps from right to left. Good times.

So in honor of today, eat a muffin– or better yet, bring me a box of doughnut muffins from Target. I’m midwestern, we can hang with some doughnuts OR muffins. Gotta go…my phone is ringing…”squirrel”


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remembering it all when so much comes your way

I don’t know about you, but I’m notorious for not following up with emails/texts/FB messages/Instagram posts and such. The problem is two-fold. A) I need time to think before I reply most of the time. The first thing that comes to my brain isn’t always the best decision overall, sometimes it’s rooted in a desire to please the person who sent me the message so I might give a quick “Sure thing” but then realized that I had bitten off more than I could reasonably take on– NOT a good idea. So I wait. B) The much more likely culprit is communication overload. Let me explain:

There is a good chance that when I see your email/text/FB message pop up that I’m sitting at a red light, waiting in the school pickup line or sneaking a peek at my phone while I’m doing dishes {it’s sad, but true, that we don’t have a dishwasher in our little cottage 2.5 years later. It’s somewhere on the to-do list}. What happens is that I register that I’ve seen your message, but then when I sit down at my computer, it’s no longer unread and I just don’t think to go back to it. It’s slightly disastrous and makes me a feel all frazzled once I realize {sometimes MONTHS later} my oversight.

I can’t make technology stop. I’ve tried not checking my email via my phone, but that’s not super convenient either, so I just have to help myself adapt & remember what I can.  Enter: DRY ERASE BOARD

They use them at Mary Lou doughnuts to jot down your order and then just wipe it clean when the next customer rolls up. It’s genius I tell you! So guess what I got?

dry erase 2

You know it! and its a TOTAL life-changer. Quick idea pops into my head? Jot it down. Finished? Erase. {This doesn’t actually help me when I’m out an about, but maybe I SHOULD put a travel dry-erase board in my purse. It’s a great idea. {Also, Project Life scrapbooking cards with a hole punched in them and attached to an O-ring is a great way to jot down and keep track of reminders– I should do that. It’s a better idea than the portable dry-erase. I digress.

Also tip #2. See that washi tape up there? Remember me telling you about my email problems? Print your important emails! Seriously. And tape them up next to your desk with washi tape. It’s the little things, folks.

And there you have it: Kirsten’s quick tips for organizing your brain. Let me know if they work for you too.

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