Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mum, interrupted.

I'm not complaining - I'm just stating a fact: everything in my life is interrupted. That's just the way it is.

*leaves post half-written on laptop for thirty minutes to tend to someone calling from crib*

There are very few activities that I can get through without disruption.

For instance:

Dinner. The last time I ate dinner - as in a proper dinner, in which I consumed all the food on my plate in a leisurely, non-indigestion-causing way, was, I think, in 2007. Because my dinner time goes like this: I sit down, I get up for another fork or spoon. I sit down, I get up to pick up a bowl that's been tossed onto the floor. I sit down, I get up to get a cloth to wipe up a spill. I sit down, I almost get a bite of something, I get up for a yoghurt. I sit down, I stick a spoonful of food in someone's mouth. I take a bite. I get up.

Coffee. Remember drinking a whole cup without reheating it? Me either. I make a cup (or three) every morning. It's hot, delicious, and begging to be sipped in a quiet room with the morning's newspaper and the faint sound of the radio in the background. Instead, it's chugged, it's reheated, it's chugged, it's reheated. Finally I drink my cold coffee because, well, it's still coffee after all.

Sleep. I won't bother talking about sleep. I've bored you enough with my sleep problems.

Reading and writing. Even this blog post didn't get written without interruption. And often, I'll log on to someone else's blog, be interrupted, and forget I was ever on there. And then it will probably seem like I'm some kind of stalker who logs on to someone's blog and stays there for hours. And really, I'm not.

Talking on the phone
. Phone calls have become something of a comedy act. My phone conversations go something like this... "Hi, how are you? ... Oh hold on a minute... please don't do that to the dog! Leave him alone please ... so as I was saying ... oh gawd what have you done to my shoes? Oh no not the face cream! Argh ... so, yes, you were saying?.... ouch - that's mummy's hair! ... sorry, no it's okay, I don't need to go, that screaming is perfectly normal, don't worry ..."


I can't imagine my life without interruptions... can you?
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23 comments:

..... Carmen said...

What does it mean that when I started reading the first bit about eating, I thought "I eat uninterrupted" and then I read your description and went, crap, I am interrupted - all the time! So now I sit here wondering what it means that I'm interrupted, but obviously so much, that I no longer see it as interruption, but as commonplace. Perhaps that I need to spend a day, drinking coffee hot, eating without picking up spoons from the floor, and knitting quietly in coffee shop? I think so too :)

Lady Mama said...

Carmen, it means you just must may not get to eat a meal or have a whole cup of coffee for a few years! But the day away drinking coffee sounds heavenly!

Heather said...

I wish I could pee uninterrupted. that's all. I'm fine with the computer interruptions, the eating and drinking ones even but i would just like 5 mins to sit on the toilet in peace. sigh.

Chic Mama said...

Sounds familiar
I got into the habit a long time ago of eating dinner when they were all in bed = peace. I still like to do that, it started when my H used to get home late so we could have dinner together.
I too log onto a blog...then come back hours later and wonder if they wonder why I've been on there for hours! ;0)

Diney said...

It sounds very familiar - my daughter is 10 but it's the same for me after school, at weekends and holidays!!! I feel like that Jill Murphy character, Mrs Large the elephant - do you know it? As soon as she sneaks upstairs to have a bath and 5 minutes peace, all her 3 children (well, elephants) come into the bathroom and interupt her peace with various demands on her attention....my one daughter always comes in and strips off then clambers in with me. Much as I adore her, it is really uncomfortable now she is 10, but she doesn't seem to think so.... Anyway, it does get better (a little)!

Mwa said...

I get my two uninterrupted half days a week, and they are bliss. Apart from that, I just love nap time (the benefit of having kids far apart).

Christine said...

I feel your pain. I'm a mother too so of course I do. Can I also vent that I wish that outside of uninterrupted time, I yearn for a clear, happy, mind. One when I don't have to think about all the other things I have to do when I'm actually doing several of the things you mentioned. So if I'm not being interrupted by a little person, or ahem, a husband, I'm being interrupted by a mommy-brain on overdrive. Will we ever find peace?

The Tompkins Family said...

The phone interruptions are so annoying! It's not bad when you're talking to family but if you're trying to talk to the bank or someone like that...feels like you're calling from a zoo! Don't mind the shrieks, the animals don't like being ignored!

Loukia said...

Oh mama! Well said! I'm so with you. I never finish my coffee when I'm at home with the boys in the morning. And dinner is usually consumed standing up, or consists of eating what fell off the high chair. I know, gross, but hey.... ;) Forget the phone calls... every single time I'm on the phone, that is when my 2 year old or 4 year old need me URGENTLY! MOM MOM MOM MOM COME NOW!!!!!!!!!! OMG. I feel your pain.

Mel said...

:) So feel your pain. So there. So very, sadly, there.

Lady Mama said...

Heather - peeing - oh yes, I've given up expecting solitude and quiet.

Chic Mama - We do this sometimes too - the later dinner, and it is so nice.

Diney - I don't know that character... But oh man, that is brutal. Bath time should be the one time we get a little peace and quiet.

Mwa - If only my older son still napped! Nap time is bliss.

Christine - Yes, absolutely. Just having the time to think clear thoughts would be nice too.

The Tomkins Family - I've had many conversations with banks / doctor's offices, etc. that have ended with the person asking me if I need to call back!

Loukia - Haha, yes, the emergencies always happen when I'm on the phone too.

Mel - yes, but then one day we'll have lots of uninterrupted time and we'll miss this. Maybe.

Kristy said...

Totally know what you mean!! Especially the coffee - I end up giving up and drinking it cold too. I would also add that all TV shows and movies get interrupted so I have a monstrous Tivo list of things partially seen and I can't remember which ones are new or which ones I need to finish.

Captain Dumbass said...

I don't even know what to do with myself anymore when I get free time.

Christine Macdonald said...

Hang in there honey. Breathe and re-boot. :)

sarah said...

Ohhh I can so relate to the coffee!

My interruption usually comes in the form of my 3 year old behind me saying "mom. mommy, moooommmmm. momma....mmmmmmommmmmmmmyyyyyy!"

Lil said...

So funny I was just thinking about this issue at breakfast as I try to hurry and do everything so that I may taste my breakfast at least luke warm. However no interruption bugs me as much as when I am trying to take a shower, my few minutes of 'me' time.

Elaine A. said...

Um,I've had YOUR blog up on my laptop for several hours now, trying to get a chance to read this!

And here's to cold coffee!! :)

Ms. LaPointe said...

I don't have children but as a high school teacher, I feel like I'm a surrogate mother to about 150 kids throughout the day. One kid says the same thing to me everyday: "You never get to eat your lunch because we're always stopping in to bother you, I bet".

Every day.... He says it everyday instead of letting me EAT MY LUNCH!!! lol

Lady Mama said...

Kristy - Movies are definitely another thing!


Captain Dumbass - You mean you actually get free time?

Christine - Breathe... yes.

Sarah - always during the coffee!

Lil - shower is definitely one time when we should be alone. Like, completely!

Elaine - Haha. You're really stalking me aren't you?

Ms. LaPointe - That is hilarious. And very annoying too...

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Sounds familiar... This is also the reason that my children follow me around the house asking for something until I give it to them. They know all too well that once I leave their sight, I will get sidetracked and completely forget about that snack I promised...

Sabreena said...

At least once a week I treat myself to an uninterrupted dinner. I feel it's a reward for the many dinners I spend as a waiter/bus boy for the entire meal which becomes a lump in my stomach from being eaten too fast. It's funny how as moms we multitask pretty much all day but often forget to go back to one task when diverted to another.

WarsawMommy said...

Oh, I am with you.... I am OK with my morning coffee (thank goodness!) because my oldest heads off to play school with hubby at 7:30, and then the little guy goes down for a nap at about 8:15. As soon as his head is on the pillow, I motor for the kitchen to make toast and coffee. I sit and READ whilst sipping and eating. It is BLISS. I cannot believe how much I appreciate it, how I never thought about it before kids.

But! A whole dinner, with cutlery and hot potatoes and all done in one sitting? Totally. Impossible.

Luschka said...

The main thing for me is how fast I eat nowdays in order to get through my food while its still warm. So not good for the digestion.