Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Starting to panic

So I may have mentioned a few (or 20 or 30) times that I’m running the ING New York City Marathon this Sunday. In a mere 48 hours, I’ll be on my way to the airport, and yesterday I began to freak the frack out. Not because of the race – I’ve done the work for that; all I need to do now is show up at the starting line – but because of what I need to do at home before I leave. I’ve begun making lists and checking items off.

Here’s just part of my list:

  1. Buy Cliff Shots and Cliff bars for race day – check
  2. Buy inexpensive sweats to wear to the start and discard as I run – check
  3. Pick out and wash race-day clothes – check
  4. Pick playlists for the race and sync my iPod shuffle – check
  5. Select knitting projects for the trip - nope
  6. Buy a few new tops to wear on the trip - nope
  7. Leave detailed instructions of what needs to happen each day for B – nope
  8. Leave signed waiver and birthday present for Lily to take to a birthday party – nope
  9. Buy groceries for while I’m gone – nope
  10. Set out Lily’s ballet clothes so she and B can find them Saturday morning - nope
  11. Wash, fold and put away laundry so the family won’t go naked while I’m gone – nope
  12. Clean the house so it’s not extra disgusting when I get home – nope

Just looking at this list and the undone items makes my stomach hurt. B keeps reassuring me that he does in fact know where the grocery store and washing machine are, but I feel this ridiculous sense of obligation to make sure everything is as taken care of as possible before I leave.

For the next two days, I’ll be frantically cleaning, folding and shopping. Or I might just become so paralyzed by it all that I do nothing but sit on the sofa and stare into space. It could go either way.

6 comments:

TxTriSkatemom said...

crap. I need to do all of those things, too... except that you have at least 1/3 of it done. I have an empty suitcase on my floor. eeek.

Holly said...

Good luck! I can't wait to hear how the race goes! And if your kids subsist on pizza and McDonald's while you're gone- no one will judge you.

You should probably find those ballet clothes, though.

Ann in NJ said...

Have faith in B - get the things done that you need for the race and trip (knitting!). Let everything else go. Deep breath!

Becca said...

focus on YOU!!! B can take care of everything else. of course the kids may eat mcdonalds for the entire time, but they will survive.

joanna said...

Reaffirming all of the above. If they're hungry, they'll eat. I am so excited for you! I need to see where I can watch the race on TV. I can't believe it's finally time!

The Empress said...

I am so happy for you, I could cry. If you were here, I'd hug you so tight.

This.is.awesome.

WIth a side of sauce.