Yes! Yes is the answer. ALL. THE. TIME. This time around, I'm locked in on one specific feature: my hair.
I was busy with the nighttime routine last night, and I had finally sent my little angels off to the land of slumber. Usually at this point, I'm coming down the stairs holding my arms up in a show of victory. This time, however, as I started down the steps, I realized I still had another task to complete. I had completely forgotten all about Ella's Earth Day project, and it was due on, well, Earth Day...as in today.
I managed to get it done quickly (see quickie earth day craft how-to below for more info), and once completed, I went to snap a quick photo. Only, my camera phone was turned around (you know, selfie mode), and I caught a glimpse of myself. It's not like I haven't before seen (and been unhappy about) a picture of myself or anything, but for some reason, something snapped in me. Seeing my almost-pic kinda ruined my day...err...night...whatever.
It made me realize that I've be putting off doing something for myself for quite a while. But that's pretty common for parents, right? We all do that. As we should. I mean, I don't go to the doctor (I keep a running list of stuff to address when I finally go, and when the list gets to be long enough, I make an appt.), but if anyone else in my house has anything going on, I insist they go get checked out.
We're great at coming to the aide of everyone around us whenever they need us, but we're terrible at attending to ourselves. I put myself on the back burner so often, I no longer even think of it as the back burner. It's my spot. And it totally should be. Most of the time.
Don't mistake me. This is no pity party. I'm just saying, we tend to do that as caregivers. We do what we do, our kids come first, all that stuff. I'll get to me later, I need to do this now becomes part of our regular dialogue with ourselves. Even to the point where I don't even go pee when I need to go. I hold it so I can keep doing whatever it is I'm doing in that moment. I hold it...for a long while...for hours...forever. Until I'm to the about-to-make-a-puddle point, and I race to make it in time. When I finally go, I ask myself why the hell I waited so long because I could've taken 2 minutes to go and get back to my super important can't be interrupted task. I know, ridiculous, right? And TMI, too, but it makes my point.
So sitting there looking at my insta earth day craft, and realizing how I just banged that sucker out, I made a super important decision. About my hair. Super. Important. Muy importante.
And bang! I banged it out. Literally. I cut bangs.
Now, for a little quickie Earth Day do it yourself:
As I mentioned above, this was a last minute, last night, oh crap, what-am-I-going-to-do-for-her-project project. It had to be a simple upcycled something. I scanned my supplies, and I came up with...
ribbon (or twine, or something string-like)
cardboard paper towel roll (I used the core of one of my rolls of wrapping paper and cut it)
Whew, done! Just add bird seed.
Oh, and I realized in the shower this morning (where all great realizations occur, right?)that I had the punched out hole not near enough to the bottom of my tube (see how high up it is in the photo above). Not good since it would take a ton of seed to fill to that opening, and thereby making the whole thing too heavy. So before we left the house, I cut it again to shorten it up and reattached the coffee filter with the rubber band (you can trim the excess filter ruffle above the rubber band if desired). The bottom of the hole should be about 3 inches from the bottom of the tube/feeder.