Life is so busy sometimes.  We have so much to do, such limited time.  Sometimes, while commuting or showering, I let my brain relax only to have things pop up that I forgot, one after the other.

Here Come the Thoughts

“Oh! I never made the orthodontist appointment!”

“I really have to order the replacement pink slip from the DMV”

“Shampoo! That’s what I keep forgetting to put on the shopping list!”

This is why my life is so alarming.


It’s the only way I can manage it.

Legit Alarming

6:15 am: my first alarm goes off. I’m super tired. And I may wait till my 6:30 alarm goes off, because then I really DO need to get up and get going.

6:30 am. 2nd alarm goes off. Seriously getting up and waking up the kid to get ready.

6:45 am: throw some toast or eggs in the skillet… set an alarm for 2 minutes and run into the bathroom to blowdry some of the kinks out of my hair. If I don’t set the alarm, I will definitely forget and either burn breakfast or set the house on fire eventually.

7:05 am: 3rd alarm goes off, reminding me and my son not to forget his ukelele for school today.

7:20 am: 4th alarm. Seriously, leave the house, people. That’s what this alarm means.

After drop-off, my time is largely managed by my work calendar which alarms me enough half hour by hour to get me to afternoon.

1:55 pm: 5th alarm. ‘Go get your kid from school’, the alarm means.  I would love to think I would never forget my kid, but work gets busy, and I have plenty of problems to distract me. It could definitely happen.

3:30 pm: 6th alarm.  Has the kiddo done his reading for school?  I yell from my cloffice (closet/office) to ask him. “Yes, mom! I already did it!”  Okay, but I have to check!

4:30 pm: 7th alarm.  Time to go practice basketball, or to get ready for soccer practice (depending).  I mean…  not me, but time for me to yell at my son, “Hey! Go out and practice!” or “Get your cleats on, we have to leave soon!”

6:30 pm: Set an alarm for… insert cooking item here (rice, taco meat, whatever) or I will surely walk away and see something else to do and totally ruin dinner.

7:30 pm: This is the time I usually set to remember to do something personal that I wouldn’t have time to do during the work day. No, not like something fun-personal.. more like “Pay mom’s property tax bill” or “cancel that subscription service”.  Otherwise, the 6:15 am alarm will go off tomorrow morning and it won’t be done.

8:00 pm: last alarm.  Time for teeth-brushing and bed. There is no “5 more minutes” for this alarm. The alarm does NOT negotiate bedtimes.


Going to bed at night… my son says, “Mom, I forgot to put my watch on again this morning… can you like, set an alarm for it in the morning so I will remember?”

Sure, kid. I’ll put it on the list. Our life is truly alarming. But darn it, the things get done. Like clockwork.

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Gia is a native Californian who has lived all over the state from San Diego to Trinity County, plus Washington DC for a short time. She recently relocated to Ventura County with her family to build a compound property together with her sister’s family so that they could always share wardrobes and parenting responsibilities for their 5 combined children at home. Gia graduated from UCSB with a degree in Linguistics (which she thinks entitles her to make up words). It took her just three years, as she was eager to graduate early to go live with her long distance boyfriend and his toddler daughter at the time. That seemed to work out, as the boyfriend got promoted to husband years ago and her step-daughter promoted her to grandmother recently! Gia’s husband is from East Africa and runs their Bed and Breakfast in Tanzania from near and far. Gia is a Human Resources Director who has a major obsession with watermelon and eggnog lattes, depending on the season.


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