The ‘O’ in October Stands for ‘Overwhelmed’

by farrah on October 1, 2014 · 9 comments

I can’t believe it’s October. Even more than that I can’t believe everything we have to do in the month. Today as I flipped the calendar page over to the new month, I looked with dismay as to what I already have on my (very) haphazard schedule.


I realize that many people have much more overbooked lives than we do. But for ME, this is a lot to already start off the month. I’m not a supermom, nor am I someone who thrives on having a booked calendar. But alas, here it is and everything that we have going on.

For starters, tomorrow the packers arrive to put everything into boxes. So I sit here not doing a damn thing and wonder if there’s something I should be doing. Probably. But I’m almost paralyzed since I don’t know where to start.

I have classroom lunch duty, then the actual move-in day on Friday. Sprinkle in some swim lessons, soccer practice and haircut appointments and that will get me through the week. I still need to buy a ‘magnetron’ (microwave). We need to figure out how to get another electrical line into the new laundry area as right now there’s just one outlet and omg can you imagine doing only a wash or a dry at a time??!! So I have all the worries.

The following week the twins start ‘practice’ for the bassischool. That means they get a few days to help prepare them for their full-time start once they’re 4 (so the day after their birthday the 16th). I will take them and pick them up after a few hours these days- counting down to their birthday party.

I have learned my lesson very well since B’s fiasco last year. I let the twins invite a total of 5 friends, and asked a few of my mama friends over too- so in my mind this should be a much less stressful event. The best laid plans….

If I can make it to the following week- I leave for Greece and TBEX on the 22nd. My poor husband- he was ok with the idea of me being gone for four days since he thought he could work from home while the boys were at school. Surprise! That’s ‘herfest’ which is a week-long fall vacation. No school. Good luck with that. Oy.

Don’t feel sorry for him though, as he goes out of town for three days the following week. And then, Halloween is upon us. No idea what we’re doing for that but the boys seem to think we’re dressing up and trick or treating (which they don’t do here, nor have we done in 2 years).

And that’s it. I’m stressin’. Good thing I have my yoga- I think I’m gonna need it. I’m free until mid-November when I can start freaking out about our trip back to the US for turkey time.

So happy fall, y’all! And OMG October. And all that.Β 

Ps: I love Amanda! She’s got an October link up going and sharing much more useful and thoughtful October posts than mine- from expats this month.

Expat Life with a Double Buggy

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Meghan Fenn October 1, 2014 at 8:21 am

WOW. sounds like you have an incredibly busy October. I hope you find some time to enjoy it πŸ™‚ Good luck!


2 farrah October 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

I will, such is life, right? πŸ™‚


3 Phoebe @ lou Messugo October 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

Sounds like you have a crazy month ahead, but lucky you going to TBEX, I look forward to hearing all about that.


4 farrah October 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

What I really want to do is sit around all month and daydream about this first trip there! I mean, it’s a big deal to go to Greece for your first time πŸ™‚


5 Leighann October 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Our calendar looks similar to yours, not even started the month yet and we’re super busy. You’re doing great and you’ll manage through it, I know you will!!


6 farrah October 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Same to you!


7 Ellen October 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

About the electricity: you need a ‘elektricien’ to do that for you. You want a ‘stopcontact’ ( pronounce stop-kon-takt) (kont=ass hihi) if the outlet is for the washingmachine than you probably need a ‘ge-aard stopcontact’. Your new house is a very old house ? Maybe you need a new ‘groep’ as well! One ‘groep’ can not deliver all the electricity you need so a house always has multiple ‘groepen’ . You can find them in you ‘meterkast’ . This is all I know about electricity….
Groeten, sterkte en heel veel plezier in Griekenland! Ellen


8 farrah October 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Well Ellen, that’s pretty impressive ‘basic’ knowledge! I think we’re going to call an electrician that the owner knows- we have no business messing with that πŸ™‚ Thank you again!


9 Amanda October 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Come out in hives reading this! I think moving is enough for one month, let alone the rest……. good luck. Deep breaths. And wine.


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