So here's what I've been doing lately.
I am the Book Fair Chairperson at Jude's school, and the Book Fair is happening in two weeks.
Book Fair Chairperson is not, technically, my title. I'm just the person on the Parent Board who is in charge of the Book Fair. But I prefer to call myself the Book Fair Chairperson because it's fancy. And I know that every time I sign my name with the title Book Fair Chairperson under it, my Mama up in heaven is jumping up and down cheering. Because one thing Mama always desperately wanted for me was that I become the kind of lady who was a Chairperson for charitable organizations. It was the epitome of class and good-breeding in her mind. And I think she was a little worried when I veered into the land of artsy folks that I would never achieve Chairperson. So I'm glad to make her happy. Of course, she would have preferred for me to be the President of the Junior League or something like that, but for now, Book Fair Chairperson will have to do.
Mostly, what the Book Fair Chairperson does is make lists. And create forms. And then put the lists on the forms. Most people would find it dull, but I don't. I actually like it. I will find myself obsessing over some detail like creating a flyer, and I'll get so involved that I don't realize that hours have gone by. And I'll get so excited over getting all of the many busy, busy, details accomplished that I actually get on a little high. Like I've had about 6 cups of coffee. I love it.
I have this little program on my computer called Time Stamp. It's for timing work if you work at home, and you can actually program in your hourly rate, and it will add up how much your employer owes you. I decided to try to figure out how much time I'm really spending on this Book Fair, so I've been trying to keep accurate records. So far this month, I've logged 25 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. Which I admit, is ridiculous. If I was being paid for all this work in money (as opposed to being paid in kind thoughts and admiration), I could have made some decent cash. For instance, if I was making $35 an hour, I'd have made $883.05. Or if I'd been paid the $100 an hour, which is what I've programmed into my Time Stamp program, because I think I'm certainly worth that much, I'd have made $2523. But in reality, I have made...$0.
Oh look! In the 15 or so minutes it's taken me to write this, I've received 3 more Book Fair e-mails. One from the people from which I'm ordering the t-shirts, one which includes a list that I need to put into a form, and one from some idiot parent who can't figure out how to use the EXTREMELY EASY volunteer sign-up website, and wants me to do it for her.
So off I go. I'd better get my little Time Stamp going. 25 hours and counting...