The beginning of this year also began what I anticipate will be a super-crazy-stressful-two-month period of my life. I’m studying to take the Texas Bar Exam. This inspired Phil and I to look for a new way to keep on the same page for household management. The answer so far has been using Google. “What are you talking about?” you are probably asking.
Well, lets back up a minute. The Texas Bar Exam is evil. It’s a three day exam covering every aspect of legal law in Texas. I don’t know much Texas law because I went to law school in Minnesota. The exam is Feb. 26, 27, and 28th. That’s three days. Full days. Long days. I have 48 days to learn. (*cue ominous movie soundtrack music).
Jan. 2nd, I started taking Barbri, a bar review course. I’m in class about 3 hours a day with 4-6 hours of studying to do outside of class. Jaye will be at Mother’s Day Out three days a week and with her Grammy whenever she’s not at MDO (Thanks, Mom! You’re the best!). Phil’s been really stepping up his game and taking on more to help me out (Thank, Phil! I love you!).
To start with, Phil got me the new Google laptop for Christmas. Obviously we have a Google calendar set up to share between us. I’d used that while I was in school, but now Phil’s promised to pay attention to it as well. And I’ve simplified everything into one calendar so nothing gets lost. Before I had several calendars based upon the type of event (Home, Social, School, etc.). I think simpler is going to be better.
We’ve got everything connected through the Google apps to stay on track. Our grocery shopping list is on Google Drive, so we can both sync and check it if we are at the store. As you can see, we have a to-do list. And I have been writing my Barbri outlines in Google Docs too. What’s that list item on the screenshot, you ask?
That’s what we call some eye candy, or a study break. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
But I digress. Back to organizing our household. Phil also set up a private community including just the two of us on Google Plus. We’ve been having fun using it to share funny little things like the fact that the shuttle driver looks just like Friar Tuck.
Or cute pictures and updates about Jaye for me while I’m gone studying. The first weekend of January she ran a couple of bad fevers, so here she is pretending to dropper out some medicine for Phil.
But the Google Plus community has also been useful for keeping track of serious tasks as well. I started a thread with comments about the various pool safety fence companies I was researching. We added a new comment whenever one called back or we met for an estimate. It was nice to have a written record and not get confused about which was which. And now the fence is up and installed at my parents house!
Reading this over again, I sound like a Google commercial. My apologies for that. (Bing is awesome?). What I meant to say is that when you take little steps to make your life and household feel calmer and more organized, it seems to build on itself and grow. The closest thing we have to a “resolution” this year is surrounding being organized, taking those little steps, picking up after ourselves, or as Phil puts it and AP appreciates, we’re trying to “establishing the run” for the Schrader offense.
We can feel ourselves moving up to a new level this year. Phil’s got new challenges in a new position at work. I’ll be taking the Bar Exam and then looking for a part-time job. By this time next year, we might be thinking about buying a house in Texas and maybe filling it with another little one. We’ve got to level up our game play, organization, and household management!