Multi-Taskin Momma’s Stovetop Drama

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Up at 5:30, meeting at the High School at 7:00 a.m. CWO Team blog post written in advance, laundry in process for upcoming vacation… packing already started… it was only 8:30 a.m. “I’m on a roll” I thought.

I decided to start dinner in the crock pot, while the next load of laundry started, the dishwasher ran and I checked my e-mail. Noah helped prep the veggies, and coat the beef with seasoned flour, then I tossed it in the pan to brown. We were making: Beef stew. (ummm yes I know it’s August, but I’m thinking fall;)

We ended up with melted spatula fondue.

Oops. While the meat browned, the dishwasher ran the washer and dryer whirred, I logged in…. BIG MISTAKE. I couldn’t hear the meat sizzling. I umm… must have lost track of time. Until I noticed the faint scent of burning plastic.

I left the spatula in with the meat. The second pic shows how my spatula responded to the browning process. It didn’t enjoy it.

Multi-tasking is no longer just a buzz-word. It’s a life style. I’ve been known to have every appliance I own working at the same time, while I listen to podcasts, check my e-mail and knit while things update and load. This leads to ocassional “meltdowns.”

Like my spatula, I don’t always respond well to the heat, of multi-tasking. Details are missed, and I endup overheated and exhausted. Worse, I sometimes end up like my spatula, melted down and curling up at the edges, cranky and frustrated.

It’s important to slow down. (I’m learning this the hard way, of course;) How can I be effective in my home, my family ministry and life, if I’ve got every burner cranked to “high” and I’m melting like a spatula in a hot pan?

I need to cool off. For the next 24 hours, I am going to focus on one task at a time. ONE. I wonder if the world will fall apart? I wonder if necessary things won’t get done? To be honest, the whole idea makes me a little nervous.

But- in order to avoid a bigger meltdown- I’m willing to give it a try;)

Will you join me?

Dear Lord- Please help me to focus, first on you, then on each task as it needs to be done. I ask you to help me to prioritize my objectives, and honor you with each task- Help me to learn from my spatula drama, and not over-do the multi-tasking! I love you Lord- Amen!

Deuteronomy 2:7 The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.

Colossians 3:23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;


Ps— no worries- dinner is in the crock pot- the plastic didn’t touch the beef;)

Although, maybe we should go out;)

4 thoughts on “Multi-Taskin Momma’s Stovetop Drama

  1. Tamara says:

    Too funny about your spatula–I can relate. I think women have ALWAYS been asked to do a million things at once and do them all well, and sometimes you HAVE to bounce the baby on one hip, while standing at the stove cooking, while reading to the preschooler, etc. But when we can slow down and give each task the attention it needs, it’s better for our stress levels, for our relationships with God and other people and even for the task at hand.
    I enjoy your blog immensely!

  2. blackpurl says:

    I have done this to one spatula and had to have my girlfriend send me a new one from the states!

  3. Leticia says:

    Amen! To a beautiful prayer.

    Being a mommy I think it just comes with the territory that we were meant to be “multi-taskers” how else would our families survive? j/k

    I have learned to slow down and also to say, “no.” I keep a schedule of my daily chores and I don’t break them. Most of the time it does work.

  4. Tracey, in MI says:

    follow up confession- I may have made it 24 minutes, without multitasking. Or 24 seconds- I dont remember which;)

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