A day late and a buck short… well, yes and no. A day late for the blog, most certainly, but better late than never - a dollar short, without a doubt, but who isn’t these days?
The idiom itself means that someone is too late in saying or doing something for their actions to make a difference at that point, but I’m thinking I haven’t reached it just yet!
A week ago today, StacheCache and I sat at home, cozy on our living room couch, having the most laidback “board meeting” a company has ever seen. It’s 2am, we are barely awake and the CacheHounds are nestled around us… I may or may not have been wearing pants.
We decided that the upcoming week (October 9th to October 15th) would be a “SassCache Week”, a week where I am the primary contributor to our social media involvement rather than him as, thus far in our growth, StacheCache has undoubtedly been the backbone of our identity when it comes to anything online.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the old school half of this relationship, quite the opposite of StacheCache’s modern way of doing things. He understands and utilizes technology wherever and whenever possible whereas I much prefer pen and paper, a handwritten agenda and everything in hard copy.
Regardless of my reservations, I agreed to being more involved this week than I have been in those previous... I wasn’t even semi successful.
Despite Monday being a national holiday for us, I started the week off strong and managed to accomplish a lot that day.
Our family of Keepers set out in the afternoon on an adventure to find a newly placed local cache; it was a multi-cache and as we don’t have many of those in our area, we were all particularly excited to check it out. Since watching Geocaching Vlogger’s monthly challenge video, SauceCache has been on edge waiting for his oppourtunity to show off his “cache pants dance” and he was certain that this would be his time to shine. We parked as close as possible to stage one and as we exited the CacheCarivan, Flutterby melted my heart by insisting she take along her Mickey Mouse plastic play phone so that she could use her geocaching app and GPS (just like Daddy and Mama do with their phones) to help find what we were looking for. As we approached our first waypoint, the phones let out their signature ping, letting us know we were close. We reminded Flutterby that it was time to tuck her “phone” away and use her geo-senses to find the clue; StacheCache was the first to spot it and together we guided the little ones until Flutterby made the discovery. From there, we set off towards stage two and despite a total combined search of 55 minutes in light rain, we replaced the contents of the first clue and left the cache site empty handed. We were all deeply disappointed by leaving the area with a DNF on our record, but we aren’t giving up just yet; we will be back to tackle the challenge another day!
I managed to sneak in a quick Thanksgiving supper before heading off to work for the evening and from there I started to put in some much needed time working on our Pinterest account. Pinterest is one of the more neglected areas of our brand and I am entirely to blame for that; it’s one of the few areas online that I know more about than StacheCache and therefore it is dependent on me to bring it up to speed. I’ve been a little slow in my attempts. That night, I also wrote a Thanksgiving related post on our Facebook page talking about some of the things that geocaching has made me thankful for and before the night was through, I even found a bit of time to update our emailing system by adding folders and sorting through our inbox, directing things where they needed to go.
All in all, Monday was a success, but alas, it would come to be that Monday was my only success.
Tuesday was World Mental Health day and I made it a priority to put up a Facebook post about the subject.
Wednesday I reminded everyone to check out my first blog entry before the second one, this one, was released.
Thursday through Sunday I brought nothing to the table.
This week, my social media game was not strong. This week, I was weak
I should let it be known that in addition to trying to get our business up, running and successful, I work 3 nights a week while StacheCache and I try to balance time with our growing family alongside our daily lives and chaotic schedules.
We are consistently trying to better ourselves as individuals, as parents and as partners.
StacheCache is in a physiotherapy program twice a week while I utilize that time to nurture my mental health through visits with my mental health counselor or tend to my physical self through swimming, we also take turns attending a cooking class once a month to sharpen our skills in the kitchen.
We raise two little cachers and we both volunteer at their schools whenever the oppourtunity becomes available. Flutterby attends preschool for only 2 hours a day, four days a week, so we also have her in a one day per month program that promotes early childhood learning skills. We have a third little cacher on the way as well and so we take classes one morning a week that provides us with insight on how to survive the first year with our sanity intact, this is my first biological child and I already feel that whatever sanity I did have is slipping through my fingers. The two of us are also enrolled in two different parenting classes, one takes place one afternoon per week and the other occurs one night per week; both classes educate parents in how to provide their children with a loving and supportive upbringing through positive practice so that we don’t all end up with a bunch of little hellions running around. Additionally, we attend seminars once a month, each of which features a different speaker for various topics related to childhood development or parental lifestyles.
Combine all those events with business meetings, the occasional business course, standard doctor/dental/eye exams, prenatal doctors appointments, birthdays, holidays and general family visiting (as the majority of StacheCache’s relatives live in the same area as us) and it leaves us with very little downtime.
Did I mention I’ve had a light flu this last week that worsened over the weekend?
StacheCache once again found himself picking up my slack over the week and ensured that we didn’t let our social media pages fall too far behind. He is more helpful than I ever give him credit for.
Come back next week to discover if our balance has been maintained or if our lives have become unstable!
Often told to be mindful of her mouth-words, SassCache is always equipped to offer a comeback!
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