(Yes, I know that isn’t a cool vocabulary word, but I did say I would do it only when I could. ;-))
1. a small piece or quantity of anything: a bit of string.
2. a short time: Wait a bit.
idioms: bit-by-bit – by degrees; gradually.
I am finding more and more lately that the only way I can get significant projects done is if I do them bit-by-bit. Gone are the days when I could carve out 6-8 hours in a single day to complete one major design, editing, or writing job. No, no, no. That luxury is far gone, perhaps to be repeated in the future–just not the near future.
Therefore, I find myself having to do a little at a time each day. That is not so much the problem, as I can find an hour or two here and there to get things accomplished. The problem lies in being content with that small amount being done. I usually have a hard time feeling contented about accomplishing trivial things, but the fact of the matter is that getting a bunch of little things done eventually equals getting something big done, whereas doing nothing rarely accomplishes anything.
This morning was a bit of a slow start, but everybody made it to school on time, and I got off to work after doing a little straightening up downstairs. (It probably sounds like my house must be in a constant state of disarray with all the “straightening up” I do, but really…well, it would be if I didn’t put pens in their place, go through papers, fold blankets, and put shoes back where they should be. Cleaning bit-by-bit!)
I’m still working on the teen site for Got Questions. That has been my major project for the last few months. Today I was able to figure out a modification of a PHP script that would create a listing for the questions directory automatically. This made me exceedingly happy and, I’ll admit, rather giddy; though no one around me at the time would understand enough to be quite as elated with me.
Even still, I’m glad I’m learning more about PHP scripts, and hopefully one day, I’ll actually be able to write my own from scratch instead of performing a Frankenstein surgery on free scripts I find online. After all, I’ve finally evolved to the point where I barely need the WYSIWYG design view. I can read the HTML and know precisely where things need to go. (That should make my friend Wolfsong happy as he has always been a pure coder.)
Sadly, afternoon traffic caused me to be late to pick up Everest at the bus stop, but thankfully M & A’s mom was there and brought him home. Strange how I can leave at about the same time two days in a row and get there 10 minutes early one day and 10 minutes late the next. I need to devise a different route, methinks.
Everest got a snack at home, and we relaxed a little, then it was time to go get the Jewel from art club at school. She had a good day. She said she got to do art twice because they had art in class, then she had art club. Sounds like fun to me!
We headed over to Target to pick up a few things and ended up getting frozen pizzas for dinner. Yeeeeeah. Sometimes I lose my supermom card and just go for the path of least resistance. They enjoyed it, and they DID have pears to go with it. See? I made it healthy. XD
The kids begged to play a game with me after dinner, so I had them do showers and get their beds ready, then we played a few repetition games like copying motions in a pattern and telephone a variety of ways. It was nice to get that time with them, but bedtime did get pushed back. Bah. Always, there is a price to pay.
Once the kids were settled, I got the dinner dishes done and lazed about for the evening, trying to decide if I should shower then work or work then shower. Meanwhile, I got drawn into an audio recording of The Screwtape Letters from the library. It’s read by the same man who did the Sherlock Holmes stories I am so fond of (AND it’s C. S. Lewis!), so of course I was completely entranced.
By time I had finished showering, Heath had come home. He has been working double shifts all week so far and still has two more to go. I’m certain it’s quite wearying for him, but his week-long vacation starts Saturday. First long vacation in almost 10 years. Can’t come too soon, I’m sure!
I got a little bit of freelance stuff done on a project I am almost finished with. Bit-by-bit, it will be done. Just have to keep up on it each night. Now I believe it’s time to get into bed and see if I can make some progress on The Hobbit.