The reality is, I have very little time at home without my family during the day. I get the kids out of the house by 8:00am and my husband is home by 2:15pm. I guess if you add up the hours it seems like a long time, but if I have to run errands during that time, then my day is gone.
I try and let the errands stack up so I can do them all in one trip. I even try to figure out a good route so I'm not back tracking all over town. Right now I have everything in the hallway to take to the various stops: post office, Goodwill, bank, grocery store.
If I'm focused, I don't forget anything, like the shopping list. If I have to go home, it's all over, I'm too tired to go back out. It's not that I live that far from town, maybe two miles, but it's just the traffic and people getting in my way. I hate waiting in lines and it seems like when you're in a hurry you always get in the wrong line.
It's those times I stand there and pray for patience and when I get behind the slowest cars and miss every light, I feel there must be a lesson in it for me. Maybe patience, maybe I that I shouldn't rush. But running errands is one of those times where I don't enjoy the journey, but want to get to the end.
Today, though, I will meet friends for coffee first. That should give me the energy to make it through my errands.