Happy Monday Everyone. Coffee please?!

By
Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

I wake up at 6 something AM as daughter 1 stomps down the stairs. When I open my eyes I find my dog nose to nose with me, tail wagging and full of energy. Before I can roll out of bed, my phone goes nuts. Dings, calls, texts, push notifications and what not. All at once. 

The HCPSS (Howard County Public School System for all who are not in Maryland) alert system asks me to "please be aware of possible disruptions to bus services this morning. Check your emails for full details. Schools will notify impacted families."

I check my email. Nothing. I pity all the other families for a brief moment, shout "bye honey, I love you" as D1 heads out the door, and "good morning love" to D2 who proceeds to the kitchen to turn on the coffee maker for me (I love her.) and then takes out the dog for his morning potty break (I love her very much). 

D2 and dog return without D1 in tow, so her bus must have arrived. Good. I can resume regular morning routine, feed the dog, sip my coffee, check my emails, and read a bit of news. Just as I am settling in a new alert comes in from HCPSS:

"Update: Due to unusually high number of bus driver call-outs, schools may not be able to notify families. Plan for alternate transportation today."

Huh? I am not understanding. What day is today? What did I miss? Why are bus drivers not going to work? Did something happen? How does one plan when events are already unfolding? I am pondering all the questions as the dog starts barking because there's unusual activity at my front door. Moments later, D1 walks in announcing that the bus didn't come. School's to begin in 5 minutes. 

Oh %&$*. I run upstairs while checking my phone, jump into clothes, brush teeth as I am shouting instructions to both D1 and D2. And the dog. 

I drive D1 to High School on the back roads because traffic is as insane as the school alerts. On my way back, I receive a text from D2 that there was only 1 other kid at the bus stop and what do I do? Wait. Right there. I'll come get you. 

I miss D2 amidst all the folks migrating to the Elementary School that is right by my subdivision, circle around, slightly panicky as I call her phone and she doesn't pick up. 

Finally, I spot her - school's starting in 15 - and begin making my way to another school, in the opposite direction, forgetting to take the back roads. I manage to drop her at 8:08 with two minutes to spare *phew* and get stuck on the parkway going home. Of course. 

I look forward to retreating to my home office just after taking the dog for his morning walk who - by the way - is acting like he hasn't seen me in weeks as soon as I open the front door. We walk while I keep getting alerts and texts on my phone. All of Howard County is in a combined state of confusion and wondering how the afternoon will pan out? Will there be another alert? Are some buses still operating or did the entire transportation crew call it quits? What exactly is happening? 

I am mentally rearranging my Monday schedule, pushing half of it towards Tuesday and hoping I won't forget about something (which I probably will, if that involves you, I'm sorry), or someone like D1 or D2 whom I'll have to pick up again before I had the chance to check the other half off today's to-do list. 

It's 8:55 and I take a deep breath before opening my front door. Daughters are at school. Dog has been walked. Trash is out for collection. Investor client said, not to worry, the exposé on the rehab property in Historic Relay can wait until tomorrow (that's awfully nice but he'll still get it today because that's just how I roll). I shall now proceed to my home office, sit at my desk, sip my 3rd cup of coffee while checking on new listing activity and catching up with my peeps on ActiveRain... 

.. but then I remember, that I started renovating said home office over the weekend. My desk is buried under stuff that had to temporarily be moved off shelves. My chair is covered in drywall dust and there's wallpaper waiting to be cut and hung to match up precisely. 

Alright. 

I got this. 

😏

Happy Monday Everyone. More coffee please?! 

Monday morning

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Andrea Bedard
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Comments (21)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Amen. I missed my coffee on the way to the airport.  Finally had some. Happy Monday. 

Nov 08, 2021 08:51 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Joan Cox ! I've had years of practice! I do thrive under pressure and like being busy.. believe it or not, I end up super productive on days like today. Just as long as I've had my coffee. Have a wonderful week! 

Nov 08, 2021 09:23 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Safe travels Ron and Alexandra Seigel, hope the airport is less chaotic than our streets this morning!  

Nov 08, 2021 09:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - another day and the list of things to do changes plus grows a bit longer.  Again.    

Nov 08, 2021 09:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your are definitely a busy lady.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Nov 08, 2021 10:09 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Yes, it does Michael Jacobs - and our school system added some extra spice! It's nothing I can't handle, it was almost comical the way events unfolded this morning. 

Nov 08, 2021 10:43 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Roy Kelley, I like to stay busy for sure, but could do without the extra curveballs thrown by HCPSS. We got it all figured out - and, in being proactive, arranged pick-ups already. Have a great week! 

Nov 08, 2021 10:45 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I think I got a headache from reading this.  No where in there did you mention getting that first cup of coffee

Nov 08, 2021 04:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Andrea- thank goodness for our morning coffee!!!!  You are amazing at being able to juggle so much!!!  Did you ever find out why the buses were so messed up?

Nov 08, 2021 05:49 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Ed Silva, I had a few sips before alert #2 and D1 walking back in the door, and then combined cup 1 and 2 to drink in the car 😃 G

Nov 08, 2021 06:12 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Hi Kathy Streib! I have wonderful daughters who are so smart and responsible.. that makes all the difference in being able to juggle it all! Plus, Mr. Lennon, the barketing officer is such a good boy and very patient. 

I heard some rumors why things unfolded the way they did today but haven't been able to confirm it. 

Nov 08, 2021 06:21 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Andrea - you must be exhausted after a day like this.  You are obviously Superwoman!

Nov 08, 2021 06:26 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never had coffee myself but a morning like that might make me want to start drinking it, haha.

Nov 09, 2021 04:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh my gosh. This brought back memories of my days with my 2 boys when they were young. You are doing amazing!!!

Nov 09, 2021 05:42 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Andrea Bedard  There are days nothing goes as planned in fact most days 😇

Nov 09, 2021 06:12 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I slept well last night Grant Schneider! It ended up being a very productive day, I even got most of the wallpaper up. 

Nov 09, 2021 09:58 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I am actually trying to cut back on the coffee Brian England, but when Monday starts off like this, all bets are off. 

Nov 09, 2021 10:01 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

You can relate Kat Palmiotti 😃 Sometimes I reminisce when my girls were little. I definitely had some superpowers then, or just a lot more coffee!

Nov 09, 2021 10:03 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

That's definitely true for most of my days Hannah Williams. I divvy up my to-do list into must-do today, sometime this week, and would be nice if you have time. That leaves some room to juggle things around. 

Nov 09, 2021 10:05 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Andrea,

Sounds like the typical life of a Realtor. That'll be the day, that goes according to plan. But as you correctly pointed out, there are always the few minutes for a cup of coffee to help collect your thoughts and get back to it via a different route and over some obstacles.

Nov 12, 2021 07:41 PM