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The Queen of Procrastination is ready for Halloween

Categories: Parenting, The Juggle


My 4-year-old wants to be a unicorn for Halloween, which is tomorrow. Last night, I finally pulled out a hand-me-down bunny costume and thought about how I’d magically turn it into a unicorn, when it occurred to me to have her try it on first. You know, to see if it fit. Though, honestly, if it didn’t, I had no backup plan. While I will be the first to cop to my planning-obsessive nature, I also have to admit that I have a tendency to put things off until the last minute. It’s not just that I work well on deadline; it’s because I am the Queen of Procrastination.

Sure, it’s a title I share with many people, apparently. But in addition to being the Queen of Procrastination, I am also the Duchess of Lazy Perfectionism. Because not only do I want to do things perfectly, I want to do them as quickly as possible and I don’t want to have to waste any time having to do things over.

This is why housecleaning is anathema to me — the work needs to be done again nearly the instant you’ve finished doing it. Incidentally, this may also be why I can’t seem to find time to work out — you’re never done, and if you think you’re done, you get an invitation to a friends’ wedding or a 20th reunion or something that requires you to dress up and, in doing so, you realize that you really, really need to work out.

Luckily, her costume fit. Even more luckily, she was thrilled when she noticed that there was an orange felt carrot already sewn onto one paw and decided that the bunny costume was perfect as is. I restrained myself, opting to just nod sagely rather than do a little happy dance over the fact that my mad sewing skilz would remain unchallenged for yet another year.

So, the Queen of Procrastination is ready for Halloween. I even bought candy and everything… yesterday. But that wasn’t procrastination, that was self-preservation; if I had five bags of mini Butterfingers lying around for two weeks before Halloween, I’d really need to work out.

P.S. — If you’re a fellow Queen of Procrastination whose child still needs a costume, take a look at these 10 last-minute Halloween costumes for kids. There’s still time to whip something together!

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5 comments so far...

  • Here no unicorn was asked for but a princess… when I didn’t manage to start on Monday with the dress, it was clear we would have another year of being a strawberry for Halloween. The third time, but she’s fine with it. After all it’s all about the candies anyway.
    Good luck for not getting invited to that 20th reunion… and enjoy those Butterfingers!

    Alex  |  October 30th, 2008 at 8:29 am

  • With 5 kids, a full time career and part time writing, I don’t think it is procrastination at all. I don’t see how you can manage to do so much! Thanks for the link to my blog.

    Alajnabiya  |  October 30th, 2008 at 10:56 am

  • Heh, I have friends who think it’s terrible that my 2-year-olds are wearing the same costumes they wore last year. Sure, they won’t know the difference, but how will they feel when they see the pictures years from now? What an awful mom I am. When I was little, I had a “Sabrina” costume that I wore until I could wear it no longer, and after that I was on my own. Kids don’t care - it’s the adults who are in competition. A competition I don’t choose to join.

    SKL  |  October 30th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

  • Good for you! My little one’s going to be Cupid. She came up with this on her own and is very excited about it! We’re still working on her costume and have a night of painting (bow and arrow, shirt and shorts) ahead of us…. I know all about procrastination. :-)

    BlapherMJ  |  October 30th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

  • My oldest is going as a dork (a la Steve Urkel - which is not much of a stretch for him). First, he wanted to be Lloyd from Dumb & Dumber, with the orange tuxedo. I told him I had no idea who he thought his mom was because I cannot even hem pants, let alone fabricate an orange tuxedo.

    ajb  |  October 31st, 2008 at 8:22 am