Mastering the art of scheduling.

I’d like to think of myself as ‘a jack of all trades, master of fuck all’ or a ‘creative logistical problem solver’. 

As whimsical, misguided and aimless as that sounds it’s turned out to be one of My strengths. 

My first proper job after waitressing for years to get myself through studies was in production in the colourful film industry of cape town. I love the film industry. It has been good to me. Over the past decade and a half I’ve gone back to it when the opportunity has presented itself in between apprenticeships of shoe making and pregnancies etc.

As a young twenty something scheduling and movements orders of clients, crews etc was part of my job description and oh boy, did I not get it. I used to just wing it and hope for the best. I had an idea, a vague one but didn’t actually know what I was doing.

Now as a mum of 3 with 3 school drop offs and 4different schedules to merge with a dear husband that doesn’t drive ( yes! He doesn’t drive. I’ve made peace with that) I’ve become an absolute master of scheduling and movement orders. 

I know exactly what time to leave the flat in the morning if I want to get kids to school on time. Leaving 5min later can have dire consequences. 

I also know that if I do leave 14min later of desired time I’ll still be fine but it’ll be like a nail biting scene from Speed and sadly you won’t have Keanu by your side.

Sadly, I’m also that type of person that likes being early or on time at the least. A1 unfortunately has inherited this trait from me. I’ve learnt over the years to relax a bit on this demand I place on myself and do know that arriving alive and well is definitely the preferred option but getting the maximum out of one’s day requires some scheduling.

Having said all that….

I also have a spur of the moment spirit within me and don’t  like routine.

Yes, a bit contradicting but I’m a complex female at best, deal with it. 

I know cape town traffic pretty well. I can now tell you how long it’ll take from cbd to pinelands at any given time. Because yes the dreaded de waal drive has to be tackled. De waal drive isn’t actually the problem. It’s the bottle-neck-one-lane-effect of the garden centre bridge which could literally give you time to do the perfect eyebrow pluck if you are prepared.

When it rains … Yes … somehow capetonians forget how to drive or how to leave on time or something. I can’t explain it but that saying is pretty fucking true.

Anything happening at parliament like SONA will mess with your schedule. Any accident anywhere in the city will put a spanner in the works and whatever you do, never ever take the flyover from n1 highway onto upper carriage way past cticc into town. 

You’ll be plucking eyebrows, do a smoky eye (not that i even know what make-up is) and be able to tackle gr3 homework before you hit the first traffic light and sing let it go from frozen like a billion times.

I know some cool short cuts, I also know that sometimes taking that short cut isn’t going to help you one bit and that it’ll be best to stay in your lane, put the radio on and sing along to Adele’s latest ballade,  much to one’s kids annoyance, hehe.

Another tip is to just have the radio on in general to stay up to speed with traffic related issues. 

2 to 3 hours in the car on any given day in between school, work, the playdate, swimming lessons, the occupational therapist etc is no joke. And yes sometimes I feel like I’ve been reduced to just being a driver. Getting everyone to where they need to be on time always leaves me with a sense of achievement. Not that this always happens. I do get it wrong on some days. I’m not perfect, sadly;)

But this is some serious skills parenting or having to wrangle 3 kids has taught me. 

Skills that would have come in handy when I was actually being paid to do schedules and movement orders. Lol

The fashion of today, explained…


I’m a mum of three and business owner with my husband. Life’s busy to say the least but with my smart phone and my diary with lists from here to Kathmandu I reckon I’m pretty capable. Haha.

This morning i felt good. Tired. But good. I felt like everything was under control and it was going to be a good day. I had my shit in order and under control.

Yesterday having  been valentines day (vomit) was a good day but super long. It started at 6 in the morning getting 3 kids to 3 different schools and only ended at about 1 the following morning when I got to bed and shoved 3 slices of pizza down before passing out.

On this glorious sunny morning I was up at 5:30. Yes doing homework with my 8yr old son we neglected to do yesterday because I had to work a double in our restaurant. But we got through our 3 times table and spelling and the use of are and is and got on with our day.

I felt good because for the first time we were going to go to our afternoon swimming lesson with all the necessary paraphenalia ie the elusive swimming cap and the goggles. I had made a point of buying 5 swimming caps yesterday because I can never find the one we do have on the day I need it.

Life was good. We were on time not rushing and had our shit in order. 

I did what I could at work till 14:00 and set off to get A2 and A1 so we could get to our swimming lesson on time against all odds of cape town afternoon traffic.

We got to swimming early!!!!!!! I felt so proud of myself. For once it felt like I’m on top I things and not going to drop a ball today.

It’s A2’s first swimming lesson, she’s 3, and we’re in it to win  it.

A2 being who she is (moody) decided after 5min that she is not keen on this swimming  thing.  I’m all for kids making their own choices and not being forced but today I knew I had to get her into this swimming lesson thing as she does love the water being named after the little mermaid, Ariel.

Being the hands-on mummy that I am I got onto the first step of the pool and tried to get A2 comfortable with coming in after me. Then down  to the next step. The coach then looked at me and just said you know you’d just going to have to swim and get in yourself.

I didn’t have a problem with that, but somehow that was something I neglected in my planning and Kathmandu list this morning. A swimming costume for mummy!!!!!

Eish, coach looked at me and just said your dress will dry quickly in this summer sun. I didnt need much coaxing, i was in, dress and all with A2 and after 5min I could hand her over to coach and they had a lovely first swimming lesson together while I watched from the step with my son in my wet dress lol.

My dress was never going to dry in time so I thought i’d check my bag of tricks. Maybe there would be something amongst the nappies, goggles, dinosaurs, hot rod cars i could wear, there had to be something…

Yes! This dinosaur Hoodie for an 8yr old and his pt shorts whahahaha. So luckily I’m stupidly small for an adult, 8yr olds being my height and my son is stupidly tall for his age and wears 12 yr old clothing already. So it’s a win win situation.

I squeezed myself into his dinosaur Hoodie and pt shorts and off we went. Still dropped his friend off at home having to explain to his lovely mum the bizarre fashion of the day. 

Had to fetch A3 from school having to explain myself to teacher. Because of course A3 piped up: “but mummy, why are you wearing boeta’s clothes?”

Still went to work to check in and get hubby for quick dinner before he went back for night shift at restaurant and I went home with kids.

In my books, today was a good day. 

Yes, I dropped a ball and had to rock a dinosaur Hoodie meant for an 8yr old boy and probably scarred my kids for life, haha. But today was pretty good in the grand scheme of things.

My dress still isn’t dry…