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