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!