It must be in the culture. It is something I am completely unequipped to deal with.
I am a planner. I need a plan and I need to stick with it. There is no flexibility, every minute accounted for.
So these things throw me off, spinning in darkness:
We received, after school, notice of a parents meeting. It was tonight at 530. I had less then 2 hours notice to rearrange my evening plans to accommodate this. We did not make it. Davíð was at school and how am I supposed get someone, last minute, to come over and feed the kids dinner and put them to bed? I think this is a little unreasonable.
Birthday Party invitations from classmates arrive 2 days before the party, if we are lucky, but we often have less then 24 hours notice. This is a huge hassle! I want my kids to go to these parties but changing work hours last minute to accommodate shopping, picking up and/or dropping off my son at some location is giving me headaches.
This is why I spend so much time pacing back and forth around the apartment, I want everything to work!
I think I need to relax a little, but when my kids have a party I think 7 days notice is much better.