4:30: Get up; get washed; check the news. I have my first cup of coffee and listen to the silence. It’s heavenly.
5:00: Wake up the husband; pack lunch for the kids; fold some laundry; iron some shirts; get dressed.
6:15: Wake up the kids; drag them downstairs. They bicker over who will sit in which chair. Apparently, that matters.
6:45: Remind kids it’s time to finish breakfast and get ready. General astonishment, “get ready for what?” Get ready for school, just like EVERY SINGLE MORNING! In the bathroom, kids compete over who can best imitate the opening song to The Lion King.
7:15: Quick, grab your bags, get in the car. Got your gym stuff? Got your book report? The library books are due today. WHERE ARE THE LIBRARY BOOKS?
7:20: Explain again why I would not spend $70 on a costume to wear during a 3-minute book report that does not require a costume.
7:25: Drop off Kid #1 and Kid #2. Wrestle Kid #3 back into the car. We’re early, so I can take the slightly longer way to work, the one with the pretty views.
Start singing this song until Kid #3 complains. (Song starts around 1:25.)
It’s foggy, so the views aren’t so nice. But I can see that the daffodils are just two or three days from fully blooming. Spring is coming! Then we’re stuck behind a school bus. We’re no longer early.
7:35: Explain the difference between asparagus and esophagus. Explain the difference between gargoyle and goggles. Listen to lecture about the difference between lion’s mane jellyfish and immortal jellyfish. (???)
7:50: Drop off Kid #3.
8:00: Arrive at work. On Tuesdays, I start early because I leave early. Check agenda and e-mail. Check work-related news. Check government websites.
8:30: Trying to ignore hypochondriac co-worker who is convinced her crooked spine is… No, not listening, not listening! Work, work, work.
10:00: Meeting with Marketing. Explain again why catchy phrases should still be grammatically correct. Talk, talk, talk. Yes, there’s a difference between a hyphen and an em-dash. Talk some more. Can we please stop talking?
11:00: Quick walk during morning break.
12:30: No official lunch break today because, as I said, I am leaving early.
1:00: Sign up kids for summer camp. Checking account balance now near zero.
1:30: Work, work, work.
2:55: Phone call from school; Kid #2 ran into a wall; bruise on chin; nurse assures me there’s no need to worry. I’ll be there in an hour.
3:00: Phone call from day care; Kid #3 ran into the sink; black eye likely. I’m quickly packing up; it’s time to leave anyway.
3:05: Pick up Kid #3; yes, black eye likely. Hugs and kisses badly needed.
3:35: Pick up Kid #1 and Kid #2; yes, bruise on chin. More hugs and kisses, but carefully.
3:40: Kids insist they will starve if they don’t get a snack right this minute. Quick stop at home to get cereal bars and water.
4:15: Arrive at church for CEC classes. Why are there no cars in the parking lot? Check schedule; no CEC today. Silent cursing. Usually, I drop two kids off and take the third one food shopping. Today, we’ll all have to go—woohoo. Remind myself to take deep breaths and stay calm!
4:30: No, I’m not buying raspberries. No, I’m not buying watermelon. No, I am not buying the giant bag of trail mix that seems to be mostly M&Ms.
4:35: No, I am not buying lobster. Kid #3 has a fit in front of the fish counter, wants lobster. Kid #1 starts telling fishmonger all about the eating habits of Kid #3 (which are quite peculiar).
4:40: Realize I left my shopping list in the car; trying to remember what was on it while wandering the aisles. No, I’m not getting fruit loops. No, I’m not getting chips. No, I’m not getting lunchables. Fondly remember the times when kids didn’t know about junk food. No, I’m not getting play dough either!
5:25: Wrestle kids and groceries into the car. We’ve qualified for a third free food item for Easter. (I see a lot of ham in our future.) Check shopping list; I got everything except butter and corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe I can somehow claim that I skipped them on purpose?
5:45: Arrive home; husband already cooking dinner; kids clamoring to help.
There’s no way I can avoid admitting that I forgot the shopping list in the car AGAIN. Yes, I know it would have been better to just stick it into my purse. Suddenly, Kid #2 remembers bruise on chin, needs ice RIGHT NOW. Kid #3 bouncing off wall, apparently trying to get a second black eye.
5:50: Announce that kids are signed up for summer camp; lots of happy screaming. Checking account balance suddenly less important.
6:00: Dinner, homework check, play time, cuddle time, book time.
7:30: Time for bed; yes, everyone needs to brush teeth; yes, I know you already did it once today.
8:00: Kids asleep; kitchen to clean (sigh).
8:50: Husband asleep; shall I clean the bathroom? (I should; another sigh.)
9:10: Me Time! Oh sh**, I forgot to drop off the library books; quickly renew library books online.
9:15: NOW it’s Me Time.
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