I started writing this around 5 p.m., the official mid-point of the time tracking week.
Last night after posting I drove the 8-year-old home from ninja class. I heated up my dinner and ate that in a leisurely fashion (the 4-year-old was watching videos). Then, at 8 p.m., the 8-year-old and I took out the trash (it’s his week). He was…somewhat helpful. He carried down one of the garbage cans and some boxes. Unfortunately the recycling bins were really heavy so that was on me. Anyway, I finished around 8:25 p.m., came in, and practiced music with the 16-year-old for his voice lesson.
Then I took the 4-year-old up (8:45 or so) and read him stories. He was not the most cooperative. Indeed, he was talking in his bed for quite a while, but he didn’t get up, so that is a victory. I had a long discussion with my 12-year-old about a topic, then turned everyone’s lights out around 10. At that point I got myself ready for bed, read for about 30 minutes until 10:40, finishing my Dave Barry book. I was asleep by 10:45 I’m pretty sure.
I woke at 6:10 with my alarm – I decided I needed to shower before getting the kids up today as the morning was going to be complicated again. I showered, dressed, and woke the three older kids up at 6:30. I made some breakfasts, then the 4-year-old was up (!) and demanded I play him a lullaby on his phone. I found that the 8-year-old was also up so at least rousing them wasn’t difficult. Everyone got in the car at 7 a.m. — yes, all five of them. We dropped the 16-year-old off at high school at 7:12 and got to the middle school for jazz band practice at 7:20. Then it was back home with the two little boys, arriving around 7:35.
At this point I got the boys and me breakfast. Then B came and I got to work, working for the next 2 hours or so (to 10:15). I listened to my Bach in the background during part of this — BWV is the Ascension oratorio, and as a fun little treat, I realized that the alto solo was very very similar to the Agnus Dei in the B-minor mass. I looked it up and I guess the oratorio came first, and then Bach borrowed heavily from his own work. Anyway, at 10:15 I got in my car and drove to go get a massage. This — my little treat for the week — was rescheduled from before Christmas when the person I like to see had been sick. This was a combination of being relaxing and a bit painful as I’m knotted up in various places. Anyway…home at noon, got lunch, and got to work.
I mostly worked on the book proposal (competitive works section…including how this new book is different from my others) until 2:10. Then I walked outside for about 20 minutes, did my hair and make-up (I hadn’t done that yet, figured why bother before a massage), then got back to work until 4:00, mostly doing emails during that window.
At 4 I got in the car — listening to the Ascension oratorio again! — and drove back to the middle school. I got the 14-year-old, drove him to Wawa for a pretzel, then drove him to fencing practice (5:00 – I dropped him off maybe 4:55). I drove home, arriving 5:10, and now I’m writing this. There is a lot more time in the car still happening tonight!
The good news is that the power is back on at the preschool, so the 4-year-old has school tomorrow. Of course the other kids have half days…
I did spend a little time today thinking about my weekend. Have you? If you haven’t already, now’s a good time to make some plans!