I don’t know how you other parents survive the crazy kid-schedule stuff. Ordinarily, I’m either in bed or on my way there by 8 PM because I get up at 3 AM. I do that to get most of my work done before my husband and children wake up at 8 AM. Most of you know that it’s just better to work when it’s quiet and there are no interruptions!
Something came up
My son had a driving-school class scheduled for yesterday evening, which doesn’t usually happen. The class was scheduled to run from 6 PM to 8 PM. You sense the trouble coming already, don’t you?
We have one vehicle because that works fine for us. We rarely ever have a need to go anywhere while my husband is at work. My son’s evening class meant we had to take Alan to work at noon so we’d have the van to get the young man to the driving school.
It also meant picking up my husband in the middle of the night.
Effects of staying up late
Being up until after midnight (three to four hours later than normal) meant my 3-AM waking time came and went! I woke four hours too late this morning.
That, of course, meant I did no editing work before breakfast. Not editing before breakfast always means I get no work done until after 3 PM, because after breakfast there’s cleanup and schoolwork and lunch and then nap. If I work in the afternoon, I get far less done than I would in the early morning.
Now I get to start work 12 hours late, but I’m still tired and achy from two and a half hours of driving and two additional hours sitting in the van during the class, and being up so late. My body hurts constantly as it is, but being in a vehicle or anything that is less-than-comfortable—or even in something that is simply something other than what my body is accustomed to—makes it hurt even more, for days.
One out-of-the-ordinary event throws me off for days.
So this is a hat tip to parents with crazy schedules, who do that kind of thing all the time.
You run errands, chauffeur the kids, and handle all sorts of things that come up and require you to go somewhere—and you make it all look easy. Congratulations, because it is not easy!
Instead of trying to get work done now, I decided to use my “day off” day tomorrow as a work day and to take a few minutes right now to reach out to you and praise you. You rock! I couldn’t find an image with a literal hat tip to parents with crazy schedules. However, I did find this gorilla. He and I salute you.