I don’t often talk about my husband’s schedule. The internet at large has no need to know when he’s not going to be around, at least without some effort on their part. My theory is, if you’re going to be a stalker creepazoid, I’ll make you at least do a little homework, but I don’t operate under the illusion that I can’t be found because that would just be naive.
My husband works long hours. When he’s on, he comes home, he sleeps, he refills his lunch bag and goes back to work, rinse and repeat. There is no calling him to hurry home because I’ve had a bad day, it’s just not that kind of job. To put it bluntly the past week was miserable. It started with that trip to urgent care and really never got much better. (No one else got hurt, except maybe their feelings). I guess this is my way of telling you that, I’m right there with those of you who are overwhelmed, burnt out, and rundown. I’ve been trying to go to bed earlier, but that’s been the only time someone hasn’t been needing something and sometimes the temptation to enjoy silence is just a bit too strong. I know that it sabotages the next day, but. . .
So today the weather is nice. We’re going to knock out the oldest’s school work as fast as humanly possible (or maybe even shelve some of it for tomorrow?). And then? I’m kicking them outside into the yard. I’ll arm them with squirt guns, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles. But me? I’m going to stay inside and pull the house back together, because that’s what I need. You see that yellow sticky note right up ↑ there? I’m going to get back into the habit of following them, because when I don’t? This happens and it becomes a self-feeding demon.
I want to to know what do you do, when you’re overwhelmed, burnt out, and rundown. Hiring a sitter isn’t really an option, the one I would normally use is recovering from oral surgery and I don’t have a back up. So what I’m really hoping for are ideas for when there is no escape, no matter how badly you want to just run away and join the circus.
Tonight is movie night. We’ll have dinner -there’s a chicken going into the slow cooker as soon as I hit publish. Harry Potter should be arriving in our mailbox this afternoon and I’m going to make a big batch of kettle corn. (Maybe I’ll take pictures of that, but don’t count on it). I’m hoping a quiet evening will help.
What about you? What do you do when there’s no one to take the helm and you’re overwhelmed?