Monday, February 18, 2008

Note to Husband

Dear husband,

Just because I was (yes, now in the past tense) in my PJs until 12:45 pm today does not mean I was not a productive member of society and our family. Look at all of the fabulous, industrial things I accomplished since 4:00 am today:

4:00 am Henry cries. Hold conference with husband and both agree to let Henry cry to teach him that 4 am is not an acceptable time to start the day.

6:00 am Wake up because Abby and Henry wake up (and slept in!)

6:25 am Negotiate Abby's melt down which occurred because I threw away the little plastic ring to the newly opened milk carton which apparently she desperately needed/wanted. Hugs and kisses administered.

6:42 am Second conference with husband held. Discuss trash responsibilities and request that he adopt a later work departure so said husband can be with children while I finish preparing trash for waste disposal.

6:47 am Third conference with husband/negotiation with Abby regarding little plastic milk carton ring which husband unknowingly threw away. More tears, further pacification.

6:50 am Administer nutritious, balanced breakfast to offspring.

6:50 am Empty dish washer.

6:50.30 am Administer more food to offspring.

6:51 am Put away hand-washed dishes.

7:00 am Turn on Today Show for national and international news updates. Learn, in small sound bytes, about the world outside of my very productive two-room universe.

7:15 am Discovery: wet, moldy clothes in clothes washer that the laundry fairy never transferred to dryer. Run quick cycle and transfer to dryer. Place new, soiled clothes into washer.

7:15 am Discussion with oldest Abby about why M&Ms cannot be eaten at 7:15 am.

7:17 am Turn on computer, check email, start ToDo list.

8:00 am Teleconference with Toyota service department about reasons behind missed service appointment last week. Issue apology and reschedule appointment (which, unfortunately, coincides with regularly scheduled work out regime. Muffin top prevails for another day.)

8:30 am 17 minute teleconference with new accountant.

8:40 am (During aforementioned account call), navigate snack demands of Abby and Henry.

8:50 am Accounting call is finished. Administer further nutrition to children.

9:00 am Teach spatial concepts to Abby through activities with hearts, diamonds, squares and circles.

9:00 – 9:30 am Teach Henry the importance of perseverance and patience through repetition of the phrases, “Henry don’t put the crayons in your mouth, crayons are for coloring.” “Henry, please color on the paper, not the chair.” AND “Henry, sit down in the chair.”

9:31 am Teach Henry that even the strongest camel has a back-breaking straw by pounding the kitchen table and yelling, “Henry Benjamin, SIT DOWN for goodness sakes! Gheshhh!”

9:31.30 am Mission accomplished. Henry's bum is in the chair and he will forever remember that one must yell to get anything accomplished. (Call the Mother-of-the-Year committee, they have a winner.)

9:40 am Continue researching the intricacies of the democratic party’s nomination process.

9:46 am Help oldest daughter write thank you notes to Grandmother and Aunt for Valentine’s Day care package.

10:00 am Transfer wet clothes to dryer, put more clothes into washer. Refill dog’s water dish.

10:10 am Edit my writings.

10:15 am More coloring, playing, general lounging around.

10:30 am Discussion with Mother about upcoming Democratic National primaries and the role of the super delegates. Probe her for answers to my unanswered questions.

10:45 am Lunch plan discussion with children.

10:50 am Administer milk to cows (ahem, children).

11:15 am Prepare lunch foods for children; serve.

11:17 am Clean downstairs bathroom while children eat. Listen to happy giggles as I scrub away pink mold and other unmentionables.

11:40 am Clean up lunch tools.

11:45 am Play a bit.

11:50 am Parse husband’s shrimp and crawfish gumbo into freezer safe containers. Clean stock pot, fill dish washer. Pick up all crazy straws Charlie removed from cabinet immediately under foot.

12:15 pm Put children down for naps. Henry into sleeping chamber first. Listen to protest screams while putting Abby down second.

12:20 pm Fold all previously cleaned laundry. Distribute.

12:30 pm Wash face, floss and brush teeth. Improve general appearance.

12:41 pm REMOVE PJs.

12:42 pm Adorn self with clothes.

12:46 pm Strip sheets off of master bed.

12:48 pm Insert sheets into washer.

12:50 pm Return missed phone call to husband who laughs when told I was getting dressed when he called earlier. He apologizes for getting me out of bed. I make a mental note to shoot off tongue-and-cheek email to husband.

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