I grab a blanket from our huge blanket pile, curl up on the chair, and encase myself in the big green comforter that used to cover our bed so long ago. I hold my face over the beam of steam coming off my coffee. After heating my coffee for far too long in the microwave it is way too hot to drink but I wrap my ice cold fingers around the mug and enjoy the burn anyway. I'm so cold even my nose is icy. I am chilled to the bone. The kind of chilled to the bone that goes right along with tired to the bone.
Lately it seems that no matter how much sleep I get, no matter how many vitamins I take, no matter how well I eat, and no matter how much exercise I get, I am still tired. I am always tired. I flash back to naptime today (and everyday) and what a struggle it is to get the kids in their beds through all their wailing and protests of naptime hatred. Oh how I wish someone would insist I take a 2 hour nap every day.
Just like clock work I hear Grace on the monitor. She is singing, as usual. The girl wakes up singing. Clearly, she does not have her mother's grumpiness upon waking.
My head feels foggy. I think I'm coming down with something. I push myself up from my chair and hear my knees crack. Oh man. If I'm this sore and stiff now imagine how I'll feel when I'm 80. "I'm much too young to feel this damn old."
I glance out the window and see the boys walking towards our house. They are swinging sticks, laughing and talking, and walking on the neighbor's grass again. Good grief, how many times do I have to tell them not to do that?
I hurry up the stairs to get Ben and Grace up so that I can rush back downstairs to get homework started before swim class. T minus 30 minutes until we have to leave. Oh crap. And I have choir tonight too. I don't know if I can make it through another 3 hour rehearsal.
Back downstairs I settle Ben and Grace onto the couch with snacks and a movie. I get Joey and Tommy going on their homework and begin to pack the swimming bag. I quickly chug my now lukewarm coffee and wait to feel even a little boost of energy. It doesn't happen.
Only 6 more hours until I can go to bed.