As I write this, I’m struggling to keep my eyes open. Every morning I swear I’m going to get to bed earlier but it never happens. Life always intervenes.
The other night I had hopeful thoughts of bed by 9:30 or maybe even 10, but at around 9 that dream started to fade. I arrived home at 8:30 p.m. after the last swim practice pickup of the evening and dished out the last plate of dinner (oh so healthy chicken nugget Caesar salad). I cleaned up some dishes and headed to my office to finish editing a couple of stories.
As I was editing, I remembered that one teen had a big test coming up, so I offered to help him study. I soon learned he didn’t have everything he needed to study, so a brief argument ensued. Once that fire burnt out, I went back to my editing with slightly less focus, and he went to get in the shower.
A few minutes later, another teen came in looking for advice on a boy situation. At the same time, my husband called me into the family room to help him compose an email. While I was editing his email, he was attempting to dole out advice to the teen. Soon the two other teens were offering their two cents, and little editing was getting done.
Finally around 9:45 I was back at my desk attempting to finish the editing. The teen with the test wandered back in to say good night and to talk about the upcoming test. When he left, I headed downstairs to get a snack and noticed some of the dinner hadn’t been put away. I finished cleaning up the kitchen, and headed back up for more editing.
By this time the house was quiet, and I could finally get down to work. After an hour, however, my mind was mush so I called it quits and started to get ready for bed.
After doing some nightly stretches, brushing my teeth and reading a few pages, I was ready to turn out the light. It was 11:30 p.m. So much for an early night. Maybe tonight will be better.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.