|“7 o’clock by my window”/Dec2011|
I found out that there weren’t too many limitations,
if I did it my way.
– Johnny Cash
6:30AM. Snooze 1. 6:40AM. Snooze 2. 6:50AM. Get-up 3. Chug water. Wash face. Brush teeth. Moisturize. Robe-up. Pocket iPhone. Turn on kids’ rooms light. Bring water bottle. 7:10. Turn on lights in hall. In living room. In kitchen. Make coffee. Choose cappuccino. Add brown sugar. Clear dining table. Put toys away. 7:20. Set journal. 10-minute timed writing. Go. Keep hand moving. Sip coffee. Write. Sip. Write. 7:31. Tinker with Twitter. Upload photo. Tweet about writing exercise. Fail to upload. Later. 7:35. Go back upstairs. Wake up J. Wake up kids. Quick back rubs. Ask for help. “Make sure you get up already, hun.” “Ok, hun.” “You up?” “Yes.” “You sure?” “Yes.” Go back to kids’ rooms. “Wake up, guys! It’s 7:45!” Go back down. Review food requests. Shrimpy rice for Kid2 and Kid3. Beef tapa rice for Kid1. Strawberry Choco sand for 2. Chicken baloney w/ cheese for 1. Green apple slices w/ choco dip for 3. Fruit cup for K1. Wash strawberries. Wash blueberries. Spray with veggie wash. Let sit. Crack 6 eggs. Add milk. Season. Scramble. Get pancake mix. Add milk. Crush half an oreo in batter. Fry. “Guys, it’s 8!” K1 is first. “I don’t want to eat yet, Mom. A little later please.” Request for cereal. I make him scrambled rice instead. 8:15AM. Serve scrambled eggs. Serve pancake. Put cereal boxes on the table. Alpha Bits for K3. Cinammon Toast Crunch for K1 and K2. Heat left-over rice. Add sweet and sour shrimp. Heat tapa. Pack in thermos. 8:25AM. Set aside. Make sandwiches. Remember to make self toast. 12 grain. Take one bite. Forget about it. “Help me pack the water, Oona.” “I’m getting a fruit cup, Mommy.” “Go ahead, honey. No need to tell me. Hurry.” Pack lunch bags. K1, K2, K3. “I’m leaving, Mom.” “Take your sister with you, Sol.” “Aw, do I have to?” “Take care of each other, Sol.” “Oh, okay. Let’s go, Oona!” 8:30AM. “Where’s my kiss?!” Smooch K1. Smooch K2. “Joshim, where.are.you?!?” Comes down. Slowly. “I was brushing, Mom.” Calm and relaxed. Socks in hand. “Joshim, hurry! 1! 2…2 and a half…” Grab socks from tiny hands. “Mom, did you know that my race car is ready for painting…” Act interested. I’m not. Help put on socks. “Mom, is Baba dropping me?” Help with jacket. “Listen, Joshim, find your spider gloves and black touk okay?” Remind him a second time. “Ok, mom.” Help with vest. “Not that one, Mom. I want the matching one.” Grab matching one. Help with touk. Help with gloves. 8:37AM.
|My “Elephan3” playing on the carpet|
Grab boots from outside. Help with shoes. “Joshim, close the door, I’m freezing!” J starts car. Help with bag. “Chapstick. Put some on, ok?” “Ok, mom.” Smooch 3. 8:40AM. “I love you. Now hurry!” “Bye, Mom.” “Bye, honey.“ J winks. I’ll be back, hun. Be ready to drop me at work.” Wave goodbye. Throw flying kisses. Close front door. And breathe. See shoes and slippers all over. See big mess in kitchen. Big breath. Straighten mess. Bigger breath. Take in the quiet. 1…2…3. Rinse and repeat.