Friday, July 04, 2008

A little bit of peace

Wow. Your comments on last night's post mean a lot to me. Your support and your understanding and your counsel and your stories, they make me feel a little stronger because if I'm going crazy, I think I'm going to be in very good company, at least.

But today, even after only 4 hours of sleep some good things:

1. Munchkin slept in until 8, and was a perfect dream of a giggly toddler. I brought her to my office on the way to daycare and she was tickled pink to find a balloon in my office and chatted happily with the secretaries. It made me glad to just surprise her like, to find her so happy for such a wee little change in our usually rushed routine.

2. The contractors! Showed up! And although they were here making huge noise and huge mess from 8:15 until after 5, rendering both working and napping by me impossible they: installed the water heater, installed the air conditioner, installed the thermostat, installed the furnace, finished the duct work, replastered all the holes they made in my walls, disconnected an obsolete kitchen range in my office, cut a dryer vent from my foundation. Phew. People? That's it. That's the end of this major round of renos. We're finally done. Heat and water and cooling and laundry. We're done. Amen.

3. Pynchon and I! Went on a date! We went out for a lovely quiet supper together and a long walk down the main drag and then through the neighbourhood. We held hands and talked. We decided, to our mutual relief, that we're not doing anything this weekend, other than shop for groceries. No cleaning. No renos. No long range planning. We're filling up the kiddie pool and looking for recipes for grilled veggies. We've decided to just call a cleaning service to give our house a good scrub while I look for an independent cleaning lady to take care of us on a regular basis.

4. Did I mention the furnace, air conditioner, dryer, water heater and the no more holes in the walls?

I'm taking one of those pills now. I'm going to sleep all night, and then, tomorrow evening, with the house all to myself, I'll curl up with some herbal tea and my bloglines, and hear everyone's news and share some photos from Hawaii, including ones I took just for Jenifer and Alpha DogMa.

Sleep tight, internets.


Anonymous said...

Yes! Yes! For the Hawaii photos and for your list of good things. And hurray for the contractors and their well timed arrival! Enjoy the weekend of nothingness. It sounds divine.

cinnamon gurl said...

Hurrah! And HOLY CRAP that is a LONG time to go without all those fine amenities!

Have a lovely, relaxing weekend of nothing!

Mimi said...

So you can see why maybe I might be a little more likely than usual to be missing out on sleep, huh?

Bea said...

Hubby makes some good grilled veggies. He makes up a packet out of aluminum foil and fills it with carrots, onions, green beans, potatoes, and sweet potatoes (peeled and diced), coats it all with olive oil, oregano and thyme, and then grills it for maybe half an hour? Maybe not quite that long. I'll ask him when he wakes up. It's yummy.

Omaha Mama said...

Yay!! Your date sounds fabulous, as does your weekend. A happy toddler can make almost any mood dissolve, yes.
If I lived there, in your happy neighborhood, I'd bring you some cookies to chomp as you catch up on your reading this evening.
And then probably overstay my welcome, chatting your ear off.

Cloud said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. I find when I start feeling utterly overwhelmed (something that happens with alarming frequency anymore), getting a couple things off the ever growing to do list helps a lot. Well,that and sleep. For what its worth, I find that I need to be regularly getting at least 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep to be able to keep functioning. I also find that if I go to bed too much after my regular bedtime, I have a really hard time falling asleep. I don't know why this surprises me, because this is also true for Pumpkin and is why I am so strict about her bedtime!

I hope things keep improving.

kittenpie said...

Honey, I am so glad to hear you sounding so much lighter already and I can TOTALLY understand why having all those things off of a list would do it! Renos suck. I know from reno suckage.

and a weekend of just chilling sounds perfect. Misterpie grills veggies by just tossing them in oil and salt and pepper. I sometimes add in a touch of paprika, depending on the veg (good on eggplant). Yum.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

I missed yesterday's post -- so sorry you've been feeling this way! Lack of sleep is pure torture. One time when I went FOUR DAYS without sleeping more than 2 hrs at a stretch, I very seriously plotted a way that I could get arrested & spend a week in jail. It seemed like the perfect solution. No one expecting anything of me, plenty of time to sleep... When I told my (childless) sister about this, she was APPALLED -- but most other mothers understand it!

Kyla said...

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend, Mimi.

Lisa b said...

I hope you've had a few more good sleeps. It makes the world of difference.
As I've commented below I am totally crazy so I am glad to read that I can enjoy your company.

ewe are here said...

I'm so glad things are looking better... I'm just catching up on your last post... I really hope you're getting some sleep.

And I can't wait to see the pics of my old state. :-)

Beck said...

You even SOUND happier.
I hope this weekend was GREAT.

metro mama said...

Sounds like things are looking up! So happy for you.

gwendomama said...

I just found you...and I am so glad I did.

Can I kiss you if I see you at blogher? Would that be too forward?

crazymumma said...

good. a little bit of sweet stuff.