Most things gets checked off of my To-Do list between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and midnight. I’m not a morning person, and our house is so small that as soon as I get up, at least one little person is up, too. So nighttime is my time, for both chores and relaxation.
Last night, after the kids went to bed, I was going to:
- take a shower
- attack the pile of dishes in the sink
- do some laundry
- send some emails
- get started on my slice for today
- read over lesson plans for the upcoming week
- work on a photo book I’m making for a present
At 8:30 I laid down next to my girls, thinking about all of these things to do once they fell asleep. Which to do first? I wondered, prioritizing them in my mind, knowing that I wouldn’t get to all of them. I knew I was tired, but I figured the girls would fall asleep quickly after the long, full day we had had, so I wasn’t worried about falling asleep myself like I sometimes do.
Suddenly my eyes flew open and went straight to the clock. 1:17 a.m. I blinked, but my eyelids felt like they were stuck to the contact lenses that I hadn’t removed before laying down with the girls. I must have been really tired, I decided, crawling out of bed and finding my way in the dark to the bathroom. I pried the dehydrated contacts from my eyes and washed my face. As I brushed my teeth I briefly contemplated staying up to get something done, but my sleepy brain quickly rejected the idea. The only thing getting crossed off my To-Do list tonight was “catch up on sleep.”