Ever since my husband did right by me and got himself the big 'V' I don't do a real good job of keeping track of my 'Ladies' Days'. So I find myself increasingly irritated, unable to sleep and ingesting salt at an unhealthy rate and not having a clue why. So I just did a little checking here and found out, yep, it's not only work related stress contributing to insomnia...
It also explains my complete lack of patience with the small humans in my home. It's Canada Day today. Our equivalent of July 4th only with less blue decorations. Well, not less, there are no blue decorations. Anyway, we are planning on heading down the local park to take in the festivities and enjoy the day. However after hearing "Mom" upwards of 37 times this morning by 9 a.m. I said this to my six year old:
"If you don't start being good now, we are not going to the park." (this is reasonable)
"We will not get Slurpees or take snacks; we will stay home and watch Educational programming and eat raw carrots and celery WITHOUT DIP." (first part reasonable, second half, more punishment for me than them; I have a real issue with vegetables. Especially raw).
He giggled, asked if we could take some bread for the ducks and walked away. At six, he knows mommy is all bark and no bite except for the hours imminently preceding the arrival of Mother Nature's most precious gift. But since he doesn't even know about that yet, he doesn't know he's playing with fire.
Right now I'm enjoying blessed quiet thanks to the 3-D version of Coraline borrowed from the library yesterday. I have already kicked them outside for awhile this morning but still, it leaves me wondering, what did moms do before movies or TV, even? I shudder to think. Although the majority of children were home and play dates weren't formally arranged affairs. This new technologically advanced uber-organized world may not be doing anyone any favours in some respects.
As for me, I started the day with a frozen chocolate bar and three cups of coffee. I still have more chocolate. For now anyway.
Happy Canada Day!