Tuesday, January 27, 2009

{things that go thump in the night}

If you were to look at me today you would see bags under my eyes. You would hear slurred and brutally impaired speech. You would probably be under the impression that you were watching me in slow motion.

You would be wrong. I really am just moving THAT slow.

It would seem that the problem is those pesky monsters that go THUMP in the night.

I'm not talking about snaggle-toothed creatures under my bed. Nor am I referring to all those hairy wild things lurking in the closet, making all that rowdy ruckus.

That I could handle.

This is worse. Much worse.

I am talking about mops who have not been put to use in nearly a month, a refrigerator that is roaring wildly at me for a washing, dust that is having an unruly party atop my kitchen cupboards and a computer who mocks me because he knows I should be using him for more than just blogging. Like perhaps taxes. Just a thought.

These are the things that go thump in the night.

Two beautiful children ago, I would have had no problem wielding my sword of bravery and hacking these things down. I would stay up until dawn, banishing these things from my thoughts. And then I would snuggle into my bed and sleep until supper time.

Feeling like the conqueror.

Instead I run myself in circles. How is it that at the end of the day I am exhausted and worn, with no sign that anything has been accomplished?

I do stay up to greet dawn on occasion. However, these wild escapades are not followed a day of rest.

No, it is much better than that. It is followed by a pajama day!

These are the glorious days where my two sweet men and I play and lounge in our comfy jammies til well past noon.

And then bedtime rolls back around and I begin again at square one. Having gone full circle.

I do what must be done.

I wash the dishes, sweep the floor, tidy up the bedroom floors and finally I wash my face.

Sometimes the last act is enough to wake me up to finish some extra things. But not lately.

Lately it is just enough to keep me oriented for my walk to the bed.

Always hopeful that I will close my eyes and instantaneously drift off into a peaceful dreamlike state.

Not the case.

The thumping begins and I lay there.

I consider getting up and tackling the dark shadows that loom just over my head.

Eventually exhaustion wins.

But not tonight.

Today I am ridding myself of these pesky beasts once and for all.

Tonight I will rest my weary head with nothing to bother me. Nothing to laugh at me. Nothing to interfere with my sweet dreams.

Today I am going to be the conqueror.


Mandi said...

Can I just say that I hear ya sister!!! Man do I ever hear you. I feel like no time is my time because after my kids are finally all in bed I know that Thomas is going to wake up, as babies always do and so I work to get all of my stuff done because if I don't I can't relax. I try to sit down to a good read, or watch a heart-warming chick flick, but I can't because the darn house is calling out to me, in desperate need of a cleaning. It never ends. It's a good thing I love those beautiful little rascals that are my kids. Too bad you don't live close. We could have those pj days together and feel guilty together and every once in awhile get motivated and bust out a good scrub together. Oh well, life goes on without a clean house every now and again, right? Well, I think you are awesome and I am sure that you keep up with everything 100% better than you think you do. Have a fabulous day! Love you!

Mandi said...

Can I just tell you too that you are such an excellent writer. You really should consider writing children's books or something. I love to read your posts.

{nicole coombs} said...

haha Amen! except I think I do even less then that like just the dishes and just washing underware and socks. Most of the time I catch myself day dreaming of becoming Miss Mary Poppins- my hero! What a dream come true that would be!!!!

ParentingPink said...

You boys are so adorable! Thanks for visiting my Pink site today! We have things that go "bump" in the night here too. I love this post - I can sooooo relate to it!

One day I'd like to do a "parenting blue" site, so I'll keep you in mind as an expert on "all things blue!" Hope to chat with you more!

Kacey R. said...

I am so feelign this post! I just hopped over from Lorie's place. I stayed up almost all night the night before last with thumps in the night. Pesky, pesky brooms!

Marshmallow Circus said...

I'm pregnant and nesting, I usually never clean but now can't sleep. ugh.

Great post!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you slayed the beast! I looked in the mirror at the gym today at my purple bags screaming from under my eyes and actually winced.

Tyler, Kamry, Jaxxen, Madexx and Nixxen said...

I know what you mean. I do that every night. having 3 kids is way different then 1. I hope you got everything done. I think I might do the same thing.

What A Card said...

Oh boy, I feel ya!

Very well written, by the way!

I'm visiting from SITS (you were the commenter before me today :) Happy Thursday :)

American in Norway said...

Sigh...I would love to tell you that it gets better...but... it doesn't. Thanks for reminding me that I need to go get something done... : )

LORI said...


Tranquility said...

I know my monsters will still be snarling at me when I close my eyes tonight. Sadly, this is not my day for conquoring.

I hope it is a productive day for you. Good luck!

mama's smitten said...

Do glad I found you . Just wanted to say hi!

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