Copping Out Tonight

I’ve got a splitting headache and I am feeling crabby and emotional. I think that I’m just overtired. The girls have been going to bed later, which means I’m going to bed later, and it’s catching up with me. Yes, I know that we have to re-set our sleep schedules, and tonight was a good start. But I woke up early yesterday because some mean person hacked my blog. Why, oh, why? I am trying to make the world a better place for bored and stressed-out parents and I try my best to spread only good karma. But yesterday Cute W gently pulled me out of sleep early to show my hacked blog. . . which looked quite a bit like my normal blog, except with just enough evidence that I found it necessary to change every password I know and delete and re-install plug-ins and wring my hands helplessly and struggle to understand technical crap which I don’t understand, I simply don’t understand. And then this morning I woke up early because it was Middle School Orientation this morning, which went okay, but it did cause me some Unreasonable Anxiety Insomnia last night. Orientation went fine, really, and I started to try to write a blog post about it, but I just don’t have the energy. I went off on a tangent about a word and then I just couldn’t get my act together. I’d really like to fast-forward two weeks until we’ve all established a comfortable new school routine and I’ve established that the girls are settled and they and their friends and my friends’ kids are all doing okay. Also, incidentally, I will have enough serenity time to do things like write my blog posts before I’m overcome by weariness and scrub my toilet, which needed scrubbing yesterday, and I still haven’t gotten to it today.


So, since I’m copping out, and I wonder if others are suffering from general back-to-school anxiety, and I thought that I’d share two fun fantasy time-wasters with you. The first is the Pinterest board My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter, in which actual ridiculous-and-pretentious-yet-fabulous catalog and other photos are captioned as if you’re hearing the world’s most irritating wealthy mother is talking about her daughter, whose name is Quinoa. It’s funny.

And, to go along with the fantasy daughter, here’s a Tumblr called My Daguerrotype Boyfriend, which shows a series of super-hotties from Days of Yore. Because I love both history and, apparently, charming and attractive men captured in black and white. Perhaps you do, too? You’re welcome.





  1. CarolynT

    I have never plucked up the courage to comment before, despite being constantly amused by the parallels between our two families (camping joys and pains included… yes, we have used the ‘maybe we should just cancel the whole thing’ threat…) but I had to today because I too am losing it completely this week!! Maybe it is in anticipation of my eldest going to Middle School, maybe it’s because I keep feeling like we should be squeezing every last drop out of this last week of summer (we’re not!). It makes me feel better to know I’m not alone in having the jitters! Thanks for taking the time to put it into words even when you’re feeling lousy – I appreciate it all, warts and wonders!

  2. @CarolynT, ah, thanks for finally commenting! You’re reminding me of one of the quotes on my bulletin board: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Yes, I’m totally feeling like a Better Mother would be doing something fabulous with my kids, but I just want to nap on the couch until everyone’s safely in school and I can get something productive done. This too shall pass, right?

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