Best-laid plans....

So soccer practice was moved up to 5:45 yesterday. Thursday. The day when all things going on in our lives converge. Dave has class, plus all the kids were at the sitter. Today he had to travel out of state to look at a news studio, so we had to get everything ready ahead of time. Plus, “Grey’s Anatomy” was on last night. Here was our plan:

3:30 leave the office.
4:30 pick up the kids
4:45 feed them an early dinner (leftover roast and potatoes) and get Cam ready for soccer.
5:15 feed Addison
5:30 leave early enough to gas up both cars for today and make it to practice on time.
6:00 Dave leaves the practice to go to class.
7:00 Kids and I are home. Baths and getting backpacks ready for tomorrow.
8:00 Hot chocolate and book reading on my bed, while my new DVR records “Grey’s Anatomy.”
8:30 early bedtime for the older two. I nurse Addison to sleep.
9:00 I watch “Grey’s Anatomy” and then read my book until Dave gets home.

Here’s what really happened:
4:15 Leave the office. I am more than a little stressed that we’re leaving so late.
5:00 Traffic stopped dead because of an accident. DEAD. I am in a near-panic. Plus I really need to pee.
5:25 Almost home and stopped by a TRAIN. Gah. REALLY need to pee.
5:35 Home. No time for dinner. Dave gets Cam into his shin guards and cleats and takes him off to practice with a power bar, while I feed Addison. Since Dave has class, I must meet him at practice by 6:00.
5:45 Gabby has taken off her clothes.
5:55 Almost to practice and…. STOPPED BY A TRAIN. AAAAAHHHHHHHHH.
6:00 At practice. Gabby chooses to wait until Dave has left before announcing she has to go potty.
6:30 We leave the field and go to fill the tank before heading home. I unwisely choose the gas station near the McDonald’s and the kids whine for Happy Meals.
7:00 a sampling of comments on their very late dinner: “Mom, why are we eating this?” and the succinct, “Ewww. Dis is just gwoss, Mommy.” [N.B. I, of course, am eating nothing because I’m feeding Addison.]
7:30 Baths and reloading of backpacks.
8:00 Hot chocolate and books. Addison demands a second dinner.
8:30 Older kids go to bed, and Addison helps me clean up the house and put myself together.
9:00 Addison falls asleep. I put her down in her crib and turn on my DVR to watch “Grey’s Anatomy.”
9:54 The last few seconds of the show are playing. Derek and Addison (no, that’s not where we got the name) are sitting on the bed, discussing the end of their marriage. Suddenly the bathroom doors opens and I get a quick glimpse of a man coming out. Reaction shot of Derek and Addison, and the camera is panning back to the mystery man……..
9:55 My DVR recording ends there. THERE. RIGHT THERE!!!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO IS THE MYSTERY MAN?!?!?!?!?!! WHY DID I AGREE TO GET THIS FREAKING DVR IF IT ISN’T GOING TO RECORD THE WHOLE SHOW?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!??! WHEN WILL THIS HELLISH DAY AND ITS SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS BE AT AN END?!?!?!???!?

10:02 I call my sister and find out who it was. She laughs at me for not recording the very end.

Ah well. Today is a new day. Please God.


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