4:15 – Learns little league is cancelled due to rain. Relishes the thought of an evening with no activity. Decides she can probably make those Vietnamese noodle salads for dinner after all.
4:30 – Receives text that younger son is leaving for a friend’s house and will return at 6:30.
4:45 – Finds out son will be bringing a friend home with him at 6:30; mentally adds one more for dinner.
5:00 – Packs up items to work at home the following day to avoid another rainy, congested commute.
5:15 – Leaves work. Raining. Spends 35 minutes in stop and go traffic.
5:50 – Stops at grocery store to buy remaining items needed for Vietnamese noodle salads. Ends up spending $88 on…well, who knows.
6:10 – Loads groceries in the rain. Splashed by passing car.
6:20 – Arrives home; pours a glass of wine.
6:30 – Starts to boil water for rice noodles; chops vegetables; chops leftover chicken and stretches it from 4 servings to 5.
6:45 – Puts egg rolls in oven. Wonders why younger son and friend are not yet home.
7:00 – Tracks down younger son and finds out he needs a ride. Drains rice noodles and hopes for the best. Instructs older son to listen for the timer, flip the egg rolls, then reset the timer for 15 minutes. Asks him to repeat instructions.
7:15 – Picks up younger son and friend, in the rain.
7:30 – Arrives home to find rice noodles in glutinous heap and egg rolls removed from oven in complete disregard of the instructions. Older son deflects blame, says, “(Daughter) told me to take them out of the oven.”
7:45 – Throws glutinous heap in the trash, egg rolls back in oven, and cooks second package of rice noodles.
8:00 – Constructs salads individually to account for children’s dislikes. There are many.
8:09 – Serve salads; sends guest’s salad flying when teenage daughter pulls out a chair and hits her in the elbow.
8:10 – Scoops salad up off table and makes daughter switch with guest. Rubs bruised elbow.
8:11 – Thinks about pouring another glass of wine and decides against it.
8:20 – Kids finish eating.
8:30 – Still in work clothes, starts dishes with kids milling around uselessly. Starts to get a little irritated. Sends them off to various rooms to pick up the afternoon’s detritus.
8:45 – Friend heads for home. Kids scatter.
9:00 – Realizes that folders needed to work at home the next day are sitting on desk at the office. Balances heading into the office after all with trying to reconstruct needed information. Opts for reconstructing needed information.
9:30 – Gets kids to bed. Throws wet laundry in the dryer. Starts another load. Cleans cat box. Wishes she’d changed out of work clothes before cleaning cat box.
10:00 – Thinks about turning on the TV but too tired. Opts for turning in. After all, tomorrow’s another day in a paradise.
10:15 – Switches second load of laundry and sets up the morning’s coffee.
10:45 – Hits the pillow with this thought of gratitude, “At least I didn’t have to sit through baseball in the rain like we did on Monday.”