I Need my Sleep

Last night’s lack of sleep caught up to me, and I feel horribly ill. I don’t know how I pulled all-nighters in my 20s. I need my sleep.

I spent the afternoon lying in bed watching season 2 of The Expanse (research!), hoping I’d recover enough to get some work done, but I am feeling worse, not better, and may need to call the rest of today. Gah. Things to do, people.

Plus side, enjoyed TV. I’m now caught up with the book I read, and have to decide whether to go on with the TV show (season 2, episode 6), or read book 2 first. Decisions, decisions. I should probably read, since I’m writing a novel, not a screenplay…

Yesterday was Rotten

Honestly, yesterday was rotten — just queasy and exhausted from noon on, after a night of not sleeping. I don’t even really know why I didn’t sleep — I stayed up a little later than I should, a little fretful about behind behind on work, and I missed my window. These days, if I don’t get to bed at the regular time, I get very wakeful and generally can’t settle down to proper sleep after that. Aging, bah.

(It’s so boring hearing about other people’s health issues, I know, but they are infinitely fascinating to ourselves, because when the body is not working right, it can be overwhelming…)

I made the mistake of trying to have some caffeinated tea to help me work a little longer, around noon yesterday, and I think that just tipped me over the edge in an upset stomach that wouldn’t go away.

I did get one scene written around 6-ish, but that was it — the day was mostly watching The Expanse, and checking out The Mandalorian, and then Dr. Who with the kids. The family was very sweet and took good care of me, bringing me food and meds and drinks and snuggles.

Fell solidly asleep at 10, slept ’til 6:30, doing much better today. Sleep, glorious sleep. I love it so. A little tired still; it’ll probably be another day before I’m 100%. But writing nicely now — two scenes added to fill out chapter 13, one more to go.

And hey, speaking of friends who stretch you to do new things (see scene) — Amanda Daly, my brilliant swimming instructor, this morning’s scene is for you. I still can’t breathe properly, but I haven’t given up yet. 

One Thing I Wanted to Ask

I know I said I was going to turn off FB, but I remembered one thing I wanted to ask. I’ve been thinking off and on that this fall, for all of us helping our kids do e-learning remotely, it might be helpful to have parents we can call for advice. Tech help, certainly, maybe even math / science / English / etc.?

I’m not sure how to do it correctly. I’m not talking about tutors for the kids themselves (that’s a separate issue, and you run into a host of regulations around it). But a parent-to-parent resource of some kind.

I think I’m picturing something like a Google doc / spreadsheet, along with a FB group or Slack channel? Maybe organized school-by-school, so you could ask things like, “Hey, does anyone know what Ms. Rigali meant by “…..” in Tuesday’s homework?” Or, “Can someone point me to a good refresher online for long division, especially the way they want the kids to do it these days?”

I dunno. Helpful? Not helpful? I can’t put in a lot of time myself, but I’d probably be willing to sign up for an hour or two / week time slot in the afternoon, to be available for quick academic questions.

Easy Way to Feed the Kids

Lots of posting this morning, but now I’m going to turn off FB for a while and try to write. I leave you with a one-pot dish — take my Sri Lankan ginger-garlic chicken, cook it most of the way, add 1-2 cups of water, bring to a boil, dump in a bunch of leftover takeout rice, cook the water out, taste and add more salt if needed, stir in some frozen peas.

Easy way to feed the kids around here and also to use up leftover rice that’s starting to get dry.