The end of summer is a busy time of year in the Anderton house. For starters more than half the family have birthdays between 29th August and 13th September, this includes my husband and twin daughters. The girls also head back to university mid-September and before that, they're going on holiday for a week. Sophia also has an interview in Birmingham and is cramming in as many rowing events as possible before she leaves again.
Consequently my mind's on overdrive as I negotiate present buying, arranging parties, fathoming out whether (or not) we're all available for various social events and thinking about the girls' going back to uni.
And the trouble with sleep at the moment is... I don't ever seem to get enough...
On Tuesday night my mind was so overloaded as I attempted to sleep that instead of sleeping, I kept on thinking. The more I tried to silence the random thought bubbles forming inside my head, the worse it got.
When my daughters spotted the trailer for I Don't Know How She Does It a few years ago, their comments were, "Mum, does this remind you of anyone?" Yep, if ever there was a film that hit a nerve... this was it! At the time I was working for the NHS and although I loved my career, there were days when I had no idea how we made it through till bedtime unscathed.
You can check out the trailer here and if you haven't seen the film already, it comes highly recommended....
It was a shocking realisation once my daughters were all grown up that some of the issues are still right at the forefront of my troubled mind and responsible for many a sleepless night. Obviously, some have disappeared altogether, but only to be replaced with thoughts like...
- OMG, where the hell are my daughters?
- Are they going to get out of bed in the morning, we need to do x, y and maybe even z!
- Have they remembered to... insert whatever (there's always so much to choose from!)
1. What are my daughters doing as I head off to bed on Tuesday night at 11pm?
a. Watching a film.
b. Reading and/ or studying quietly.
c. Sleeping like babies.
d. Listening to music and giggling a lot.
2. It's 1am on Wednesday morning, what has woken me up so far?
b. Sophia taking a shower at midnight.
c. Mr A fidgeting.
d. Olivia popping in for a chat about books.
3. Now it's 2am on Wednesday morning, what am I doing?
a. Sleeping peacefully.
b. Reading a good book.
d. Making a list in my head of all the things I need to remember tomorrow.
4. After failing to get back to sleep for another hour, what am I doing at 3am?
b. Enjoying a pot of tea.
c. Checking Twitter notifications.
d. Writing a list.
5. What are the rest of the family up to at 3am?
a. Sympathising with my inability to sleep.
b. Sophia: sleeping.
c. Olivia: also sleeping.
d. Mr A: sleeping and snoring.
6. How many random tasks compiled in my head in the early hours of Wednesday morning did I actually
manage to complete?
b. One or two.
c. About half.
d. Are you kidding? All of them! Tomorrow's another day and tonight there will be a whole new list under
7. It's after midnight on Thursday morning, what's keeping me awake now?
a. Absolutely nothing, I'm completely shattered after yesterday.
b. A combination of heavy rain and Mr A breathing.
c. The family pet who's just wandered upstairs because someone forgot to feed her.
d. I need a glass of water.
8. The girls are going to a party on Friday night, how will I sleep?
a. Like a log.
b. I'll doze on the sofa while awaiting their safe return.
c. On and off, while repeatedly getting up to see if they're home.
d. I won't sleep a wink until they're back, despite the fact that when they're at uni I know nothing and this
doesn't bother me.
So, there you have it. If you correctly guessed answer 'd' to questions 1, 3, 6 and 8 - well done. The slightly trickier questions were 2, 4, 5 and 7, the correct answers were actually b, c and d!
So what was on the list in my head in the early hours of Wednesday morning exactly?
- What do I buy my mum for her birthday next week?
- Check train times and location of hotel for Sophia's interview.
- Remember to call Dad and invite him over for dinner on Thursday evening.
- Remind Sophia to double-check she has all of the documentation required for her interview.
- Make appointment at the vets for Kitty.
- Remember change for the car park at the station: no one else will!
- Don't forget to deliver Nephew's birthday gift before leaving for Birmingham.
- Make a start on the housework before going out (as always when the girls are home, the house is a tip!)
- Attempt a couple more loads of washing as there's still a formidable-looking laundry pile left over from daughters' camping trip last weekend.
- And finally, how do you dry 2 sopping wet pairs of trainers that are currently abandoned on garage floor after the aforementioned rain-soaked camping trip?
There will always be one thing I've forgotten and this will bug me for the rest of the night! I need to be able to write lists in bed, it's the only way to go.
I'm happy to report that Sophia's interview was successful and if all goes to plan she will be working in the US next summer. I'm guessing that's something else that's going to give her mum a few more sleepless nights, but I couldn't be happier for my daughter.
Until next time...
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