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Perfect Storm (Lack of Sleep Edition)

1. Boy wakes up from bad dream, and is returned to bed. Not a big deal yet.

2. Daughter wakes up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. For some reason, she always uses the one in our bedroom, as opposed to the one down the hall.

3. Daughter is quiet, but the son stirs again, thanks to his superwakeup powers. Sleepy and confused, the son wanders into the living room. Finding nobody there, he then wanders into daughter's room.

4. Daughter is already up in her loft bed, and calls to the parents to remove the boy.

5. Boy is corralled and returned to bed.

6. Dog feels left out, and chooses to participate by throwing up twice during the night, thus proving her superiority in the field of waking the humans.

7. Boy takes this as a challenge, and must compete with the dog for most parental wake-ups. Crawls into bed with parents several more times to establish his dominance as the alpha waker.

The whole night is kind of a blur. For much of it I was only half-awake, wondering if this squirming child was really back or if it was part of that weird dream with the David Hasselhoff double in downtown Chicago. (I told you it was a weird dream.)

Normally I can handle one night of bad sleep, but this whole week has been jinxed, so I'm now officially cranky and overtired. If I hadn't just posted about accountability, I'd probably be grumbling about how it's so hard to write when you're sleepy :-) Instead, I'll do a quick phone call with the agent regarding some business stuff, and then plow my way through this next scene. I've written the exciting (I hope) battle that concludes part two of this three act story. Now I need to figure out how the heck to get to part three for the big finale.

I'm thinking flying saucers piloted by Hasselhoff clones. Imagine the cover art possibilities...

Deathwish, by Rob Thurman
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Feb. 26th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
While certain aspects of parenting prepare one for the dedication and nurturing one needs to perservere at writing, doesn't it seem like it constantly tries to sabotage us, too?
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
With one hand, the children giveth, and with the other they climb into bed and kick you square in the belly. Or something like that :-)
Feb. 26th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Yup. Or the knee.

May you rest with non-interruptus tonight! ;>
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I am contractually obligated to link people to this video every time David Hasselhoff is mentioned.

Et voila. Eet eez done.
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Dude, were you crashing at my place?

Ah, kids. And dogs.
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
"I'm thinking flying saucers piloted by Hasselhoff clones. Imagine the cover art possibilities..."

Don't forget the puking dog.
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
With her head sticking out the UFO window :-)
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
2. Daughter wakes up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. For some reason, she always uses the one in our bedroom, as opposed to the one down the hall.

There are fewer monsters in the dark where you can hear the parents' sleeping, of course.
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
True. But it always makes me a little nervous. What if Mama and Daddy wanted to do some late-night smooching? :-)
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yes. *kaff* I remember this problem well.

Shuffle-shuffle. "Mommy? Daddy? What are you doing?"

"I just dropped my glasses in the bed. Daddy is helping me find them in the covers."

"oh." (No question about why I'm trying to find them in the dark. Adults seldom make sense, after all.) Shuffle-shuffle.

Edited at 2009-02-26 04:51 pm (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
So, what excuse do you use when both spouses have had Lasik and don't wear glasses anymore?

Thank God for door locks.
Feb. 26th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
*cough* *gurgle*



Feb. 26th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
There aren't a lot of benefits to having a child with physical disabilities, but that is one of them. :)
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Those nights are familiar. Happily I have no had any dog puke to clean up, just child puke.
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
see... this is why i have dogs. that i can pen up at night. and that don't bark. okay one of them makes lil howling noises later in the morning on weekends, but its so cute its okay hehe.
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, things to look forward to eventually. The parenting stuff, not the David Hasselhoff stuff. There is not enough "HELL NO" in all the world to cover that. Now, Ewan McGregor clones on the other hand...
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Ewan McGregor is one sexy man. Between the Jedi getup and his singing voice in Moulin Rouge....
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Ice Pirates II: Buzzing the Beach!

I can see David Hasselhoff starring in such a vehicle. :)
Feb. 26th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
We just introduced the kids to Ice Pirates (I) a few weeks back (Netflix instant watch).

Thankfully, they didn't demand an explanation for the space herpes, lol.

*And yes, David Hasselhoff clones is a nightmarish idea!
Feb. 26th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'll have to share this with my wife. I'm sure she'll appreciate it (and laugh at it) just as much as I did.
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Feb. 27th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
::Shudder:: Though wouldn't that be a fun fanvid to make?
Feb. 26th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I think there was something in the magnetism of the poles or something last night, because our puppy (technically she's about a year and a half old, so more of a dog) kept waking us up to go out last night because she didn't feel well.

When one already gets up at 4 AM so that one can fit everything into the day, it's quite easy to take 2 AM very, very personally.

So tired.
Feb. 26th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
LoL ahhh I can relate to your sleepless night far too well. I hope you manage to make up for it tonight :)
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Heya, what do you think of Deathwish so far?
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm about 2/3 through, and so far it's a fun read. The first few chapters were rough, in part because we were summarizing all of the events from earlier books that I haven't read. But it drew me in. The relationship between our two heroes is probably the strongest part of the book. Well, that and the Go Fish game :-)
Feb. 27th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
I'm picking it up wednesday. And you need to read the other ones
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Hang in there! It gets better when they get older. I had many, many nights like you describe. Lately, not so much.

You are a good dad.
Feb. 28th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I wish you good sleep!
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