I have a research paper due this evening. MOST of this paper is done- references, interviews, charts and all my sources and quotes have been pulled. But the actual pulling of the strings into a nicely woven tapestry-not quite. I mentioned the three kids and the job and the pregnancy and all that, right?
So, Mommy used her noggin, and set her alarm EXTRA early for a Sunday morning. It's 8am, and I'm dragging my weary body out of bed, making my usual round of prayers to the porcelain gods (why is it that I feel FINE lying down, I stand up and turn into the chick from the Exorcist?), and booting up the faithful NetBook for a bit of composition.
This might be where I made my first mistake- I didn't LEAVE THE HOUSE. For Mommies who are attempting to go to school and raise demons- McDonalds with WiFi is your best friend when projects are due. They also have coffee. And no children (or at least a play area to banish said children to). Normally, on a Sunday morning everyone sleeps until at least 9.30am. That gave me a little over an hour to finish the final tweaking on my paper and review it. Not to brag- but I'm a dab hand at writing papers. An hour was plenty of time.
But naturally, there was no hour. When I crept from my bed at 8am, it was apparently the signal for everyone else in the house to wake up and make themselves known. The children wanted to play XBox and/or watch cartoons at a deafening volume. The boyfriend (who I haven't thought of a clever nickname for yet) has a man-cold, and had to come over and insist on my attention. (Where DID I leave my cast iron skillet again?). And of course,someone decided that early Sunday morning was the perfect time to want to buy the student violin I have had for sale since last week on CL.
Needless to say- my paper did not get written this morning. It got written during my afternoon shift at work, and typed up a few minutes ago. I'm allowing my brain to cool down before I attempt to review it, for fear of missing something glaringly obvious. Like profanity. I'm sure profanity doesn't belong in a research paper.