Today was the first day the boys went back to school. It was also a work day for me.
Last night I had the boys find their back packs (they were gone for good, they were sure, assuring them that they could stay home longer. Amazingly, S1 and I found them. Also, we found the lunch boxes. One was hidden, I kid you not, behind a ten pound bag of potatoes.), pack their lunches, pick out their clothes and reacquaint themselves with soap. Then we all snuggled on the couch, I got out a box of chocolates for the boys to pick through and I read aloud to them from a silly book we have been reading.
AND the main character is a girl....AND I did NOT pick it out (but I was pretty happy they did).
It was a good last night of vacation.
But this morning we woke up to temperatures colder than they have been all season - who wants to wake up to that? - and S4 literally bawled from the moment he sat down for breakfast until he sat down in the suburban. We made it to school on time, braving roads of sheer ice, only to realize S3 forgot his book, S4 forgot his lunch AND his boots.
When I arrived home to get myself ready for work - and find all the lost items I would now be dropping off at school - my husband called to chat with me and ask me to go out and check our outdoor wood stove. I did, got myself dressed in layers of clothes to ward off the cold, and headed to work.
As I was driving there, I realized something smelled burned just terrible. I figured it was my coat from throwing wood in the fire, but it seemed worse than that. I let out my hair from the bun it was in and then I realized....I had seriously singed my hair when I threw wood in the furnace.
The pharmacy was out of sudafed for my cold so I dropped the lunch and boots off, hurried into work and told Alicia my sad tale. Because she is such a good friend, she painstakingly cut out just the single burnt hairs - as well as she could - so I wouldn't have to chop a huge chunk of my hair off.
My husband, who I had called so he would know my disgust rather than just sending him a text to tell him, laughed hysterically. Alicia and I did not find it funny in the least. Alicia painstakingly cut each individual piece of singed hair for me so I wouldn't be missing such a huge chunk. When she was sure she had most of it she said, "I am so sorry. Maybe heavy duty conditioner will help it?"
After work, I picked up the boys. S1 was groaning over the pain of having homework again, S2 was starving and needed cereal post haste, S3 was jumping for joy to go home and S4 informed me he needed a little nap and time with his train tracks but he was NOT tired.
We had to stop at Weicks, the local grocery store, for sudafed for my now throbbing head. But thanks to all the meth heads, they can't sell me any until the government gets some program done. The pharmacist showed me the third best medicine for my sinus cold (since the second best was sold out) and wished me luck.
While I was doing all this, I told the boys to get themselves some bag juices for lunches. I knew we were low. S1 mentioned Little Debbie snacks and I just waved a "fine" to them.
As I was standing in line to pay I looked for the first time what they were having me buy. Four boxes of pop tarts (real blueberries in two boxes, but chocolate fudge and s'mores in the other two), cloud cakes (think twinkies), chocolate chip muffins (for a healthy morning snack), zebra cakes, frosted fudge cakes and oatmeal cream pies - gotta have the healthy oatmeal.
But, just being glad we survived the day thus far, I paid and we headed home where S1 retreated to his new office spot in the landing upstairs, S2 devoured two bowls of cereal, S3 and S4 checked on the bunnies and are now building an elaborate train track.
I, my dear readers, am waiting for the third best cold medicine to kick in while I am hunkered down in the laundry room with seriously singed hair. Yes, the laundry room. It's the warmest room in the house and I am terrible cold. I also have been so on top of my laundry I have nothing soft to sit on. But it's worth it to share with the world how my day went.
Oh, and S1 just found me. I have to think through my foggy brain to figure out decimals. Happy first day back to homework for me too.
How did YOUR first day back to "normal" go?
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