So I’ve been spoiled people. I got two hours at Panera last week to write essays for adoption grants (really trying to hammer these out as we could get a call any day now!) TWO HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED TIME. I was able to drive there, order my chai, set up, hammer out 12 mini essays, drink my chai, check my facebook, snap a few pics, all in 2 hours. I had totally forgotten what it was like to write without an interruptions, I was in the zone. I was flying along, I was ENJOYING myself immensely. Writing and productivity and chai these are a few of my favorite things! (that last sentence must be sung people! Just thinking about it makes me want to burst into song!)
That said, I’m having problems adjusting back today. I’ve started this thing so many times and mostly it’s looked like this…(this was not the same child, I just chose not to call them out today…I’m sure a few of you may know who they are anyway…)
Me: *writing one sentence*
child: I’m going to make a hat stand!
Me: Great idea baby *hears grunting and struggling in the background, trying to keep my head down and look invisible*
child: I can’t get loops off! They’re too tight! Mommy fix it!
2.5 minutes later
Me: *rewriting the one sentence adding another*
child 1: Mom! Mom! Can I take the blanket outside?
Me: the one we use outside, yes
child 1 : But I want to take this one? I’m gonna take this one, ok?
Me: the one you can use is in the van
*garage door opens, rummaging in van commences, muffled shouting*
child 1: MOM I CAN’T GET IT. CAN YOU GET IT?
Me: *gets the blanket, shuts garage, shuts door* she took the blanket around to the front of the house outside (to other 3 children)
child 2: Mom I can’t find (child 1), they were going to find the blanket and now I can’t find them!
Me: she took the blanket around to the front of the house outside
child 2: I CAN’T FIND HER ANYWHERE! OH WAIT, I FOUND HER!
1 minute later
child: Can I go outside too?
Me: I can’t go out and watch right now, sorry baby
child: But can I go out? I want to go out too.
Me: I cannot go outside and watch you right now, no.
*sound fades to black, internal groan and face plant into keyboard*
1.5 minutes later
Me: *scrapping previous sentences and starting the above*
child: *standing contemplating what is going to be said for a full 30 seconds* We…are…going to make…a…couch thing!
Me: That sounds like fun *turns back to writing*
child: wait wait! and it’s going to be one up and one down!
Me: *smiles and turns back to writing*
child: WAIT! *deep breath and runs away*
I’ve now had a solid 15 minutes of productive writing time and look at all I’ve accomplished. It’s only taken me almost an hour to get that 15 minutes and oh wait here comes another kid…