I’m doing lifts: leg lifts, lifting the glass of wine to my lips, lifting my bat wings in reverse arms circles, and lifting the remote to pause the news while I tell the dog to “shut it” as it yaps at me. I’m also lifting my Fitbit to see the excess of 1,000 steps I’ve earned running up and down the steps to help my children while making dinner in the last hour. Yes, 1,000 steps. You may wonder, how is that? That seems excessive. Well, yes, it is. And here is why:
After the children reluctantly forced down the grilled chicken and broccoli I whipped up in fifteen flat while still in my work blouse and ID badge (#hot) (“Just five bites!”), they agreed to my rule that they had to play together before running off to their various screen devices. This is brilliant, no? I hold the devices hostage, and they are forced to interact and actually use their imaginations. Crazy, right? But needed.
So, just as I relaxed into the couch, the blue Superhero Barbie was jettisoned onto my son’s knuckle, upon which he writhed in pain vehemently declaring that that he will never play with her again.
She runs upstairs, proclaiming her innocence and accidental injury, also screaming, and I wrap my son in my new soft Christmas blanket, kissing his hand, while the dog barks incessantly with jealousy, an Oedipus if I’ve ever seen one.
“Mom!!! Mommy!” she yells repeatedly. “Yap! Yap,” he barks.
I want to ignore her, but I run up the stairs. It can’t be serious because she’s still breathing, I think.
“What is it??” I ask, opening the door. She’s trapped underneath her new easel, between that and the plastic kitchen, trying to make a fort to hide with her Frozen comforter. I get her out using the jaws of life, (well, just my hands), and hold her head as she cries on the bed.
“I need a driiiiiink,” she whimpers. Um, so do I, but we are trying not to! Remember?
I run downstairs to get her a soda water, making sure to put ice and a top on it, the way she likes it.
“Mom!” he yells from the basement. The Fortnite is “lagging!” Uh, I’ll show you lagging… Alas, I run downstairs to fix the faux internet issue, only to realize it’s because there’s an update on Epic games. Why I even know this scares me, or any Fortnite terminology and various skins frightens me.
Okay, so now everyone is attended to. I am at peace. Well, that’s a lie; it’s just a little less crazed.
Now I have a moment to focus on me and my new four goals of the New Year. I have to not eat sugar, no carbs, and exercise. Oh, and less screen time and what’s the other one?
Well, it didn’t happen. After all that, I poured myself a glass but did some lifts simultaneously as I watched the news. Lift, lift, lift…