Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm done pulling my hair out

I admit, I was not doing so well this last week!
Tearing my hear out is more like it -- super stressed: arrival of my Eldest daughter looms big, and I'm worried about how she's doing, driving thru Canada from Montana to Alaska -- that's a LONG way (something like 3000 miles)!
My husband has bipolar disorder, and this time of year I get worried when he doesn't sleep well and shows signs of hypomania.
Work is super-busy, and I'm starting to feel burned out: I'm counting the days until school fieldtrips are over. Plus, I'm suffering from allergies (tree pollen) and headaches.

Mother's Day I did not have to work, but it was still stressful. We took care of our friends' 2 girls while their parents were out-of-town, and the house was a disaster by Sunday night! Eldest daughter had called in tears, northbound just after having left her college town and boyfriend behind for good. Plus I spend a fair bit of time on the phone with another friend who's marriage is on the rocks. I was emotionally wrung out, and then it was time to go back to work for another week of managing 100's of school children on their fieldtrips...

But luckily, today was a breakthrough. Due to a fieldtrip cancellation, I had a full day to clean the house, and I hired a friend to help-- first time ever -- that's how desperate I was to welcome Eldest home to something other than a total mess. It was such a blessing: she was wonderful -- together we attacked all the major battlefronts: she scrubbed the kitchen, I did bathrooms, etc., and by the afternoon the sun was shining into clean windows onto clean floors -- and I feel sooooo much better.

Eldest called tonight from Tok, which means she is IN ALASKA, and will arrive tomorrow night!!! YEAH.

1 comment:

honeypiehorse said...

There's nothing like a clean house to make you feel temporarily in control of your life. I'm glad Eldest made it back to moose country safely.