Monday and Tuesday, she spent nearly seven hours transporting children, largely due to this:
Scarlett's theater schedule.
5:30 am: Get up and get ready for HWCBN to awake
6:00 am: Offer HWCBN some food and get ready for bus
6:30: Bye! Off he goes to the bus stop!
6:40 am: Frantically try to work
7:45: Wake up Merrick and tend to his needs
8:45: Wake up Scarlett and tend to her needs (considerable)
8:50: Drop off Merrick at school
9:30: Leave home again with Scarlett
10:00: Drop off Scarlett at theatre
1:00: Return to theatre for hour and a half lunch break which requires parental supervision
2:30: Leave theatre and frantically try to work on lap top from nearby coffee shop
3:30: Pick up Merrick
4:30: Pick up HWCBN after debate (why isn't there an after school activity bus?!)
4:50: Deposit boys at home with instructions for homework, walking the 55 lb. 9 month old puppy and picking up his gifts in the backyard.
5:30: Return to theatre to retrieve Scarlett
6:00: Deposit Scarlett at SECOND theatre because her current shows overlap (and never, ever again)
6:30: Arrive home to make dinner
6:40: Order takeout and clean instead
7:00: Bring HWCBN to a friend's house to exchange computer goodies
7:40: Return home and frantically try to work
8:30: Leave to get Scarlett from theatre
9:20: Return home with said child and put everyone to bed, including Merrick who is shell-shocked from the new schedule
10:00: Small lecture from HWCBN and over-scheduling Scarlett and her future failure in school, and therefore, in life.
10:50: Scarlett's psychological collapse because one of her shows requires her to be an 8 year old Chilean girl who speaks only Spanish. So she's not only acting, but acting in a foreign language (those years of elementary school alphabet recitations seemed not to do much).
12:30 am: Exhaustion overtakes psychological collapse and Scarlett finally sleeps
12:45 am: Wine.
That's where she's been. More of the same today!
Thank goodness there's a whole novel to anthologize. . . look for chapter two tomorrow!