Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Can Fly!

Because I stay up until 2:00 or 3:00AM most nights, I'm oftentimes tired in the morning. Yesterday, after I got the kids off to school, I put on a movie for Brooklyn and snuggled up with her in my bed where we vegged out. At some point, I drifted off for a bit and had the most awesome dream. It was a flying dream. I used to have flying dreams often as a kid, but I haven't had one in probably more than 30 years. I started by taking big steps where I kind of hung suspended in midair. I felt like an astronaut walking on the moon. I wasn't exactly flying, but I was certainly defying gravity. I did this for awhile and I just knew in my dream that I could fly if I wanted to. I knew that all I had to do was move my arms a little and will myself to go higher and I could. So I did. It's the most exhilarating feeling - flying. You can soar above everything. You can steer yourself in whatever direction you want to go. You can see everything below that you've left behind; everything that you're flying over.

When I awoke, I was in the best mood! I mean, I'd just flown! I knew it would be a great day. How could it not, right? What could possibly go wrong?

So I showered and played with Brooklyn a bit before picking up Clay from kindergarten. Late. Oops.

Then I got Savannah from school, gave the kids some lunch and drove to Savannah's ortho appointment. She was told she'd need to use the crutches for another 5 weeks and then the doctor would "negotiate" with her about what she could and couldn't do. She was less than happy.

I got home in time to pick up the other kids from school. As I waited for them to get in the car, I realized I hadn't eaten anything yet. No wonder my stomach was growling.

I got home, started the kids on homework, read some email, and took a couple phone calls before I realized it was time to drive Savannah to confirmation. Ran out the door while shouting instructions for Austin to mow the lawn and for Jackson to warm up some leftovers for everyone.

Dropped Savannah at confirmation. Hit the grocery store with Brooklyn. Drove home, threw the cold stuff in the fridge and shouted some more instructions over my shoulder for the kids to put the rest of the groceries away, then ran back out to pick up Savannah.

Still haven't eaten. So hungry I could chew off my hand.

Drove Savannah home, quickly changed out of my jeans and t-shirt momwear, made myself a sandwich with a wheat roll, lettuce and 2 pieces of cheese (What? It was quick), and shouted yet more instructions as I left to go to the wake for my best friend's brother who just lost his battle with cancer. I started scarfing down the sandwich because I was starved. I'd eaten half of it before I thought There's something wrong with the lettuce. Why is the texture of this lettuce so weird? I just bought it. That's so strange. I can hardly chew it! I opened the roll to throw the lettuce out when I noticed there wasn't anything wrong with the lettuce at all. There was a piece of paper between the 2 slices of cheese. I'd eaten half a piece of paper. This is not the way to get more fiber in your diet! Really this is just another reason why you shouldn't go all day without eating. And clearly, flying dreams don't predict an awesome day.

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33 comments:

Shoshanah said...

My grandfather used to always tell a story like that. The way it went is that not long after my grandparents got married, my grandmother made him lunch to take into work. Turns out long with the meat she included a piece of paper in the sandwich that was in the meat packaging is well. If I remember correctly, I believe he brought the paper with a bite missing back to show her.

WhisperingWriter said...

How I wish I could stay up to 2 or 3. I am a total night owl. But I have to wake up at 7 to get my son to school and if I stayed up that late then I'd be a total scary person in the morning. I am NOT a morning person in the least. Plus it doesn't help that I don't drink coffee.

When the kids move out I can resume staying up until the dead of night. I miss it.

Much More Than Mommy said...

Well, the thing about eating paper is that one way or another, it'll all come out in the end.

mandyb said...

oh dear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
can we send you some more vegemite to have with that paper sandwich!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've had those dreams! Usually mine are the giant steps where I kind of swim/walk through the air and defy gravity. It's approaching 2 AM here. I'd better get to bed. I'm gonna hate myself in the morning.

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

You totally crack me up. I appreciate the morning chuckle I just got. :)

Tammy said...

I recently had a flying dream too. It is the coolest sensation. My DH thought I was nuts. It's not funny that you left the paper in the cheese, but it's a little funny that you ate half of it. Have a better day today!

Kristin of course said...

Just keep that jar of Vegemite in the car :) Or a couple bags of peanuts.

Gosh, I could accomplish so much if I could NOT pass out by 11pm. That would be completely awesome.

Kathy said...

Like you, I often find myself up at crazy hours - I wish I could be more productive during those times!

And be more careful with the cheese . . .

Pearl said...

Hahahaha! Sorry, it's funny to me because that sounds like a typical day for me, minus the wake.

Rush, rush, rush!

And I LOVE flying dreams, and I had them all the time as a kid, but no more. They were the best!

Robin said...

Once again, you've put a smile on my face!!

Lesan said...

I haven't had a flying dream in a long time. I read once that it meant you are "free" and, as you said, "you can see everything below that you've left behind". Looks like, at least in your mind, your life is turning a corner for the better!

Tana said...

Thanks for always making me smile!! I have been having an especially stressful week and so I decided to sit down this morning and check your blog. I read this post and the last post about Clay and I was laughing out loud. You are an amazing mother and person. The world needs more people like you. I am sorry for the hard times you have to go through..I don't know how you do it, but you amaze me. Thanks for being an inspiration!!

Juneau Poole Party said...

I found this on CNN - perfect timing:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/05/dreams.psychology/index.html?hpt=Mid

Your sense of freedom and liberation maybe????

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, too funny about the paper between the two slices of cheese. :D:D

I love hearing about how good your older kids are at helping you out.

Have a nice weeekend!

Anonymous said...

After one too many times of being out and about with my kids and being starving because I forgot to eat AGAIN, I now always have something like granola bars or crackers and bottled water in my car. And I can't tell you the number of times it has saved me!! It might not be gourmet, but when you're hungry it's better than nothing!

I have to say I admire how well you are holding up with all you do. Will having the kids out of school and done with sports for the summer make your life easier or harder? And does this life change mean you no longer are required to go camping?

-Beth in MI

Marjorie said...

I lost it when you mentioned there was paper in your sandwich and you ate it. I'm sure my 5 year old thinks I'm insane.

Kimberly said...

And I thought I was bad when I ate the fortune from my fortune cookie! It's nice to know I'm not alone!

Natasha said...

AHAHAHA! We buy that kind of cheese too, uhg I have done that myself SO many times... I also have played a prank on my little sister when my mom makes me make her a sandwich, too xD.

Dayna said...

How did you get the weatherbug button on your blog?

Brenda said...

One I started working on my masters I threw a bunch of those 100 calories snack boxes in the trunk of my car so there was always something. I realize 20 100 calorie snacks are not a meal but they are probably tastier than paper.

Megryansmom said...

Thank you so much for clearing up the paper eating. I thought from all the stress you had developed a pica.

Jessica said...

You need to keep some protein bars in the car. You won't last long on little sleep and no food.

elizabeth said...

I stuck a frozen pizza in the oven one day and was trying to cut it and it wouldn't cut and I'm like what is wrong with this pizza? I couldn't cut through the cardboard that I had left on the bottom of the pizza. If I had been able to cut it I'm sure I would have eaten some cardboard.

And you need to set yourself a bedtime girl!

Amber Narae said...

Dawn, thank you so much for sharing! I really needed that laugh at the end. I, too, have had those days... and oftentimes without the flying start. It's nice to get occasional confirmation that I am not alone. *Hugz*

Kris said...

I love flying dreams, I have them sometimes and it is exactly as you describe. I am just suspended in air and can maneuver around. Sometimes I do this thing where my feet touch the ground every so often and then I am off again. Don't know what those dreams mean, but obviously, it doesn't mean you are in for a fabulous day! It does make me wake up feeling good and that is worth something!

Lyuda said...

Yup, I had those days where I'm so busy I forget to eat. Sigh...so it's normal!! ;)

Anonymous said...

Dawn, I love you. I do. Please take this in the right way.... you MUST take better care of yourself. You need to find time to sleep, eat, and pick the paper out of your sandwich. You always make me laugh and I love having you as a cyber- friend. Your follies and amazing wisdom are an inspiration. Trust me though... in order to fly you need to start taking care of your "plane" or I'm afraid you are going to crash and burn.

Angela said...

Flying is the best for sure, but only when it happens in dreams. My husband loves to watch youtube videos of people flying in wingsuits. Also, have you seen Anita Renfroe's song to William Tell's overture? I watched it again this week, and at the end she says 'because I said so' several times. It's been stuck in my head all week, so you're blog has been stuck in my head all week. =) If by some small chance you haven't seen it, go find it on youtube. I think you two would be great friends. Thanks for the laughs.

Becky said...

My younger brother was half way through a bag of Beggin Strips before he realized it was dog food!
Seriously, out of everything in the cupboard THAT is what looked good?

TwinsanityMom said...

Happy Mother's Day!

My Semblance of Sanity said...

Bwwwaaaaaahaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaa

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