I’ve been gone. I left Friday afternoon and spend a night at a women’s conference out in the middle of nowhere. I slept in a room with four women, but had the not-so-bright, yet effective idea, to stay awake very late so I would be able to fall asleep. I am notorious for being unable to sleep in unfamiliar places. As it turned out, I stayed up chatting with a few other women until 3:00 a.m. and had no problem falling into an exhausted, dreamless sleep.
And I woke up at 7:00 a.m. to walk with a woman who runs marathons for fun. Then, I walked out of a morning session at 10:00 a.m. to return to my room to nap. I had been sitting in the meeting fantasizing about crawling onto the floor to snooze. (George Costanza sleeping under his desk . . . remember that? That was me, in my wakeful dreams.)
I am still utterly exhausted, but have to say that I haven’t enjoyed listening to a speaker so much in a very long time. Cynthia Ulrich Tobias was the keynote speaker and she delivered her message with such a funny, deadpan style that I laughed and laughed. She has some really interesting information on her website about learning styles, among other things. I am going to use the information as the school year begins for my twins, and hopefully I will not drive them as crazy as they drive me. (We are such different people, with opposite learning styles, opposite ways of dealing with the world.)
[As I write this, squinting at my computer screen, one of my 14-year olds came out to report to me that his twin brother mistakenly put dishwashing liquid into my high-efficiency washing machine . . . and suds are now pouring out of the machine. Honestly, parenting is like being stuck in a rip tide, always swimming, but never getting any closer to shore.]
More tomorrow, unless I die from fatigue.