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"Driving away from the wreck of the day and it's finally quiet in my head..."

Today was, as I like to say, full of weirdness.

It's kind of hard to get into without going into greater detail about how strange my family is! I mean, every family is strange, we don't hold the patent on it or anything. That said, I come from dramatic folk, and the joke on me is that I have a zero-tolerance policy on drama. So it doesn't always work out so well. It sometimes takes an effort on my part to keep my family in the loop of my life, as opposed to taking the easy way out and avoiding it all together. I realize that admitting that makes me out to be a not nice person, and that may be true. But, it is what it is.

Anyway, there was a minor dramatic dust-up this morning, and it kind of threw me off a bit for the rest of the day. It is still being played out, so expect more vague, ambiguous descriptions explaining my mood over the next few days!

Moving on...

PJ was also full of weirdness today, and by weirdness I mean drowsiness, by which I mean he slept. all. day. He was up for his usual time in the morning, and was in a great mood, but around 12 noon he drifted off to sleep and did not really wake up until about 6:30 this evening, except to eat. His waking to eat and the subsequent pee/poo diapers that followed helped to curb my growing concern, but it was still alot for this new mama to take! He's tucked into bed now, having gone down for the night not to long after his aimed-for 8pm bedtime, despite being asleep for much of the day. And I have only checked on him a billion times...ahem...

I think now it's time for me to go to bed, too, and hope that the Good Day Fairy decides to visit me again tomorrow!!


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