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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Only 3 hours of sleep, and what's my excuse?

So, last night I was up late, as usual. I was finishing up the letters and getting them on the wall. I headed to bed around 1 AM. ... Threw a load of wash in took Scott to the potty and then opened the door to my room and thought "Dang! it's cold in here!" I checked the thermostat and it said it was working properly. { IT is located in the Twins room and sometimes they turn it off or max it out.} So why was it like the frozen Arctic? Take a gander at the following picture....... What do you see?Did you see what I saw? Yup, there is about a 4 inch gap between the windowpanes! Now, if you read this, then you are probably thinking, "Are they nuts? Do they enjoy a frigid room?" Well the answers are: Maybe we are nuts and NO I do NOT enjoy a frigid room! The reason there is a gap is that we can't find the right window to fill the space and this was the best. Ya see,when we bought the house, 3 1/2 years ago, this window had an A/C unit mounted in it. The unit in our front room went out and since we really didn't need such a large one in the bedroom, we moved it downstairs. This was lovely when it wasn't FREEZING out! So I decided that since I was awake and I really didn't want to wear my thermals, PJ's and sweats to bed, I'd pop down to the basement and grab the window kit and fix it up in a snap. This kit is not like the common ones found in your local hardware store.Oh, no, this one is supposed to be SO much easier, at least that is what the lady from Action told me last winter when she came over to share weather-proofing information and some free stuff. Since I had done a window in Shantel's room and it wasn't that hard, I figured I'd have this done and over in 20 mins tops! I carefully laid these self-adhering strips around the window....then I got the heavy-duty plastic all unfolded and separated from the tissue paper. I had to stand on something in order to reach the top {in this case it was the smaller A/C unit we had in there for the summer}, hold the plastic with one hand and get the 2 strips to snap back together, with the plastic in between. Sounds easy right? I got the left hand side on no problem, it was slick as snot, I was right on track. Then I tried to do the right side, and well, let's just say it was not smooth sailing! the two pieces would not click together AT ALL! My arms were really getting tired, starting to shake. I gave up and moved on to the bottom, same thing! I tried the top, no dice there either! I took a closer look and it turns out that the strips that link together forming a nice tight seal have a slight edge, and I got the sticky edge a bit close to the window! You see, I had recalled from Shantel's window that when applied joined it didn't stay stuck at separation, so I laid the bottom by itself and snugged it up for a nice tight seal! Oh boy, did I accomplish a nice tight seal! SO tight, I almost didn't get them back together! I pushed and shoved and used the blade of the scissors to try to mash them back together. I got really sore thumbs and very shaky arms as a reward for my efforts. I was way too lazy and not wanting to be showed up by thin pieces of plastic, I didn't head to the garage for some sort of tool that could have saved my poor thumbs, instead, I found a quarter and it worked nicely to convince the edges to mold into a seamless unit. Nicely, but NOT easily!
Finally I had success! I put the blinds back in place and the valance, then checked the clock 2:45 AM! What?! I cleaned up the mess in the room, changed the laundry, then I felt sick to my stomach and made toast and grabbed a glass of milk to settle it . By the time I finished with that it was 3 AM and I climbed under the covers. I had just drifted off to slumberland, when I heard Troy arrive home from work. Next thing I remember, I was being told that the kids were up and getting ready for school, it was 6 am!
It's 8:30 PM and I'm starting to slow down, too bad the kids aren't! Robby's feeling ill, Scott and Em are running wild in the streets, I mean all through the house. Savanna is grudgingly doing Robby's dishes since she thought she was the mom and sent him to bed! Cody and Shantel are cleaning the bathroom together singing to their MP3 players off-key very loudly. I just want a nap and I have a feeling that it will be a few more hours before I get it. NO doubt by then I'll have gotten my second wind and won't be able to go to sleep! Oh such is life! :) Wishing you all sweet dreams and many hours of uninterrupted slumber!

14 comments:

Dancin Queen said...

Oh my! It's hard to be a mommy on no sleep.

Are You Serious! said...

Good luck on getting some sleep tonight. My kids like to play with the thermostat too... brrr it's so cold here too... -7 degrees last night. again brrr....

carrie & troy keiser said...

DQ- Well, I was right after the kids were all tucked in it was 11 and I wasn not able to fall asleep! I'm feeling fairly refreshed with 5 3/4 hours logged! :D
Serious- I hate the cold! it was -12 and -30 with the wind! I hera ya ... brrrrrrr!

Andrea said...

When I read your last comment that said it was -12 degrees, I completely forgot what I was going to say (besides my hopes that you got more sleep last night). -12 degrees? Is that in farenheit?

Suddenly, the 45 degree weather in Memphis doesn't seem so bad...

Crazymamaof6 said...

oh my that is no fun! hope you got a better nights sleep!

Debra said...

Good heavens! I could never last with that little amount of sleep. I HAVE to have 8 hrs. Have to. It is so important that DH makes sure I get 8 hrs.

I hate the cold. Totally!

crystal said...

You are woman, hear you roar! You DID THAT? Wowza.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Andrea- Yes, I wish it were not in farenheit, but alas, it! We are up to 11 above and -2 with the wind, heat wave! :)
CrazyMama- I got a bit more sleep...
Debra- If I get about 6 I'm good! Course I've always gotten but with little sleep.
Crystal- :) roooooooaaaaaaarrrrrr! My arms are sore today from that! But my room is warm, didn't feel that -30 this am! yeah, worth it! :)

KATE said...

Holy cow, it's amazing the kind of crap we decide to do in the middle of the night! hee hee, I totally would have done the window at 2 a.m. too!
HOpe you get a nap!!

carrie & troy keiser said...

By three this afternoon, I was dead, I sat down to read books to the twins and they kept getting mad at me for not reading... hard to read when you're sleeping! :)

Shellie said...

Oh, I've had nights like that and the day after is killer!

Darla said...

Ooooohhh I feel your pain..and fatigue! Sounds just like it could have been a page out of my book, just different scenario!

Brooke said...

Whew I'm tired just reading this! What a project! But you did it! Way to go!

carrie & troy keiser said...

:)