Because every coin has two sides

Yesterday was one of those days when you feel like you keep building sandcastles and someone keeps kicking them down. I cooked food no one wanted to eat, laundered clothes no one wanted to wear, set up games no one wanted to play and mopped floors everyone wanted to walk on while they were still wet.

Anna’s off school all week. It’s rainy and cold. Our budget is tight. Do the math: we’re joined at the hip and not going out much. Now read the subtext: We’re getting on each other’s nerves.

Yesterday afternoon she discovered my stash of emergency DVDs, and the effort to ignore a wheedling four-year-old who managed to maneuver her discovery into every single conversation proved my tipping point.

We curled up on the couch with our popcorn and had a Barbie-fest*. We watched two of them. In a row. And I can’t promise we wouldn’t have watched three if Allan hadn’t come home when he did. Yes, it was that bad.

Which means we essentially didn’t move for four hours, an entire afternoon.

So of course we paid for this debauchery, all of us. Classic hangover. We were grumpier than ever, stomachs upset, heads pounding dully. No energy but we couldn’t rest comfortably either. Evening dragged on, supper, bath, books … then, of course, after a day of absolutely no activity to speak of, she could not fall asleep. 7:30 came and went. We read and read and read some more. We said goodnight and still she called out every few minutes: water, bathroom, monsters, too cold, too hot …

Until after 10 PM. That’s a lot of nagging.

And today started out cranky and off-beat, so clearly this will be a two-day hangover. Ach.

*The DVDs are Barbie as Rapunzel, Princess and the Pauper, Twelve Dancing Princesses, the Four Musketeers. Mattel’s answer to the Disney princess craze. Every single one features a pairing — sometimes romantic, sometimes not — between a royal and a commoner, a “have” and a “have not,” and the lessons they learn from each other. Despite not breaking out of the familiar palette of good triumphing over evil, Mattel does add a few good twists; girls rescue boys, coachmen are women, heroines ride off into the sunset to chase dreams. Still, they are what they are.

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