Today I woke up exhausted, which set the tone for majority of the day. Going non stop all weekend, after a week of parenting and running the household alone, definitely played a big part. In addition, a week of heartbreaking news left me emotionally drained and a bad night of sleep was the straw that broke this tired camel's back.
This morning Charlotte had her follow up appointment for the double ear infection. It's all clear and we got a clean bill of health. Let me tell you, if you want to experience a special kind of hell, take my child to the doctor. She HATES it. The tantrum started from the moment she had to step on the scale and carried through the temperature check, the ear check, and the listening of her lungs. None of the calming techniques worked and she was THAT screaming kid. The eighteen month appointment in November is going to be a blast...
Our second stop of the day was Target. They're currently running my favorite deal on baby necessities (diapers, wipes, formula, etc.): buy $100 dollars worth of product and receive a $25 Target gift card (text SAVE to 827438 to access the deal). We didn't shop around long because it was several hours past Charlotte's nap time.
I worked while she napped but midway through I hit a wall. I'm not one to nap but today it was necessary. I blacked out for fifteen minutes and woke up at the same time as the baby. We hung out on the couch and watched cartoons while I attempted to shake off the grogginess.
For dinner we headed down to NoDa Brewing to support our friend Stephanie and her fundraising efforts to convert a 1968 Shasta Compact Camper into a Crowned Sparrow Co. Craft Cruiser. You can learn more about it here!
Speaking of dinner, we split a Philly Cheese Steak and nachos from Tin Kitchen's Somethin's Brewing food truck. All the menu items contain NoDa Brewing's beer and a suggested pairing. The beer cheese was on point and the home pickled vegetables on the nachos were definite highlights. I sipped on Roaring Riot (a rye IPA - absolutely delicious), drank the Aprinox (an apricot IPA - it's a little too bitter for my taste), and grabbed a four pack of Gordgeous cans to take home.
The evening was spent working, watching the first presidential debate, and researching the people running for local offices.
I've always cared about the election but this time around it matters even more than ever before. It's not about me anymore, it's about my child's future and the future of our country. As someone who moved to the Unites States as a political refugee, I'm scared. I have insomnia caused by this election cycle. November 8th can't come fast enough.