Everyone deals with stress in their own way. I know when Munchkie's Daddy is stressed because he talks in his sleep. When we first got married and he was having difficulty finding a job he would yell out in what I can only assume to be Albanian (his college roomate would say the same thing in college). I've been working nights for a few weeks now so we are very rarely sleeping at the same time. I hadn't noticed him sleep talking until the other night. He started laughing and laughing. I wish that I could have known what was so funny. Last night he started talking nonsense again- his usual stress trend. The problem is that my stress trend is that I have a difficult time shutting my brain down. Once I am wakened for whatever reason, I cannot fall back asleep because my brain goes on turbo mode. I cannot shut it off no matter how hard I try. This is not a good combination with a sleep laugher or sleep talker. Oh and I tend to eat everything in site and then this lovely array of zits graces my face. So obviously I don't handle stress very well.
I really appreciate my marriage and the equality we have. I rely very heavily on Munchkie's Daddy to do a lot of the "women's jobs" in our family. We don't have a very conventional life and so we can't have conventional roles. So it shouldn't be a huge surprise to me that at the end of each semester things kind of start to fall apart in our home. Munchkie's Daddy's stress rubs off on all of us. Then my few weeks of nights doesn't help the matter, weird sleep patterns only cause more problems. Needless to say, we have a lot of dirty dishes, a counter full of half made Christmas presents and I really can't tell you the last time a homemade meal was made in our house (we barely got a Christmas tree up, and couldn't do the rest of the decorations). We have been grocery shopping for essentials and food to help us get by. This means a lot of yogurt and fruit because when I'm at work, mac and cheese is a staple and take out gets us by the few nights I'm home. I really appreciate all Munchkie's Daddy does and realize how much he does to hold our family together. I seriously could not do it without him and don't really like when he can hardly do more than write papers.
Stress is the only excuse that I have for not having posted for a ridiculous amount of time. There were so many things going on in our lives that I had to cut something out. I think because I wasn't feeling very creative or like a very good mom I couldn't think of anything to blog about. It was almost to much to just do day to day functions, anything above and beyond was just too much. So now I'm back (and yes, the last paper is due on Tuesday, so that helps). And I'm going to try to be more regular.