Election night was a very long night both for good reasons and bad ones. First, I got home from work and B, the boys, and I went out to vote. Unlike some other places where people had to wait in line for hours, we were lucky. There was only a short wait to vote.
As we were going to the polling place, and all through the voting procedure, though, JSL complained about his head hurting him. We figured he might be hungry, but as we arrived home, he proved us wrong by puking all over the floor and his coat.
I cleaned up the mess while B tossed his coat in the wash. Then, after dinner and some time working on Lego Shelob, we got the kids ready for bed. Just as they were settling down, though, JSL complained that his stomach hurt. A quick run to the bathroom spared us a second big mess. It was obvious that he was going to miss school the next day.
While JSL settled on the couch, we turned on the election day coverage. I kept following along and interacting with people on Twitter as polls began to close and projections were made. Slowly, the electoral votes were assigned until, at around 11:20pm, Barack Obama was declared the winner. In hindsight, that’s when I should have called it a night. Instead, I followed along awhile longer. And by "awhile", I mean 2 hours.
At 1am, I climbed into bed (made crowded by JSL’s presence between B and me). I didn’t sleep long, though. At around 2am, NHL woke up coughing and congested. He was obviously having trouble settling and couldn’t come into our packed bed, so I climbed into his top bunk to lay down with him. Thus began 4 hours attempting to soothe him so he could rest and sporadic sleep.
Needless to say, I’ve been feeling a bit tired today.
What do you do when you’ve had a long night with little sleep?
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