After the stress of Tuesday and a very long night, I decided that what we most needed on Wednesday was some peace and quiet. I called the main branch of the Public Library to ask if their children's program was running that day, and received a nice enthusiastic "Yes! At 2 PM TODAY!". Perfect.
We decided to try a new picnic spot, but every one we drove to wasn't nice enough (according to the kidlets) or was under construction (seriously?) so we ended up back at our original spot. There were some playground requests, but the Princess' ankle had swollen and I wasn't ready to let the Boy out of my sight, so I hypped up the library hard and off we went. We did a little reading, the girls got some computer time (YAY!), and then it was time to head upstairs for the program....where we found a big empty room. We waited in it for awhile before heading back down to the children's circulation desk to ask where all the people were.
"Oh, there's no program TODAY! The program was YESTERDAY! Whatever gave you the idea it was today?", tinkled the happy librarian.
I'll admit it, I had visions of squeezing that tinkle right out of her throat. "Maybe the person on the phone this morning who assured me that the program was TODAY" I gritted out. Lack of sleep makes me positively surly these days and I really didn't need this.
Hmmm....4 girls on the desk, but no one is going to volunteer that they're the one who got it wrong. Not even the one who, 15 minutes ago, gave me directions to the upstairs room. Is it the sun? Too much? Not enough?
So now the kids are mad at me. Again. Another perfect day, ruined! Fortunately, we happen to be surrounded by books and I happen to be not too shabby of a reader, so they get calmed down quickly. In fact, at one point, they are all sitting reading to themselves and I put my head down on the table in front of me for just a second.....and get awoken a couple of minutes later by a bang of books and a "shouldn't you be watching your children" glare from a very young librarian. I glance around, but they're all in the same places they were a moment ago, all still reading, though on different books by now. I smile back at her as sweetly as I can and decide that, for the first time in my life, I am no longer happy to be in a library and it's time to leave.
It's about half an hour before I should be picking up Hubby but I decide that my day is officially over. I take the kids to the office with a book each and sit them in the hallway waiting area...where they make a ton of racket that drives Hubby from the office, as his team is being distracted by the noise.
Oh, we're making memories all right. But I have a secret plan for tomorrow, one that will save the week...