Remember that time before you had kids where you were horrified to hear mothers say they needed a "break" from their kids, or didn't understand that weird manic energy women get when they're out at night with other adults after days or weeks of being around babies and toddlers? I think I know what Friedan's "problem that has no name" is - it's the normal adult need to be around other adults. I kind of envy those people who prefer the company of children. If you know me at all you know I am not one of them.
All of this is to say I had a great time singing with my band last night and look forward to all our other gigs this month - even the three long distance ones (San Diego, Santa Barbara). And yes, after a fun night out with friends I found today's endless slog a lot more tolerable. Even enjoyable, dare I say it.
I talked with my bandleader a bit more about travel. Our early in the year stuff may be set in stone without me - that includes DC and one in Rochester in June. But it's ok. Really, the longer I wait, the better - Theo being weaned and sleeping through the night, Bobby being potty trained - the more these things are established the better. Just being able to talk about it makes me happy. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, people.
I've heard it said that all you need in life is something to love, something to do, and something to look forward to. I don't always have all these things, but today I do. Huzzah!