bring it on, I can (still) take it

22 Mar

My mom is still in the hospital, my kids are still sick and I have turned into the Cruella version of myself. I am NOT complaining, I am simply just stating the facts.

Today, I am seriously cranky, undealable sleep deprived. While I was trying to feel motivated to do all the things I had to do, I couldn’t find the strength. Iliana decided to keep us awake from 03:00 am until 05:30 am, then she finally let us sleep at around 05:45 am, only to give Yiannis the pleasure of waking us up at 06:00 am (I sometimes miss the sound of the alarm, at least back then I was able to sleep until 06:45 – UNINTERRUPTED).

While I was arguing debating with Yiannis on how many Mickey Mouse Clubhouse they were allowed to watch, I drank my cup of coffee in the lovely company of my kids who were fighting over the number of smarties each was entitled to eat. I tried to practice selective deafness as Larry suggested but the sleep deprived, cranky part got in the way. I was too exhausted to even think straight.

After walking Benny and feeding the kids breakfast (other than smarties) I literally dragged myself to the kitchen sink and started washing the 1kg of fresh spinach I bought at the farmers market the day before. While I was daydreaming of summer and thoroughly washing leaf by leaf I suddenly felt my slippers getting wet. I looked down on the floor, only to realize that the whole kitchen floor was flooded with water. SHIT.

While I was mopping the floor and cleaning the mess I was trying to force myself to remain calm and positive (seriously?). I felt more like a volcano about to erupt. Please let my kids sense the ‘danger’ and avoid me for the next hour or so (preferably day or so, but who has this luxury?).

Half a minute later Yianni showed up, gave me the now-she-has-completely-lost-it look and asked me the million dollar question:

Mom, will we make the homemade play dough ALREADY??

I will let you imagine the rest

Until next time,




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23 Responses to “bring it on, I can (still) take it”

  1. Ice Beautiful March 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I can not press “Like” because I don’t. I can easily imaging myself being Cruella in the situation like yours – all things like that and lack of sleep drives me crazy too. There will be better tomorrow I am sure. Keep strong

    • wonderlandbytatu March 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      yeap, tomorrow will be a better day, I am sure (keep your fingers crossed,ok?). Thanks my dear for all your support!

  2. sakuraandme March 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Hello and how are you? Just got back from my holiday yesterday. Your my first blog to check out and you sound tired!! lol I hug you for support…..hugs Paula xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu March 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      how are YOU?? how was the cruise??? photos and stories please!
      Thanks for the hugs Paula!

      • sakuraandme March 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

        Haha! I came back divorced. Stories and photos will come! lol
        hugs xxxx

      • wonderlandbytatu March 25, 2013 at 10:48 am #

        OMG!! that was unexpected (or wasn’t it?)I hope you did manage to have a great time anyway! xxx

      • sakuraandme March 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

        Bit of both! xx

  3. expatsincebirth March 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    I pressed “like” because this is so real and I can so relate on what you’re describing! Sleep deprivation is a real torture and when we have times like the one you’re having, people should really stay out of our way and pamper us a bit (this is a hint for those who are living next to you ;-)) Personally, I would wish to have a huuuge punching-ball when this happens to me, as I really need to steam off. But a good alternative: put on some really (really!) loud music and dance (or jump etc.) as much as you can. That helped me quite often. – I send you big hugs from NL xxxx

    • wonderlandbytatu March 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      I have never tried dancing to loud music for therapy before, it sounds like a great idea!! This way I will manage to zone out my kids as well, win win if you ask me 😉
      I cook or blog to let a bit of the steam out.
      Thanks for the hugs, es tut richtig gut! xxx

  4. March 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Another mention – wow? We are like so on the same page like. You know?
    You could even have mentioned the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse post. Btw, could you please more clearly send them to my site. Also, I would love for you to do a guest post when things calm down a bit for you.
    Now I have another piece of advice:CHOCOLATE.
    May health return to the clan soon.

    • wonderlandbytatu March 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Yes. I have become quite the stalker, haven’t I?? give me the exact web address you want me to link back.
      I would love to write a guest post for you, any special requests?

      • March 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

        My general address is
        In terms of the guest post, you can email me ( or if you would prefer, send me your address, I will email you. Thanks for your willingness to do it.

  5. ramblingsfromamum March 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Oh T what a day you have had. My sympathies are with you. The life of a mum (as I have said in other replies) is never an easy one. The road of grumpiness and feeling tired will end my darling girl and you WILL be yourself again…I promise you. You are a brilliant Mum and doing what you can and you should find solace in that. Today? will be better….hopefully. Get take – a way (take-out?) for a start and give yourself a little “T” time. xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu March 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      yes, I know. You are right. I shouldn’t even complain. But you know, sleep deprivation and me we don’t get along, at all…I long for the hour my kids will be in bed so I can just pass out on the

  6. nothingbythebook March 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm #


  7. Dorena March 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    It WILL get better- stay positive! Remember- God won’t give you more than you can handle. 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu March 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      thank you! the kids are in bed, hubby is home & I am getting ready to get some decent sleep, things are ALREADY better 😉

  8. meditatingmummy March 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Tatu, your day sounded so exhausting, no wonder you felt the way you did. How is your mom and are the kids feeling any better? Were you able to catch up on some sleep? When you have days like that remember to just breathe, go to a space where you can relax for a bit. I agree with the others, chocolate and music, or I go out to my garden and just stand there. I hope you are feeling better, sending you hugs.

    My therapy: chocolate, music, yoga or a book. I escape to a space my kids cannot enter… Er, well they can, but when I am exhausted, have had too much to deal with and have answered way too many questions + am sleep deprived, I don’t want to talk to anyone, and they know it, especially when I feel like I am going to erupt.

    • wonderlandbytatu March 25, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      My mom is still more or less in the same shape and still in the hospital. The doctors are unsure of what exactly is wrong with her..Kids are still ill & I can’t really say that I managed to catch some decent sleep. I was just able to spend a bit more time with her and that made me feel at ease. Thank you for your kind thoughts!!

      • expatsincebirth March 25, 2013 at 11:13 am #

        I’m sorry to hear/read that. It’s energy consuming… I can imagine how you feel. If there is anything that can cheer you up (I read chocolate has been mentioned several times…). I know that I need to be busy during those moments, if I sit down and think about it, it’s worse. Das Warten ist für mich das Schlimmste und die Machtlosigkeit… grrr. Ein Punchingball hilft nur bedingt (und man braucht doch Energie dazu). Du brauchst jemanden der dich verwöhnt. I can only send a big hug and a virtual chocolate-cake (Sachertorte?)… Don’t try to be too strong. Sometimes letting go helps a lot! xxxxx Und ich wünsche dir, dass es deinen Kindern schon sehr sehr bald besser geht!

      • wonderlandbytatu March 25, 2013 at 11:21 am #

        vielen dank liebe Ute! Yiannis has been home for the last 10 days and we are all super edgy, lack of sleep, partial boredom, sadness, fed-up-ness (doesn’t it sound like a cool word??) anyway…I have faith…and chocolate…good for my soul but not good for my diet 😉

      • expatsincebirth March 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

        Well, I think there are moments in life where the soul needs more attention than the diet 😉

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