Confession time: So, you know how we generally have 2 posts a week - one on Monday and one on Friday - with bonus Rattle & Pen or Making Out columns on Wednesdays? Well, I can't make this Friday's deadline. I just can't. So there won't be a post today.
I'm sorry. I just couldn't. And so I didn't. And so there isn't. A post, I mean. There isn't one.
I wanted to write. Of course I did. This is a fun unpaid job, and I enjoy it. I'm lucky to get to make words on this screen for you to read. But I didn't make any this week. I was too busy. It's a shame, but it's true.
Just a cowgirl stamping horseshoes on her bandanna, pardner.
You see, I would have loved to have had a post up today, but the children needed me. And, since the children are my day job, I had to attend to their needs first.
Not that the whole week was dedicated to the Smartlings. I mean, obviously I attended to my own self-care, too. This week that took the form of listening to a great podcast while working out at the gym, doing chores, or driving around town running errands.
And it's not like I didn't try. I sat down with the kids as they watched their new favorite show on Netflix, Julie's Greenroom, and attempted to peck out some kind of piece on my laptop. But the show was so excellent that I soon snapped the laptop shut and snuggled in for a few episodes of Julie Andrews's new children's show aimed at introducing young viewers to all aspects of making theater. Music, dance, stage managing, acting, improv, circus arts - each episode features one theatrical theme presented by a luminary in that field. Guest stars include Idina Menzel, Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, and Titus Burgess, at whom I lol'd and lol'd while he costumed the show's puppet children.
So, I failed this week. Please forgive me, Smarties. This field must needs remain fallow this week, thanks to a pressing schedule of competing tasks. I promise that, fertilized by my shame at producing nothing this week, next week it will flourish.