The plan was to leave for work before 07,00. However, that plan did not manifest itself and I found myself sitting in the car half an hour later. I wished I could simply have stayed home to have breakfast with the kids but knew that would not be the case this morning.

I needed to be at work earlier so that I could go home during lunch to pick up the children and take them to their father’s house by noon. The next time I see them will be in the new year at the new place. In the meantime, I will have plenty to keep me occupied at the house as I set up at least our beds before the children arrive Wednesday night.

The return to work took longer than expected as I encountered lunchtime traffic. Along the way, I craved a croissant for lunch so I made a quick stop at Whole Foods. After the croissant I was still hungry but sleepiness became more of an issue.

Once again, I found myself nodding off at my desk. It was worse than on Tuesday so I waited until 15,00 to leave for home. The tiredness was becoming a distraction at work as I could no longer focus. As soon as I got home, I crawled into bed and slept for a while.

With the children now away, the apartment is quiet once again. Except for the two kittens who are having fun chasing each other and playing on their cat tree in the children’s room whilst they also await their return.