Illustration Friday: Leap
I tried- I really tried - NOT to do a picture about a frog. Lots of things crossed my mind: Columbus jumping off the edge of the Earth, someone jumping off a bridge, Indiana Jones taking his "leap of faith" from the lion's mouth - then it hit me. Frogs are probably tired of this whole leap shtick as well. "Leap into learning" my ass. Joe destroyed that annoying leap-pad thing within a day. (For those who don't know, there's a whole "LeapFrog" educational toy franchise. If you're a parent, you're obligated to buy one for your kid, lest the other parents look upon you as neglectful.)
I made the mistake of going to bed early tonight. A few hours sleep, and I can't go back. I've been up since 1am, like you care. I don't feel so good. I had some Alka-Seltzer with aspirin in the back of the cabinet that I had Jen buy when I was hung over once upon a time. It's berry flavored. Is there anything more revolting than flavored Alka-Seltzer? Now I can't get the disgusting taste out of my mouth.
These days, I'm up all night, and then I sleep most of the day. Usually I work on my adventure game or write until about two am. I can't get anything done during the day because my wonderful kids want to spend time with me. They don't know any better. Why am I up talking to you when I could be sleeping next to my wife who loves me? Because I just lie there, until the anxiety grips my chest so tightly that I can't sleep. Then I get up and pace around the apartment in my shorts, muttering to myself like a homeless person for a few hours. When it gets warmer, I think I'll try it on the streets.
At least we get to spend this quality time together.