What happens when you are already slightly crazy and become sleep deprived or The Story of How Amie started making Chicken Stock at Midnight

We’ve already established that I’m a little nutty. Indoor clotheslines, impromptu cooking days that take the better part of a week to clean up after, etc. However, that really does not compare to when I get sleep deprived. I’ve had a cold for about a week now, but I’ve really only been losing sleep since Sunday. Yesterday, I thought I would try to go without cold medicine. Since I’ve only gotten 4-5 hours of sleep the past few days, I was pretty sure that I would collapse out of sheer exhaustion. However, I greatly underestimated the awesome force of my cough. I settled in bed with the Kindle. I played Thread Words. I read some fairy tales. Still coughing. I shut off the light and tried sleeping on propped up pillows. Still coughing. I remembered that I had not been able to make chicken broth because I needed to keep the crockpot available for Wednesday night dinner at church. I went downstairs and threw a frozen chicken carcass (Yes, I had a frozen chicken carcass. Crazy, I told you), an onion, and a few carrots and celery stocks in the crockpot with some water. Still coughing. I went back up, downloaded a new free game for the kindle. I played that for a while, read some more fairy tales. Still coughing. I decided to try VapoRub. Still coughing. I checked on my stock. It was heating up. I unpropped my pillows. Still coughing. I tried deep breathing exercises. Still coughing. I checked my stock again, lovely. I tried taking a hot shower. Still coughing. At 2:30 am, I broke down and took some Nyquil. Then, YAY! SLEEP! However, when you take Nyquil at 2:30 am, getting up in the morning is somewhat difficult. I heard my husband come in and take a shower at 7 am, but I didn’t hear the garage door (which is directly under my bed), so I must have been out cold a half hour later. Finally, around 9:15, I stumbled out of bed. Emma was teaching Hannah math, so I strained my stock into a pot for soup tonight and made some tea. Then, I helped the girls get through school while struggling to stay awake.

This is a cautionary tale. When you have a cold, go ahead and take the medicine. Don’t drain your Kindle battery and make chicken stock. Don’t be crazy like me, just take some Nyquil and go to bed. Really, your husband who wakes up in a panic thinking major amounts of food must have been left out because of the aroma of chicken stock filling the air will thank you.

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