It’s rather annoying, actually.
On an average evening, I have a bit of time after dinner, when Little Boy is in bed and tomorrow’s lunches have been made and baby bottles washed. But I’m tired. My brain is tired. It doesn’t want to write, or read interesting things to get ideas. It wants me to veg on the couch and read mindless Facebook shares and watch TV. Which is totally understandable after a long day of parenting and research and more research and more parenting.
However, when I start getting ready for bed – taking a shower, brushing my teeth – my brain wakes back up again. Suddenly, it’s composing my next three blog posts. And not just a hey, you should write about that sometime; there are whole sentences and paragraphs just running around in my head.
If I were back in college, unencumbered by normal work hours or the needs of a tiny human, I might choose to run with it. Sit down at my computer for an hour and let the words flow. But I’m not a college kid any more, I’m a mom who has to get up in the morning and needs a lot of sleep to function, so I have to go to bed.
Fortunately, the free-flowing sentences don’t usually prevent me from falling asleep. In fact, they’re can be somewhat meditative. Unfortunately, some of them are lost by the time I wake up in the morning. I should start keeping a little notebook and pen by my bed to jot down some key points, but unless I take the time to write down everything, something’s going to be forgotten.
When do you find your best ideas brewing?