Step 1: Enter the kitchen, survey the landscape.
Wait, back up.
Step 1: wake up, get up. Pause.
Step 2: May vary. Enter a room with running water, satisfy most pressing bodily need.
Step 3: Look around, sigh.
Step 4: Make something in the kitchen or get dressed. Do half of both, maybe?
Step 23: Don’t forget to write that e-mail. And figure out how to get mail forwarded.
Step What? Never mind.
Step 5 – 10: Eat, drink, be merry! (Just kidding!) Eat, drink, interrupt self to make lunch for the guy who stays at home today. Cut vegetables you know will be ignored. Soothe your conscience. Carry on. How about some muesli?
Baby Steps: Laundry is for losers. Do it later. Congratulations! The dishwasher is full (drum roll, please) of clean dishes!
Step 12, 14, 16: Even if, even so, even Steven. Even steps sound easier, more doable. Pack my own lunch, collect laptop, make sure cell phone is in backpack.
Oops! Somewhere in those early steps: wake the son, cajole him to breakfast & shower in the order of his choosing.
Step 17: Brush teeth. Oh, my hair is already braided! Good for me!
Step 18: Shout: “Alright, have a good day, I’m on my way out! Eat those vegetables with lunch (ha, ha)! Love you, too!”
Step 19: On the way to the car, think of what I might have forgotten but actually doesn’t matter. It’s all fine, fine.
Step 20: Start the car, activate the garage door, Look at the time! Exit garage, drive to school. Breathe.