The inauguration festivities taught me that I am one lazy-ass parent.
Momlogic's Andrea: President Obama and First Lady Michelle had a grueling 20-hour day yesterday. Yet they remained poised and alert the entire historic event, flawlessly going from speeches to parade routes to all-night galas.
Meanwhile, that day, I could barely get it together to pack my daughter's lunch and take a shower before dragging my sorry sleep-deprived ass into work. (OK, to be honest, I ended up not showering.) How do these power couples do it? Those two couldn't have gotten their eight hours the night before. Do they even sleep?
I'm not the only one in awe of the Obama's stamina. "They've got nine other parties to go to," comic Ray Romano noted on the ABC inaugural special. "I'm a little concerned. I don't want him to party too much. He's got to go to work tomorrow."
Uh, yeah. I thought the same thing. In fact, I didn't even attend an inauguration house-party last night -- my toddler and husband went on in my stead -- because I was too beat from work and wanted to rest up for the next day. And my "gala event" would hardly have been taxing. It would've involved sitting on the couch watching the parties on TV, but I couldn't even muster the energy for that. I was in bed by nine.
OK, so what's the secret? How did those two manage not to keel over on the parade route? According to reports, Obama doesn't drink coffee ... but does Michelle? Or did they both down a six-pack of Red Bull before hitting the inaugural platform?
If there's anything I plan to learn from the Obama administration, it's this: If these two can manage to run the country and raise two young children, I can manage to make time for going to the gym now and then.
Or am I just dreaming?