and here was my answer:
the library. all by myself. did you know that being quiet is one of the RULES at the library? it was magical. i went upstairs- to the adult section. and meandered.
with fabulous company. nothing but books. quiet and books. i can't say enough about it. it restored my soul.
and i came home refreshed and better. and so excited to sit, after little ones were tucked in, and peruse my treasures. the library is amazing. they just let you take books. for free. it's crazy awesome.
so the next time you're ready to yank your ears right off- drop the kids off at my house and go to the library. beautiful medicine. quiet.