Thursday, January 28, 2010

One of THOSE Days....

I got up this morning with the best of intentions, but sometimes fate and hormones just refuse to let you have the kind of day you were hoping for. I started out the morning with a very angry shout from my neighbor to "keep that dog on a leash!" I didn't get the incredibly sincere, heartfelt, "love you too" from my husband that I felt I deserved. My kids didn't make it to the bus on time so I had to drive them to school. All in all, one of those mornings where I just wanted to crawl back into bed and hibernate for the rest of the day.....or go get a massage from some non-English-speaking, strikingly handsome Hispanic man named Antonio, either one would do.

Unfortunately, I haven't found Antonio yet and I have a TON of other things that need to get done, so hibernating is out of the question. I decided that I needed an intervention, so I called the one person I rely on to be sympathetic and motivating at the same time, my sister. She listed several ways to get myself back on track but didn't strike gold until she mentioned going to get a coffee. Why hadn't I thought of that?!

And here I am, in front of the computer, feeling somewhat better and back to hoping the rest of the day turns out okay :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's All About Me!!

I finally did it....wait for it...wait for it....I bought new underwear and socks!! Isn't it amazing how many things you can put off needing and wanting when you have children? I could spend a fortune in all kinds of places, but instead I choose to feed, clothe and entertain my children. I suppose this makes me a good mom, but I do have a dirty little secret to confess. Sometimes I wish I could indulge my selfish side just a little bit more. As I sit here daydreaming (while I should be working of course), I can think of several ways I would treat myself more regularly if my children didn't require most of my cash flow:

1. I'd get a haircut more often than once every 6 months.
2. I'd buy new shoes, running AND casual.....AT THE SAME TIME!!
3. I would wash my car once a week instead of once a year.
4. I would buy things for my house besides cleaning supplies.
5. Dinner and a movie would mean a nice restraunt and the movie theater rather than Arby's and Blockbuster.

Ahhhh, if only. Someday my children will have left the nest and I will have gobs of free time and perhaps a little more money. Sadly, something tells me I will still dress in sweats and my old tennies while I drive my dirty old car to go grab dinner at Arby's and rent a movie at Blockbuster! Some habits die hard.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Sweetest Sound

Many, many moons ago, when I still lived with my parents, I used to yell out, "Moooommmm" about 600 times a day. And many, many times I would hear my mom mumble under her breath, "I'm changing my name." Now, after a busy day and many echoes of, "Mom, have you seen my...?" and, "Mom, will you...?" I think that joining the circus under the name "World's Greatest Drinker of Coffee" sounds awfully attractive.

Then yesterday it happened. My adorable little 16-month-old said it. He finally said mama. And I remembered how wonderful it is to hear that sweetest of sounds. And for awhile, I will savor every single time he says that word. And for awhile, I won't cringe when I hear the other two say it, over and over and over again, because I will remember how lucky I am to have 3 little people that think mom is a title greater than any other.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fishing: Toddler Style

This morning I raced into the bathroom for an emergency pit stop (again, sorry about the visual). I was just about to sit down when I noticed a small semi-truck sitting at the bottom of my toilet. Bless his little heart, he left me a gift! And as any good mom would do, I plunged my hand into the toilet, retrieved his favorite truck and plopped it into boiling water. I then vigorously scrubbed my hands with antibacterial soap and went to look for my cell phone, which I hadn't seen in awhile.........

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Crazy Talk

Settle down everyone - it's been a little crazy up here in Alaska and I haven't had a chance to blog. We've had hurricane force winds (gusts up to 80 mph) which knocked out our power, ripped part of our deck off and carried my sanity away , Mary Poppins-style! At any rate, here are my latest thoughts for those of you possibly going through Smiff withdrawals.

Parents say a lot of crazy stuff. Of course in our defense, this is brought on by children who do a lot of crazy stuff, that in turn....makes us crazy. My parents were famous for things like, "This hurts me more than it hurts you," and "I had to walk 2 miles to school in the snow, uphill both ways, with no shoes on." I, on the other hand, only use the parental teachings handed down from the Big Guy Himself. These include handy catch phrases to explain all the things that I can't think of a scientific reason for, such as, "because I said so that's why," and "because God made it that way" (one of my mom's all time favorites).

Let's not forget the fabulous threats and bluffs that parents come up with as well, those great wittiscisms such as, "come here so I can slap your face" (AS IF!) and "do you WANT me to spank you?"

Sadly, now that I have children of my own I often find myself repeating these well-worn phrases used by my parents that I swore I'd never say. And just as I did back then, my children roll their eyes, sigh and say, "Seriously mom? That's crazy talk."

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why Is It?

Lately it seems that this is a recurring question. Often I feel that I "did not get the memo" and that things have changed without anyone consulting me! The nerve. While in the shower this morning (I know, a lot of these posts have to do with my bathing habits, but that's the only place I get peace and quiet to think!), I started to think about all of the things that struck me as "not quite right," and as a courtesy to you my loyal followers, I have listed my Top 10 below!

Why Is It......
1. Jehovah's Witnesses go door to door, but chocolate salesmen do not?
2. Substitution lists in cookbooks never have the substitutions I need?
3. The more sleep I get, the bigger the bags under my eyes?
4. All that white snow causes my car to be so dirty?
5. Telemarketers don't look at their watches before they call me to beg me to buy something I don't even remotely need or want?
6. I can visualize an oasis and relax, but I can't visualize exercise and get skinny?
7. All the great Christmas decorations go on sale AFTER Christmas when I have no money left?
8. My children will only knock over their baby brother if he's the only thing in the room to go around?
9. My children can squeeze toothpaste everywhere but on their toothbrushes?
10. No amount of singing in the kitchen causes cute furry little animals to do MY housework? Thanks Walt Disney, for misleading me through my entire childhood! No dwarfs, animals or fairy dust to magically make my chores disappear!