Saturday, March 20, 2010
For the last seven years, we've had an entertainments center (broken and cheap) in our bedroom. Next to it was a vanity that I got for Christmas about 25 - 28 years ago. (Love that vanity!) About a week (maybe two) ago, DH brought home a very nice dresser. It looks like it would have cost $300-$500 new, depending on where you got it. His friend sold it to him for $30!
We decided that it should go in our room, right where the entertainment center and vanity are/were. I agreed, but didn't want to get rid of my vanity. It's mine and I've had it longer than I've had DH!! Today, I decided that I really needed to clean up the area and move the dresser in our room.
Mind you, we moved the stuff in the bedroom when we moved into this house...seven years ago! Do you know how much dust builds up in seven years?!?! I should have taken a before picture. Anyway, it took about two hours to get everything moved out, cleaned up and moved in. Made the kids (and one of my daughter's friends!) help me move the furniture. Ended up putting the vanity in my son's room. I'm a little nervous about that. He is a boy and I'm worried that he will find a way to destroy it. Fingers crossed that he will take care of it!
Here's a pic of the after. Ignore the stuff to the right. That's DH's stuff that I found and didn't feel safe throwing away! LOL! I'm hoping that he'll agree to go through it tomorrow so I can get rid of some of it...or at least hide it in some of the drawers!
Here is a picture of my vanity. Yes, the wall behind it is orange. Go BSU!!
And here is the entertainment center. Pictur them side by side and loaded with STUFF. That's what it looked like before.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
First, a little background. Ten years ago, my DH fell from a ladder while at work and landed (all of his weight) on one leg. His ankle was shattered (the 3-D xr-ray was flipping awesome!). Anyway, for about two years, he was not able to help much around the house. Multiple surgeries, infections, etc. kept him on crutches or in a wheel chair for that long. My kids were 5 and 2 at the time (almost 6 and 3). I tease him that he broke his ankle to get out of potty training the boy! LOL! But I digress.
After he started to be able to get around again, we discussed what he could do to help me around the house again. We agreed that he would take care of the dishes. (He has taken on much more since then..this was a small step). Within two weeks of DH taking over the dishes, the kids had a new chore. Loading and unloading the dishwasher. Why hadn't I thought of that!! LOL!
Dishes is the one chore that my son HATES! He complains about all of them, but he truly hates dishes. His favorite trick is to run the dishwasher and then not unload it and run it again. That way, he is "doing his dishes" as long as the dishwasher is running. Unfortunately, he thinks that DH and I are too stupid to realize that there are no dishes missing from the sink. DS has been sick most of the week. Last night, he was finally feeling better so he had to do his dishes. DH felt sorry for him and helped. Dishwasher ran and only a few dishes from dinner were in the sink.
Tonight, I came home and the dishwasher was running...and all of the dishes that were in the sink the night before were still there. DH and I gave him multiple chances to tell the truth, but he kept insisting that he had unloaded, reloaded and was now washing a whole new set of dishes. We called him on it and eventually he wrote down a confession. We discussed, punishment was set (an extra week of dishes) and done.
About 10 minutes later, DS was watching World's Craziest Police Chases or some such dumb show. One of the chases involved a guy who was not wearing a seat belt. He ran from the cops (in his car) because he didn't want to get the ticket. No other reason. The chase ended badly and the man was paralyzed from the accident. DS asked "What's wrong with people? If you know you did something wrong, just pull over, take the ticket and you're done!" DH and I looked at each other.. .. and DH said "You're right! Like why don't people just admit when they are lying, especially when everyone in the whole room knows it? Or just do the chore in the first place so they don't have to lie about it?" You could see the light bulb pop on over DS's head. (couldn't find a light bulb)
I think he finally got what we've been trying to get through to him for years! Now, do I expect it to stick? No, not really. Am I glad there is a chink in the armor? Yep! Wish us luck!!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
doing something on their own, what would you say? And by spouse, I mean spouse (obviously!) or boyfriend/girlfriend, significant other or even roommate. Someone important in your life who wants to do something that you probably don't like. Say he likes going to garage sales and you want to go to the museum (or sleep in or just NOT go to garage sales!). Do you say go without me and enjoy. Or do you insist on going with, even tho you do NOT like the acitivity. Or, do you drag that person along on your chosen activity?
I am not talking about family functions. I am always dragging DH to those, both my family AND his! LOL! Or school functions. Those are things that really obligations.
I am talking about free time. Can your SO go out on a weekend and play softball while you stay home and you're okay with it? Or vice versa?
In my limited observations, I've found that one partner generally is more comfortable with non-partnered time. (I don't know what else to call it!) For example, if my DH wants to go to a friend's house after work (and I know about it so I don't stress and can change plans accordingly), I say go for it! If he is late leaving work, okay. Just tell me.
DH, on the other hand, wants me home whenever he is home. Part of that is because he works six days a week and we don't see each other very much. And, oddly enough, he LIKES me!! LOL!
Yep, that's my only example. I told you it was limited! Oh wait...just thought of one other example. Good friend of mine is a stay-at-home Mom who also is a free lance writer. She actually likes it when her DH is home and prefers that he NOT make other plans. Of course, she doesn't tell him that he can't do something (she's not his mother for goodness sakes!). But she does try to arrange things so they can spend time together. She is like me in that if she has something planned, and he doesn't tell her, he is in deep water!
So...two examples. Both support my theory (see? More theories!). 100% succes rate! Really, what more do I need?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
It is well established that I am a nerd/geek/whatever. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about a couple of theories I had on the Spark Wheel. One was that over time, your average will be three. The second was that the more points you got BEFORE you spun the wheel, the more points you would win on the wheel.
Yep. I started a spreadsheet! Started out basic. First column, the date. Second column, number of points earned before spinning the wheel. Third column, number of points the wheel gave me. In 21 days, my average for the wheel is just under 5.5 points per day. Kinda blew that theory outta the water huh?
For the second theory, it's a little harder to sort the data. But there is no clear trend there either. I have days with over 80 poinst pre-spin that I won 5 points. Others taht I only got one. Same with under. I hit the 20 two days in a row...once with 76 points pre-spin, the second with only 68. Data does not process (you have to say that last sentence with a robot voice while doing robot moves to get the full effect).
So, I added some columns. About a week ago, I added max points available on the wheel. Today I added how many SP points I had when I was all done getting points. Theory for the first column is that I have to know what was available to compare to what I earned. If I get 5 every day and 5 was the highest number, I'm pretty darn special!
The last column works off the theory that somehow the wheel "knows" how much I've done and how many more points I could potentially earn. So, do I get more points from the wheel on the days that I get a lot of exercise minutes? Notice, I assume that the wheel rewards me for earning more points. That, students, is a hypothesis. Unless it, too, is a theory and then, never mind.
Anyway, the spread sheet is still going strong! Does anyone want to send me their numbers? Increasing the participants will improve the experiment/evaluation. Here's the info I need.
Points b4 Spin
Points from Spin
Max points on wheel
Total points earned for the day
Man...I am a nerd! I'm kind of giddy at the thought of putting other people's data into my spreadsheet. already thinking how to reformat to fit other folks in. LOL!!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Today, I got up and headed to work, same as any other work day. Except that I knew my son didn't feel good and would be staying home from school. I called the school from work to let them know he wouldn't be in and to arrange homework (he LOVES me for that! Not!) Then the phone calls began. He called to tell me he didn't feel good. That he just threw up. That his throat hurt. He even called to tell me that an ambulance had just gone down the street behind our house. (No, it wasn't for him. I asked.) He even asked if I could make a doctor's appointment for him. That's when I knew for sure that he was SICK!
I made the appointment, left work early to go get him and get him there on time. Sure enough, strep! Which means he'll miss tomorrow too, since he's still contagious. After picking up his prescription, we came home and he crawled onto the couch to rest/sleep/watch TV. I took the time to go upstairs and to my exercise DVD (BTW, L3 on the Shred makes the other two look like a cake walk! Not sure what a cake walk is, but it's gotta be better than L3!!!) After DH got home, I went to the gym for a workout since I haven't been for a couple of days.
So, here's the question. Was I selfish to work out when my son really wanted his mommy to hang around and take care of him (even tho he was watching TV and/or sleeping?)? Or am I an optimistic person because I took the chance to get my workout done before dinner so I could 1) spend time with the family this evening and 2) watch all of Biggest Loser?
I know how I would vote. Do I dare ask you? LOL!
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