Tuesday, March 23, 2010
And they are all in my head! That's it. Nowhere else!
I so planned to come home, eat the dinner that DH had made for me, workout, clean the refrigerator, assemble enchiladas for tomorrow night, and cook brocolli for my lunches for the rest of the week. Sounds like a lot, but I had it all figured in my head how it would totally work. Even with leaving work late due to a conference call with Korea at work. I am woman...hear me roar!!!! (pretend that's a lion! LOL!)
Things began to unravel before I even got home. DH called to let me know that he had just come home himself. He had taken DD to softball practice. While he was there, they waited in the truck for a hail storm to pass through. Then, the coach decided that the field was too muddy for a practice. He did not start supper. He did, however, bring home bagels (which I had not planned in my meals) and cookies (again, no plan) and peanuts (no plan, but I was hungry and dinner wasn't ready! I HAD to eat them, you know?)
Four dinners later, and mine included four cookies, I no longer had any desire to clean the fridge, let alone work out. I did get the brocolli cooked. Yep, that's it!
Now I'm contemplating getting up early to get in my workout since it won't happen tomorrow night. Meeting from 7 - 9:30, at least. AND, I'll miss The Biggest Loser. Might as well just skip tomorrow! UGH!
Okay, time to head to bed if there is any chance in Hades (and yes, it's cold in my own personal Hades) of me getting up early to work out. Mornings are my friend. Mornings are my friend. Mornings are my friend. Do you think if I say it enough, it will be true?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Worked my tail off yesterday, got lots accomplished, stayed in range, great day!
Today, slept in, ate too much, read a little and ate some more. Yep, that's it! Oh, wait. Played catch with DD twice. Her homework for softball was to play catch each day. We missed it yesterday, so we did twice today.
Just remembered that I haven't typed up the minutes for the softball/baseball meeting yet. And the next one is in two days. Oops! Guess what I'm going to do now!
Yep...type. Then slug some more.
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?
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