Friday, January 04, 2008

Happy Anniversary To Me

Well, it's our anniversary (#17); and Larry's left me here with 4 kids and a greeting card and a pack of M&M's while he goes skiing with the big kids. Yet another reason to go to our neighborhood Best Buy and treat myself to a laptop, don't you think?

Of course, my husband is nobody's fool; he's taken my babysitters with him. Foiled, again.

I am beginning to realize that Larry purposely left me with the expiring-computer-mouse condition. Think about it: the computer works for 15 minutes, then the mouse dies, leaving me no choice but to shut the whole thing off. And get up and do something useful around here. I feel manipulated.

My toddler has an endearing habit of climbing up behind me on my computer chair and keeping me company while I type. Which is fine, unless she suddenly slips off, all the while maintaining her kung-fu grip on my hair. Ouch.

I'm in the mood for short paragraphs tonight. Can you tell?

I haven't cooked in 3 days. Instead, I've been feeding the kids cheese and crackers left over from the party, pizza, and canned soup. They love it. I am the best mommy in the world. It doesn't hurt that I'm sharing all my Christmas chocolate with them, either.

Well, time to enjoy a nice quiet evening with the house to myself. Not that the teenagers bother me or anything. But I just want to be able to sit around and knit without seeing myself through their eyes. As a middle-aged boring loser. Is that too much to ask?


  1. Not too much to ask. Definitely not.

    What are you kntiting?


  2. may not have a babysitter, but you do have a credit card and internet access. I'm going to let you in on this little secret:

  3. Speaking of a peaceful evening, I have had a houseful of teenagers and all their noise machines for over a week. Last night I gave them my debit card and told them to go to a fast food restaurant and each order three things off the dollar menu. Then I told them to go to the dollar theater and see a movie. Every last child went, even the 2-yr-old. My husband and I sat at home, ate dinner, watched a movie and had an actual conversation, all in peace and quiet. It was heaven! Now I remember why I married him.

  4. Previous comment signed Toni

  5. My husband left me today with the little kids to go skiing with the bigger kids. But today wasn't our anniversary. Just tell him now he has to make it up to you!

  6. Awe, your husband sounds like mine. Get the laptop. Get it FOR HIM ;)

  7. Happy Anniversary! I know Larry left you with 4 kids... but he took the TEENAGERS!!!!!!!!! I'm looking at that as the glass half full :)

    Oh and still trying to eat all the crap in my house, too before Monday - that is when D day hits (Diet day).

  8. That Larry - does he think the new floors would gives him a free pass for life? Happy Anniversary!

    And lol at Mrs. G.


  9. Happy Anniversary! My husband and I celebrated our 17th anniversary last month.

    Last New Year's Eve my husband left me with our toddler while he took the older boys to the Outback Bowl. It was actually nice. I didn't let my toddler take a nap, which meant that I was able to put him to bed at 7 p.m., which meant that I had the entire evening to myself!! I watched 2 Jane Austen movies and ate tons of popcorn and chocolate covered raisins.

    God bless.

  10. You sound like my kind of mom. Feeding the kids leftover party food, occasionally glad to have the kids out of the house (even diminished ranks count toward this) and coveting me-time.

    Yep, we're moms.

  11. I is the way to go.
    Your computer story reminds me of when I was a teenager and the car I was driving at the time overheated after 10 minutes of driving. My dad wouldn't fix it...ensuring I could only drive to school and back!

  12. You're on a roll, woman! Hysterical. And no, there is nothing more humbling than looking at yourself through your kids pre-teen/teen eyes. Except looking at it through their friends'.

  13. Happy Anniversary!

    (And thanks for stopping by my blog.) :-)

    You're so generous to share your chocolate with the children. I'm not even THAT nice! You really ARE the best mommy in the world.

  14. Happy anniversary! The best thing about sharing chocolate is you get Mommy Points from your kids, as well as adding less to your hips.

  15. cheese and crackers and pizza never hurt anyone! I'm serving pizza for dinner tonight. and cheese and crackers for lunch doesn't sound half bad!!! LOL!!!!

    sorry about the computer troubles. That must really be infuriating. I don't think I'm all that addicted to my computer until there's something wrong with it and I CAN'T use it, and then I break out into nervous sweats, wondering what I'm missing, fretting about being unable to properly update my blog and check in with my mommy website, etc.



  16. Nothing better than nice quiet kid-free eveningsa. I know whereof I speak, because my kids are in bed at 6:30-7:00 every night. (Of course, they're up at 6:00 every morning, but it's a price I'm willing to pay.) Sometimes if we're having a bad day I even make them go to bed at 6:00. I just tell them it's later than it is. I don't know what I'm gonna do when they can tell time. Six year old is almost there, and then I'm SCREWED.

  17. I think I'd be willing to go to the store with 4 little ones to get me an anniversary gift (I'm crazy sometimes), and I especially like the idea of a .com shopping spree! Of course you like short paragraphs if your mouse freezes up that often.

  18. You could always just do what I do....
    Buy the laptop. Then when your husband sees it and says "When did you get that??," you just say to him "What?? This old thing? I've had it for awhile now."

  19. You run a blog. You feed them Christmas cookies, you can handle a knitting needle and a computer with equal ease. I don't think boring is a word that will be associated with you, Renaissance Woman!

  20. My toddler likes to sit on my lap while I type also, but he likes to help me type. Spell check goes crazy!
    Get the computer. It's easier to get forgiveness than permission;0)

  21. LOL, I've been taking the past of least resistance lately, too. I figure once school is in full swing again, everything will go back to normal. Except that not having to cook is something I could readily get used to...especially when we've got rain that has so flooded our yard that it's leaking in a side wall near our foundation. Oy, the laundry! I figure all the added laundry is worth shirking a few other duties.

  22. I'm winning Mother of the Year over here too - last night's leftover pizza (un-reheated) eaten in the car on the way to gymnastics this morning.

    Happy Anniversary! Buy the laptop. I'm just waiting for Andy's bonus check and I'm gettin mine (not that he knows this)!

  23. Hope you enjoyed yourself. So sorry to hear about the computer. RIP (but heh, now you really can go to Best Buy and get that laptop).



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