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Sunday Night Chit Chat May 12, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 9:14 pm

I read a story this week that I LOVE. It’s an old Taoist story.

 

There once was a farmer that had only one horse. One day the horse ran away. The farmer’s neighbors said “Oh that’s so unlucky.”

The farmer said “Maybe.”

 

Three days later the horse came back with two others. His neighbors said “That’s so lucky.”

The farmer said “Maybe.”

 

One of the new horses threw the farmers son and broke his leg. The neighbors said “That’s so unlucky.”

The farmer said “Maybe.”

Soldiers came to conscript all able bodied men and because of his broken leg the farmer’s son was not taken. His neighbors said “That’s so lucky.”

The farmer said “Maybe.”

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  • Reading? The Widows of Eastwick. But, I think I’m gonna give it up. It’s just not holding my attention at all. I want to read Mayim Bialik’s Beyond the Sling.
  • Listening to? The Boy slurping my water from my cup he just stole from me.
  • Watching? G is watching Step Brother’s in the living room. I’m between shows and have cancelled my Hulu Plus, so I’m gonna start Family Ties on Netflix this week. My friends are trying to get me into Doctor Who, but it’s just not taking.
  • Cooking/Baking? Eh… This has been the week of deep frying, so healthier fare is definitely in order. Plus, my lettuces are coming in.
  • Happy you accomplished this week? I accomplished nothing! I mean, we worked on addition and subtraction and I did some laundry and I made some new crochet things and I made some Mother’s Day stuff for my mom. But, I didn’t do any of the crap I was planning on doing.
  • Looking forward to next week? Leaving for vacation. That means lots of laundry and cleaning this week to prepare, but then we’ll be leaving for 10 whole days!
  • Thankful for today? Nightgowns, yoga pants, my boy
  • *Bonus Question* Do you ever gamble, play the lottery, BINGO, sweepstakes, etc… Sometimes. I like the idea of gambling, but I hate losing money. I used to try to find some kind of formula to win the Pick 3 consistently. But, you know, randomness and all of that.

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Ok, it’s your turn!!

  • Reading?
  • Listening to?
  • Watching?
  • Cooking/Baking?
  • Happy you accomplished this week?
  • Looking forward to next week?
  • Thankful for today?
  • *Bonus Question* Do you ever gamble, play the lottery, BINGO, sweepstakes, etc…

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OK, now head over to Carla’s and play along.

 

I Hate Mother’s Day

You read that correctly. I really do. Why?

 

  1. It’s too much pressure. First, there’s the pressure to make it a good day for MY mom. Then of course, there’s the MIL to deal with. And my Grandma. Oh, and I have to make sure that *I* at least appear to be having a good day so that G and Lil G feel successful. With all of the pressure to make sure everyone else is having a good Mother’s Day, I’m not having such a relaxing day…
  2. It’s *really* important to my mom. But, she pretends like it isn’t. But, every year she’s all mopey because whatever we did wasn’t enough. So, #1 x 2.
  3. I have 8 dead children and 1 living child. Not such good stats for a mom. Really shitty stats, actually. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all kinds of grateful for Lil G. He’s awesome and I can’t imagine life without him. But, on this day celebrating motherhood, I am inevitably depressed thinking about all of my angels.
  4. It took lots and lots of years to get this one living kid. Most of those years I had dead babies. I really hate when people say things like “Happy second mother’s day” when I have been a mother for years and years.
  5. Much like every other holiday that involves gifts and cards, I am reminded just how little my husband really knows me. He will get me a card from the store that is either sappy/sweet (like the one he bought for his mom) or complimentary in a passive aggressive kind of way (like the one he bought for my mom, which we’re not giving her). The gift will either be an appliance (I’m hoping for a deep fryer if it is…) or a DVD (probably of a movie I only remotely give a shit about). I want jewelry (which we can’t afford) or flowers. Or gardening shit. Or fancy new crochet hooks.
  6. Facebook will be full of stories of other mommies sleeping until noon while their perfect husbands and perfect children cook and clean and give them a perfect day. *Blech* and *barf* I don’t want to hear it and also, I don’t fucking believe it.

So, yeah, I hate Mother’s Day. Let’s please cancel it.

 

Sunday Night Chit Chat May 5, 2013

Filed under: Grown Up Slam Books — arminta @ 10:44 pm

I was all on a bloggy roll, then totally dropped the ball. Wanna see why?

Sexy, no?

 

That, friends, is yours truly wearing an eye patch. Like a real, honest to goodness, the doctor put it on eye patch. Why? Because I got another corneal ulcer. The opthalmologist called it “a giant gash” and I was super lucky to have gotten in to see him when I did. On the other hand, this f’ing thing hurt for DAYS and has cost me $200 so far.

 

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Let’s chat, K?

  • Reading? I finished “The One I Left Behind” and had planned to start one of my Craigslist books, but I picked up the “Widows of Eastwick” at the Dollar Tree today, so I think I’ll be starting it first.
  • Listening to? Duck Dynasty is on the TV and I can hear it.
  • Watching? Working my way through Parks and Rec right now. Then gonna start Game of Thrones.
  • Cooking/Baking? We had a little fajita fest with the fam and I made some awesome guacamole. But, for real, it was good. Even Big C ate some.
  • Happy you accomplished this week? Eh… Not sure I accomplished too much this week. Well, I did make a new hat pattern, but I haven’t typed or listed it, yet.
  • Looking forward to next week? My Mama’s coming home!
  • Thankful for today? Vigamox, Actemra, Avocados, My Boy
  • *Bonus Question* What are the “top 3” things on your “to do” list for next week? 1) Get laundry caught back up, 2) Make Mother’s Day crafts with the littles, 3) List two new patterns in the Etsy shop.

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Your turn!! 🙂

  • Reading?
  • Listening to?
  • Watching?
  • Cooking/Baking?
  • Happy you accomplished this week?
  • Looking forward to next week?
  • Thankful for today?
  • *Bonus Question* What are the “top 3” things on your to do list for next week?

Pop on over to Carla’s if you want to play long.