Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting for my nails to dry...

Warning - I am in a mood... an unfunny mood... if you want funny scroll down and read my Mormon Tabernacle Choir Nudie Calendar post again... and skip this one... I'll be back to being funny tomorrow - but hey, this is MY blog and I've got a little something on my mind that needs to be aired...



Waiting for my nails to dry.... Yep, some days that's all I've got. My kids are all out of the house by 8:30 in the morning - even if I have to shove them out that door... and ManOfTheHouse is usually gone by that time too...

I always chuckle to myself when he leaves asking the question "so, what are doing today?"

My answer? I think I'll take a hot shower, sit around in my robe... eat a few bon-bons, maybe give myself a pedicure. If I have time I might pluck my eyebrows or do a crossword puzzle... (not at the same time!) On a REALLY ambitious day I might look up an episode of something on Hulu...

and then I wake up from my reverie - and notice that there are 4 loads of laundry to be done - and only enough detergent for two cycles. There is a sink full of dishes and I probably need to pick up some cheese if we're making pizza tonight. The pizza dough has to get started by 3:15 or dinner will be another LATE night... which wouldn't really bother me except that the boys all have scouts. The rug is in serious need of a deep vacuuming and the tile grout is looking like tar. (well, it's not like it started out WHITE at least...) I have some artwork I need to complete before this afternoon's museum meeting and some open house invitations to hand deliver.

Yep, even though I am a Stay-at-home-Mother - and even though all of my children are in school... I manage to stay busy. So take THAT "mister-be-a-productive-member-of-society" because although I get a little defensive sometimes, I AM doing what I deem to be most important. (Note to readers... no, ManOfTheHouse is NOT who I'm ranting at... nor is Obama... it's just a general beef of the week)

When my kids arrive home from school it is to an adult who wants them to succeed in life... and making them do chores and homework is a necessary step in that success. When my kids are sick... I can pamper to my heart's content. When ManOfTheHouse needs an errand run during the day... I can drop everything and help him out. I am LUCKY to be able to do this. Last year I worked - way too much - and learned a few lessons. My choice isn't right for everyone and I respect that... really I do!

So yes, I need to decide what I want to be when I grow up... but for now - I need to be free to run my kids to band practice, their math classes, soccer, etc... and I need to remember that these children ARE my responsibility... a responsibility that I brought on myself willingly - a responsibility that I will cherish until the day they no longer need me... in 50 years or so...

So, excuse the ranting and ravings of a lunatic S.A.H.M. - I've said my piece. Now I can move on to starting that next load of laundry and that final sketch...

oh, and I need to decide on a color for my nails... I'm thinking it's a lime green day...

18 comments:

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

I think lime green is hawt.

And I enjoy your lunatic ravings. We should start a club.

Kristina P. said...

I hope you get a lot of naps in. That's what I would do.

Michelle said...

As much as I love being a S.A.H.M. I have trouble with time management. Sigh. Good for you that you can get so much done.

Dee said...

Scary. Today's post of mine meshes with yours. We're on similar wave links!

Sher said...

There are piles of things to do around here today and a sick boy to pamper and I climbed back in bed and put the covers over my head -- just for a little while! Now it's time to try to manage things. I think I'd do lime green nails today. It would go with the grouch shirt that I'm contemplating wearing.

Rockin Austin said...

Well said!!

Megan said...

I wondered what you did all day....
Seriously, though. People need to MYOB on these issues.
And go blood red. It will match your feisty mood.

Lisa said...

YEAH, BABY, YEAH!!! Today, I've read my scriptures, gone to a Relief Society meeting, met with two women who needed to talk, going to a viewing later, bringing in a meal and finishing up plans and errands for a baby shower I'm throwing this week. That's how a community can run smoothly. Some of us work away from home, some of us work in the home and together, we make up a decent little neck of the woods.

The Gibsons said...

I agree with you T. I pick hot pink...lol

MommyJ said...

My head is splitting open, so I can't say anything brilliant. Just know I feel ya on this one and give you a wholehearted amen.

val of the south said...

Well said! Now, could you please pass the bon-bons?

gigi said...

Good luck!

Cluttered Brain said...

Obama could pay me to eat bons bons around the house all day. Oh and find somebody to paint my nails and toes...
*sigh*
being a SAHM is hard. I'm about to become a WM (working mom)
That's even harder.
Ugh.

Love the beef. Hope airing your grievances helped. Love ya T.

Saimi said...

I'm so on board with everything you said! I work three days a week and it's for the school district so it happens to include all the Holidays as well as summer. Also worked great Because I was on the same schedule as my boys.

Mondays and Fridays are part of my days off and the husband will ask the same question, "So what are you doing today?" I'm thinking, "blogging all day of course!" HA!

Yeah, I understand totally!

Tyler and Cheryl said...

Just so you know, I don't think your kids will ever stop "needing" you. Even in 50 years! They will just need you in a different way. Hopefully one that will give you a little more time to paint your nails to your hearts desire! :) Love ya!

Jen T said...

Totally agree with you T--what are bon-bons? :) and free time? Whatever. . .think I had more of that when all 4 were home!

Barbaloot said...

You sounded just like my amazing mother as I was growing up (and still today)...until you got to the lime green nails. I don't think she'd ever rock those:)

Your job right now is what I want when I grow up.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

to be honest... I envy you. It's hard work being a stay at home mom but I wish I was doing that then being away from my kids.

I just keep praying and crossing my fingers that it will all work out that way someday.