Friday Not-So Favorites

8.21.2014

While writing about your favorite things is fun and positive and life-affirming and yammer yammer yammer, sometimes you learn just as much about a person from their least favorite things. So for today, I give you: My Friday Five (Not-So) Favorites:

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1. Talking on the phone

I seem to have developed a phobia about talking on the phone. When someone leaves me a voice mail to return their call, I experience a spike of anxiety. Seriously. Same thing when my phone rings. I even programmed a happy ringtone to try to counteract the dread I feel every time my phone rings.

2. Ironing clothes

I intentionally buy clothes that do not need to be ironed due to my anti-ironing stance. I have also been known to take shirts to be pressed at the dry cleaner rather than iron them myself. They do a much better job anyway.

3. My kids whining about having no one to play with

I ranted to The Engineer the other night about this very thing while we walked the dog. I am sure that is exactly what he wanted to experience after a long, stressful day at work. Wife of the year, 2014. Here's the thing. Due to our close proximity to their school, we have a ton of kids in our neighborhood. They are everywhere, coming out of the woodwork. I did not have that when I was a kid. We lived in a small neighborhood out in the county and there were only two other houses besides us who even had kids our age. So if my kids want to piss me off as quickly as possible, they should come to me and complain that they don't have anyone to play with.

Last week Little Kid played with I believe four different kids - maybe five - and then had the nerve last weekend to complain that she never has anyone to play with. Her brother is the one who as soon as his buddy leaves the house, makes a beeline to me to ask if he can go to another buddy's house. No! You cannot! Spend some time getting to know yourself!


4. When my dog poops during his walk

I have a confession to make. We have a poop service come and clean up the yard each week. I promise you that I am not as hoity toity as that sounds. When we moved in our home, we moved from a large back yard to a much smaller one. In Tennessee, Baxter had a corner where he pooped and we, having plenty of space, avoided that corner. When we moved here he decided that his bathroom spot was beside the kids' swing set. Not the best of choices. So I purchased a pooper scooper (in TN, I used a shovel and tossed it into the cow field behind our neighborhood) and proceeded to try to DIY. But Bax was a prolific twice a day pooper. The neighborhood kids stopped coming to play in our yard because they complained that they always got poop on their shoes. Our neighbor stopped letting her daughter play in our backyard because of it. I was horribly embarrassed.

The poop company is super nice, does a fantastic job and it is not that expensive. But when Fletch poops during the walk, I tell him that we are not getting our money's worth.

The worst thing is when the dog poops but I have forgotten my bag. So we run home to get it but I am always afraid that someone is looking out their window and thinking, "That horrible woman is just leaving the poop in the middle of the sidewalk!" I always want to yell out, "I promise, I am coming back!"

5. People who do not return phone calls/emails

That is my work peeve. Because if I can do it (and remember #1), they can too. I would rather them call/email me back to tell me, No, I cannot do A - B - C than leave me hanging. At least if I receive a negative, I can go in a different direction.

Honorable Mentions:
Running + Sore throats + Current pop music + Deoderant stains + Brushing the tangles out of Little Kid's hair + Blackspot on my roses + Country fried steak + Hypocrisy + Stepping on tiny toy pieces + Scratchy towels + Sand in my house + Dental work + Whole milk + Michael Bay movies + Omelets + Ted from How I Met Your Mother + Extreme political views + Salad + Wal Mart + Thong underwear + Fish + Russell Crowe

That was rather cathartic. Happy Weekend!


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Soccer Star

8.19.2014

What do you do when you have a child who possesses the natural talent but not exactly the drive?

I am going to let her do her thing, but it is tough. I am not sure that I have talked about it here at TS, but Little Kid withdrew out of dance class in the winter. She had been taking classes since she was 2.5 and she was honestly (and I know I am biased) a good dancer. She was coordinated, she had no problems memorizing routines and she was bored. I think that she burned out. At age 6.


Same thing with soccer. In her first game last year, she scored five goals. She is small and fast and again, amazingly coordinated in a way that her mom never mastered. This is her second year in soccer and if she pushes herself, she does well. At practice the other day she won both the games that her coach put the girls through. But as quick as she is, she does not like to run. Last year, she decided that she wants to play goalie and she has stuck to that. Unfortunately, there is no goalie in U7 soccer and won't be for three years. It is like she came to the conclusion after that first game that scoring goals is okay, but now that she has done it, she wants to be a defender. I don't know what to do with that beyond just let her be.


I am not ever going to be one of those parents who is overly involved in ensuring that their child is a sports star - or any kind of star to be honest. We support our children, we let them try different things, but we are pretty hands off when it comes to the actual activity. My own parenting philosophy, right of wrong, is that our children will benefit from exposure to different teachers, coaches and authority figures and they don't need me out there trying to coach them from the sidelines. But at the same time, I want her to follow through and I want her to try her best. So it is a fine line that we walk with wanting her to have opportunities but wanting her to also appreciate those opportunities that a lot of kids do not get.

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Ah, parenting. Just when you think you have the hang of it, your girl decides to paint her vanity with nail polish and your boy flubs his first science test of the year (spelling, not as surprised but science? He loves science!). But that is another story for another day.

Happy Tuesday!


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Kindle Unlimited: A Review

8.18.2014

I spend a lot of money on books. ("You do?" asks The Engineer.)


Which is why when I read about Kindle Unlimited, I was intrigued. Over 600,000 books available for $9.99/month and you don't have to own an actual Kindle, just the app. Since I love reading and I love a good deal, I decided to try the free 30-day trial.

So far I am two weeks in and enjoying it. I looked long and hard for a monthly service but have been out of luck. I also found that most online library offerings are rather meager. But Kindle Unlimited offers a wide variety of classics and lesser-known jewels in the rough. While I admit that I am swayed by the rating system when deciding on a book, I do also enjoy finding little-reviewed books which turn out to be amazing. What I do not love is starting a book that turns out to be absolutely terrible. Kindle Unlimited eliminates my guilt when I DNF and return. Yes, I am that person who imagines that Amazon is on the other side of my computer judging me.

Amazon is not paying me for this review - although with as much applesauce and granola bars as we buy from Prime, maybe they should. If you are looking for a cheaper way of indulging in your reading habit, check out Kindle Unlimited!

Happy (rainy) Monday!


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