Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Random randomness....

Things that make me irritable:

1) People who drive slow. You know, the ones who hop in their car and barely press on the gas pedal, as if they have all the time in the world. Chances are, I have 4 kids screaming in my mini-van about this and that and I, for one, DO NOT have all the time in the world. I'd like to get to my final destination pronto...before I lose my hearing....and my sanity.

2) People who go into the 10-item max check-out line in the grocery store when they clearly have more than 10 items. Sure, if you have 11 or 12 things, that's no biggie. But if you have 20 things and you're standing in the quick check-out line and I happen to see you, there will be a throw down, Again, I have NO time to waste....who does?

3) People who grab the only cart at the local grocery store which seats 4 children but they only happen to have ONE child. Why?? Why would someone do that?? All the other carts are meant to seat ONE child....depending on my mood, I will hunt that person down with all my kids in tow and follow them around the store, making angry faces and grumbling under my breath about how unfair life is.

Things that make me cry:

1) Looking at baby pictures of my kids. It never fails. I just sit in awe at how tiny they were at birth and then to look at them now...wow, it's amazing.

2) The movie Steel Magnolias. It's just one of those movies I can watch over and over and over and still cry every single time, especially during the scene where Sally Field and the other ladies are standing around after her daughter's funeral and she says, "I find it amusing. Men are supposed to be made out of steel or something. I just sat there. I just held Shelby's hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh god. I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life." I cry a river every single time.

3) I've cried out of sheer exhaustion sometimes. Just to get it out of my system I suppose. You know those moments where you're just so darn tired (not necessarily physically tired as in the sense that you could fall asleep at the drop of a hat, but the kind of tired where your emotionally and physically drained) and the only thing that will make you feel better is a good old-fashioned cry on the bathroom floor. Surely, I cannot be the only person who does this?

Things that make me laugh outloud:

1) Of course, things my kids say. Like today, I had posted an ad on Freecyle giving away 2 sample canisters I had received of Similac formula (why are they still sending me formula anyway...maybe they think I gave birth to my 3rd set of twins?), as well as a $5.00 coupon. A woman immediately responded and asked if she could pick it up today. When she got here, she said she just gave birth to a baby 3 weeks ago. Bella asked her, "does your baby have a daddy?". It wasn't really funny as in "haha funny" but more funny in the sense that I had to laugh or I surely would've died of embarrassment right there on the spot. Definitely one of those moments where you want the ground to split open so you can be swallowed whole immediately.

2) Every single episode of Roseanne and Golden Girls. I can watch those re-runs over a million times and they still make me laugh hysterically. I secretly wish that Roseanne was my mother and that Bea Arthur was my grandmother. I don't know why....I just click with them, I suppose.

Things that make me happy:

1) A cool, crisp sunny day. There's nothing better than waking up in the morning to a sunny fall day and being able to open the windows and smell the fall season in the air.

2) When I hop on the scale and I've lost weight, even though I might have eaten half a tub of ice cream the night before. Here's my thinking....if I can hang with the elliptical machine for 60 minutes at the gym, then I should be able to eat whatever I want that day. Stupid, yes. Irrational, yes. But what else would keep me going for a whole whopping 60 minutes on that death trap they call a workout machine than the thought of wolfing down 5 chocolate chip cookies after the kids are in bed?!

3) When I can snuggle up with a really good book and not be interrupted every 5 minutes with "Mommy, I need some milk", "Mommy, there's water all over the kitchen floor!", "Mommy, wipe my butt".

4) My kids, obviously. They are the reason I get out of bed every morning, even if I do have to wipe their butts and clean up messes all day long.

5) When we manage to get a beautiful family picture, like this one....I cannot remember the last time we had a semi-decent picture of all 6 of us to put on a Christmas card.


Claroux said...

Okay...just READING #2 in the "cry section" made me cry. I BAWL every single time I see that movie. AND - #3 in the "cry section"....maybe it's a mom of twins thing but I do that quite often. In fact, I did it tonight while I sitting on the bed and putting moisturizer on my feet. I just started crying. I'm not sad - just tired. I usually explain it to hubby by saying that I walk around all day with my glass filled all the way to the top and every now and then some stuff needs to spill over to make room for more stuff and I cry. I feel REALLY good after a good 'ol fashioned cry fest - always. GREAT post. I might steal your idea to relieve some bed rest boredom tomorrow!

Chatabox Girl said...

What a stunning family photo!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Found your blog through the Kids Did What?! and had to comment after reading your latest post. Parts of it were hilariously funny...especially the elliptical machine. I live by that same philosophy. The only reason for working out is to be able to eat. LOL!

Also, Steel Magnolias? Oh yes, always a tear-jerker. For me, it is that movie and Beaches that can bring me to tears in minutes.


Creative Junkie said...

omgosh, I could have written half of what you wrote!

LOVE LOVE LOVE Steel Magnolias and I cry every single time I watch it.

What a gorgeous family photo! You certainly don't look like you are insane, even though I secretly think you must be to be able to handle two young sets of twins.

Supermom said...

I about spit my coffee out over

Bella asked her, "does your baby have a daddy?

I love this post!! I also love the family picture!!!!

Michelle :)

kristi said...

Awesome photo!! How did you do it??

I cry like that too. Sometimes I have the loud HOWL LIKE cry. Usually I have a headache afterwards.

Lana said...

I LOVE Roseanne! My Parents DESPISED her. I had to watch it in the upstairs living room to be chastised for watching it later. They couldn't believe how "brash" she was and what the kids "got away with", when it came to attitude.
lol... looking back, it wasn't a far stretch from the relationship with my mom and I! (Dad is a whole 'nother story!)

BEAUTIFUL Picture! What a stunning family! ☺

Luckygirl said...

Beautiful Picture!!!

Kim said...

I can soooo relate to #3 of irritability--there's some Mom thinking it's cute to push her 6 month old around in the racecar cart, when I NEED it for its multiple seats.

They need to attach placards that say, "For Parents with Two or More Children ONLY." Which would work as well as the signs that say, "10 Items Only."

IAmDenise said...

OMG I have to say Does your baby have a daddy! Oh man I am crying over reading that and laughing Bella is my hero! How did the lady respond?

Love the family picture! Its great!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

The thing about the express lane drives me nuts too. I've been known to encourage my kids counting practice by saying. "Lets count how many things are on the conveyor belt!"

Cynthia said...

Love the photo! I'm so jealous... :-)

And I am with you on the "Golden Girls" - it always cracks me up!

Elizabeth Channel said...

Watching the Golden Girls was the only thing that assuaged my morning sickness. Drove H nuts!

That picture is grand!

Connie said...

Enjoyed the whole list. Why do we watch movies that we know will make us cry? I do it too. I don't get it though. I can't watch SM any more though since my sister passed away. But I'll watch really romantic love stories and cry like there's no tears left.

Your family photo is beautiful!

Doré said...

I love your list! You are definitely entitled to the ice cream after working out... that's the point right?!?! You may not get smaller, but at least you won't get bigger since you worked off the place for the ice cream to go!

I love the family picture! It is beautiful and a miracle for 6 people, 4 of whom are children, too all be looking in the same direction for a picture! Way to Go!!

mrsbear said...

First of all , that's an incredible photo of your family. Really lovely shot of your beautiful bunch. Second, I always cry during Steel Magnolias and yes, just your quote made me cry. Kind of unnecessary first thing in the morning but whatever ;-) Great random list.

Anonymous said...

love your list... especially since i can relate to ;em :) especially the irritable things
love the photogs


Tess said...

That movie makes me cry too, but I still torture myself and watch it over and over! I hate slow drivers too-usually the old people that drive 2 miles an hour. Love the photo!

Mama Jenn said...

Beautiful family picture!!

Anonymous said...

Love your post and I can relate so much to almost every single item. I also love the picture! How perfect, not 1 child but all 4 had great expressions!

twinmama said...

I love your list. I have to say that the scene from Steel Magnolias rips me apart every time I watch it. I am pretty much a blubbering fool!

You know, I have had a pretty crumby week this week and I have cried out a couple times. It is good that this is normal and that I am not going crazy. I really thought there was no way anyone else would respond that way, but I am glad to know there are others!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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