Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday Random Thoughts

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I saw this meme on The Un Mom's blog and since I can be a pretty random person from time to time, I thought I'd participate...

Random Thought #1: What's up with those people who never say "fine, thanks...and you?" back when you ask them how they are?? I always thought that was just par for the course. You say, "Hi, how are you?" and the person's supposed to say "fine thanks...and you?" or "how's your day going?", they're supposed to reply, "good...and yours?". When the person only replies, "fine" without asking how I am, it always throws me off. There's an uncomfortable, awkward silence as I think to myself, "surely, he's gonna ask me how I am". But then he doesn't. Why? That's just so rude. This goes along the same line as those rude people who don't give you an acknowledgement wave when you let their car cut in front of you in line while sitting at a red light.

Random Thought #2: I can never seem to come up with good answers in a moment's notice when my kids ask me questions. I've got a MA degree, yet I can't come up with a simple answer for "why does it rain?". This morning it was pouring and Cole asked me where rain comes from. Then I heard myself say, "remember when I told you that the angels cry whenever a child picks their nose? Well, there must be a whole lotta kids picking their noses this morning". He said, "Oh" and went on his merry way. I know that won't satisfy him for long though and I'll have to actually look the real answer up on the internet. Especially when he comes home one day when he's in 4th grade and says, "Billy said that you're lying about the angels crying".

Random Thought #3: Why is it that the things I thought were cute about my husband while we were dating, aren't so cute anymore? Those things are actually what annoy me most now. And it completely confuses him. "But, sweetie, you used to love that about me"...."now? Not so much....now stop flipping the channels back and forth on the tv and decide what you want to watch before I throw a frying pan at your head". How on earth did I ever find that endearing??? And how come when I send him to the store with a very detailed list of things to buy (and we're talking very detailed, down to the name of the brand and the size needed), does he call me every 3 seconds with "um, do you want shredded cheese or the block cheese?....then he calls back 1 second later with "do you want sharp cheddar or mild cheddar?"....I say, "are you even reading the list I made...it says all this on there!!!" 3 seconds later....ring, ring...."did you want frozen green beans....because I can't find any". That's because you're in the PRODUCE section....try going over to the FREEZER section where you will find FROZEN green beans!!! Seriously, why didn't I just do the shopping myself?

Random Thought #4: How come my kids will eat hard-boiled eggs but they hate fried eggs?? Why do they love spagetti sauce, yet they refuse to eat tomatoes? How come they love slices of cheddar cheese, but when I offer it to them shredded, they freak out? Why do they love peanut butter, but claim that peanuts taste like poop? How do they know what poop tastes like? Let's just end this random thought on that note.

Random Thought #5: You say sub sandwich, I say hoagie. You say tennis shoes, I say sneaker. You say supper, I say dinner. You say aggregate, I say chattahoochee. Let's call the whole thing off. Okay, really....it's funny that we all have different sayings for things depending on where we grew up. Take for instance the whole aggregate vs chattahoochee subject. I was raised in South FL where for those of us who had pools, we often had decks made of chattahoochee. Then we moved out to CA when I was 15, where I learned that people had no clue what chattahoochee was. Apparently, Californians make their decks out of aggregate. I must admit, it does sound like an odd word. Chatta-hoochee...hmmmm, maybe it's because it ends with the word "hoochee". See, there I go again...mind always in the gutter.

29 comments:

Yaya said...

You are hilarious! OMG!

Why is it we can't think of the answers for kids random questions??? They sure are good at stumping us grown ups!

Karen said...

I'm ashamed to admit that I'm often guilty of #1. I work in a very public place and people are constantly saying, "Hey, how's it going?", etc. I try to be friendly, but I work with college students and when I even give the mere appearance of possibly being willing to strike up a conversation (such as, "fine, thanks, and you?") I invariably get sucked into a 20-30 minute conversation about fascinating topics like mold. Or rain. Or math homework.

But you make a good point, and I'll try to be nicer... I guess it probably won't kill me.

eight helping hands said...

Those were some good random thoughts and very funny. I'm beginning to believe your mind is in the gutter... :-) Nothing wrong with it!
And I know have a really good, funny answer to give my girls abour rain. AND I find the once endearing things about my hubby annoying now also! Thanks for the laught to day, I needed it!

Casey said...

Oh, I hate rude people too. Like the ones that walk right through the door you're holding without even a glance or a thank you.

My kid is weird about food presentation too... I can't give him more than one item at a time or he'll flip and throw the first item on the floor. I guess we should probably work on that.

ImakehairROCK4u2 said...

I'm so confused. In Ohio, we have decks built out of wood. Weird, I know! We also drink POP. Someone asked my kids if they wanted a SODA and they said, "Mommy...what's SODA???"

ParentingPink said...

LOL. I can totally relate to the MA degree and NO ANSWERS to simple questions. Thought I was the only one who blanked out :-)

Veronica Lee said...

I can relate to random#4.My son loves tuna sandwich but hates to eat fish!

mrsbear said...

Sadly enough, even the people who do say "fine, and you?" really aren't that interested in your response. Like if you said to those people, "well, I'm pretty unhappy since my gerbil Henry died and I have this weird wart on my elbow", their eyes would likely glaze over and they might avoid direct contact the next time.

But you're right, it's rude, but at least those people are open about not caring.

I live in South FL and I don't know what Chatahootchee is, sounds funny though.

Keely said...

When I was a kid I asked my dad where the wind came from.

He said, "Out of town".

Someone should start a list of these answers...

Also, now I'm giggling about "chattahoochie". Add that to "dingleberries" and I'm amused all day.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

ROTFLMAO! I like the way you think! ;) I can totally relate to you on all of your randomness...hilarious! :)

Happy Random Tuesday! :)

The Mother said...

I can answer No. 4.

Kids have a secret society where they get together at night, when you think they are sleeping, and come up with ridiculous food aversions.

Then, to make it all the more fun, every once in a while they have a swap meet, where they SWITCH food aversions, just to keep you on your toes.

I hope this clears it all up for you. It really helped me when I figured it out.

Sharlene said...

9 times out of 10 I hate the how are you question because honestly, do you want to know that I am feeling pretty crappy because I have a headache, my back has been sore since my second trimester three years ago, and I spent 20 minutes scrubbing poop out of the carpet? Nope. You want me to say fine and you so you can say fine. But lets face it, how often are we just fine? LOL. That was a bit of a rant now wasn't it?

MamaHenClucks said...

I love your randomness today and oh wow! How I agree! Can I just tell you that my answer, always, when a child asks me what I'm making for dinner, is always "poop" Oh it is. I hate being asked that question.

blueviolet said...

You say soda, I say pop. And I also say, Fine, and you?

Erin said...

I am totally with you on the kids and food thing. They have no rhyme or reason.

Jennifer said...

These were hysterical and so true.

HarryJack's Mom said...

So glad you jumped in there :-) Ditto everything, especially the feeling of how I should define words and the theological questions that still puzzle me. And I love strawberry jelly but cannot eat strawberries without gagging...who knows these things? What IS with men who are so sure in most situations then refuse to believe that what you wrote is exactly what you want them to buy...sheesh! Happy randomness :-)

Tami said...

So very, very true. My husband annoys me to tears. But I dig giving it right back at'um. The saying, You know what you married when you married it. HA

FoN said...

That was hilarious! I found you through Keely and I love your blog!

I have three kids and I bet I could do a whole post on the 'why do kids....' theme.

Mine will ONLY eat shredded cheese. They're weird.

Creative Junkie said...

ROTF!! I especially feel you on #3 (figuratively speaking, of course) ... sometimes I look at my husband when he's trying to explain something to me and I think WTH? Why did I ever think I was so lucky because he knew all the answers to everything?

Debbie said...

This is one of the best lists I have ever seen. Of course, since I agree with most of them (number 5 has me confused), maybe that is why I love it!
I often have this odd feeling that I have forgotten to say "fine...and you?" back to people. I actually worry about that at times. And my kids and their eating habits could drive me to drink - oh, wait. It already did.

Elle said...

I totally agree with you on #1. One of my daughter's friend's mothers does that to me all the time. She never reciprocates the "Hi, how are you?" Personally, DH and I think she's a little weird.

#5 We say jimmies instead of sprinkles and lollipop instead of sucker

My Lil Guyz said...

You are too funny. Made me smile :)

Eve said...

hilarious! Thanks for stopping by my blog to show some love!

wife.mom.nurse said...

oooh, so many good thoughts.

Decks, nobody has a deck in California ")

You are so funny!

Paula Constable said...

This is a very funny post. I have to admit that I am bad at saying "and you?".

Amy W said...

I love to hear about the regional sayings and words. We lived in Knoxville for a little over a year and just going to Walmart was a different experience. Drivers who wave you in...greeters offer you a "buggy"...

Morgan said...

I have to say that with the "how are you doing today?, I don't always ask it back. The reason, though, is that I find the question so awkward in the first place... there really isn't any answer you can give other than "fine", is there?

Lana said...

"How are you" always bugs me. Sometimes I feel obligated to really answer.
I don't think eveyone wants to hear how I REALLY am... lol!
Although, I ask it anyways as a habit. And I hope I don't get stuck listening to a long drawn out answer!
(From a stranger anyways)

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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