Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I feel like one of the kids who complain to me that they have nothing to do. Like them, I have a bunch to do. I just don't feel like doing much of it. How much can you clean? How much can you be online? How many times can you play Uno with your child before you feel like you are going crazy?
Lack of funds and lack of energy has been keeping me close to home. A friend asked me today if I was "getting out." I wondered what she meant. I am still wondering. How much can a pregnant mom who has to watch her child all day be getting out? Big day tomorrow! I am going grocery shopping. And if I am feeling crazy, I might go to two stores.
I know all moms whether they work or not feel a little stir crazy at times. I ended up spending the day, between playing Sorry with Kyle and cleaning, looking at birth announcements. I got through it. Days like this make you wonder how long can you stay home. But a recession like this helps answer the question. Somehow, you have to figure out to stay home, do what you need to do but entertain yourself so you don't go crazy. It has been six years and I have usually been too busy to even worry about trying to stay sane. Today make me wonder. What do I have to do? In nine weeks, I am sure I will have to table this discussion for awhile. But, I am still searching for the answer at this point. Not sure where or when I will find the answer.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Walmart is a lot like Vegas.
1. No matter what you wear. You are fine. Stain on your shirt. Fine. Ripped sweater. No problem. Shoes not matched. Betcha no one notices.
2. Your kids are better behaved than most others. No matter how your kids are acting, there is a kid acting worse a few aisles away.
3. Whatever you put in your cart is nothing to be ashamed about. Little Debbies, frozen pizza and tons of pop. Feel no shame. Someone is eating worse than you.
4. You hate Walmart and are ashamed to be shopping there? So is everyone else. Get over it.
5. Don't feel like bringing your cloth shopping bags? Not really encouraged or accepted. Don't feel bad. Plastic is fine and easier for the workers.
6. Like Vegas, the price seems cheap. But somehow, $150 later, you leave and wonder how you blew so much cash. Too bad Walmart doesn't serve alcohol while you shop.
So in this economy, we might have to skip visiting Las Vegas. Plan yourselves a date night and head to your nearest Walmart some late evening entertainment. I am sure you will find some people and stories that would rival a night in Vegas. And don't worry, what happens in Walmart, stays in Walmart.
Monday, May 11, 2009
You are making me crazy. Really, you are. See, you keep increasing the prices of stamps. I don't really care about the pennies. My problem is that I have a million stamps that need penny stamps attached to them. Do you know how annoying that is?
I am a busy and lazy stay at home mom. I do my best to keep on top of things. But, I am not always organized. I have about 12 stamps in my junk drawer and countless ones throughout our desk. Some are so old. Very old. Some have no price of the stamp on them. I have no idea how much they are worth. I looked it up once. So annoyed that I nearly threw them all away. But, I am too cheap. So, back into my junk drawers they went.
Hey, I know. It is my fault. You started selling the Forever stamps. But, really. They are ugly and I hate putting them on Christmas cards. So, I went against my own judgement and bought Christmas and Hanukkah stamps. I told myself that I wouldn't do it. And here you go raising the prices again. And I haven't used all of my holiday stamps from December. I will have to buy more penny stamps. Ugh!
I know you will continue to do this to me. I must resist the holiday and love stamps. I must ignore any special stamps you release. I must go with the ugly but necessary Forever stamps. I must but I am not happy.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Yesterday I was in Walmart and I could barely walk by the card aisle. There were so many people almost on top of one another looking for that perfect card for their mom. I wish I was one of them. So many thoughts came rushing at me. How much I missed calling home and hearing her voice. She was so excited about the new baby. And how many times I have almost called home to ask her a cooking question and realized that she was gone. It just doesn't seem fair that someone only 59 passed away. I know I was there for the whole event but it is very hard for it to sink in. I just doesn't seem possible that she is really gone. It just cannot be true.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Have you ever heard of movie theatres showing children's movies throughout the summer at a very inexpensive ticket price? All of the chains do it. Every week, they show children's movies that have been previously released. Ticket prices are about $1 per person and they are usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning. And most have children's snack deals at this time. You can buy tickets, all of your kids goodies, feel like a wealthy mom and not even break a $10 bill. Even better, the movie theatre is full of moms, dads, babies and kids. Noise is expected and no one really cares. Go ahead and bring that toddler!
So here are some links to the national chains. I just printed out schedules for each of the local movie theatres in the area so I can plan on making it to some of them. Different chains show different movies so be sure to check around if you are looking for a special movie. My kids were dying to see Space Chimps. I. Was. Not. But, for $3, I can nap through that one with them.
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse
Regal Cinema Family Film Festival
AMC Summer Movie Camp
Just visit the site, plug in your zip or state, and local theatres will pop up. And if I missed any chains, please be sure to let everyone know in your comments. We can get through the summer if we all work together. And with a big tub of popcorn, Goobers and a Coke, I know I will at least entertain myself until school starts again in August.