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Something that drives me crazy: People who sing "choo" when they mean "you". I wan' choo, you're all I got, etc. Articulate, dammit!

My stomach hurts. It's been hurting for 4 days. I haven't thrown up, though, so there's that. Yet.

Yesterday, I was supposed to go out to dinner with a colleague here on a business trip from the Boston office and another colleague who is currently on maternity leave, and we ended up going to her house because her husband is out of town, even though originally we were going to have to be at MY house because MY husband is out of town too, but she has younger kids AND a baby, so she won. My kids had Scouts last night, and they're old enough to manage a couple of hours of an evening, so I fed them dinner, set the timer, and made sure they knew what they had to do. Get to Scouts on time, lock the door behind them and then take baths immediately upon returning home. Everything went perfectly according to plan, and I even got home just a few minutes after they did, and Martin was already in the shower, when I realized the back porch door was wide open.

"Who opened the back door?" I said, and then with dawning suspicion, "and WHEN?!"

Turns out they'd gone out to jump on the trampoline in the sunshine before going to Scouts and even though they locked the (side) door behind them, the BACK DOOR was invitingly WIDE OPEN for 2 hours.

"AAGH," I yelled, "You have to USE YOUR HEADS!"

"Mom," Martin said, "What have I said about you saying that?" Last week, when I was getting answers to the reasons why I am evil and mean according to my children, he told me that sometimes when I tell him to use his head, he interprets it to mean that I'm saying he is stupid. Which is NOT what I mean, even if it does have an implication that something he did was thoughtless.

I'm pretty sure that my parents said "use your head" all the freaking time to me and my siblings (especially my dad) and at some point it must have taken because I DO, but I don't know exactly when the taking took place, if you know what I mean. I think each gray hair a parent acquires actually corresponds to such an utterance. *sigh*

3 Delightful Things: Gorgeous sunshine, a delivery of American goodies from the colleague mentioned above, Geninne

Gleeking Out: Sue Sylvester Vogue

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mood: tired
music: Laurie Anderson—Strange Angels


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Wow. I like Geninne. Her stamps were great to look at, as my women's craftie group are working on carving stamps, though much simpler ones than hers.

Different kids get different extra messages with what we say. That is great that Martin can tell you that it bothers him and why.
As for using their heads and locking doors, you'll find another way to impress it upon them next time. Eek. My kids are grown up and moved out. Na na na na na!!

LOL! Little kids, little problems; big kids, BIG problems. :D

I don't think I can teach myself to STOP saying "use your head"...it's SO perfect for getting the point across!! But I will have to try and make sure that when I say it, I explain better what I mean :)

My daughter's favorite cartoon is Calvin and Hobbes. We have spent many years laughing over the collections together. Calvin, the character, is not stupid. He is just easily distracted and quite brilliant in other ways. When my daughter is not using her brain, I do nothing more than call her "Calvin." I think it is impossible for her to take offense or feel inadequate by that reference. There must be some character or event that you guys can relate to in the same way, that won't allow them to hit you back with a guilt trip.

The one I don't have a solution for is "You are being lazy. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS IN LIFE!" That one they don't like so much, but I can't come up with a fictional character translation. Your post has made me think that it is time I do.

I had a weird stomach cramp a little while back too, something I never get. I don't think it gets much worse, if it is the same bug.

Hugs.

My kids know Calvin & Hobbes, though it's been years since any of us have picked up one of the books (I have them all). I'll have to see what I can come up with.

Ohmygosh that "choo" thing! Me too!! I think I drive Björn a little bit crazy during Melodifestival and Eurovision because I cannot hear a singer say, "I wonder whachoo are thinking" without commenting on it. (And I think for me it comes directly from choral training.) Another one I remember vividly was when our choir was singing the old Coca-Cola commercial song, "I'd like the buy the world a home, and furnish it with love" which we of course liked to mush together so that we "furnished shit with love".

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

From Megsie

Uhhh, Liz? Ummmm. (whispers) I have done that too. (Hangs head in shame)

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