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Friday, August 19, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #54

Wow, I'd been scarce from these for a while - the last one I did was #46.  Oops.  Well our lives are settling back to normal and I hope to become a regular here again.  These ones should be simple this week :-)

1.  My spouse and I rarely agree on how much money we should spend on model railroading, but always agree on our furniture purchases.  Sounds strange, I know, but we won't go forward on a furniture/interior decorating purchase without buy-in from the both of us.  This is probably why we were married 10 years before getting a dining room set.  We simply couldn't agree.

2.  If I could use one word to sum up the way I feel right now, it would be overwhelmed.  If you are asking how I feel THIS MINUTE, that's it.  I was at J's school for 2:45 hours earlier this afternoon filling out dozens of forms, keeping all the ducks in a row with what to expect for his new class (i.e., which days are gym days, which days are aren't, which bus to ride, which road to use when dropping J off at the school on days he doesn't ride the bus, and the homework plans.)

3. One of the things my spouse does that grosses me out is pop gum.  Not smacking, not blowing bubbles, but making those really loud popping noises.  One of the women on murdrers' row in the Broadway play Chicago killed her husband over his popping of gum (no, I don't plan to do that).  From the song "Cell Block Tango":

[LIZ (Spoken)]
You know how people
have these little habits
That get you down. Like Bernie.
Bernie like to chew gum.
No, not chew. POP.
So I came home this one day
And I am really irritated, and I'm
looking for a bit of sympathy
and there's Bernie layin'
on the couch, drinkin' a beer
and chewin'. No, not chewin'.
Poppin'. So, I said to him,
I said, "you pop that
gum one more time..."
and he did.
So I took the shotgun off the wall
and I fired two warning shots...
...into his head.

4. My readers may think I’m crazy for doing this, but I really love to vacuum.  Think really hard, have you ever seen me write a blog about, Tweet or post on Facebook any complaints about vacuuming?  Laundry, yes.  Dishes, most certainly!  But I find a certain calming effect when vacuuming.

5. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn?.

I think my creativity meter is pegged (see #2 above)...I can't wait to see what other spouses write tomorrow.



At Friday, August 19, 2011 at 10:45:00 AM CDT , Blogger Shari said...

I hate all those stupid school forms where you write the same thing ten times over. Grrr.... You'd think someone would come up with a system where all of this could be manually input by the parent, rather than written out ten times, then entered by a clerk, or even worse, kept in jammed file cabinets. //rant over//

We're the same way with buying furniture. We have this belief: if we buy furniture or hang curtains, it's a sure sign that PCS orders will soon follow.

At Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:20:00 AM CDT , Blogger Major Mom said...

...and today I have to do the SAME thing with my 1st grader. Doctor's offices are migrating to online capabilities, where you type the stuff into a PDF, print and sign...why not schools?

As for the furniture, an additional part of our taking forever is that I'm unfailingly strict with assessing the quality of the furniture before we buy it. This stuff has to last 10 years, through 3-4 PCSes to meet the Major Mom Quality Standard. No fancy ornamentation that can get broken by the movers, a minimum of glass, etc.

At Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:36:00 AM CDT , Blogger Shari said...

Oh gosh, yes! And fortunately we like the rustic look and buy furniture that isn't frou frou, so a few more little dings and scratches here and there aren't as noticeable.

Major Mom Quality Standard - you should trademark that! Or at least start a series of things you love with that name. I love it!


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