Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Worrying about what others think, again

Jeez.  A blog post a month?  OK ... that's just shite.

ANYway, sorry, sorry, sorry.  Sorry I'm not one of those Twitter Moms who put up a blog post every single day (and Tweet it several times! *simper*) plus finish a crafty project to put up on Etsy every week (and Tweet it!  With pics!).

SO not me.

I'm on the tired, harried, bedraggled, mom end of the spectrum.  Just this week: husband sick, oldest son's foot impaled by nail in the barnyard, more illness, truck still not fixed, and I straggled in to the elemtary school today - hair awry, and grubbily clothed - to retrieve the sick child's homework after spending the afternoon rolling 1200lb round bales of hay off the trailer in the cold and the wet.  I was (as I Tweeted!) muddy and crabby and bloody well ready for happy hour to begin.

I wondered then: do I envy those moms who always look so put-together, peering archly out at me through designer sunglasses and the side window glass of an expensive, late model SUV?  Those women who have never had to roll pennies to put petrol in their cars, who have never had to drag a sick goat into the barn and out of the freezing rain, who put their pre-schoolers in daycare - even though they are at home - just so they have some "me time" to hit the gym and the Starbucks?


(OK, OK, I do envy those lovely newer Suburbans (which seat eight) that so many of the mothers-of-two seem to drive (carefully edging around even the teensiest pothole lest they cause the slightest mud splatter!)
 and have adorned with the wee stick-figure family and, their own monogram - in pink! *squee!*)


Sorry. Anyway, so ... yeah, (as Eddie Izzard would say.)

I sincerely don't envy those people.  Folks can live and parent as they see fit (or are able).  It would be nice if they didn't look down their noses at me and had a bit of comprehension of how really busy I am, but hey, what can you expect from people who have never suffered adversity or wanted for anything in their lives?

The worst thing that has ever happened to these ladies was not getting asked to the junior prom by the person they wanted, not getting to have that particular shade of persimmon for their bridesmaids dresses, not getting the matching stroller/carseat/diaper bag combo that was on their massive baby shower registry.

Aw, poo.  Life sucks sometimes doesn't it?

I try to cut 'em some slack when they don't understand that I just don't have the time or the means to donate money or my own presence for the myriad little "things" - parties, fundraisers, appreciation gifts, holiday celebrations - that they feel are so very important.  I swear I'm not either 1) a stuck up bitch or 2) a moronic White Trash ho who has no concept of society and who only gets up from in front of the telly to wipe the Cheesy Poof dust off my boobs and come get my kids from school.
My children are there to learn.  I have a huge amount of appreciation for their teachers (and support them by sending my child to school well fed, well rested, appropriately dressed, and with all library books, supplies, and homework.) If these other moms feel the need to celebrate, raise funds, or throw parties, then I'm all for it. Just understand that not all of us can do that.

Hey, somebody's gotta drag sick goats.

PS: well, my week's just getting worse. *sigh* Sad day. :(

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

New decade Quickie!

Good morning!

How can it be 2010 already?!  It was just 1982 a few years ago and I was graduating from Blacksburg high school (Blacksburg VA, home of Virginia Tech, Go HOKIES!) with absolutely NO idea what I was going to do with my life!

Oh, wait ... not much has changed.


Sorry for the long absense. As is common in my life, everything fell down and went boom all at once.

Not only did I have to endure repeated exposure to crowds of people in social situations, which makes me crazy anxious, and put up with the Christian Consumer Holiday crap, but everything else went balls up.

At one point - mid holiday - all three of our working automobiles were, erm ... NOT working, which is a teensy problem since we live way out in the backwater have no family nearby who can ferry us about.

To make the problem worse, both vans had multiple problems and we ran out of hay (which we need the truck to transport).

Add to all of this that my cheque for December (from my business - my 'paycheque') got LOST ...

Well, you get the picture.

Anyway, we're getting it back together, one van is fixed (yay!), and the other is in the shop awaiting mechanical love. The truck is in the fixing queue and one of my fulfillment companies (CafePress, the one whose cheque got lost) did an incredible job of scrambling me a new cheque (cut same day and overnighted - Cafe Press WIN!), so we're just fine.

The children had a wonderful holiday, got gobs and gobs of great toys, plus we're all warm, safe, and healthy, which is, really, all that matters. :D

Happy 2010, everybody!

Just had to share this with you:

funny pictures of dogs with captions
see more dog and puppy pictures

ai can haz as my permanent avatar?


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