January 26, 2009

Your place or mine?

I...... I ......I don't know where the hell I have been. Right here. Reading...... Commenting....... But not writing much of my own thoughts down. I have had loads of them lately, but I just have not been inspired enough to cobble anything meaningful out of them. Reason #23892 why I could never be a writer. If I am not in the mood to write, I find it difficult to force my hand at it. Literally.

Last week was fairly emotional for me, as it was for much of the nation. For the first time ever, I cleared my calendar to watch a Presidential Inauguration. I am looking forward to the next 4 years. I think Obama can do it and yes, he has a lot on his plate, but he does strike me as earnest - a quality I have not previously utilized in describing our Presidents. I am anticipating his reaction to what is most likely going to be some Seriously Bad News coming out of the market today.

Okay, on to the usual triflings I spew here.

1. Two of our neighbors have put their houses on the market. Every time a new neighbor comes in, I cannot help but indulge a bit of wishful thinking. The dream that my New BFF will scoot her equally fat ass into one of those houses with her own precious progeny who magically happen to be the same ages as my own children. That she will share my unabashed love for all the HBO Series, Antiques Roadshow, HIMYM, Ugly Betty, The Office, 30 Rock, Old Christine and Househunters International. I envision scenes of us sneaking to each other's houses in the afternoons with bottles of cheap wine and boxes of Choxie tucked under our arms at 3:55, just in time for Oprah. Our children will also be BFFs and will play quietly with each other, gladly sharing theirs toys all the while saying "please" and "thankyou" as my New BFF and I drink the afternoon away. Bah. Do not judge me. I said I was dreaming.

2. Sort of related to #1 - I really, really miss spontaneity in my life. In college, my friends and I used to pick up the phone and say "Wanna come over?" and that was it. We would just get together. To get with any of my friends now requires careful coordination of schedules. I believe even some planets and moons must be aligned just so, but I have not been able to prove that theory just yet. Anyway, I miss getting together with friends haphazardly.

3. I have made no secret about the fact that I am mighty particular when it comes to dishes and the dishwasher. But please - am I the only one in America who is loathe to put plastic items in the dishwasher? I rarely put plastic in the dishwasher and therefore, handwash most of the kids' dishes. Besides all of the practical considerations of plastic melting in the hot water, I am always a little wary of the chemicals leaching, in particular after all that has been found the past few years with some of the plastics coming out of the China.

9 comments:

Monkey McWearingChaps said...

I am so lazy-I totally put the plastics in the dishwasher even though I shouldn't. In my defense, I have minimized the amount of pastic tupperware I have. Actually, what happened was that my mom and dad read about the plastic leaching in the microwave and threw 90% of mine out and bought me glass the last time they were here.

Christine said...

I would totally be that person. Except that I've never heard of most of those shows, but I could learn! I have heard of wine.

I may not get this quote exactly right, but when Obama talked today about raising the emissions standards he said something like, "We're not going to back away from something just because it's hard." When is the last time a politician said something like THAT?? Fantastic.

I hand wash the plastic, Paul puts it in the dishwasher, so our kids are only poisoned half the time.

Jen said...

I just don't microwave in my plastic, that's the extent of my leaching fears. Mostly I freeze things in my plastic, so that's like totally the opposite and probably makes the plastic extrahealthy, right?

Chocolate Covered Susan said...

The kiddos and I are always up for spontaneous get-togethers (especially those involving wine and chocolate)! We have very little on our schedule these days, and B's nap can always be sacrificed since he never sleeps well anyhow! I cannot, however, promise that any pleases or thank you's will be uttered from their sweet mouths.

Mojavi said...

i miss us, CCS, Cagey, Mojavi eattin chocolate,sippin wine......

yea those were the days... for me at least

Mojavi said...

i miss us, CCS, Cagey, Mojavi eattin chocolate,sippin wine......

yea those were the days... for me at least

kristen said...

I too switched to mostly glassware. I find the heavy Pyrex containers affordable and yet resilient enough to be launched across the kitchen with nary a scratch. I hand wash the plastic that is left but mostly because it will not dry in my dishwasher.

If you think fantasizing about a new theoretical family is bad, I fantasize about the family at the end of our road that has one little boy that is two days younger than Caleb. I have heard a lot about them and they seem perfect for us but I haven't found a casual way to meet them yet.

CPA Mom said...

I have the same dreams every time we get a new neighbor - once a year since the house is a rental. It never, ever pans out. I always start with baked goods too. *sigh*

I miss seeing my friends too. Every.single.time we make plans, they cancel for various reasons. I'm starting to think I stink. I swear to you I bathe!

Heather said...

oh, she sounds PERFECT! Where is she?? We have 3 (!) opportunities on our street. And after the last one came (and is not going out again) I've reduced my high hopes to a wishful: "please let them be just a little better than the last ones".