Okay, I am seriously wondering about a few things. If you can enlighten me on some of these ideas, I’d love to hear from you. If you have things that you are wondering about, throw them out here. Maybe we can help shed some light on it.
Teens & Chores
Up first this week comes from a conversation I had with my 18-year-old son, The conversation went something like this:
Me: Hey, I need you to help me and clean the wood floors.
Son: I don’t think so. I worked all day.
Me: Me too, and they still need to be cleaned. I work and still have to come home and take care of stuff.
Son: Well, you don’t pay me…
Me: (getting seriously aggravated) Yeah, I pay you in food and shelter. Go clean the floors
So, here’s what I am wondering, why does this conversation happen at all. I cannot imagine that my son is the first ever to try this excuse. My kids have always been expected to help out around the house. They’ve had chores etc… Mind you, they are FAR from overworked. I will not even bother to defend my position on this one. I just want to know where the sudden attitude and refusal to work comes from.
To add insult to my growing anger, my son thought he was oh so clever and hilarious and had an actual ground to stand on. The other frustration of this encounter is that my son is a good 8 inches taller than me at this point. There is no making him do this. Of course, I can remove privileges, his car, etc… but I’m not sure this warrants that. So, what do you think? What do you do in this type of situation.
As a side note… he did end up cleaning the wood floors the next morning. But still ~ teens kinda make me crazy!
So, I keep seeing all over the internet (hello Pinterest) that it’s time to start spring cleaning. There are all kinds of lists and suggestions to help us be successful at this yearly task. Here’s what I’m wondering…does anyone REALLY do this? (And secondly, does anyone look like that woman when they do?) I mean, I keep my house clean mostly. From time to time I will tackle things like baseboards, light fixture dusting, etc… I clean my front loading washing machine when I think of it, or I notice a smell (gross, I know). I even clean out cabinets and purge unused items etc… once in a while.
Here’s my question, do I really need to spend like a certain amount of hours or days doing specific “spring cleaning” chores? If so, what do I do? Someone, please help me out on this one. I am definitely getting spring fever and wanting to start decorating for the new season. It makes sense to do the “spring cleaning” first. Seriously, enlighten me on this one.
Although, on second thought…if spring cleaning went something like this…that’s an idea I could really get behind. 🙂 (wink, wink)
In Your Head vs. Reality
Okay, this one comes to you compliments of my youngest son. He was wondering why he can mimic a perfect British accent in his head, but when it comes out of his mouth it’s not perfect. Hmmm.. This got me wondering. I can actually relate. Does anyone else ever have this happen?
You get dressed, check the mirror one last time, and think you look good. Out you go to meet up with friends or hubby and have a photo taken. Upon seeing the photo you realize the picture looks nothing like what you saw in the mirror. What? How could that be? Do I really look like this? I thought I looked WAY better! Anyone relate?
Now, I’m not a very photogenic person. I’ve come to expect a certain amount of cringing upon seeing my photo, but this phenomenon goes way beyond that. It’s as if what you see in the mirror or in your head is completely different from the reality of the photo. SO, which one is the more accurate reflection? Logic would say the photo. However, if that’s the case, does that mean I’m bordering on some sort of mental illness and can’t see reality? Seriously these are some worrisome thoughts. So, dear friend, tell me, does this ever happen to you?
Okay friends, that about does it for me. I hope you’ll weigh in on these thoughts this week. As you can tell, I could seriously use some help! I’m not sure which I need more, a maid, a shrink, or a parenting expert. Oh well, there is really nothing here that a nice glass of wine can’t make look better….at the end of 30 days. Ugh! You can read more about that here. Don’t forget to leave me a comment!