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Rough Around The Edges


I’m nineteen days into my latest bout of temporary insanity single parenting, and I’m starting to get a little rough around the edges. I haven’t quite crumbled, except I did order three pairs of shoes from last Friday evening (day 14), and I may or may not have bought an item (or two) from Anthropologie, because nothing says Crazy Anxious Shopaholic Mama spring like a soft, cotton maxi dress…or two.

Anyway, the rough edges: One of the toilets is hissing, the pool filter is clogged, and the dog is on a hunger strike. Around day seven or eight, the kids began sleeping in different beds, including mine. There’s a mild but annoying tummy ache making its way through our family, and – hooray! – it’s my turn. Dylan has a cold, which is probably headed in my direction next since he’s been my most frequent bedmate. The flu is going around school, and Riley’s classroom appears to be ground zero. We haven’t contracted said flu yet, but the possibility alone is giving me aches and chills.

I almost went through a red light with the kids in the car on Saturday because I got distracted counting how many more days we had left. It was 11 at that point, I think, but I got sidetracked when I had to slam on the breaks. I scrambled eggs past their expiration date for dinner on Sunday night (insert sad trombone sound), I have writer’s block, and there’s a book fair at school this week, at which my boys will buy toys disguised as books and we will probably catch the flu. Oh, and Daylight Saving Time. (Why do we do this again? So my kids can have more daylight to play Plants vs. Zombies on the Xbox?)

Even so, rough edges be damned! I refuse to be a pessimist. The world is ripe with problems way bigger than my solo parenting gig, I haven’t seen a single dead rat inside the house, the Wi-Fi is still working, and I only have three trashes to go.  That, and deep breaths (and my shoes have shipped).

Do you or your significant other travel for long periods of time for work?


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Cause and Effect


The boys have an online reading and math curriculum that they use at school and at home. One of Dylan’s recent reading lessons was about cause and effect. The lesson demonstrated a cause and then showed two possible effects to choose from.

For example: It snowed outside. Therefore,

(A) Molly shoveled the driveway.

(B)  Molly went swimming.

Answer: (A) Molly shoveled the driveway.

Here’s another one: Mitch was hungry. Therefore,

(A) Mitch went to sleep.

(B) Mitch had a snack.

Answer: (B) Mitch had a snack.

You get the idea. Since I’m procrastinating folding laundry, cooking dinner, bathing the children, and doing other Sunday evening annoyances, I thought it would be fun to do a cause and effect quiz with all of you.

1. Mom ensures that the dog doesn’t frolic in the mud pit at the local dog park. Therefore,

(A) The dog stays clean.

(B) Riley falls in the mud pit.

Answer: (B) Riley falls in the mud pit.

2. Mom cleans out all of the old and/or expired food in the refrigerator before putting the new groceries away. Therefore,

(A) Mom is organized and prepared to cook a delicious kale and white bean soup for dinner (that she’s been craving all weekend).

(B) Mom accidentally throws out the fresh kale.

Answer: (B) Mom accidentally throws out the fresh kale. (Oops.)

3. Dad packs his suitcase for a business trip to London. Therefore,

(A) Everyone is sad.

(B) There is a power outage, the cable goes out, and the flush handle breaks on one of the toilets.

Answer: (A) and (B) Everyone is sad, and there is a power outage, the cable goes out, and the flush handle breaks on one of the toilets.

How’d you do?

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