Thursday, May 01, 2008

Thirteen love/hate relationships

13. Ice Cream. It's Oh-So-Good and I love it, love it, LOVE it. Then I start coughing, then I get the weird metallic-tasting headache (if you've never had one, then I can't explain it to you), then my tumtum hurts if I forgot to take the LactAid stuff. Why do I do this to myself?

12. Housework. Okay, I know I'll lose some of you on this one, but I love it. It makes me feel all domestic and Donna Reed-ish, and I like to be able to look back and see a job-well-done. But I hate it when I feel all guilty for not keeping everything clean all the time. Everyone tells have five children, your house can't be perfect. But I feel all icky inside when things are a mess.

11. Makeup. There's nothing like being all made up and pretty. Love it. There's also nothing like your face being itchy and swollen. I've tried everything I've come across. It all irritates my skin. Thankfully, aside from my one monthly pimple that tells of things to come, my skin is clear and I don't scare people when I walk by.

10. Carbs. Who doesn't love'em? Every potato, noodle, or pastry seems to deposit itself directly into my ample fat stores. (before I get all the little comments...I do eat fruits and veggies galore because my body loves those!)

9. Homeschool. Well, actually I just love it. But there are days that I watch the school bus go by with a strange urge to run out the door in my jammies and flipflops with my robe flowing behind me and yell "WAIT!!! TAKE ME--I MEAN MINE--TOO!!!!"

8. Blogging. So fun. I just don't know when to stop!

7. Burping. Don't laugh. You love it too. Funny thing is that I never could do it without getting a little more than I bargained for until my first baby came along. I'm still not really good at it. That's where the hate comes in. There's nothing like a good burp (but please, remember your manners!!!).

6. Sunny days. Love them as long as I can get out and enjoy them. Hate just looking longingly out the window while we plug away at some important assignment.

7. Rain. Can anyone say drought? If you live around here, you love the rain. That said, being caught at the park in a torrential downpour with 5 small children when you can't find your keys down in the diaperbag ain't so lovely.

6. Pets. I've always been an animal person. Big animals, small animals...I love them all. But I have five children! Who's idea was it for us to have 2 cats, a dog, and 3 fish?

5. Fasting. Sure, everyone gets the hate part. But nothing beats a fast for helping you focus on what really matters.

6. "Mommy". Some days it is the sweetest sound on God's green Earth. Then there are the times when I feel like my grandmother who used to threaten to change her name to a dirty word so she could inflict pain on any child who dared to utter it.

5. Potty training. Who doesn't love the idea of getting that last one out of diapers? That said, potty training is messy, often frustrating, and never turns out exactly like you planned.

4. Music. I'm a classically trained vocalist, and I love so many, many kinds of music. I sing all the time. But when I rarely enjoy a quiet moment, why do I need to clutter up my few peaceful opportunities with noise? So when my hubby asks me why I don't listen to the new sound system during the day, I can't help but look at him with a vaguish (new word?) look of incredulity on my face.

3. Pregnancy. No explanation here.

2. Chocolate. Obsessions are bad. But it's so good.

1. Potty training. Can you guess what's going on in our family right now?


Chelle Y. said...

This was a very interesting list. I have a few of the same love/hate relationships. Chocolate and Carbs would be number #1 on my list!

Adena said...

I found you via TT13. I am also a hs mom, of *only* five. God Bless You!!! Six under the age of nine?? Mine are spread out, almost 19 to 15 months. Great blog.

Robin said...

I'm right there with you on the carbs, and your school bus comment cracked me up.

Shelley said...

Chelle y. You obviously aren't potty training right now! After it's all over with, I'll be in complete agreement with you! :)

Adena. So you have someone to help with diapers? You're so much smarter than I.

Robin. Yeah, I guess they'd carry me away somewhere anyway!

Trisha said...

Thanks for visiting my site! I love your list :) I may try the "love-hate" relationship list next time :)

Minkydo said...

Great list and humorous at points too :)

mom huebert said...

Please-- tell me how to love housework!

Have you tried mineral makeup? I've heard it works well for people who can't wear other kinds of makeup. (If you get a kind without bismuth oxychloride.)

And I'm with you: I love carbs! (along with my veggies, of course.)

Karen said...

That was a great TT. You have a good outlook.

Barbara Doduk said...

HAHAHA. Potty training... great list.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Shelley said...

Trisha and Minkydo: you're welcome, I enjoyed your lists as well!

Mom Huebert: it's just, No, wait, that was...I don't know. Guess I'm just weird.

Bare Esscentuals (sp?) didn't work for me very well. I think I might play around with it some more...get a hypoallergenic brush and use a different lotion underneath.

Karen: thank you...loved your gratitude list!

Barbara: easy for you to laugh...I've cleaned poop out of large areas of carpet three times now with just this one kid! I think I need a sedative. Loved your list of words. I'll try not to be such a mollycoddle.

Sandy C. said...

What a great idea for a list! I couldn't agree more :) We're potty training too. I'd like to add "Shaving" to that list too ;)

Debbie said...

Enjoyed your 13. Great idea for a list, although mine would look a lot like yours. Thanks for visiting me.

shaunesay said...

I hear you on the ice cream! It sounds like you're a lot more intolerant than I am though. I definitely do that same "why did I not remember to take that @#$%! lactaid pill?!?!?!" as I'm doubled over in pain! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sheila said...

I loved your thirteen thursday, I was laughing, smiling and relating alot. Thanks so much for this today I needed this after the weekend I have had.