A good night for take out


Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with a toddler can appreciate the joy that a few minutes of privacy can bring. Toddlers are with you always, with an endless stream of questions, many of which have obvious answers and didn’t need to be asked in the first place.

I had one of those days with my son, so when I went to the bathroom, I locked the door. I just wanted to tinkle in peace. But no sooner had I sat down when I heard the familiar: “Mommy, where are you?” followed by my son’s desperate attempt to open the door. I was so frustrated I couldn’t stand it. So when my son asked, “What you doing?” I replied,  Read the rest of this entry

Keeping your marriage a happy one


Today I’m doing something new by sharing with you a post by a woman who interviewed me a while back. She made up a great infographic under the title 8 Scientific Ways to Improve Your Marriage Today. Since I’m obviously a proponent of happy marriages (See 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage), I was happy to post her article here.

Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Do you agree with her eight? Are there others you would add?

From Elizabeth Davis:

As time goes by, we tend to get stuck in our everyday lives, take our spouses for granted, and stop investing in our marriage. But here’s the thing: marriages are not static, things change. It’s on you to decide whether you’d like this change to be towards a happier, more fulfilling relationship with your spouse.

The following infographic from Relationships Advice shows you 8 great tips you can start doing today to improve your marriage. Read the rest of this entry

Movie theater etiquette–this guy didn’t have it


Saturday night a friend and I went to the movies. I won’t say which movie it was, but I can tell you that watching it without distraction was an impossible mission.

For one thing, this obnoxious man sat in the seat right next to me. The theater wasn’t that full, and I’m not that cute, even in a darkened room. What happened to the leave-a-seat-between-strangers rule?

On the other side of him was a middle-school aged boy, whom I assume was his son. THREE times during the movie, he asked his son if he was enjoying the movie. If I’d been that kid, I would have said, “Well, I’d like it more if you’d let me watch it!”

Mind you, he turned away from me to speak to his son, yet I could hear him clearly. Why?

Because he spoke at full volume! In a theater!

“Wow! A movie theater! I’ve only heard about these. Isn’t this amazing? Can everyone hear me? You in the front? Great! What about the back row? Yes? Okay!”

Then he would make random comments for everyone to hear, and not even helpful insightful ones. Read the rest of this entry

Something only a daughter could say


I walked into the bathroom while my daughter was finishing up on the toilet. She said with a smile, “I wiped my back butt. Now I’m going to wipe my front butt.”

I just said, “Okay, honey, great.” How does one respond to that? I mean, besides with laughter?

Along that vein, here are two lines from the PIF vault, a post from 2012 titled, “How to tell you have two boys and a girl.” Read the rest of this entry

Forget I asked


A friend in Florida texted me this story:

I put on my knee-length dress before realizing I hadn’t shaved my legs. It was far too hot to wear hose, so I asked my young daughter if she could see the short prickly hairs, hoping I could get away without shaving.

She said, “Yes, Mommy, but Read the rest of this entry

Swimming is for the birds


Our girls are in swimming lessons this summer, and are enjoying it to varying degrees. The oldest has discovered her gills, the middle one is getting there, and the youngest is convinced that land animals were meant to stay there.

About all the instructor can do with her without causing a melt down is dip her ear in the water. He’ll do this several times at each of her turns, but she’s begun dictating terms, letting him know exactly how many times he may dip her royal ear below the surface.

While he held her from behind, she held up three fingers, the back of her hand toward him. Read the rest of this entry

Lettuce eat


(I know it’s cheesy, but I couldn’t resist.)

One night we were having tacos for dinner, but I didn’t have any lettuce. It’s a bummer to have tacos with no lettuce in my book.

When I heard my husband come home from work, I called out, “Did you happen to bring home any lettuce?”

You know, the leafy green stuff? Yeah, this.

You know, the leafy green stuff? Yeah, this.

It was truly the most random question.

When I walked over to him, I expected to find him confused, ala, “Uh-oh, did she ask me to pick up lettuce on the way home? I don’t remember that.”

Instead he was shocked. Read the rest of this entry