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“I had a lovely GNO”

By Tara Zandra | May 2, 2009

This is what my oldest said to me as I just put her to bed. For those not into Miley Cyrus, that stands for “Girls’ Night Out.” Mind you, it was more of a Girls’ Night In, but we won’t quibble.

Chris is at a gathering at the Dodger game right now. He even got to meet Tommy Lasorda (color me jealous!). So it was just us girls home. Of course, it’s always just the three of us until Chris gets home from work every single day, but I guess it’s special if it’s the evening? As soon as Tabitha heard Chris wouldn’t be home for dinner, she planned cool tahini pasta which is not to Chris’s liking but Tabitha and I sure love! Daisy goes back and forth on it and tonight was a no for her, but she did enjoy making it with me. I figured we might as well really go for it and we also had watermelon which is also something Chris does not eat.

Before dinner though, we went to Borders to pick up another Putumayo Kids cd since I had a coupon. This time we got Carribbean Playground. We listened to it in the car already and enjoyed it. It’s not as good as World Playground, but I’m still glad to add it to the playlist. We also went to a craft store to look at their fabric selection but it turns out they were closing 10 minutes after we arrived. So we did a very quick tour of the fabric section and saw none of the rest of the store. I liked what I saw though, so we’ll be back on a day when I plan to purchase. On our way out, they were popping balloons they used to decorate the store, so they gave my girls a half dozen boquet of balloons to take home. That made them rather happy, let me tell you.

Here’s a little something that proves we’re raising our kids to be open, which is what we’re trying to do. I found a Little Golden Book today of “The House that Jack Built.” It is one of my favorite stories and we didn’t have it so I bought it. I read it to Daisy earlier this afternoon. Just now, before I put Tabitha to bed, she says to me she’s confused about it and asks why the man, tattered and torn, kisses the maiden, all forlon, if he’s married to the priest. Oh my god, did I want to laugh my head off. I simply explained to her that when it says “[The] priest all shaven and shorn, who married the man, all tattered and torn” it simply means he performed the marriage ceremony between the man and maiden. She goes, “Oh. I wondered, because I know all about gay marriage but I thought it was odd for a children’s rhyme.” Yeah, especially one written in 1954. LOL

So I’m alone and trying to figure out what to do. I could clean, which I actually enjoy when I’m alone. Plus the living room is currently housing a marble theme park and it’s been 4 days so definitely time for it to go. I could, and probably should, scrapbook. But somehow I don’t see me doing that. Can’t sew because I need to use my ruffler and it is loud enough to wake children. Plus, not in the mood. I could ditz around on the computer reading stuff at disboards and doing mindless quizzes at Facebook. I’m watching the Dodger game and it’s a tie in the 8th, so who knows how long until Chris will come home. I don’t know that we’ll do more than hit the hay once he’s home anyway.

Guess I’ll keep blogging.

So, I’ll be 35 at the end of this month; I still feel 24 though so, whatever. Of course, I don’t know how 35 is supposed to feel. Reminds me of way back on the night before I turned 13. I stayed up past midnight to “feel” myself turn into a teenager. I think I almost convinced myself I felt different. My skin isn’t 24 anymore though, geez. Not that I’ve ever had good skin, unfortunately. But I definitely need to look into adding a night cream to my regime. I don’t mind looking my age, but that doesn’t mean I have to give up and speed the process.

Another milestone this month is Chris and I will have our 15 year anniversary of meeting and being together. May 14 is the day we met and May 22 is the day we first went out. You know, that summer I went with him to a surprise party for his parents 25th wedding anniversary and this year it will be 40 years for them. Something to hold dear and really aspire to in this day and age. We’ve got a long way to go though, it will only be our 13th wedding anniversary this July. But we’ll get to 40 (and beyond!) eventually :)

Darn if Tabitha didn’t just now come out of her room. *sigh* She’s been in bed 45-minutes. She’s been pulling this for the past week. She stumbles out and says how tired she is and then wants to theorize why she’s not asleep. It takes a lot of will power on my part to not simply yell “Because you’re not in bed, you ninny! Now go!” Seriously, I’ve been doing this with her for 10 yeas. Of all the things to inherit from Chris she had to get the insomnia? Thank goodness Daisy, aka the easy bedtime child, goes to sleep roughly 5 minutes after you put her to bed.

All right, the Dodgers are going into extra innings and I’ve been doing more staring at the screen than typing, time to go do something else.

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4 Responses to ““I had a lovely GNO””

  1. Vanessa Says:
    May 2nd, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Haha, I did the “turning into a teenager” thing too, only at 12:24 p.m. because that’s the time I was born. Both my parents were at work and I was at home with just my brother, so I got dressed up in one of my mother’s nice dresses and sat watching the clock, and then at 12:24 I poured a glass of wine and toasted myself. I think I was a little confused (or possibly indulging in a bit of wishful thinking) about how grown-up 13 really was.

    Gillian also likes to tell me that she can’t sleep instead of actually trying to go to sleep, only she doesn’t wait as long as Tabitha — I usually hear “I’m uncomfortable! My legs hurt! I can’t sleeeeep!” about 10 minutes after I turn out her light. Sigh.

  2. Sandy Says:
    May 4th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    LOL about the teenage stuff - I don’t remember doing anything “special” myself.

    re: sleep issues - Gabe will lie in there for a while - then yell out “I’m thinking too hard to sleep!” or “there’s stuff stuck in my head”! Maybe it’s the age?

  3. Alessa Says:
    May 5th, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Haha, that Tabitha would ask about the men being married does make me laugh, and it just goes to show how open children are. I’m glad to see what a smart and open child you have, Tara, she can only reflect well on her parents

  4. Mel Says:
    May 7th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    That is too funny about the nursery rhyme! LOL I love it!
    B has always had a hard time falling asleep, takes forever and I’m just used to it I guess. Years ago I told her she had to at least stay in her room and read so she usually does. It’s still aggravating because we can’t watch grown-up movies until very late usually since the tv faces the open space where her bedroom is upstairs.
    That’s neat about your “anniversary”. Ours will be in June for 15 years of going out the first time.