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She Said: “Just Another Manic Monday”

March 29, 2010 by Kat  



  • As far as the Tornado Warning goes: Yes, I can’t help it. I’m a nervous nellie. It runs in the blood. I caught it from my Mom. And, admittedly, I did come up with a plan as to how I would get into one of my BFF’s houses before the tornado struck in the middle of the night. THIS IS WHAT MOM’S DO! Sorry that HE can’t relate!

  • As far as the HIS “I’ll be sure to stick to my end of the deal and go to bed early“. You snored on the couch while I worked for 4 hours, tucked the kids in, and closed down the house for the night.
  • As far as the HIS complaint of my “23 hours on the computer this weekend: I was preparing for THIS. And, if memory serves me correctly, I was also doing what you see to the left:

    I would have loved to have been playing at the park w/you and the kids. However, I am the only one in this household who coordinates, prepares, files for, stresses out about preparing, stresses out filing for, itemizes, and spreadsheets the h&ll outta our taxes! For HIS job, HE just throws me a form HIS HR dept. gave HIM. For me, I have to freakin’ relive the last year of my professional endeavors and expenditures for TCHNetwork.com and TodaysCliche.com — oh, and all of our personal deductions, charities, blah blah blah. You want to split the task, dude? Pony up.

  • As far has HIS “Kat took this statement and ran with it (shocking, I know)“, I can’t wait to get my claws into him and ask if he meant everything I do, I do full-force (preferred response), or that he’s surprised I actually agreed to do something about it (will withhold sex for a month if this was what HE meant). In the meantime, let me translate his “she made a list” into what really happened:
    • Sat all of the 5 kids (Dave included) for a Sunday Family Meeting
    • We methodically went around the room, after I asked each person to state (one at a time) a “problem” that they have with our family dynamic, and what is asked of them
    • I wrote each of these problems on a piece of paper (from “I don’t like when you ask me to clean up the toys by myself; it’s lonely and NO FAIR!”… to “Since I’m the only girl it’s not fair that I’m around boys all of the time; I want more girl playdates”)
    • We then went around the circle and each of us come up with a solution for each others’ dilemmas. Some genius :lol: solutions, out of the mouths of babes, included: “I know! I know! My teacher taught us that you should prepare the night before so we’re not all running so late; Mommy can do that part…” to “Put a timer on designate certain times to do chores”. Mom’s solutions, of course, were the best: “How ’bout this? You guys will NO LONGER get anything handed to you without you earning it. That includes Playdates with ‘just’ girls”.
      • Overall, a successful family meeting! I try to do these 2x a month when thinks are VERY HAIRY IN OUR HOUSE – the kids feel involved and part of the solution (not the problem… which is all they really are most days!)
      • Again, I hope the fact that I “ran with it” was a pat vs. stab in the back, honey!

  • As far as HIS “When you run non-stop from 6:30 AM until 9:00 PM, I’d like at least an hour or two to wind down“. I’m sure you would, buddy. So would I! But unlike you, I’m 19 seasons behind in Grey’s and Brothers & Sisters (I said my borderline suicidal goodbye kisses to my Oprah-viewing days about 3 1/2 years ago)… so you’re whining to the wrong crowd.

  • As far as HIS “We need to preparing the night before: lunches already made, clothes already laid out“.  Easy for you to say. I do both of these, and – remember – we have 4 children(?).  Admittedly, I failed miserably last night with this chore, as I do every night (Please see 3rd bullet point for reasoning/excuse).

  • As far as HIS “And the 3rd and final change –
    mom & dad waking up 30 minutes earlier
    “.
    He fell asleep on the couch at 9:30 am and
    STILL begged me to press snooze on the Alarm Clock this morning!! FAIL!


The net-net?  Fail, Fail, and Fail. I hate feeling like a failure, especially with a new Agenda. Oyeeh – Veh. There’s always next week.



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14 Responses to “She Said: “Just Another Manic Monday””
  1. Shy says:

    LMAO!! There must be something in the air with the hubby’s these days!! Ron and I go into a huge text fight when I was in VA @ a bridal show trying to set up! One of these days we will get that mai tai on the beach laying in the sand with an umbrella w/ our children playing serenely in a kiddie pool with the hired nanny watching them! ****sighs****

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  2. MandyP says:

    Oh, Kat…you crack me right the heck up! I completely understand your fear of tornadoes. I have the same fear. Nothing wrong with being prepared!

    LOVED the “near-suicidal goodbyes” line!

    Wish we lived closer!!! Hope your day gets better.

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    Kat Reply:

    Hey, I think we’ll be up there in July…! As luck would have it, you’ll probably be outta town?

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    MandyP Reply:

    Are you serious??? In PA or Ohio??

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  3. Like your idea about family meetings. Wondering how well that would go over in my house. Yup, the definitely cannot relate to the nervous nellie thing!

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    Kat Reply:

    I’m sure they’d go over decent. It’s all about the implementation beyond the 24 hr. period that follows the meeting that are disastrous.

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  4. Wow. Kat. You are like a Project manager waiting to happen. I can tell you run a tight ship girl ;-)

    No – you are not a failure. You just have a lot going on.

    Kiran

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    Kat Reply:

    Honestly, if I didn’t have a career outside the home (or, who are we kidding, THIS BLOG!), I would run a MUCH MUCH TIGHTER SHIP. I feel like my ship’s about to sink 6 days outta 7. I used to have it so much more together… but what’cha gonna do?

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  5. Hey there, stopping by from SITS! I love that you have these state of the family meetings though, that’s a great idea. Here’s hoping you’re able to geteverything to balance out. :)

    Have an Extraordinary Day!

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  6. Rita says:

    this is so funny, love hearing both sides! looking forward to following your blog =) thanks for stopping by to see my Bitsy Babies too =)

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  7. Sabreena says:

    Hello from SITS and a happy day to you. I love this idea of a he said she said blog. I also love that your husband agreed to it. Mine looks at my blog as a nice hobby to keep me from poisoning him and the kids then running off into the sunset (he expects no negative posts about him so the one I did do made for interesting conversation the following evening). I think it’s super healthy that you two have a forum to hash things out. So many times when people talk things get miscommunicated so when you sit down and write it there’s a chance it will come out more clarified. Kudos to both of you and great blog.

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    Just Another Manic Monday…

    As far as the Tornado Warning goes: Yes, I can’t help it. I’m a nervous nellie. It runs in the blood. I caught it from my Mom. And, admittedly, I did come up with a plan as to how I would get into one of my BFF’s houses before the tornado struck in the…



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