March 19, 2007

Weekend Recap: Dogs Like Girl Scout Cookies

It's Monday which means another weekend is, once again, behind us. Admittedly, this is a situation which sucks donkey balls. But the weekend was a busy one, I've got a lot to report so I can't dwell on that.

After work on Friday, Beth, Mia and I headed to my parents' house for dinner. I'll admit, I was tuckered out by the time I rolled out of work on Friday and I might have preferred to collapse on the couch for the evening but I'm glad we went. We had a great time. Now, my dad is a guy who's wonderfully kind and outgoing however he's overly conscious of other people's feelings. Including Mia's. The two of them have always gotten along but she's always been wary of him and I think he's always been a bit wary of her as well. Until Friday night. He became her companion for the evening, running around the house, dancing, trying to find cats to chase. And they have, like five (honestly it's either five or six but I always loose track) so it was a full-time job. We stayed out way past her bedtime but it was totally worth it.

On Saturday, we headed to Jodi's son Michael's second birthday party. There was more than a little playing, multiple rides in a little pink car I think Mia fell in love with instantly, and a shockingly impressive consumption of pizza. We had a wonderful time. Afterwards, I think we were all worn out. We headed home, had a little dinner and passed out for the evening.

Sunday involved a little sleeping in for me, the inevitable weekend Home Depot trip and an evening at the in-laws for dinner and desert. While the in-laws were neat and all, it was my brother-in-law's dog that stole the show. By the time we left, though, Mia had him trained, getting him to sit down and everything. I'm sure "accidentally" feeding him Girl Scout cookies didn't hurt his compliance either.

Most of you probably wouldn't automatically jump to this assumption but, if left to my own devices, there's a decent chance I'd become a hermit. I like time to myself and with my family. But through all this busyness this weekend, I was reminded that it's often through the eyes of other people - family and friends - that you're reminded how fortunate you are. And I'm one lucky bastard.

So, what do you, this very instant, be it major or minor, feel lucky for? And you guys got any good tricks for getting through a crazy Monday without losing my mind?

Posted by Chris at March 19, 2007 7:22 AM

What do I feel lucky for? The same things as you, my friend. The same things as you.

We had very similar weekends, except that instead of meals with our parents we shopped for shoes and hit Ikea. ;) (But there was a birthday party!)

Posted by: SciFi Dad at March 19, 2007 7:46 AM

I'm so glad Mia had fun at the party! You can see pictures of it up at my place, but I don't have any pictures of them together.

I think you need to get her that car for her b-day.

Posted by: jodi at March 19, 2007 7:48 AM

I'm getting through my Monday by calling in sick.

Posted by: jaime at March 19, 2007 8:01 AM

I office from home so I make Mondays my "office day"!!!

Posted by: DebbieDoesLife at March 19, 2007 8:12 AM

Unfortunately, I will be sentenced to the same kind of Monday you will be in that I've got three meetings today. One PTA board meeting at 12:30. It's also my day to drive the middle-school carpool. Then I have a board meeting for the cancer camp for which I teach art...and then a 7 p.m. meeting for and auxilliary PTA group made up of parents of graduating seniors. Did you know that Preparation-H is good for under-eye bags? I'm trying it out right now. I'll let you know.

Posted by: wordgirl at March 19, 2007 8:16 AM

I feel lucky that I'm 14 hours ahead of you and that my Monday is over. You know, if you come to Australia and leave DC on a Sunday, thanks to the International Date Line you arrive on Tuesday. You have thus totally negated Monday. Monday does not exist in your world. Problem solved.

Posted by: E :) at March 19, 2007 8:52 AM

I feel lucky not to live in Iraq.

Posted by: linda at March 19, 2007 9:07 AM

The *smile* on my 10yr old sons face at baseball practice while he is decked out in his brand new catchers gear with his shiny goalie like catchers mask feeling *cool* and on the top of his world, will be the light at the end of this dreary frustrating tunnel of a Monday.

Posted by: Steff at March 19, 2007 9:14 AM

I'm lucky for the same things you are, Chris. This weekend was somewhat of a pivotal weekend for me, as far as family goes. I sat down with my MIL and changed the face of our relationship, in a good way, and I think that my relationship with my father is about to take a huge surge upwards, too. I'm still kind of in shock about all of it, you know?

When my mom died I realized just how important family is, and that came back into focus again this weekend. It's a really, really good feeling.

I'm also lucky for coffee. I mean, let's be honest here. It's Monday and I feel like I just got hit by a freight train. I'm lucky for Maxwell House Original Roast.

Posted by: mamatulip at March 19, 2007 9:17 AM

Last night I got home from a four day out of town, out of state excursion. It was wonderful to get away, but it also made me realize how much I really do love my home, my ugly couch, all of that. Husband had a hard time with me being gone so long, and you know that makes a girl feel really appreciated!

Posted by: Sam at March 19, 2007 9:24 AM

This weekend, I took care of my sick Hubby, worked house training 2, 14 week old puppies and tried to understand my stupid Yahoo music file that allows me to download and buy music, and lets me burn them in yahoo, but not in Roxio or Windows Media Player. I still haven't figured it out.
I also could become a Hermit. I like time alone, even if I love my husband and daughter. I just seem to recharge best when I can be alone and catch my breath.

Posted by: Maribeth at March 19, 2007 9:27 AM

The first thing that popped in my head was my cup of tea. Small, but significant.

Posted by: Melissa at March 19, 2007 9:36 AM

I feel lucky to have my parents, my kids and my boyfriend. At one time or another all of them drive me absolutely batty, but I'd be lost without any of them.
But today I feel most lucky to be cashing in my b'day present - a certficiate for a 2 1/2 hour massage. I'm even leaving work early to go. If you need me, I'll be the one passed out in bliss on the massage table.

Posted by: Traci at March 19, 2007 9:37 AM

you know who else likes girl scout cookies??
canadians :)
(why don't they freakin' sell them here? we have terrible, no-good knock offs calls girl guide cookies.)

Posted by: ali at March 19, 2007 9:38 AM

I cannot count the number of things I'm fortunate for right now. I'm buzzing with fortune.

I like to incorporate at least one "meow" into my Mondays. Have you seen Super Troopers? Yeah. Meow.

"What's the load average threshold on that server before users really notice a slowdown? Meow 4 or 5?"

Posted by: Brad at March 19, 2007 9:57 AM

I'm so lucky to be at where I am in my life right now - sure, it could be better, but it could definitely be a lot worse!

Posted by: Heather at March 19, 2007 10:22 AM

I feel so lucky that I was excused from jury duty as I have an incredibly busy week at work!

Posted by: Lisa at March 19, 2007 10:26 AM

I'm like Heather: lucky to be where I am in life.

Posted by: Alison at March 19, 2007 10:32 AM

I feel lucky to have my grown children all LIKE each other... and me! Makes for a nice life.

Posted by: sue at March 19, 2007 10:48 AM

I feel lucky that I have passed out yet. I worked again this weekend, so I'm being a smart ass but a sincere smart ass.

If you discover any tricks, please share. ;-)

Posted by: Maria at March 19, 2007 11:10 AM

Porn and whiskey will get anyone through a crappy Monday. Just try to tell me different.

As for what I feel lucky for: I'm feeling really lucky that even though I miss my husband like crazy when he's out of town working (he's in DC right now, btw) I feel so lucky that he can get work that will pull us out of financial trouble in a jiffy. AND the kind of work he does allows him to sometimes spend a whole week working from home, spelling me with the kids and letting me sleep in. It's awesome.

But I miss him.

A whole lot.

Posted by: Elaine at March 19, 2007 11:27 AM

Definately my family. We are one happy, strong bond.. all fo us.

I often get comments that my husband and I are the model marriage, and that others hope they can be like us someday.. We're not perfect by any means, and honestly.. it doesn't come easy.. but for the last 12 years, we've grown together, learned together, and he is truely my best friend.

I'm lucky enough to have three little girls that see this. and I can only hope that they strive for something similar as they grow..

Posted by: Molly at March 19, 2007 11:45 AM

this moment i feel lucky that the blister on my finger didn't pop when it was raw and full of puss. about five minutes ago i just peeled the over skin, and the skin below was regular. no pain. no ick.

Posted by: magreen at March 19, 2007 2:24 PM

Not to get all depressing on you... But I have a friend with cancer and another with ALS. They both have small children. My friend with ALS is our age (34) and can't even walk on her own anymore. She's made me realize how lucky I am that I can take a walk or run to the grocery store.

My sis in law was talking about the children at the school she teachers. Some come to school dirty and hungry. And the parents are obviously very poor with little education. Sometimes the parents can't even read. So I'm thankful for a fridge filled with food and money in the bank.

Posted by: motherofbun at March 19, 2007 2:44 PM

Indoor plumbing.

Posted by: Nanette at March 19, 2007 5:04 PM

Right now, as I listen to the rowdy teenagers outside, I'm lucky that I'm not in high school anymore.

Posted by: Beth in StL at March 19, 2007 8:52 PM

the monkey LOVES feeding our cats and my family's dogs. It's adorable! It makes her giggle. It's a problem at dinner, though....

Posted by: Haley-O at March 19, 2007 11:34 PM

Have not read the other replies, but this very instant the first thing that comes to my mind is "Health". Mine and my families. I can deal with struggles in the emotional front, maybe even the financial front, but when it comes to physical being, I am a total wus! So am glad I have capability to do all the things I and my family love and pray that this lasts my life-time. What makes me realise how important this is the fact that i was not my 100% while carrying my lil one, and took some post-delivery recovery time as well.

Posted by: NM at March 20, 2007 1:59 AM

A little idle time is always very healthy, NINjoy.

Posted by: Nocturnal at March 20, 2007 4:58 AM

Do not enough cash to buy a car? Don't worry, just because it is possible to get the to resolve such kind of problems. So get a sba loan to buy everything you need.

Posted by: MarleneHinton25 at July 3, 2010 11:23 AM