Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Things I've learned (and re-learned) in the past few days

- Rain and wind are ONLY fun if you’re in a warm place watching through a window, NOT if you’re sitting on the side of a soccer field.

Saying good-bye to the same person again and again gets old. Quickly.

Sending three kids back to school is FRICKIN’ expensive. New outfits, new shoes, school supplies, school fees, lunch fees – YIKES!

Signing two kids up for indoor soccer just after you’ve finished paying for their return to school can be downright painful.

Going grocery shopping after the above two expenses can be very nearly impossible.

Household renovations or decorating projects will always take at least twice as long as you originally estimated.

Wearing sandals when it’s 5 degrees (Celsius) and windy is stupid.

Even with a “resistant to change” child, the return to school gets easier as they get older.

Drinking hot chocolate while sitting at the side of the soccer field in the wind and the rain makes you feel only marginally more comfortable.

Chasing half a dozen napkins (that came along with your hot chocolate and muffins) across the soccer field when the wind picks them up can be embarrassing. Especially when you’re wearing a poncho that flips up in your face every time you try to bend down to grab a dancing napkin.

Folding your lawnchair with a cup of hot chocolate still in the cup holder is not a smart idea.

Nutella on toast makes nice comfort food at ten o’clock at night when you’ve been watching soccer in the rain, trying to scratch together a few dollars to buy groceries, saying good-bye for the umpteenth time, and you didn’t have time for supper.

So what we’ve established so far is that I am broke, stupid, clumsy, and cold. Yep, it’s a good day to be alive. Thank god for Nutella.


Whippersnapper said...

Oh, yah Nutella!! I eat jars of it in one sitting!! I love it so much I got some for my birthday!!

It's not health food though..

Michele said...

is too. it's CHOCK FULL of hazelnuts.

Karmyn R said...

indoor soccer? I hear you there - I just signed up my son and the price had gone up $15 bucks from last year - to $110. I'm in sticker shock.

Anvilcloud said...

I think I disagree about household jobs. I think they take three times longer than estimated.

Liz said...

I've never had Nutella.

I'm sure watching soccer indoors out of the rain and wind will make up for the cost. Yeah, back to school is very expensive!

Gina said...

I'm so sorry, but the mental picture you painted of the poncho flapping up when you bent over made me giggle!

Joyce said...

nutella. It better get upgraded to a vegetable soon.
broke. September. We're singing that song too.

Speaking of which, those cameras that laugh out loud if you speed past them, and then send you a picture of your van speeding by said sign...... and ask for a lot of money..... those don't help the whole broke thing.


Pamela said...

I rarely buy nutella - but that's cuz I'll eat it all myself.
I eat it on graham crackers

Household jobs are never done

Janet said...

I discovered Nutella while I was living in New York, because one of my French colleagues started talking about how much one of his daughters loved it. Now, living in the UK, it's even easier to get!

I love it on toasted crumpets! But then I love crunchy peanut butter on toasted crumpets, too!


boogiemum said...

Ahhh, Sounds like September to me. Being broke, for me, will continue until the years end. Back to school then all the holidays does it to me every time.