Monday, May 19, 2008

Angry girl does blogging

We had a playgroup today and my kids were absolute animals. Because of their bad behavior, they didn't get to watch TV during dinner and had to go to bed right after. I don't even want to take them out in public they are so awful. I'm almost on the verge of changing all of my RSVPs to no so I don't have to subject anyone else to my kids for the rest of the summer.

Another thing I'm irked about is a new story I got emailed to me.
"A new way for drivers to get around in Champaign County could pose traffic risks for students at Barkstall Elementary. The $13.5 million Curtis Road interchange with Interstate 57 is now open and more cars are passing by the school. Coming up on Your News Now at five, find out what the school district is doing to make sure the risk doesn't turn into a problem."

Half the schools in this town are on MAJOR streets with tons of traffic. Barkstall is nothing special, except it is a "rich school" Not that that really means anything because of Schools of Choice, but the neighborhood around it is fancy pantsy so they obviously rank special treatment. Blah!

The price of gas is outrageous. I have decided to start riding the bus as often as I can. Not nearly as easy as taking my own car and more time consuming, but this is getting out of control. We used to budget $200 a month for gas for both cars and that was enough and then some. Now, even with Evan riding the bike, we are over budget every single month. I just can't afford to be spending that much all the time so driving has to go.

Finally, something for Quigs "Sure, it was a pretty web, but the Michelangelo of her species had woven her beautiful home especially so that she could lay about ten thousand eggs in it that would all hatch one day while we were at work, only to be discovered when my husband came home and walked into a solid wall of minute teeny-tiny crawling spiders eager to make his acquaintance. It was not exactly a scene out of Charlotte's Web. After he twirled, most likely seizurelike, in the giant wall web, gasping, battling at it and making monkey noises, he realized he was surrounded, and although the infant spiders were practically invisible, he could sense that they were in his hair, under his clothes, and that one crawled near his nostril. He grabbed the vacuum cleaner and in an act of sheer self-defense, massacred them all. He later recalled 'No Navy SEAL could function as well as I did. It was like a horror movie. That was Satan. What was in that web was Satan!'"

From "We Thought you be Prettier" by Laurie Notaro.

11 comments:

Looseyfur said...

I'm so sorry you're frustrated with MT and TB. And I know this doesn't comfort at all when I'm annoyed, but I've been appalled at my kid's behavior lately too (remember his 'tude at BW3 that terrible night?). Or the fact that X-man tackled TB today rather than using his words. Sigh.

As for the bus riding, there was an article in the N-G today all about bus drivers seeing new faces on their routes due to the gas pain. Now that I'm off work, on nice mornings that are at least 60 degrees, I've committed myself to walking him the 2.5 miles up to NG and back. You'll also note that most of the playgroups this summer are around town to try and make the gas sitcho a little easier for everyone. Mostly I figured people would just go to the ones near them. Because between the gas, rising energy prices and rising food prices things are getting crazy.

And to be honest, I could stand to lose a little weight by doing the walking. Maybe some severe weight loss would actually increase my MPG in my car. :-)

Don't you leave on vacation soon?

The Fearless Freak said...

I read a semi-snarky post on Facebook about people not doing things because of gas prices. Surprise, it irritated me more than just a little (seems like everything else is too so that isn't anything new).

Honestly, I thought it was pretty funny when X tackled TB today. Serves TB right for acting like a fool. I know you work so hard on getting him to use his words, but there are times when I feel like telling him to pop my kids when they mess with him. Sometimes, they deserve what they get when they act like that.

We leave May 30th, which, although vacation is fun, we are spending part of it with my crazy aunt and that is not so much fun. I'll blog about it eventually (probably closer to having to see her) but basically we have never had a good relationship and she still views me as that mouthy kid (not that I've changed that much, but I am not a kid, at least)

Quigs78 said...

Okay, you so did not need to put the spider visual in my head. You know I feel creepy crawlies all over me now, right?

I must be really lenient with my kids, cause I don't think your (or looseyfur's) kids are acting "bad." Kids are kids, and they get bitchy just like us - they just have less impulse control. I know there are days I'd like to tackle someone or pop someone in the face. Stupid laws about assault and battery...

Quigs78 said...

And remind me to tell you the story about the first (and absolute last!!) time I bought something at a garage sale...hatching baby spiders involved...

The Fearless Freak said...

I have Facebook flair that says "If not for physics and laws, I'd be unstoppable" and another one that says "Some people are alive simply because it is illegal to kill them" So I understand the compulsion to beat the tar out of people once in awhile. Their "in fighting", dramatic antics and refusal to listen get to me more than the occasional playgroup scuffle (although I hate those because my kids are either bigger or meaner than all the other kids)

Quigs78 said...

Remind me to never piss you off cause you kinda scare me. :P

The Fearless Freak said...

Seriously? "He needed killing" should really be a valid murder defense :)

Looseyfur said...

I think Freak has always had a firm grasp of reality, which is why I like her. And it pisses me off that all the good parenting in the world can't save any of us from our kids making their own stupid decisions.

For example, X-man picking his nose and eating it, or the fact that he kept eating popcorn from the ground at the baseball game -- face first (not even with his hands).

Looseyfur said...

Oh and I told MacTroll about the tackle. He said, "He doesn't actually bring them down... he just has to hang on long enough for them to fall over."

And that stubbornness would be inherited all from his mother... apparently.

Lavender Lemonade said...

I tell my kids, "I'm going to drop you off at the pound and get a kitten (or a puppy, depending on my mood.) whenever they are rotten.

And ROFL about X-man not having to tackle kids just hang onto them until they fall over! HA!

Lavender Lemonade said...

I'm a CU bus virgin. But I'd really like to take the bus to work on the mornings I don't have kid drop-off duty. Maybe you can help figure out a route.