July 18, 2006

Did you ever have one of those days?

Posted in The musings of Erin at 11:31 am by Erin

Where you wake up early and go out jogging, leaving the man and the boy asleep in bed, and feel like an exhilarated blob of sweatiness at the end of the 30 minutes.  You jump right into the shower, getting clean and refreshed, still feeling like a million bucks.  You take your time getting dressed, because you have an interview.  You blow-dry your hair and it behaves itself for once.  You put on make-up…MAKE-UP, people!  You dress carefully in a lavender silk shirt and sensible gray skirt, pantyhose, trendy shoes, and appropriate jewelry.  You look lovely and professional.

Before you leave the house, you ask your beloved spouse, who is by now awake and reading a book with the boy, to please bring upstairs the load of clean laundry that is already out of the dryer and sitting in a basket in the laundry room.  And then to kindly put another load of laundry into the wash.  You figure that he’ll have plenty of time to do this since you’ll be gone at least 2 1/2 hours and P will be watching Sesame Street for one of those, and eating breakfast for another 30 minutes.

You leave for your interview at a military boarding school for boys that ends up being a full hour’s drive even though it’s against traffic.  Your exhilarated mood starts to wane…but no matter, you have an interview!  And health insurance is required to adopt a child, so you must find work.  You meet the principal, get toured all around, and meet the head of the science department.  You learn that you’ll be wearing an Army uniform if you get the job, which will certainly save you money on the wardrobe you’ll need to buy for a non-military teaching job.  You inwardly snicker at the idea of yourself in an Army uniform, as you looked pretty silly in the fatigues that you wore for drills while taking a military science class in college.  But you look OK in olive-green, so this would be better.  You appreciate the lovely views of the mountains behind the school, the pretty campus.  You feel that the interview goes well.

Then you drive home.  And hit traffic.  And the hour-long drive takes, well, longer than an hour.  And it’s hot, even with the air conditioning.  And then the "service engine soon" light goes on.  In the car that has just been to the mechanic only two weeks ago because the "service engine soon" light was on.  The car that has 99,600+ miles on it.  And is the lower-mileage vehicle of the two cars.

You come in, 3 hours after leaving, to find the boy in time-out for refusing to eat his lunch.  Still wearing his pajamas, though it is after noon by this time.  And not only that, but still wearing the diaper that was put on him before he went to bed last night.  Despite the fact that he is potty-trained and wears underpants during the daytime.  He tells you that he not only got to watch Sesame Street, but a Thomas the Tank Engine video and part of The Lion King.  Which means that he has been watching TV basically since you left and has done nothing else.  Which means he’s now wired and will not go down for quiet time later (in fact, you hear thumps and footsteps from his bedroom above you as you blog).  Because he watched more TV in one morning than he normally gets to watch in 2 days.

So you assume, since your beloved has clearly abdicated any responsibility for taking care of the child, that he has at least performed the laundry duties that you requested.  But then you find that those haven’t been done.  In fact, all he’s done has been to unload and reload the dishwasher (one of his regular tasks)–what he calls "cleaning the kitchen".  Apparently, "cleaning the kitchen" does not include wiping down counters, sweeping piles of dog fur off the floor and mopping it, or putting away the applesauce containers that are sitting on the counter.

And then he leaves for work.  And you’re left with the results.

If you’ve never had one of those days, THANK THE HIGHER BEING IN WHICH YOU BELIEVE.



  1. Krista said,

    HE HE. Sounds like quite a day. Hope you get the job…. if you still want it after that drive back.

  2. Um…not that exact day, but definitely ones like it. I’m sorry…I hope tomorrow’s better.

  3. Spanglish said,

    Uuf. No, not that day — but certainly a highly similar day when I interviewed for my first teaching gig in a rural school district… and it was the most rewarding gig I’ve had in my short career. The commute was totally worth it. Traffic might not always be bad.
    Good luck!!

  4. Celeste said,

    Unfortunately that’s normal in my universe. Damn it all!!!

  5. DD said,

    At least it all hit the fan prior to the interview, right?
    See, I’m trying to find the bright side to having a Man for a husband. I use the term “man” loosely.

  6. Heather said,

    Hoping tomorrow goes MUCH better!!

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