What I really want to do while driving home from work/at work:
a. Referee a fight over the telephone
b. Try to understand a crying child over the telephone
c. Yell at a child for untuning another child's viola because she is angry at her
d. Get hung up on
e. Just drive and listen to the tunes.
What I really want to do for the first hour after coming home from work:
a. Teach myself how to tune a viola; an instrument I had never touched before 6 months ago.
b. Tune the viola without a tuned piano or metronome.
c. Chase a neighbor child out of house since children can not play.
d. Clean up the fort of chairs and blankets in living room and discover popcorn kernels in the carpet fibers.
e. Read a good book.
Things I never thought I'd hear myself say:
a. "Who do you think cleans it up, the tooth fairy?"
b. "Get off my head, please."
c. "What is that smell coming from your backpack?"
d. "Just use your shirt."
e. "Dear, tonight is 'Young Women in Excellence' at the church for the girls and parents. NOT IT!"
Places I never thought I'd allow my boys to pee:
a. The side of the highway in a traffic jam
b. In a Coke bottle.
c. In a parking lot
d. Standing from the van, shooting to the weeds.
e. The backyard.
Things I didn't picture myself doing twenty years ago:
a. Donning a brown scout shirt and repeating the Law of the Pack
b. Canning spaghetti sauce
c. Wearing my nightgown to drive 15 year old to early morning seminary.
d. Clipping coupons
e. Counting heads instead of remembering names
f. Calling one of the children by the dog's name.
What I miss sometimes:
a. Watching t.v. - my choice of program
b. Intimacy with my husband without having to lock the door.
c. Intimacy with my husband without having to listen for feet outside the door.
d. Going to the bathroom alone and without the telephone ringing, the doorbell ringing, or someone knocking.
e. Finishing. Anything.
f. Sitting down for dinner without hearing, "This is gross!" or "What else do we have?"
Television programs I gave up or DVR and watch late at night because of questionable content:
b. Modern Family
c. Chuck (okay, we sometimes still watch that one)
d. The last few episodes in ever season of "So You Think You Can Dance."
e. Desperate Housewives. Not a big sacrifice.
f. Cheers reruns
Television programs we watch now:
b. American Idol
c. So You Think You Can Dance - until the choreographers get too raunchy
d. Clone Wars
e. The Middle
f. Some "Chuck."
What I think I will miss in 15 years:
b. Spontaneous hugs
c. The third person in our bed
d. Clean smelling kids after a bath or shower
e. Conversation about stuff I take for granted
f. Parent Teacher Conferences