A blog about whatever randomosity my fevered mind conceives.

I’m running out of clever things to say about my rambling…

For the most part, having children is AWESOME! There is – however – one small thing about kids that’s somewhat less than desirable; they’re germ mongers. It’s really not so bad when they’re little, but once they hit school age you send them off five days a week to swim in a veritable virus pool of ugly little bacteria with their little germ monger peers. What this means – for your ENTIRE household – is that you will then spend the next baker’s dozen of years cycling through damn near every minor nasty known to man. The worst part? No amount of vitamin C, zinc and/or Echinacea can entirely spare you from these lovely little illnesses; once you have kids, they’re just a part of the natural order of things.

Yep, there’s another cold/flu making its way through the house, and this one’s shaping up to be a real doozy. So far I remain uninfected, but history has already taught me how this works; I should remain healthy up until the girls are both over the worst of their symptoms, and then BAM!!! the bugs will get me! In the meantime, I can look forward to a few nights (like last night) where I barely get to sleep at all because Kara is waking up every hour or so in a fit. The poor little monkey gets pretty cranky when she’s sick, and this time around is no exception.

Ah well, it is what it is.

I meant to come back for a second posting yesterday, but (as per usual lately) I found myself short on time and couldn’t make it. No worries; that intended posting was just a ramble and rambling can be done at anytime… now works too.

For those of you who read ‘Treat of the Week’, I really wanted to point out a few (in my mind) interesting things about it. And what you ask, is that? Oh, I’m so glad you inquired! Though the story is fictional, there are some truths scattered throughout. Let’s start with the main concept of the story; the man who – completely out of the blue – comes home from work one Friday night to poison his family with milkshakes. This may or may not be a true story.

When I was a little kid, I overheard my uncle talking about just such an event – apparently perpetrated by some man he knew – and the story stuck with me. The reason I say that this ‘may or may not’ be a true story is that the uncle who told it is the same man who once told me that he accidentally ran over the Easter Bunny, and that we’d be having rabbit stew for Easter dinner in lieu of turkey. His credibility was instantly – and permanently – damaged in my mind when the Easter Bunny did in fact drop by that year with goodies. When I got older, I always meant to go down to the library to dig through the archives and find out if the story was true, but I just never got around to it. I don’t remember much of what he said about the tale back then – it was a long time ago – but I remember being a little suspicious of milkshakes for awhile.      

The other thing about this story that you might find interesting to know is that we once lived three doors down from a man who – after discovering his wife’s infidelity – blew his brains out in the cab of his truck. The truck was parked out front of their house and a gaggle of junior high kids discovered the hideous mess on the way to the bus stop that morning.

I remember being incredibly pissed at the guy for being such a thoughtless twonk. Don’t you dare judge me for my lack of sympathy in the matter, I felt plenty bad for him as far as the disloyalty went; the entire neighbourhood knew about his wife’s indiscretions (she wasn’t exactly discrete about her affairs, and one of her paramours was a work buddy of her husband’s that would show up in a (marked) work truck five minutes after her husband left nearly every morning). I was also quite sad that he would be so broken by the discovery that he felt the only way out was suicide. He lost my sympathy when he opted to take his life out in the open where his body was almost guaranteed to be discovered by school kids. Hell, the moron had his own kids that could have just as likely discovered the grizzly scene. In pain or no, I found his way of dealing with the situation to be completely irresponsible.

The quote at the end was something I read in the newspaper once. It was stated by some guy that was on trial for killing his own family and I’m not entirely sure if I got either the quote or the man’s name exactly right. That too was a long time ago and I’m afraid my memory sucks at times. I’m not even sure how that quote worked its way into the last line; it certainly wasn’t where I was intending to wind up.

Now, I’m not overly fond of this story (but when am I, right?), but I do like the bones beneath it. It’s yet another tale that I might have to return to at some point to rewrite properly, but with this whole ‘flash fiction’ experimentation sort of thing, I’m limiting my time for both writing and editing the pieces. Besides – as this whole blog experience is teaching me – I know NOTHING about my own writing. I never really know what will or will not go over well, and I’ve been doing a reasonably good job (for me) of sharing whether I like the piece or not.

Moving on…

This is just a completely random fact to see who’s actually paying attention: I HATE ladybugs. Everyone I know seems to like these disgusting little creatures, but not I! They are just over glorified beetles, and beetles are one step away from being cockroaches; cockroaches are the most disgusting creatures (in my opinion) on this planet. As if that’s not a reason enough to hate them, they piss on you; double gross. My skin crawls just thinking about those ugly little bastards. The worst thing about not being a fan of ladybugs around here is that every spring/summer our yard (and sometimes even house) gets overrun with the damn things. It’s quite creepy.

Hmm, I’ve got about fifteen minutes left to myself before my sister and her kids get here, so I best try wrapping this up.

I have been desperately trying to catch up (and stay caught up) on at least my favourite blogs for the last week and a half or so, but I am definitely struggling with this. Please do not take my absence as abandonment! I will have some time later this afternoon (between unwanted company, tending to a sick toddler, cleaning the garage and sorting computer files – still working on getting everything in order on that note, and I’ve STILL not had much time to get my new computer set up to my liking) but I’ve already dedicated most of that time to one of my favourite blogs that I’m like a thousand posts behind on. Just know that I’m working on it!

My (hockey) team has been knocked out of the playoffs (SAD SAD FACE!!!) so at least my evenings (in theory) should start to open up a little more as April morphs into May. Though I’m not overly fond of spending a lot of time at my comp in the evenings, at least I’ll have more time to write.

Oh, last thing before I go… I just wanted to (officially) welcome back my beloved Gabriela Vargas!! Oh how I’ve missed you… can’t wait to read all about what you’ve been up to all month!

Okay, that’s it. This is me running away….


11 responses

  1. I love your ramblings!! And I’m going to try to incorporate the word “twonk” in a conversation with each person I converse with today..I like setting stupid, random goals for myself.. I hate all bugs in general, with the exception of butterflies, as long as they don’t touch me, and ladybugs are in my Hate category, too. Thought I’d share that with you so you would know, yes, I read every word! 😉

    April 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

    • Twonk is about the greatest word ever.. I try not to swear too much in the really real world because of the kids (mostly the little one who likes to parrot everything we say) so I’ve traded out a lot of nasty things I USED to say for less harsh ones… twonk has become a staple for me, hehe.
      I need goals to exist… without them I float about too much. Even silly goals help to keep me somewhat focused.
      I’m not a big fan of instects… I’m glad to hear you hate ladybugs too, I’ve never known anyone else to hate them lol. The worst thing for me right now is that my youngest LOVES spiders; she’s always getting her dad to catch them and put them in jars. Last night I went to go to bed and there was a big, ugly black spider in an old pickle jar sitting at the center of my bed… you have no idea how hard it was to stop thinking about that nasty thing and get to sleep… eww.
      Finally, thanks for reading! LOL I’ve been wanting to throw in some random crap lately just to see if anyone really does pay attention, now I know to be careful with juts what I say, hehe.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      • I am kind of ashamed at how much I cuss, and even when I am truly trying to stop doing it, I just miss it. I know that sounds weird but I love words and sometimes those bad words convey what I’m trying to say better than tame alternatives. Sometimes, life takes a shit on me, sounds more emphatically what I mean then, Sometimes, life takes a bowel movement on me…I am woefully the worst Christian mother ever when it comes to cussing…My kids cuss like sailors, and they wouldn’t be able to communicate if they suddenly couldn’t use profanity any more! My daughter wrote that God was the ultimate Badass. I could actually feel the religious readers all over the world cringe…lol! What can I say? She’s a product of her environment and me.
        It is weird how you can kind of tell who actually reads the posts, and who just stops by to say hi..
        I hate bugs. Period. A spider in the middle of your bed?? I wouldn’t have been able to sleep for hours!

        Oh, and I really did try to incorporate Twonkers…best word ever..into every conversation yesterday…Now, everyone who talked to me think I’m a little off my game, if you know what I mean..It was a lot of fun….I am going to use “stonking” tomorrow.. 🙂 Today, I’m using all my bad words because I’m grumpy…

        April 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      • lmao not so weird, I rather enjoy cussing myself… I just don’t enjoy hearing my little one repeat the bad words, it makes me feel too guilty. My oldest only swore once when she was about two and a half; we told her it was an ugly word and she’s never done it (around us anyway) since. If I trip on the dog and say fuck! The wee one repeats it over and over for the next half hour.. yikes. I still swear way more than I should, but I do at least TRY not to when around her.
        And ya, I had a hell of a time falling asleep last night, lol, I kept imagining spiders crawling all over me. So nasty!
        I always talk funny and use words that no one else uses and/or understands… but I’ve come to enjoy the strange looks I get from people, so it’s okay if they all think I’m mad.
        Sorry you’re having a shitty day… I do hope it starts looking up soon!

        April 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      • It is easing up, finally. Most of it is sleep disorders..I have slept maybe 4 hours in the last three..or four..days. I’m so tired, I really don’t remember. I see my doctor tomorrow, and we’ll try something else.
        Remember what you said about dreaming? It really made me think about mine, or my lack thereof..I only have no dream nights or nightmares. Not too many nightmares anymore, but it did make me wonder if that hyper-vigilant mind of mine keeps me “protected” from nightmares by not letting me sleep. Do you think that sounds rational, or am I just stupid from sleep deprivation? lol..I think you may have been on to something…dreams have to exist for a reason, right?

        April 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      • Aww yuck, insomnia sucks! I really do wonder if your mind might be trying to protect you – I always wondered that when I wasn’t dreaming. I’ve read that you never really stop dreaming, that you might not remember them, but that your mind still creates them when you do sleep. I really wonder about that sometimse too. Hopefully your doc can help you out with the sleep thing, but when I was taking sleeping pills, I still wasn’t dreaming at all, at least not that I can remember.
        I hope your today is GREAT!!!

        April 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

  2. hey rambler… keep on 🙂

    April 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

  3. bpshielsy

    After reading your second sentence, I thought. “Yeah kids are like little bundles of snot. We cultivate them, give them everything they need (well the proper parents do) & then once fully formed we blow/usher/push/pick (take your pick) them out of the house/nose they’ve out stayed their welcome”

    What a random & particularly mucous – like analogy

    April 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  4. SweetP

    Agree re Gaby!! And I hate Ladybugs too! Those stupid Chinese ones!!! Ah spring! And yesterday there was a cockroach at my friends house, I screamed 🙂 Hope the girls are feeling better real soon and that it just passes you by!! xx

    April 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    • Ugh, cockroaches are beyond gross. I’ve only ever seen one (outside of an exhibit) in the really-real world, but I don’t ever care to see one again. The oldest is starting to feel better, but the youngest is sadly getting worse – progressed from being stuffy and a little cranky to having a full on fever overnight – and now I’m definitely getting sick myself. Bletch!

      April 26, 2012 at 6:26 am

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