Friday, August 8, 2008

The mice are away, but the cats don't get to play.

The mice are away, but these cats are not getting to play. No kids, but I'm still working my butt off. We sent the girls off to Holland to stay with my mom for a few weeks and we expected to have a nice relaxing holiday. I mean, this is the first time in 13 years that my husband and I have been alone for more than a day, so we should be living it up, right? We should be going out to dinner (and end up talking about the kids) or visiting museums (and talk about how bored the kids would be if they had come along). But what do we go and do? Try to fix all the stuff around the house that needs fixing. Choosing closets (yes, we've lived here 9 years and we still don't have closets...as a matter of fact, we still have naked bulbs in some places...oh, the shame) and some new furniture. So, we're busier than when the kids are around, and we've come to the conclusion that three weeks is not nearly enough to get it all done.

But at least we got a start, and it's a lot easier trying to pick out closets and furniture when you don't have to drag your kids along. I've tried that before, and the way they throw themselves at the omnipresent bowl of complementary candies, makes me never want to show my face in these places again. Besides, trying to explain what I want to the salesperson while the kids are playing hide and seek throughout the store, or asking every five seconds if I'm finished yet, makes it nearly impossible to get anything at all out of these visits. That is, if I manage to get them out of the house at all, since there's always one that starts with, "I don't want to go. Why do we have to come along, can't we just stay home by ourselves?" Yeah right, like I trust them enough to leave them home by themselves. They are the mice in this game, and everyone knows what mice do when the cat's not around...

So, blogging and fun has pretty much come to a screeching halt while I try to catch up on years of unfinished business. Well, we did manage to go to the movies a few times in the past couple of weeks, so I guess it's not a total loss. In fact, I think we've been to the movies more times in two weeks than we have in the past five years (unless you count kiddy movies...and I don't). So, this cat is pretty happy, even while missing the mice, because life without mice gets dull after a while (but another mouseless week is okay with this cat).

9 comments:

  1. lol, it all sounds about normal to me...even the bare bulbs for long periods of time. waaay too familiar.

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  2. Naked bulbs? That's soooo embarassing! What if somebody films them and puts them on You Tube? You didn't even share what movies you saw! I remember the times when seeing a movie only meant kid movies...

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  3. The mice are very happy here in Holland and without the cat they have much more fun they told me!!!!!!! They get to play more on the computer then at home and they go to bed very late and light candles late at night and they watch movies late at night and so on. And their grandma has a great time with having them all to her self and so every body is happy! Enjoy your "free"time. It will be over before you know it.

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  4. Good luck with the cleaning and stuff! Hope you can still find some quiet time with Mister... after all, the kids are away! ;-)

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  5. It's still more relaxing fixing closets without having to say "stop arguing" every 2 minutes.

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  6. I am so on the same page. A few weeks ago, we had a couple nights without kids. Certainly, we had one "date night," but other than that, the whole "free time" is a blur of me shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow.

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  7. Ah you're reminding me of my equivalent of naked bulbs that need attention. Lucky you - it's wonderful having a place for your kids to get away to. Good luck on all the projects, now let's see - door pulls for the cabinet sideboard installed two years ago...

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  8. Wait, you're buying closets? Don't they usually build those into the house? Crazy Spanishers.

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  9. I remember the first time our kids were away from home for a night after MAAANNYY years. We ordered take out and a video and just slopped around. Wonderful but very sad! ;-)

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