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In which he was trying to be efficient

 

I got about 3 hours sleep last night.  I’m not whining, I’m just stating a fact.  I’m not sure WHY I couldn’t sleep last night but I couldn’t so I’m extremely tired this morning.  Kevin is gone to Minnesota so it’s just Daniel and I (and Tucker and Butterscotch too I suppose) around here so it’s pretty chill.

 

After taking Tucker out (he’s a dog for those of you new to this blog) and retrieving our small and pitiful newspaper I stumbled into the kitchen to make some coffee and my morning milkshake (I have a chocolate protein shake for breakfast every day.  It’s awesome! You should try it).  Daniel was at the table all wrapped in a blanket and Tucker was barking his fool head off.

 

So I fed Tucker and started on my stuff and Tucker gobbled down his food and then went to sit next to Daniel and look at him with sad eyes so that Daniel would feel sorry for him and feed him some of his breakfast.  He really likes it when Daniel has Crackling Bran but this morning Daniel was eating Corn Chex.  (See how I mix my food groups up here for my child!  And they say mothering is difficult.)

 

So Daniel was feeding Tucker and then I called Tucker over to take his “hopefully I won’t die today pill” and Daniel and I had the following conversation:

 

Daniel:            Tucker really likes his pill

Me:                  I assume it tastes yummy

Daniel:            You should taste it

Me:                  I should taste his pill?

Daniel:            Yep

Me:                  Nope.  I want to die today

Daniel:            Aren’t you curious what it tastes like?

Me:                  He also eats cat poop out of the litter box.  Should I taste that as well?

Daniel:            Good point

And then Daniel gets up to leave the kitchen.

 

 

Me:                  Hey, don’t forget to deal with your cereal box (which was sitting out)

Daniel:            Ok mom

 

So he goes over to the box and I go back to fixing my milkshake, etc. and forget about him for a minute but then I look up.  And the BOX IS STILL THERE.

 

Me:                  Daniel.  I told you to deal with the Corn Chex box


Daniel:            I did

Me:                  You put the top down but you left the box out

Daniel:            yeah, I know

Me:                  WHY did you leave the box out?

Daniel:            Well, I’m just going to need it tomorrow anyway

Me:                  Are you kidding me? That’s ridiculous!  Put it away!

Daniel:            I’m just trying to be efficient here!

I’m pretty sure that these kids have a plan to send me over the edge.  Especially when I’ve only had 3 hours of sleep.  Do your kids do this shit?

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23 Comments

  1. Becky
    September 8, 2011

    I’m pretty sure the “I’m just trying to be efficient” argument is why my oldest son (21) doesn’t put his clothes away or in a laundry hamper. He’s just going to wear them again as soon as he washes them – I hope. His clothes live in a laundry basket until he wears them and then they live on the floor.

    The chocolate shake for breakfast sounds awesome. Does it have to be a protein shake?

    • Lynn
      September 8, 2011

      Daniel ALSO lives out of a clothes hamper and rarely puts anything away. His clothes are all over the place but i shut the door and don’t look.

      Well, the protein shake keeps me from getting the “shakes” cuz it lasts so long. That’s why i like it.

      • Becky
        September 8, 2011

        Zach is at college and the only time I have to see his ‘efficiency’ is when I venture up to see him and for some masochistic reason meet him at his room. When he visits for a weekend or summer, the door to his room remains closed with a ‘DANGER – HAZARDOUS AREA’ sign on the door.

        • Lynn
          September 8, 2011

          my son’s room is the same…actually, all 3 of my kids are slobs.

  2. Nicole
    September 8, 2011

    Not my kids, but my husband does. Why does he leave 5 glasses/mugs/travelers on the counter, right on top of the dishwasher?
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    • Lynn
      September 8, 2011

      My husband is guilty about this too but I’ve totally given up on him EVER putting stuff away

  3. By Word of Mouth Musings
    September 8, 2011

    You can follow my husband’s trail around the kitchen by the kitchen doors and drawers that are still open … same upstairs, drives me nuts! Maybe its a guy thing?
    In my case, mine lives in a hotel mostly, so clearly he has me confused with the maid.

    • Lynn
      September 8, 2011

      yeah, Kevin is like that too. i have completely given up on him since he works all the time. the kids however, need to get their shit together

  4. Jayme (RandomBlogette)
    September 8, 2011

    I swear that our sons are in cahoots together to drive us insane. My son would do the same damn thing.

    • Lynn
      September 8, 2011

      i mean, to put down the top and STILL leave it out? what’s up with that?

  5. gigi
    September 8, 2011

    i should send you a photo I took of my kid’s definition of putting silverware in the silverware drawer. yeah, they do that ALL the time.

    • Lynn
      September 8, 2011

      i’m sure it will look familiar

  6. Argentum Vulgaris
    September 8, 2011

    I can see the logic there…

    • Lynn
      September 8, 2011

      logical…and irritating

  7. Jackie
    September 8, 2011

    Hmm…. my kids are all sorts of efficient now that it’s been explained to me!

    • Lynn
      September 8, 2011

      Hmmmm…now I can rationalize my blog a s public service blog

  8. Missy | The Literal Mom
    September 8, 2011

    I think they all do this. It’s a master plan. 3 hours of sleep makes it seem like a master demonic plan!

    • Lynn
      September 8, 2011

      Well, it’s certainly a plan…that’s for sure

  9. Dorothy
    September 8, 2011

    Kids, sons (and husbands) especiallly, have to be told step by step the process of doing anything, everytime. It is always new to them, and shocking that you wanted them to do all the steps. If you miss explaining a step and you ask them why they didn’t do it, you hear, What? said indignantly, and You didn’t say to do that!
    Both of my kids are slobs. My daughter keeps a messy house and it drives me nuts. Put stuff away! I have to bite my tongue… I made them do housework as kids, maybe that was my mistake.
    I used to tell my son that when he moved out into his own place, I was coming over and leaving all my dishes in his living room along with my dirty socks and any other clothes I removed. He doesn’t trust me at his place lol. He left behind a mountain of clothes on his bedroom floor when he moved out. I said, what are all these clothes you left here? He says, I didn’t want them anymore. Sigh.

  10. Name *
    September 8, 2011

    I just need to know how you got him to close the cereal box…

    • Lynn
      September 9, 2011

      I said “Daniel. Deal with your cereal box” and he closed it. BUT HE DIDN’T PUT IT AWAY!! even though it was above the cabinet where it goes

  11. Robin
    September 9, 2011

    OMG. My daughter has piles of folded clothes all over her floor. When I asked her to put them away in her DRESSER, her response was “why, then I can’t see them. And besides, I’m going to wear that tomorrow and that the next day.” Seriously? I shook my head and closed the door behind me wondering how in the hell I managed to loose complete and civilized control over my household.

    • Lynn
      September 9, 2011

      kids…my dad would have bit my head off!

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