Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How Monday Kicked My.....

Since I became a drain on society was laid off I have altered my opinion on numerous things.

Late state Monday is among those things. As a WOH parent it was a huge pain to figure out what to do with children who started school an hour later every.single. Monday. This is especially true for those of us without child care. I had to leave for work by 7 am and going in late was NOT an option. I relied on the kindness of neighbor's to watch my kids for two hours and get them to school.

As a SAHM (or Stranded At Home Maniac as I am known to refer to myself) I FREAKING love late start Mondays! Sleep in after a crazy busy weekend when no one got enough sleep? Yes, please. Too tired to finish homework after being out of town all weekend? No worries, we'll finish it in the morning and have plenty of time.

Imagine my surprise when one of my favorite days kicked me in the ass!

It started innocently enough with the Brownie troop roster MIA. The very same roster I needed to make sure I bought the correct try its (I still call 'em badges damn it!) for the final Brownie Pizza Picnic scheduled for that evening. Don't you dare act surprised that I waited to the last minute. Of course I did!

Simple solution:  Frantically text my co-leader and ask her to email me another copy. She is will versed in my ways and has already given me three lists. She texts me back to say she doesn't have access to list at work but will bring one to our event.

Plan B: Desperately pillage through half packed moving boxes and various activity bags in search of said list. Do a series of fist pumps and screams of joy when I discover the list in a bag of Girl Scout supplies still in the van from the meeting two weeks ago. Dust off whale cracker particles and attempt to dry juice box stain.

Quickly make list of what badges each girl earned. This is complicated by the fact that Council doubled our troop size in January so not everyone earned everything. Provide age appropriate verbal encouragement bribe Stinkbug to cooperate on a "few quick errands." Arrive at Scout shop which is already overflowing with a roving pack of demanding women in uniform.

Wait patiently impatiently for my turn only to be told that our try-its (they are badges dang it!) have been DISCONTINUED! They will "see what we can find in the back" which is retail talk for "crazy lady should've planned ahead."

They manage to unearth enough so each girl has a few and kindly suggest that I might find the other try its (why can't we just call them badges?) in Illinois or Oklahoma.

I do some quick calculations to confirm that I cannot road trip to our sister states to get try-its (they will always be badges to me!), finish getting party supplies and be back to pick up four kids at school at 3:20.

Head to local grocery store to pick up drinks and desserts. Debate over cupcakes or cake. Determine cake requires more effort and organization (additional plates, knife, forks).

Buy three dozen brightly colored cupcakes which are sure to stain faces, hands and clothing. This may or may not be payback for those parents who were always late and complaining. Hope that is enough since many people didn't RSVP despite the handmade invitations and numerous emails.

While checking out realize that I am using our last troop check. And I have 2 more stops to make. And I have extremely limited cash resources.

Frantically text co-leader who says we have more checks at her house but reminds me the pizza place won't accept checks. She offers to pick up pizzas and bring checkbook so we can write each other checks for reimbursement.

Pick up plates and napkins. Contemplate purchase of gift bags for try its (BADGES!) and other gifts and realize that I don't have enough money. Rush home with 45 minutes remaining until I have to pick up four kids.

Hurriedly organize items for the picnic while fielding requests for snacks and milk and race track assembly from StinkBug and his Sidekick. Pick up four kids and rush home to calculate how many pizzas to order for 40 people.

Phone rings and it's a much needed call from a friend in Sin City. Chat and laugh hysterically while loading car. Forget that I am on house phone and start to drive away in search of five kids who are roaming the neighborhood.

Lose call but find kids fishing and riding scooters at neighborhood pond. Scream "it's time to go" while tossing tackle boxes and Barbie scooters on top of children. Realize cupcakes are sitting on kitchen counter. Drive like an uber organized pillar of the community a bat outta hell to get cupcakes. Screech out of driveway barely missing neighbor's trash cans.

And that is the story of how Monday kicked me to the curb.

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@dkotucker said...

WTH..."try-its"!!! Why do they always have to change age old terms to sound more "non- threatening/non-competitive"?!? ;P They'll ALWAYS be badges to me too!

Phew...good thing you didn't get your cape stuck in the door tearing out of your driveway.

You're amazing lady!

Robbie K said...

I'm glad someone else is averse to change too!

Thanks for your words of encouragement and support.

The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

I feel like all of my days are like this right now and I don't have the major things going on that you do. There is just too much junk to keep track of these days. If it's not Brownies, it's sports. If it's not sports, it's school. So on and so on! Good luck keeping it all straight. If you break the code, let me in on it...pretty please!

Heidi said...

I love 'stranded at home maniac'! You are awesome.

Anna said...

This whole "try-its" thing is so wierd. They are badges!!!!

Too funny with the phone, I could see myself doing that.

Robbie K said...

Glad I'm not the only one who lives like this. I just can't seem to get it together.

Robbie K said...

thanks :)

Robbie K said...

yeah another vote for badges!

Once I was talking on phone to Big Yankee and i was searching frantically for my phone (the one I was talking on!) I even said I have to call you back later..when I can find my phone. wth?

carrie said...

Oh my gosh that sounds like the Monday from hell. Glad to hear you survived it! I do not look forward to those kind of days as my children get bigger.


Robbie K said...

It was..of course much of it was due to procrastination on my part but I can still complain about it!

Pish Posh said...

Haha "try THIS buddy!" ;) that's my motto

What is a WOH?

Work Outside Home?

Oh my gosh that is an intense cupcake-related stress. Cupcakes are supposed to be little cakes of happy days :)

Lisa Nolan said...

Oh my goodness! I got dizzy just reading your post! I have to sit down. Hold on. Ok. I'm good now.

This is why I am such a committment phobe! PTA? What PTA? T-ball? Huh? Gymnastics classes after school? Wha-aat? Birthday party this year? Ummm... I'll get back to on that.

Seriously. No joke. (It helps we are on a tight budget and my son is not quite ready for all this... Ok. It's me.)

Thanks for commenting on my life happens blog!

Love your "Stranded At Home Maniac" reference to SAHM!

I'm a WAHM. Now I need something catchy. Thanks. The pressure is on... maybe tommorrow.

Stephanie Sikorski said...

What is wrong with us? This is my story. And her story. And your story. And.... when will we ever get our sh!t together? Hope Tuesday was better!

Jennifer Worrell said...

YOU are HYSTERICAL! I loved this, and they are BADGES, dammit! Proud of ya, Supermom! Go get 'em!

Robbie K said...

yep woh=work outside mom

little cakes of happy days...I love it!

Robbie K said...

Thanks for reading:)

Work At Home Maniac?

I'll keep my thinking cap on and see what i come up with.

Robbie K said...

I think Tuesday was a bit better...but I don't actually remember it. :)

Glad I'm not the only one who can't get their shit together.

Robbie K said...


They are badges and they will ALWAYS be badges!

Jennifer said...

Girl Scouts totally kicks my tail. We have never opened an account for our troop and I don't want to. I do everything in cash. I just think it is easier that way. I'm probably breaking some Girl Scout cardinal rule.

Dawn Beronilla said...

I loved your post! It's refreshing to read that I am not the only person to have days like this, haha!
I can just imagine myself driving off while talking on the house phone.... that was awesome.

Robbie K said...

It is exhausting..and yet I still love it! my co-leader is the detail person and i am the kid/activity/planner person. lol about breaking a cardinal rule.

Robbie K said...

Glad you could laugh at my insanity. :)

Thank you for admitting that you are jsut as scatter brained.

Kristen said...

OMG. I laughed so hard at this post. I mean... I'm so sorry... but it was really funny. Try-It's? WTH?!?!? I would have just called them badges. for real. What a great post. I'm sorry Monday kicked your ass. xo.

Robbie K said...

glad you could laugh at my misery :)

Tuesday was a bit better.