things that don’t bring me comfort

today, as i was in a public restroom where they serve food, i saw this sign.

i understand the establishment might use this to make the consumer feel that they are on top of all things clean in making sure their employees sparkle.

but it does the opposite for me.

i think, “if they are hiring people who need a sign to remind them to wash their hands after using the toilet, maybe i am eating at the wrong place.”


thanksgiving break

“let me get this straight,” bird asked incredulously, “the girls are in the kitchen doing all the work and the boys are just relaxing and watching TV?!”

“welcome to being a girl.” i said.

“i don’t like this one bit.” she replied.

“welcome to my life.”

one harsh life lesson down.

one billion to go.

i got the sheet music to ‘we are young’ by fun.

the girls and i were totally rockin’ out and singing at the top of our lungs late one night when suddenly we heard a loud thump in a house that should have only had us as the occupants.

mass hysteria and screaming ensued.

including myself.

bird, seeing no place to run but the wall right behind her immediately tried to go through it.

sadly, she possesses no such powers to move through walls.

to put it bluntly, she is no shadow cat.

it ended badly.

and last, we have started to put up christmas decorations and this year the girls have wanted to help.

i like to hang christmas bulbs from the ceiling and that is the chore they wanted to do.

how much do i love my children?

with every bit of neurotic fiber in my body as i watched them clump them all together in one spot instead of spacing them throughout.

but now i have learned to be this:

for now…….

the holiday was quiet this year with the big three up at their dad’s.

i missed them sorely.

how much?

i was even wanting to have to clean to toilet everyday because of bear’s enthusiastic peeing by the end.

now that is some missing.

i got nothin’ for the title so i will just ramble to fill up space

“did the kids know what you were?” i asked bird after her halloween day at school.

“no, but the adults did.” she said.

she decided she wanted to be this dude:

“you know him because i am obsessed with him.” i told her. “in fact, i love him so much i would marry him.” of course i was joking.

“but you already have a husband.” she said seriously.

“so? i can have two.”

“but you already have had two.”

this is what the conversation did at that point as i came to the realization that my little bird finally grasps the full concept of divorce and that there was a husband before her dad.

another interesting conversation i had today.

“i am so glad you blend.” a woman said to me as i walked into the grocery store.

and blend i did, with different shades of i-want-it-baggy-and-comfy gray.

“i get so tired of people dressing in all different colors thinking they are a zoo.” she continued.

i thanked her for her compliment then watched her walk away………in her multi-colored tie-dyed shirt.

i can’t help but wonder if she understood the irony.