Stroller Rage!

I recently read an article about stroller habits that piss off the entire world.  I had to giggle because I am guilty of most of them!  Of course I have to throw my two cents worth in and explain the stroller issues.

1.  Not closing the stroller in a crowded restaurant-  Ok, for starters, crowded restaurants are a pain in the ass for everyone.  And depending on how many babies are in there… a high chair may not be available.  Now some may say that if one isn’t available I should go somewhere else.  I say, “If you don’t like it, you can leave.”  We usually try to stay away from crowded places but it’s not always easy.  We also try to eat outside to avoid the crowd inside.

2.  Hitting people in the back of their ankles-  I’ve only ran my hubby over so far with the stroller, but accidents happen people!  You don’t get all bent out of shape bumping shoulders on a crowded street.  Why get all crazy about this?

3.  Blocking the view at the zoo-  Teach your children patience!  Oh, and find some for yourself as well.  We all have to wait our turn at the zoo sometimes.  This one is just crazy to me…so petty.  Parents these days need to work on their parenting skills.  My children have to learn to wait their turn, why not yours???

4.  Refusing to fold the stroller on a crowded bus-  I’ve never taken the bus so I cannot relate to this one.  I don’t even see how someone could get on a bus with a stroller unfolded.

5.  Using the stroller as a walker-  Oh yea!  I’ve leaned on the stroller quite a few times!  Does it really bother you that I lean on the stroller?  How does it affect your day?  Seriously?  And have you gone days and days without sleep because your 5mth old has his/her days and nights mixed up?  Didn’t think so….so shut up.

6.  Knocking over store displays-  I haven’t had this accident but not saying I won’t.  Some stores are so cramped and have no organization.  I’ve been in some stores that made maneuvering a stroller about as hard as playing Operation!

7.  Taking up the entire sidewalk-  Really?  Go around or go play in traffic!  Geez!  How petty can people get?  We don’t control the width of the sidewalks.  Talk to your city council about that one.  Does this really piss you off or are you just trying to get smashed in the ankles?

8.  Using the stroller as a glorified shopping cart-  I admit that when I go to places like a swap meet or flea market, I use a huge ring thing that clips on the stroller handle that holds the bags.  But why does that piss anyone off?

Well, there you have it.  Just a few things that some people get irritated about for no particular reason.

The ‘Burbs update #2

Well, the ‘Burbs have been having some funny drama! We’ve had two chicks arguing that resulted in one having to pack up and leave. Rambo is still MIA, but his wife has been busy clearing out the house. Crazy religion lady at the end of the street got a little out of hand and then retreated to her lair.

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There were two chicks living one house up from us. They have been having arguments very regularly…shouting, cussing, throwing things, etc. Now, I only heard a few shouts here and there, but they each took turns coming over to my house to fill me in on the latest fights. One lady was always coming over yelling and acting crazy. Anyway, two weekends ago, I noticed the crazy one packing up her car. She just had to stop by here before she left. I was told about a huge fight that led to screaming and throwing glasses. Crazy, crazy, crazy stuff. It’s been quiet since then so I wasn’t too disappointed when I found out that the lady that stayed is buying the house. Maybe it will stay quiet…maybe.

Crazy religion lady up the street decided to blame all the neighborhood kids for her child not having playmates. This woman took it upon herself to talk to the kids and ask them why they weren’t playing outside with her daughter. Really? What mature adult does that? If you have a question about something like that you walk your butt to the neighbors’ houses and talk to the parents. She was politely informed that her child is rude, disrespectful, and mean to all the other children. She basically stomped back into her little lair and hasn’t been heard from.

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I still haven’t seen Rambo across the street. I don’t know where he has run off to, but his wife has been “cleaning house” for the past week. Just the other day she and two other guys were literally throwing furniture and stuff out into the yard. They were breaking tables and hitting chairs against trees to bust the legs off of them! They stacked small tables and took turns busting them up. Oh and the wife was laughing hysterically and videoing the whole time! A moving truck showed up this morning but I can’t imagine what they would be loading up. Hell, everything was practically in the yard broken.

Well, there you have it. Just another crazy couple of weeks in the ‘Burbs!

Huffington Post Idiot

 Well, David Wood has officially been put on my doo-doo list.  He has called the military lifestyle and benefits “lavish”.  Really?!?  What in the hell is this guy smoking?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/defense-budget-cuts_n_2584099.html

He says that military bases, housing, support services, family counseling, and others are considered lavish.  I guess he forgot all about the hardships that the military and their families endure.  What about the deployments?  What about never knowing if your spouse will come home?  There are no soldiers getting pampered during long ass deployments.  Maybe he forgot to look at the pay charts…they are listed online for all to see.  I guess he doesn’t know about all the training and school either.  Yea, that’s more time away from family.

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Housing on post ain’t that extravagant.  Where did he get that shit from?  Support services and family counseling…those are part of a lavish lifestyle???  Has this idiot ever endured a deployment?  Has he had to leave his family for 12 months?  Has he had to see the horrible sights of war that no soldier can ever forget?  This guy is a real piece of work.  I understand he has covered certain conflicts since 1970 and I am not saying that is easy…but trust me…this idiot makes a lot more money than an active duty soldier.  So, who is living a more lavish lifestyle?

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Way to go Wood!!!  Cramming your own foot so far down your throat has been amusing.  I can only hope…with your “lavish life”, all your money, your cute awards, your little important inner circle of people, and all the other life riches…you gain a more accurate description of the military lifestyle and benefits.

Newtown family lawsuit…

A Newtown family has filed a 100 million dollar lawsuit against the state claiming that they failed to protect the children from “forseeable harm.”  This family did NOT lose a child on that horrible day.  In fact, they have a healthy, breathing 6 year old child at home with them.  That’s a lot more than those other 20 sets of parents have.  Those parents had to bury their children right before Christmas.

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And let’s look at this “forseeable harm” shit.  (Sorry about the language, but I’m pissed off.)  I would love to know how this horrific event was forseeable.  This Lanza kid shoots his mom at her home and then drives to the school to shoot kids.  As far as I know, there were no prior threats made, no notes sent, no gossip from his friends or aquaintances, not one indication that this sociopath would drive to a school and murder children.  The school has not had any situations dealing with lunatics roaming the halls carrying weapons.  This school even had better security than most schools.  So, what exactly was forseeable???

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It seems to me that this family is just looking for a huge payday.  They are using this tragedy to make themselves a fortune.  Personally, I don’t think the state owes them shit.  No one owes them anything at all.  They should be counting their blessings and being thankful they have their child.  They could also show a little compassion for the other families that weren’t so lucky.

People these days are looking for too many damn handouts.  Profiting off tragedies and sheer stupidity seem to be the craze.  Think back to the person who sued McDonalds for their coffee being hot.  She spilled it, like an idiot, and got mad cause it was hot.  It’s coffee you moron!  Our court system allows this type of shit too.  What has happened to this country and it’s citizens?

Some parents…smh!

Yesterday, while I was waiting to pick up my daughter from school, I was baffled by the display of idiocy by some of the adults.

First off, it was raining like hell.  The rain and lightning, of course, made pick up time slightly difficult.  And to my amazement, there were a group of adults huddled under the one tree on the school premises.  Let me say that again….huddled under THE ONE TREE on the property….during a severe thunderstorm that had tons of lightning!  And the dummy awards go to….. Let’s not stay in our car until a school employee lets you know your child is coming out and you go get them.  Noooo, let’s just huddle up and give lightning a lovely target.  Damn.

Secondly, I witness one mother slightly jogging down the sidewalk to meet her little boy.  He couldn’t have been more than 5-6 years old.  He begins walking briskly with his mother with his little book bag over his head so he doesn’t get soaking wet.  Now the weather was calling for lots of bad weather yesterday.  I sent my child to school with an umbrella and I noticed several parents with umbrellas.  But this mom… well, she decided she would melt or something.  She took her son’s book bag and placed it over HER head and made him WALK in the rain.  She wasn’t jogging or walking fast anymore.  This mom literally was making her son walk in the rain while she stayed semi dry under his book bag.  What a crock!

 

Our Family Holidays…

My family, as I have stated before, is a rare breed!  We have our own little holidays…some of which are celebrated several times a year!  We also make up our own words too.

  • National Dad Cooking Day – This is the day that my Daddy decides he is Betty Crocker.  The only problem is…his “dinners” usually consists of throwing any and all ingredients into one big pot!  These are the days we would rather go hungry!  LOL  Sorry Daddy!  I guess I should add in that the whole family runs when I attempt to make biscuits!  Sometimes they use them as rocks!  I’m serious…you can throw my biscuits against a wall and not a crumb will fall off!
  • Auburn vs. Georgia Day – This is the day when we all gather together to watch this specific college football game.  The entire family, except my Mom, Daddy, me, my brother and a couple more, roots for Georgia.  It is us 6 or 7 against the whole family!  We all become instant football coaches…screaming at the t.v. and yelling at the refs!  Pom-poms are even involved folks!
  • National Dance Till You Drop Day – My Mom loves to dance.  She taught me and my brother at an early age all the “oldie” dances!  LOL  We crank up music and pretty much dance and giggle all day long.  Yes, we are crazy…but we are a happy bunch!
  • Funny Argument Day – This one is mainly celebrated by my Mom and brother and happens several times a year.  My brother will start an argument with my Mom about everything!  They will even argue about chip bags…weight vs. volume.  WTH!  Haha
  • Opposite Day –   This is the day that my Daddy picks and chooses what is “opposite”.  He does this several times a month…obviously this is a popular one!  For example…Daddy will say, during his National Cooking Day, “The cook has to clean up the kitchen.”  Now, after dinner he announces that it is opposite day!  The next night when my Mom is cooking, she will remind my Daddy that the cook didn’t have to clean up the night before…here again, he announces “Opposite Day!”
  • National Mom Bad Hair Day – These are the days, yes I meant the plural form of day!, that my Mom does not touch a brush or comb.  She ends up looking like she stuck her finger in a light socket.  This is a permanent holiday now due to the fact that she has not touched a brush in about a year…Her hair is really short so she does that “spiky do thingy”.
  • Embarrass Mom Day – This is a frequent one too!  My brother and I pretend to have mental issues and speak impaired.  We also walk really funny…kinda like we got “skid-mark” issues!  We yell in stores that she needs to tie our shoes or help with our zipper cause we have explosive diarrhea!  Then we run around her holding our butts and yelling that we had a “woopsy”!
  • Embarrass The Kids Day – Mom reverses the role above and embarrasses the shit out of us!  She will just start laughing out loud…REALLY LOUD…and has even sat down in the middle of a store and continued laughing.  I swear, she looks like she needs a straight jacket and padded room on these days…LOL
  • National Pick On Family Member Day – Practical jokes rule on these days!  Greasing door handles, sardines in the vents, jello dumped in the back of their toilet…the list goes on and on.
  • Wambulance Day – My brother invented this one!  He will pick on someone, usually ME,  about anything and everything.  When I say something about it…to defend myself!…he does this…”Awww, call the wambulance.  Waa Waa Wambulance!”  So friggin’ annoying!

 

Here are some of our “made up” words…

  • duckies = money
  • mokey = remote control
  • drinky poo = alcoholic beverage
  • itchy = an itch  haha  “I have an itchy on my back.”
  • coo coo = popsicle

I have no idea why we use ’em and I’m pretty sure there are tons more…just can’t think of ’em right now.

Adjusting to new routine after deployment

The adjustment can be smooth and easy or difficult and stressful.  Try to keep in mind, even though you have been dealing with the ups and downs back home, that your soldier has been deployed for a year or more.  Understand that the things we tend to take for granted are the very “luxuries” he has been completely without.  You have been able to get up and walk ten feet to the bathroom…he has had to make sure he was in full uniform and I can’t imagine how far some had to walk to get to a porta potty.  You could fix something to drink, anything you want, with ice!  He hasn’t been able to have a glass of coca-cola with ice in a really long time!  Those simple things make a big difference.  And on top of not having those things, he has been in a war zone…aka HELL!  Please, please try not to expect so much!

Here are a few tid bits of advice for the soldiers via Military.com

Make time for your family. Hold off on visits to relatives and limit time with friends until you’ve settled into a comfortable routine at home.  Take time to talk with your spouse or partner. After a long absence, you need to get to know each other again. You’ve both had new experiences that may have changed your priorities and your ideas about roles in the marriage and the family. Talking now can help you lay the foundation for a newly strengthened relationship.  Take time to understand how the family has changed while you’ve been gone. Don’t charge in with your own way of getting things done. Notice how your spouse is dealing with your children’s discipline, for example, and restrain yourself from taking over with a tougher or looser approach.  Spend time alone with each member of your family. Think of things to do with your children that you each enjoy and that will give you time to talk and have fun together in a relaxed way.

Don’t leave to visit relatives right away.  You, as a family, need to spend alone time together.  It is good for the soldier to be able to spend time with his kid(s).  This alone time means so much to both.  Your husband will need this time to adjust, to get to know his child(ren)’s new interests, to talk with you, and to sit back and relax.  Visiting relatives and friends should come at a later date.  Taking time to talk with your husband is very important.  My advice…do not ask so many questions.  He will tell you whatever he needs to when he is comfortable.  Overwhelming him with questions may seem more like an interrogation.

Allow time for rest and relaxation.  Plans and vacation time will come!  Making immediate plans is very stressful and doesn’t allow for any “down-time”.  Now I know you may be saying to yourself, “Where the hell is my down-time?”.  But we are the wives and our job is to be the glue that holds it all together.  Your relaxing time will come soon.  Before you and your husband plan to visit relatives, try to take a night or two for yourselves, if you can.

Continue doing your normal routine when it comes to household work.  Don’t expect him to immediately take out the trash, deal with the upkeep of the pets, household projects, etc.  Some husbands want to immediately do these things and some don’t.  Pay attention to him and talk.  Patience and good communication are the key!

His sleep pattern and schedule may be totally off also.  Let him sleep late, go to bed early, or both.

I want to mention PTSD as well.  PTSD can be easy to spot or very well camouflaged.  Pay attention to his temperament.  Watch his moods and see how he handles the new routine.  If you feel there is an issue, discuss it with him.  Like I said earlier, communication is the key.  There are also people you can call for help.  Visiting your soldier support center on post is a good place to start.  They have several informational packets that can help you as well as numbers to call for assistance.

With all that said, try to enjoy your time once he comes home!!!  Relax, have fun, cook together, have a drink or two, dance in the kitchen, etc!!! Decorate the house with lots of ribbon, flags and a banner.  Let the kids make “daddy signs” and hang them on the walls!