Thursday, December 16, 2010

No snow blower needed!

Who needs a snow blower when you have two hands and a shovel. I was going to town out there. I must have had a lot of built up aggression that I needed to aim somewhere. We had so much ice on our driveway that I couldn't even scoop it up without chiseling it first. Boy I think if the neighbors saw me they would think the cold was getting to me. I was out there cursing my husband for not doing it and just talking to myself. I was working up such a sweat that I didn't even need my coat on!

My husband thinks because he has a suburban he can go over anything. I knew I needed to attack the ice before we had anymore snow and since we live in Iowa there is always more snow!

I'm sure my back will be killing me later but for now I have a ton of energy and a ton of thoughts going on in my mind like.....

Why is it that my 10 year old son who is almost 11 (his birthday is on December 31st). Yes I know, I never knew "when" you had the baby was so important. We can never celebrate New Years the same. Anyway why with 10 days before Christmas does he change his mind on what he wants for Christmas. He came down this morning and said, "Mom, I will help you shovel this whole winter and play with Claire if I can have a Banjo for Christmas!'

If you thought you didn't read that correctly, he wants a Banjo for Christmas! What? Why? Help? I have no idea how he got on this kick but he is obsessed. Does anyone have a banjo lying around they aren't using? Please?

I guess he wants to be like Kermit, he loves him!

Did you know that Steve Martin plays the Banjo and he is really good! My son loves him too!
Take a peak at the video if you want to hear some good playing!

He did the same thing last year to us. I think it was actually 5 days before Christmas he asked us for a Didgeridoo. Does anyone know what that is? It is an Australian wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia at least 1500 years ago...Play the video, you'll never hear anything like it!

We didn't actually purchase one for him, instead my husband made him one out of a long tube from the hardware store. It actually works and my son really has a blast with it! Sometimes I've had enough and if he ends up with a banjo I will feel like I am in that scene from the movie Deliverance. Boy was that kid good!

Something else has been bothering me. Some of you might remember my "Toxic" friend. Well she is moving out of town tomorrow. The feelings I have about it are indifferent really. I am not sad she is leaving because it was such an odd relationship, I'm just disappointed that I wasn't the bigger person and drop by her house and bring lunch to say goodbye. We kind of said it over the phone and it was weird. I am almost 40 years old. I shouldn't have "friends" in my life that make me uncomfortable or question myself. I wish her the best I do, but I don't think she is the happiest person. All she could seem to do was brag about how great her life will be and the schools her kids will be attending and how they will never be bored because there are things going on every weekend. Oh and did I mention the shopping? Well she did about 5 times. Well good, it sounds great if running from here to there is fun for you! Apparently she is the kind of person that "stuff" matters to her. I guess our relationship wasn't at the top of her list.

Onward and upward. I have a cookie exchange minus the cookies party tonight and I don't want to go. I feel like I am just another number that was invited. I don't hang out with these women and I often feel that I am an afterthought. I think I am happier staying home with the family watching a movie, reading or blogging. But yet I feel a little sad that I am that afterthought and that the relationships haven't managed to progress past that!

Oh crap, I'm sure my period is coming and that is why I am so emotional. My sister called while I was feeling weepy. I swear we know when we need each other the most, its a feeling we get.

Well I hear the bus, so the kiddos will be charging through the door at any moment and I will be bombarded with, so and so said this and can I go sledding? Off to be a mom!


Diana Mieczan said...

We have a friend who plays Banjo so well...Hope you are feeling better, sweetie...I love the part about your sister...Its sounds like you two are close:)
Hugs and kisses

Mrs. Tuna said...

I played my dad's banjo when I was a kid, I was much better with the spoons.

Amanda Todd aka Country Mumma said...

Wow I can totally relate to having relationships that make you question yourself!! I have many. I'm 30 and I think that it's really a pattern in my life, having relationships that are very one sided and superficial. It's unfortunate really! But I'm the "wall" or "doormat" that everyone relies on but I think I like to be the dependable one so I take it!
Anyways, don't worry about not feeling super close to every friend you have. You'd be spread too thin if you were!

Farmgirl Paints said...

That first picture is hilarious...oh my. And I get the weepies too. Good that you have a sis that can be a listening ear with you. I definitely get the weird friendship issues. UGH! Happy baking:)

Mandi said...

Wish I had PMS to blame my mood swings on today. . . yeesh. Seriously I don't know what my deal is. Thanks for this post-- I think I needed it. I'm feeling the same way you are. I told my sister today that instead of waving to my neighbors, I felt like flipping them all the bird. Why? Who in hell knows?

NeverADullMoment said...

Maybe this time of year serves as a source of added stress for us women. I mean we are responsible for taking care of everything and everyone. Not that we don't do that normally, it is just way more at Christmas time! But you do have gorgeous decorations...although I don't get the whole upside down Christmas tree thing. lol

Anonymous said...

Your picture is cracking me up.
A banjo? Where are you gonna find a banjo? :)

Kimberly said...

I never knew that shoveling snow in your skivvies could produce such thinking. Should I try it?
Or would my nipples fall off?
My husband thinks that because our Escape has 4 wheel drive, that he can plow through anything. Sigh, must be a man thing.
Also, good that you're moving past the toxic relationship. THere's no need to keep people like that in your life. Life's too short to deal with shit and shitty you have more living to do like shoveling your snow in a bikkini next time.

JulzJewlz said...

Love the video of Steve Martin. I knew he played and played well. You just don't get to see it very often. I've heard that playing a Digirido can help you if you have sleep apnea. I need one!! LOL
thanks for following me. Love your blog!
Julz@ and

Adriana Iris said...

TY really like your blog!

April said...

i'm following from the weekend blog hop! i hope you'll visit my blog and follow back!


Mommy B said...

Thanks for the follow!!

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Jen (Mama Schell) said...

I completely get the toxic friend thing. I think that the best gift that I gave myself this year was letting go of mine and not feeling guilty about it anymore. It's was sooo very hard, but so necessary for my personal happiness.

Thanks for the follow. Following back.


ck said...

The banjo is so catchy. Every time I hear it in a song (a kid's song...YES I'm one of those who lets the kids listen to "their" music in the car. In other words, if I ever offer you a ride, you might want to think twice before accepting) I wish I could play. I never take action and learn, I just desire to already know how. Which is why the only instrument I can play is the keyboard of my computer. So sad...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the follow!! Whenever we are expecting a bunch of snow, my hubby will park close to the end of the driveway so he doesn't have that much to shovel,lol

Tabetha said...

cute blog--I'm a new follower :)

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