-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Secret Subject Swap!

Hello friends! Today, I'm participating in a "Secret Subject Swap". It's my blog's very first swap and I'm not going to lie. I'm pretty nervous. What could possibly go wrong? Wait.  Don't answer that.

A few weeks ago, my good blogging friend Karen over at Baking in a Tornado suggested that anyone who wanted to, could enter into her Blog Swap. She thought it would be fun if we asked and answered a simple question or talk about a certain topic given to us from another blogger. ( I don't know who is answering my silly inquiry, but I will find out right along with you and the other participating blogger-contestants.) No, there aren't prizes. I  probably shouldn't use the word contestants. But if you stop over to Karen's site, you will find a nice collection of sweet recipes. Some have chocolate! I always call that a win..

I received my question 2 weeks ago and have been allotted all this time before posting. It won't surprise you to know that I procrastinated until the end. I knew what I wanted to say, just not how to say it. (Some things never change.) Anywhoo, here I am and there you are. That's all that matters.

The secret subject given to me was: "If I could have one weekend all to myself, I would..."
The topic was given to me by Roshni over at Mom of Big A little a 


When I first read the topic I thought I was mis-reading it. I mean, two days? Alone? Does that really mean "by myself?" Couldn't there, wouldn't there be some place that a mom would HAVE to be? Might there be ANYTHING that HAD to get done? Could those magic words guarantee that there wouldn't be any door-to-door solicitors or phone calls or house projects or COSTCO shopping? That's crazy-talk, right there.

I saw a million and two opportunities float above my head like a dream. Which one of those conjured-up fantasies would I grab a hold of and choose? Let me check again. Yes, we're talking about a WHOLE weekend. 48 beautiful hours. Hmmm.

There are beaches and hotels I'd love to see. There are mountain retreats and National landmarks I could put on my list. There are places to meditate and there are Lifetime movies to be watched. What would a girl like me do?

As I was thinking of the perfect answer, it came to me that  I couldn't immediately choose. What I could do however, was answer for my family members. If I asked them (and I did) what they would do for an uninterrupted weekend, would they have to think about it, too?

Nope. Before they told me, I already knew.

The man: He would hang out with his computers. He'd perform delicate surgeries nine ways till Monday with his computers, i.e. his"other kids". Like some sort of "Lord of the Electronics," he would giveth and taketh away, spending two days without even watching the clock.

 He'd take from the big guy..


And give to this guy.. 

and so on...and so on..... until someone told him to stop.


The eldest? She'd break that plastic pink pig into a hundred pieces and then shop and/ or hang out with her friends. The people that couldn't come along would be updated via texts by-the-second. Or instagram. Now that couldn't take all day, let alone all weekend, could it? Oh yeah, it could.


 The middle child?  He would sit in his cave and play X-box 360 until he ran out of food or water. Actually, he does that now. (Enter Mother of the Year Award.)


Finally, the youngest (who is busy building a Lego airport as I write this) would be spending his 2,880 minutes clicking plastic, feet-destroying blocks together until he ran out. Does anyone EVER run out of Legos?



So you see, it's easy for them to plan a weekend alone...

For me, though? Well, after some thought, I guess... I would take the longest bath known to man. I would refill the tub over and over with hot water until the pipes ran dry. I would stay inside my home like the hermit that I am and I would curl up and read. Then, I would throw in some naps, because I can't remember what those are, but I hear they're fantastic. I would try to practice a bit of yoga knowing I wouldn't be interrupted by breaking dishes or fighting..


Finally, with any time left over, I would eat everything in the house that I could get away with. Those of you who read this blog know very well that I could eat that burger (with that same expression) ON my yoga mat, WHILE watching Lifetime. All day long. A girl can dream, right?

Well would you look at that. It was easier than I thought!




Thanks for the topic, Roshni! Here are the links to the sites of the 8 lovely ladies who are participating in today's Subject Swap. Give them a visit, a follow or a kind comment if you like what you read. Chances are, you will :)



http://momofbigalittlea.blogspot.com/

Happy "Making-friends-all-over-the-place" day, friends.

43 comments:

  1. ROFLOL at the Legos... I HATE those things! They seem to jump in the way of my feet in that split second from the time I look until I actually put my foot down!!!
    And I think I would do the exact same thing you would do, but minus the yoga to leave more time for naps. ;)

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    1. Oh Stacy, I love you already! Naps should be required and Legos should be squishy. That's the kind of world I want to live in.

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  2. Love the post, DITTO with Stacy on the legos, but I also have cars to deal with. I would love getting to eat without having to share food with my son and dog. This secret swap was so much fun.

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    1. Dinoheromommy, the swap WAS fun! I'm glad I participated. It's fun to see other's writing styles. It's also fun to find those common threads among us...like stepping on toys and never being able to finish a meal.

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  3. You ROCKED this post. LOVE it, love the pics, love the different points of view. Thank you for mentioning, about a month ago, that you didn't know what to write about. You got my crazy brain moving a mile a minute and somehow we all ended up here with all these great posts! I heart you, girl.

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    1. Karen, this was a fabulous idea. There are very talented women in this group. Hilarious women. (whew!) I was going to write that I was happy to participate with some one else thinking up my topic..That was a nice change. I must admit (no surprise to you) that I worried over it until 6:59 this morning. It's been great reading all of the blogs. Love right back at you, K. Great job with the swap!

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  4. LOL!!! Remember, I have 2 boys also. Legos HATE me.
    Now, I do have to say I am secretly bummed you didn't mention ONCE Mitten state OR FF friends in your 48 hrs to yourself. Not that 48 hrs would EVEA' be long enough for fried pickles and gossipin'..... jus' sayin'. ;)
    I would so choose the napping and eating part, also. Movies and eating. Cake. Movies. Napping. Yes, thats what I would do. Must be why we like each other so much.
    Oh....and deep fried to crispy goodness pickles. *drool*
    <3

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    1. Fried pickles and cake! Where were you when I was writing this post? I'd need a good solid week and a half to hang out with my forever-friend! Eating and chewing the fat (literally)..Well, maybe two weeks :). I miss you!

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  5. Where did you get all those pictures of me "hanging out" with my "other kids"? I guess I should pay more attention. Anyways, I don't think I could do that for 48 hours straight. Maybe I'd throw some yoga in there between the "delicate surgeries" just to mix it up a bit.

    As for your dream weekend alone, it sounds very doable. We just need to find a tub for you and figure out how to stop the fighting, breaking dishes, solicitors, phone calls and house projects. Hey, we've accomplished bigger things so no sweat. Great post!

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    1. Mr. Man, One measly, deep, footed bathtub. It really isn't too much to ask for, now is it?
      Hey. I'm always snapping photos. Just be happy I chose the computer ones..I am introducing new readers to our family..they need to be warmed up a bit before I talk about anything else!!
      I'd love to see you and your iMacs on the yoga mat. You could surf the net AND tell me the premise of whatever Lifetime movie was on the TV. I won't question once how you know that information. :)

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    2. There is a solution! A nice stay on her own in a hotel that has a bath, with plenty of supplies and the yoga mat. I'm still trying to convince my husband that this is a good idea for any occasion that requires his coming up with a gift.

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    3. Shel, it's a perfect idea! I think we should spread the word to all of our husbands. So much better than a can opener. Not that I've ever received a can opener for a gift. :P

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  6. I suppose all I would need to do to have a weekend to myself would be to throw a tub of Legos into the basement and stock the fridge there with pizza and soda. Then all the children remaining at home and my sweetie would forget of my existence as they spent hours creating with Legos while watching endless Netflix and nourishing themselves on pizza and soda. Now that I think about it, I might just have to test this theory.

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    1. Only two more days 'til the weekend, my friend! I say Go For It!! I really do, BTW, need to jump on the Netflix bandwagon. Pizza and soda. Mmmm. I think I need to eat. :)

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  7. I haven't watched a Lifetime movie since the, Drew Peterson story so I know I need to catch up. I haven't "exercised" in months although I walk my daughter's dog 3x a day. I haven't had a big juicy burger in 3 months and now I'm low carbing it. I'm with you on your 2 day weekend excursion. It may not sound exciting to some, but I'm so there!

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    1. I never saw the Drew Peterson story! Dang. I always laugh, because I'll have it on in the background and my husband will say, "hey, isn't that the one where the woman kills someone/has an affair/steals someon'es children/blah blah blah..? It's a little freaky-
      Walking your dog three times a day sounds like a lot of exercise! I remember the low-carb days. I hope it's going smoothly for you. If it's not, please come to my house and have a snack! :)

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  8. Hahaha! I love this! Eating a burger and watching a Lifetime movie would be AWESOME! Right now i'm listening to my toddler boys screaming and fighting over a toy. One can dream right?

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    1. I love how moms "get the dream". All it requires is the smallest amount of peace and quiet. A little Tori Spelling movie thrown in never hurts, right?

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  9. wow! I thought my subject was pretty lame but you managed to turn it around into an awesome topic!!! Love that your hubs is also a computer junkie like mine...wait, scratch the love part, because my hubs' 'hobby' is just plain weird to me?!!! You pretty much nailed it about the boy kids too coz that's what my two boys would do!! And, who needs fancy vacations when we could nap and read and nap all day!!!

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    1. Thanks Roshni! Your subject wan't lame at all! I was excited to write about it! THank goodness someone understands the "computer junkie"..I'll never get it...I'm just happy to plug it into the wall and hope it works! Nap. Read. Nap. It kind of sounds like heaven!!

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  10. Great post! I enjoyed and sympathised! I'm glad I'm SOOOOO done with the Legos!!! The bottoms of my feet still carry the marks! If I had a weekend to myself I'do exactly the same as you, minus the yoga, I think. There would be no cleaning and cooking or eating leftovers. I would have my food delivered - whatever my craving is for at that moment (pizza, burgers, souvlakia, gyros, ice cream...)and stuff my face in front of a screen may that be the computer's or the TV's!!! No schedules! Whatever, whenever!!!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki. I find Legos in every crevice of this house! Delivered food is brilliant. Pizza, Jimmy Johns, Chinese...Yeah, I could handle that. I love my family, but I could definitely use a few days of "Whatever, Whenever!"

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  11. I really enjoyed this. I love the pictures and reading how everyone would spend their time. If I had two whole days to myself, I would sleep and eat and sleep some more. I would listen to music (the kind I cannot listen to around Quinn) and dance in the livingroom. I would turn off my phone and just tune out. It is important to note that had I answered this question almost 4 years ago, I'm sure I would have said something about traveling or scuba diving...shows how having a child makes a girl just want to sleep and eat food she doesn't have to share.

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    1. Funny how we know more about our family than we do of ourselves. I know what you mean about knowing how you would spend a weekend before the kids. I was a wild one, remember? Now, I'm lucky to stay up for the news.. I opened a bag of Skittles to help me finish writing this post. The kids heard the bag open from their rooms. I don't think I even ate 5 little candies..Sharing is caring unless it's candy. Thanks for commenting, K :)

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  12. Ha! I hate legos, well I like them better than video games but stepping on them is torture! And yes, eating on a yoga mat watching tv is the most exercise I would get. Your day sounds perfect!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! You'd think I'd hide the Legos by now, right? After reading the comments, I realize we all need a weekend (or six) to decompress. It won't happen, but it's an idea...

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  13. Brilliant Michele :-). Your weekend sounds so good! Loved hearing about how the rest of the family would spend theirs to. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you! I was hoping new readers might get a glimpse of my family! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It means a lot. Sending smiles :)

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  14. Excellent post, and I love the idea of a subject swap. My boys are both of the age that they enjoy Lego and Nintendo Wii, so your boys' activities would be spot on for my two as well.

    Like you, I'm not sure what I would do with myself for two whole days, but I would love to find out.

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    1. Thanks Shelly. Come participate in the next one! All you have to do is let Karen at Baking in a tornado know. Her link is up in the post. She will set you up. Everyone is welcome.

      I've never met a kid who doesn't love LEGOS :) 2 whole days. Can you imagine? Without any guilt? Like you, I'd love to find out!

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  15. Awwww I love this idea! I wanna participate next time! That looks like so much fun!!! Awesome!! So freakin' cute ur kids oh and PS I love love Lifetime! my DH laughs at me all the time!

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    1. Please, Please come be part of it! It was so much fun. I was a big ball of nerves, but I am really happy with how it all turned out.

      Another Lifetime watcher? I do believe a GNO is in order. Or would that be Girls' Night In? No matter. Thanks for commenting and for your kind words :)

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  16. ok yo: i think you "rocked" this one...

    my man mark: dude is the "mad scientist" and all with his work space...

    i am diggin' the "cave" and air hockey...

    i have to walk down to the "office" here to get to the gym: suffice to say... not much!!!

    your weekend??? i'm gonna "swap" your long bath (and lifetime) for my football (and computer/wager study).

    a slu weekend alone??? i would have to leave for two hours for lucy time: probably a burger. yours looked really good.

    loved it as usual... take care, slu

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    1. Holy Smokes... I just noticed: "Chewylicious." Last time it was "Vickilicious." Yikes!!! enough said, slu

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    2. Ahh! Thanks, Slu.

      Mark loved the title "mad scientist". He actually has his own workspace. The room is a lovely shade of pepto-bismal pink, so he prefers working anywhere else. (I need to work on that. What shade of paint goes with electronics?) Between my sewing and his hobby, you can now see where all of the clutter comes from!

      The cave- thanks on that. I thought it would be a fun place to watch movies and hang out, but now it just smells like boys :(

      Hey, I could always compromise on "what's on the TV." Football or Lifetime. But I can't give up my dream of the bath. Probably because I can't wager study where I live..:)

      That "Carl's Junior" burger was the highlight of a very long week. I'm classy like that.

      I told you, my blogger friends have the best names!

      Happy Friday, Slu!

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  17. You are so right! A hole, magical 48 hours to me, myself, without worrying about outside obligations... This would require some serious thought... Such a delightful day dream! :) LOVE this secret subject swap! I may try to get in on the next one.
    LOVE your article!

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    1. Thanks, Kat! I hope you join up. It sounds like it will be a lot bigger this next time! Woo Hoo! Thanks for taking the time to comment; I appreciate it!

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  18. Okay first of all, it is absolutely bizarre the similarities between my man and yours...Right now I'm watching him solder a blackberry part together to "fix it" instead of getting a new one. Our walk in cupboard is where computers go to die....
    Thanks so much for the lovely comment about my stress post :-) I really appreciate it. I'd love to avail myself of the weekend to do with what I want....I think I'd be locked in the bathroom too! ;-)

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    1. What is it with these electronic gadget-obsessed boys? Our garage is the computer graveyard. Not whole computers, mind you. Rather pieces to 600 bazillion computers. BTW, I never exaggerate. :)
      You're welcome on the comment. I've been there. We all have. You'll pass on that same advice to someone in the coming years. We all go through it.
      Now, I'm off to see if MY man has fixed HIS crack-berry!

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  19. I like your answer to the question. I know if I had time to myself I would stay at home too.

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    1. Thanks, lady! I think most of us would. It does say something positive about the "little things". It never takes a lot to decompress. It's just so hard to find the time. Thanks for commenting!

      Apple-Cinnamon french toast??? I'm on it!!

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  20. Ouch Legos are the worst. I thought I had commented already but I guess not. I am a scatter brain lately. Loved this post. Glad we met through this.

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    1. I'm glad you commented! You actually did comment, it was just on my last post..No worries, as I'm needy and will take anything I can get. Haha
      I'm glad we met through the swap, too. Although I have a harder time keeping up with Twitter, I can try to read and keep up with the blogs. Apparently, that's a lot easier than me writing a new post!
      Have a great day :)

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