Saturday, January 06, 2007

Things I Learned This Week: 1/6/07

Because I want to spare you from experiencing some of the things I endured over the last few days, I post “Things I Learned This Week” each Saturday. It’s educational, sometimes insightful and for some reason, always makes me look pathetic. I hope that at least one item on this list will make your upcoming week much easier. So here are the “Things I Learned This Week” for the week of 12/31/06-1/6/07.

! I learned that even though I haven’t bothered to plan a thing for my wife and I for New Year’s Eve, I should at least try to pretend I did for her sake. I don’t think she appreciated my detailed answer of ‘Um, no. Why, did you want to do something tonight?’

! I learned that no matter how grumpy I am to be back at work after the time off during the holidays, I should not enter the office by saying ‘OK, here’s the deal, I don’t want to be here and try not to bother me until after lunch. Oh yeah, did anyone make coffee yet?’ While it was effective in keeping people out of my cubicle for a while, I fear it may have repercussions for my workplace relationships…

! I learned that whenever we go out to eat as a family, I should just order two dishes of my favorite meal and not get something different for Lucy and Ethel. They end up eating what I ordered no matter what’s on their plate. Unfortunately, despite the love I have for my children, I don’t share food well.

! I learned that my work friend and I should not take ‘female coworker’ for a walk during our lunchtime ever again. I learned new expletives that I couldn’t even use in a seedy bar or naval vessel!

! I learned not to turn my back towards my cousin while having family snowball fights. I think the swelling on the back of my head has finally gone down though.

! I learned to never again go walking in the morning when there is a very heavy fog. Every time I looked out of the corner of my eyes, I thought I was passing out.

And lastly,

! I learned that when my daughter is really sick and my wife is upstairs with her, I should stop reading other people’s blogs and at least go up and sit with them. This is true no matter how well under control she appears to have the situation!


HeatherinBeautifulBritishColumbia said...

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Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well honey it seems you are learning plenty. a little at a time. that is good, that way you have time to remember what you learned. like me. not i am trying to remember where i put my meds. have you seen them? i had them over at mo's earlier but i thought he was going to take them so i hid them and now i can't find them. sigh... did you learn where they are? that would be helpful. thanks. michael? michael? look michael look. good honey.

Odat said...


Shame on you for the New Year's Eve "non planning".....
I don't share my food well either!
Where are you getting snowballs from...that's so weird..I'm supposed to have snowballs now..not you!! Lastly, me thinks the time has come for that blogging intervention!!!!!
Have a great weekend!!!!!

mist1 said...

Couldn't your wife and daughter try to sit a little closer to the computer for your sake?

Michael C said...

Heather: I will do just that!

Empress Bee: I take a bunch of meds for my heart. Finding them isn't the problem for me, it's remembering to take the darn things!

Odat: The snowballs came from the mountains. It's actually cold up there. I guess the world is gonna end so when NYC is warmer than So Cal in the dead of winter!!

Mist1: I was thinking that but I value my marriage and time with my children too much to ask!

abbagirl74 said...

Seems to me like you are a good daddy despite your food and vomit issues.

Michael C said...

Abbagirl74: Thank you, I'd like to think that ;-) Lucy and Ethel don't mind me too much ;-)

thethinker said...

Your Lucy and Ethel do exactly what I used to do to my parents. Food always tastes so much better when it's not yours.

Skittles said...

LOL at the last one :)

Michael C said...

Thinker: I think the minute they see us enjoying it they have to get a bit for themselves to see what they are missing.

Skittles: I guess blogging can really be an addiction. Who knew?

Aisby said...

I love your "What I learned this week" posts...they're my favorite.

Oh, and you did the right thing by reading blogs instead of going and sitting with sick wife and child...because if you catch the child's germs, who will take care of the wife when she catches them? THAT'S your excuse!!