Wrap-Up: Week 4963

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Or maybe it only feels like that. We are still finishing first grade, and I am stubbornly refusing to move on to second grade until this blasted math book is finished.

• Big IS making progress, because I told him in a moment of weakness that when he finished the book, I would take him to the Lego aisle and let him buy any set he wanted. There are moments of serious contemplation of the Lego catalog interspersed with moments of grudging, “I guess I’ll do some math today.”

Whatever. Maybe I am a failure, but at least I found his price. And it’s not like I don’t spend eight thousand dollars a year on Legos anyway, so I’m not really out anything.

Setting a bad precedence? Probably. But that’s Future Deb’s problem.

Future Deb better cowboy up.

• Also I spent all last week fantasizing about the day when I can afford a house in which I do not have to share a bathroom with anyone.

At all.


Not even Jim.

On Wednesday, in a sudden fit of anger at the state of the bathroom, I showed Big the toilet and the Clorox wipes, and shrieked at lectured him on a variety of dried-pee related topics while he, full of righteous indignation on the absolute injustice of the whole thing, cleaned it. Jim came up the stairs at that exact moment, and he got an earful too.

Anyway, I made a new rule. Male People are either cleaning up after their bathroom visits, or I am not sharing with them. I’m over it. Nineteen years of being subjected to other people’s dried pee is apparently my limit.

I know what you are thinking.

That I am the best mom and wife ever.

And maybe that you want me to say dried pee a few more times.

Cleaning the potty was educational for all concerned. That’s why it made the wrap-up.

• We also finished Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Farm in the Family Read Aloud department. We only had one chapter left, but I’m counting it and you can’t stop me.

• So for those of you who have started school – I hope your beginning days are going well. For those of you holding on to the dregs of summer with your fingernails – good for you.

8 Responses to “Wrap-Up: Week 4963”

  1. Thia Says:

    I don’t know why…maybe I haven’t had enough coffee yet or maybe because I have not had any chocolate yet today…but this post is the best I’ve read in a while. I don’t know why. Because, for some reason, it made me feel better. I just thought you should know that.
    I have 2 read a louds we dropped in June when school ended. There’s only a few ch in each. It’s my goal to finish them before we start the new year after Labor Day.

  2. Kristy Says:

    Try living with 3 males. It is like I am surrounded by dried pee. That is all.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..Flippin’ Out

  3. Sarah Says:

    In one of the houses my aunt lived in, she had a bathroom outside attatched to the carport. It was the boy’s/men’s bathroom. She wouldn’t let any male use the inside bathroom.

  4. Amy B Says:

    My boys are 7 and 9. They are not allowed to stand up to pee at home. I just couldn’t take it anymore.

  5. Eddie Says:

    Daily puddles and boy bribery are a part of my daily routine too. The ESW has made more appearances than I care to count upon discovering small lakes to the right of the toilet.
    Eddie´s last blog post ..A Day in the Life, or why you should be glad you don’t live here.

  6. MJ @ Creative Madness Mama Says:

    In addition. To what they said I just want to say I don’t even know you (I’m a new reader) but I really like everything you share.
    MJ @ Creative Madness Mama´s last blog post ....picking peaches in the orchard..

  7. Sparklee Says:

    Oh, wait. THIS is the dried pee post. Sorry, I was reading top-down.

    Anyway, the males in my house have pretty good aim, I guess. Our problem is that our two pugs think the toilet is their personal fireplug. How do I explain to them that, yes, the people pee here…but you’re supposed to go outside?

    As for the Lego bribe…I’m about to pay my son to read a chapter book a month. I’ve tried everything else. I hate doing this, it goes against everything I thought I believed. But I want my kid to read like you want yours to do math.

    Once again, thanks for reminding me to laugh about life’s daily challenges!
    Sparklee´s last blog post ..Our Cell Unit Study So Far…

  8. Kevin Says:

    I don’t know if payments for learning are good or bad, but they might produce opportunities and motivation for doing mathematical calculations. As in, how many can you buy?, or how long will it take you to save?, etc.