05 March 2011

Mother's Cure.... Laughter

Driving driving driving...

Isn't that the story when you're a Stay-At-Home-Mom?  Yes, it's true that I drove more back when I was a florist delivery driver...no gold lamé suit or winged hat for me, though I was speedy and polite ...

But I do drive a lot.  This morning, the issue was not so much the mileage as the juggle... 4 kids, 3 different things all before 11 a.m.

  • 9:00 Certificate of Merit piano exam to be administered 30 minutes away from home for Big G.
  • 10:00 Skateboard Class at a location heading back toward home for a 20-minute drive from the piano thing for Q-Man.
  • 11:00 Gymnastics heading back in the original direction another 10-minute drive from the skateboard thing for Big G and Baby X.
Lots of back-and-forth going on.  Every time I got in and out of the car and had to look at how hoopty it's getting, this video came to mind.  You see, there is a medium-ish dent in the driver's door of my minivan, a ding in the hood and another on the tailgate and enough food on the floor to keep us all alive for about a week... if we were stingy with the portion-sizes and desperate enough to tolerate subsisting on stale Cheerios, rice cake crumbles and broken pretzels.  Thinking about this video kept me sane because it makes me laugh.  I find laughter really helps me in the insanity-prevention department.

Of course, the fun didn't end with the arrival at gymnastics.  Nope.  It was at this point that momming kicked into high gear.  Chasing a bored-now-rampant toddler who has been being schlepped all over town for her older brothers' and sister's activities while simultaneously coping with the whining of a bored, Doritos-craving kindergartener is grueling... especially in a confined space filled with lots of observing parents drinking cups of coffee without handy lids.  Finally, after 55 minutes of that, we got to go home to have lunch and fight with our siblings and drive mommy more batty and eventually settle down when the toddler went to nap.

After my rough housewife/mommy morning, I was in serious need of some REAL housewife humor.  I know where to go when THAT is my jones...  and if off-color language offends you and/or your kids are in the room, consider yourself warned... I don't let my kids listen to this one!

No need for oxycontin washed down with Jack D for me.  Listening to Sally Brooks and laughing so hard no sound comes out is my Mother's Cure :)

Do you spend a lot of time in the car?  Do you enjoy driving?
–While I spend more time in the car with my kids than I prefer, I do enjoy driving quite a bit :)  I love road trips and would love to do that with the kids... not loving all the kid-commuting as much.

What is your go-to for insanity-prevention?
–Other than a great laugh, I pick running.


  1. That was the funniest thing EVER!!! And for the record...I'm trying that JD concoction! ;)

  2. I hate being in a car! Doesn't really make sense since I'm a nomad. I don't know how moms do it. Oh, yeah, that's when the drugs come in handy :P

    Finally catching up on blogs & see you had an anniversary! Love your wedding pic. If you and your man had smiled any bigger, you would have had face stretch marks :)

  3. Ha! So true about the van! Our mini van is trashed right now. Ridiculous amounts of paper from preschool and so many toys, sippy cups and it reeks of something. :( My kids don't drink mile but who knows what it smells like. :( So funny. We don't spend a ton of time in the car. We are close to school and preschool so we walk a lot and I try not to sign up for too much. I try to get stuff done when I take my 3 year old to preschool and then I'll run errands with the other two. We do have gymnastics on Monday nights though. I'm crazy enough though. Most days are a whirlwind!

  4. I want to thank you, I always felt bad about the state of my minivan but now I realize that if ever we were to be stranded, we too could live off the food that is on the bottom of our car! Thanks for the laugh! I've always though it was funny that they call us stay at home moms, when we never stay at home with all the running around we do! I always enjoy your posts!

  5. I cannot imagine keeping up with all the kid's schedules! I have a hard time with just mine and my son's...I guess it's one thing you learn with motherhood, how to balance and do it all!

  6. Love that Mom my Ride video. My car is trashed and I kind of quit on it a little bit. You fortunately do not have to deal with the snowmudslush involved with loading kids in and out on a snow melt day. A year ago I would have said that I do not like driving around. Now I'm not minding it so much. It's a great time-killer when the troops are restless.

  7. OK, I just had to add this one:
    I think it's not even new, but I just heard it last week for the first time, and thought it was just as funny.


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