What I learned this week…kitchen chairs are ruining my life.

by Janelle Hanchett


  1. On Friday we visited my brother and his family. There are 6 kids between our two families, ages: 10, 6, 6, 3, 19 months and 4 months. Yeah. It isn’t quiet.
  2. The four older kids all sleep in the same room. It takes like 3 hours and 12,000 threats of varying intensity to get them to stop giggling [and actually sleep]. I want to get mad, but I can’t, because I remember doing the exact same thing with my cousins. And it was like the best thing in the world.
  3. My insomnia has returned, which is weird, since I still hate her. You’d think she would get the message that she’s unwelcome in these parts. But no. She has no manners. Consequently, I sleep 4-5 hours a night and pretty much want to cry every morning.
  4. Georgia has hit the “no” stage. Isn’t  19 months a little early for that? Our favorite game is to ask her “Do you like saying ‘no?’”, to which she of course responds “no.” And then we ask her “Are you a ‘no-no’ girl?’” and she says, yeah you guessed it, “no.” I don’t know why, but it’s funny like every time, even though the results are rather predictable.
  5.  A few days ago at the gym I asked my husband when he wanted to leave. He said “ten minutes.” I asked “are you going to shower here?”, he answers “no.” I ask “oh, you’re gonna shower at home?” He answers “I’m not gonna shower.”
  6. No really. Why are they so disgusting? WHY?
  7. Georgia has also learned to move the kitchen table chairs all over the kitchen so she can access the counters. I’m considering getting rid of all kitchen chairs. We can sit on the floor, or kneel, or stand. Or never eat again. Or move out. BECAUSE I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE.
  8. Somebody please explain to me how it’s possible that I gain like TWO POUNDS just by eating crap for TWO DAYS. I hate being not-22. When I was 22, I could eat grilled cheese and Top Ramen and rum & coke all day and remain skinny. Now, I eat crap for TWO DAYS and my pants are tight. It’s so uncool.
  9. Have any of you ever noticed that Phineas & Ferb is actually a pretty intelligent show? The other day the kids watched an episode that talked about existentialism and mentioned Sarte and Kierkegaard. I realize kids (and many adults) may not know about those guys, but it’s pretty cool that their names popped up in a cartoon, especially for a Super Geek Literature person like me. Plus, the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz is ahmazing. No really, it’s a smart show. Check it out.
  10. Not that I let my kids watch T.V.

Have a great week, friends!

Also, wanted to thank everybody for voting for me for the Circle of Moms contest. I haven’t made it in the top 25, which is no big deal at all — I can’t compete with the big-shot bloggers! And that’s cool. We’re all hipster and shit – you know, the blog you’ve never heard of. HAHAHA!

But thanks again everybody. I love you people.

5 Comments | Posted in weeks of mayhem | March 18, 2012
  • Melissa

    I love Phineas and Ferb more than my daughter, in fact, I will watch it without her and rather than dealing with whatever stupid show is on that she wants to watch- I make her watch Phineas and Ferbs movie so I can watch it.

  • Christal

    My son pushes chairs all over the kitchen too, and what’s worse is we have high chairs, so he pushes the normal ones to the counter, then goes and grabs his little step stool so he creates his own little set of stairs wherever he needs. Nothing is safe anymore! I’ll have to check out Phineus and Ferb, and not that I let my kid watch TV either but we watch Bubble Guppies on Nick 🙂

  • Alissa

    When I was 22 I could binge drink and not gain an ounce from all of that beer. Now? Well, I still binge drink. Oh well.

  • Stephanie

    Wow, I am LOVING this blog, glad I found it.
    We are in the middle of a VERY VERY annoyoing push-the-chair-around-the-kitchen stage. Ugh. I almost lit cupcake liners on fire yesterday when I tripped over the damn thing.
    My husband watches Phineus and Ferb even when my daughter doesnt.

  • Wendy

    Why did I not start reading your blog sooner? I’d like thank Kim at Yep, They’re All Mine, for introducing me to another blog addiction.
    We heart Phin & Ferb. 6 year old has had the flu for three days and I think I’ve seen every episode there is.
    Thanks for the Young Tom Edison rec. I’m going to take him to his first play this weekend (assuming there is no more flu).
    I love that you ditch school for the beach. I’m a grad student at Sac State too. And I love the beach. Specifically, Rodeo Beach. My happy place.