Friday Can’t Come Soon Enough

May 13, 2009 by admncc

Have you ever had one of those days where your mind just won’t stop racing?  This whole week has been like that for me.  If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.  Work has been busy.  Home life has been busy.  And yesterday, in particular, was a lousy day.

For starters, my wife got a speeding ticket.  She rationalized it by saying that she was due for one after years of speeding and not getting caught.  Maybe that’s fair.  It’s been eight years since her last ticket.  Frankly, I get pulled over way more often, but over the years I have worked very hard on my get-out-of-a-ticket techniques and they are flawless.  The bad news is that her incident will cost us $150.

Then my daughter fell on the stairs and bruised her elbow.  As a parent, it is heart wrenching when your child gets hurt and you can’t do anything about it.  We were walking down the stairs and she slipped in her socks no sooner than I finished saying, “Be careful and make sure you hold the banister.”  As I watched it happen, it seemed to play out in slow motion – as it always does for parents.  She’s OK, but required the “boo-boo bunny” for a few minutes.  But even though it was a complete accident, I was mad and upset at myself.  It’s called being a parent…

Then we lost our softball game.  I’m extremely competitive and hate loosing.  Two years ago we placed second in the league.  Last year we won the whole thing.  I personally didn’t play well either and need to work off some winter rust moving forward.

BTW, we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the launch of The Constant Complainer.  It’s May 28th and I have some fun stuff in store for everyone as that date approaches.  We’ve accomplished a lot in one year, including winning “Best Blog in Cleveland.”  I can’t thank all of you enough for making that happen.  I’m also planning some contests and give-a-ways, so stay tuned.

Finally, thanks to Heather, who contacted me and suggested weddings as a topic to write about.  She mentioned guest lists, RSVP’s, receptions, etc.  And you know what – she’s right.  I’ve been married for seven years and to this day, I still remember the three couples who RSVP’d for our wedding, but didn’t show up.  That’s right – we paid for your dinner, but you were MIA.  LOL.  Heather, you might be on to something here.  Let’s see where this discussion takes us.  Oh, and let’s not make it about religion, please!  If you want to criticize something having to do with a wedding, that’s fine, but no religious debating!  Enjoy your evening…

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  1. NeoConDon says:

    I’ve watched my 3 oldest children get hurt in slow motion so many times. They produced a missing tooth in a 3 year old, and several visits for stitches. Don’t worry about it. The fact that you feel bad about something you can’t control says enough.

    As for no religious debate on this post, I agree. Most of those who have responded to the couple religious debates we’ve had in the past have been far too uninformed to provide intelligent discussion.

  2. Dan says:

    I’m not a big fan of wedding receptions where little kids are invited. We didn’t allow them at ours.

    And I say good job, sir. Talking your way out of a ticket isn’t easy these days.

  3. Think positive. The week will turn around! Hubby got a ticket two weeks ago. Yikes!

    The series on weddings sounds like it could be very good.

  4. c.princess says:

    You talked your way out of a ticket. How? I couldn’t get out of both of mine!

    Sorry to hear your little lamb got a boo-boo.

    Congratulations on your up coming anniversary.

  5. Extreme John says:

    It seems like you and I have a lot in common, I had the same kind of crappy week last week and this week hasn’t been much better.

    I suggest that the first thing you do when you wake up is think of all of the excellent parental decisions you make and realize just how uncontrollable that situation was.

    Than think of the positive contributions you made during the season, no one is perfect. The speeding ticket… well you said it yourself, it’s been 8 years. Let it go. Keep your head up bro.

  6. Marissa says:

    Congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary! Even though I don’t complain much, maybe I can upgrade my status to Intermittent Complainer. 😀

  7. Chris says:

    Congrats blog-buddy.

    I think your wife makes a case for the speeding ticket. And you should definitely name and shame the people that didn’t turn up for your wedding … rude. 🙂

  8. Ohhh I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us on Friday:) Happy birthday to the Blog!

    Ohhh I love wedding blog posts! 🙂 (Yes especially the ones not involving religion!) I got married a little over a year ago and I had plenty of gripes. Want a list?!

    1. Having to invite a slew of people that the parents and parent in laws wanted to invite because “we were invited to theirs”

    2. Having people RSVP and not show up.

    3. Having people NOT RSVP and show up. (Yes it happened and then she got mad when got to the reception hall and didn’t find her place card!!!)

    4. Family members who think its their duty in life to tell you what to do or give their opinon. Seriously, you already got married, planned your wedding your way (or got bullied into the mother in laws way) bugger off and let me do my wedding my way!

  9. Sugar says:

    At our wedding, we had the opposite problem. About 10 couples said they would be there, and then didn’t show! Some people don’t realize the costs of a wedding. We gave the caterer a certain count, and still had to pay for their meal. Also, we had specifically stated in the invitation that it was an “Adult Reception”. Due to alcohol being there, we did not want younger children present. What irritated us was that the guests that didn’t care and brought their children just let them run around! We had to say something to them, which promptly made them upset and they left early. Other people were upset about that, but we had to remind them that it was not their wedding. NO KIDS MEANS NO KIDS, lol.

  10. Sugar,

    I couldn’t say adult only reception because my bridal party was ALL kids. My family has tons of kids as does my husbands side. The only adults in the wedding besides myself and my husband were our best man and maid of honor. I had 2 flower girls, 2 ring boys (one brought the rings down the other the crowns we wear on our heads) and 5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen. 14 kids all ranging from 3 years old to 15 years old.

    My hall was big enough though to have the kids off doing their own thing. What irked me was when we had to invite some families we don’t know well (because of inviting someone that the parents wanted invited) and they didn’t mark if they had children or not. They’ve RSVP for 4 so we assume 4 adult meals. Nope…they brought kids. I had to pay $140 per freaking adult and people didn’t have the brain power to let us know they had kids…

  11. Sugar says:

    Jenny, that really sucks.

  12. Congrats on your first year!!

  13. William Gatherer says:

    Pull the sliver handle, and watch the week spin in the porcelain. Tomorrow is Friday CC, so that means another day for something odd/bad to happen. Good news is that it hasn’t been too bad of a week on this end. As a recent member of the DAD club, I can sort of relate to the oh no moment, right after warnings of holding on, or don’t do… and by time that comes out, it is already too late.

    My dad had an oh no moment as well by dropping his cell phone in the potty as well.

    Congrats on the anniversary of the Constant Complainer. I can see that there is no end in sight, especially with this group we have here.

    happy postings everyone.

  14. Heather says:

    No one should ever ask a bride if she “will be wearing white”! I have never been married before nor do I have children. My future husband and I lived together before getting married, yes, but so what? Two different women asked me this and its not like they were elderly women.

    Besides the usual people RSVPing and not showing up, my husband’s cousin was invited on her own instead of “and guest” because we knew she didn’t have a boyfriend and our wedding was very small. She writes 2 on the response card and shows up with a female friend and a crumpled $20 bill in a card that didn’t even cover both their meals. We were glad to have her there, I just would have never had the nerve to do that, at least without asking first.

    Also, as a wedding guest never receiving a thank you card from the bride and groom was disappointing.

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