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This & That

Today’s post is a Hodge podge of thoughts floating through that area at the top of my body between my ears.

I think about stupid things while I’m showering in the morning. Take into account that the shower occurs pre-coffee, therefor, not all thoughts/ponderings make sense. Take today for example. I was pondering the fact that I really must have things be “the same”. I was thinking back to when I was young (teenager years) and how I (we) did everything in our power to not conform. We rebelled when our parents told us it was room cleaning day, or to put away our clothes. We hated that we has “assigned” seats in school and thought it a big deal when our teachers let us sit wherever we wanted. Maybe it was just me, but I remember my friends were the same way. Now I find that if things aren’t “the same”, my day seems off kilter. As an example, here is my morning routine:

Smack alarm and cuss
stumble to bathroom and turn on heat light and shower
turn on sink
go pea
brush teeth/wash face
shower
toner/lotion on face
lip balm

Then, and only then will it be safe to talk to me. But only talk. No questions. Why, well the next step in the program is coffee. Can’t talk much before coffee.

And it’s not just the shower routine. If I go to the gym, I use the same locker every time. If I go to the restroom at the office, I go to the same stall. Hmmm, maybe it’s a touch of OCD. Ya think?

What else was I going to write about. Hmmmm. Don’t quite remember. Oh yeah. I just ordered oldest’s senior portraits (yeah, a little late, his fault. Trying to teach teenagers responsibility is tough!) I spent a shit ton of money. Can’t tell you how much cause hubs reads the blog. Let me just say a shit ton.

This brings about another ponderance. What exactly was I thinking when I had three children. It’s not the fact that there are three, but so close together? It wasn’t bad when they were young, but now that they are teenagers, I worry in stereo. And the money-crap. As much as I’d like to take my hubs up on the offer to be a kept woman, ugh. See, I don’t feel totally guilty when I spend money cause I make a decent salary. It’s nice to spend without thinking and perseverating over every penny! Because my kids are so close in age, there is no break to recover financially. Let me give you an example of expenses during Sr. year:

SAT Prep Class $150
SAT test $80
College App fees – $35 – $75 each (times three schools)
Cars
Gas
Insurance (yes, the kids help, but…….)
Sports (If your kid participates in school activities you will have Club fees, ticket purchases, out to eat expenses, t-shirts, etc., etc., etc. SuZan and I were talking how our check registers from July and August was filled with entries-to the school)
Homecoming Expenses (Boys cost as much as girls)
Class Rings ($350 plus)
Sr. Portraits (Can’t tell you how much, but it’s up there)
Letter jackets if they participate in sports (The jacket was free, so far I’ve spent about $300 in patches/embroidery, etc. When they say the jacket is free, that’s all you get, the jacket)
Prom expenses (I’ve been contributing to project prom since last May. I’ve tallied about $500 in contributions through all the different fund raisers).

See where I’m coming from. Now remember, I have a daughter that’s a Jr. She too costs $$$. See, she is ahead of the game and already starting to apply at colleges.

Ugh! Teenagers-the best form of birth control!

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  1. * Southern Fried Girl says:

    That is why I do believe we will stop at one. The little fucker is already costing us 10K and he ain’t even here yet.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  2. * Dixie says:

    My two are only 14 months apart. I will feel your pain!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  3. * Carrie says:

    Well see, when we were teenagers people were telling us what to do and we had no control, so we rebelled.

    Now that we get to choose what we do and how, we find a routine we feel comfortable with and stick to it.

    All about control. 🙂 That’s part of why those expensive teenagers can flip out over nothing – they are trying to figure out how to negotiate control and are still very bad at it. 🙂

    I’m sorry HS is costing so much. I guess now would be a bad time to bring up college costs… housing/food/tuition/books/fraternity or sorority…. ok, I’ll go away now 🙂

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  4. * Sheri & SuZan says:

    Carrie:

    I can’t like that! I don’t want to think about college costs!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  5. * Mommy Me says:

    Oh I’m definetly done now.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  6. * Lori says:

    Ugh, I hear ya on the teenager expenses. Mine’s a Junior but I’d hate to figure out what I’ve spent on her this year alone.

    The other day she told me her BF got her prom dress and it was $450. WTH? I looked at her like she was insane.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  7. * ktlee says:

    I am surprised by the cost of school now. It seems like my nephew & niece are always getting me to buy something to support the school.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  8. * Shell says:

    And let me tell ya honey…tuition has gone WAY up. I’m hurtin’ here.

    My parents were smart. They said if I wanted a class ring I had to fork over the bucks but they would buy me a nice ring if I wanted that instead. I got a real nice birthstone ring for about half the cost. You only wear that class ring for like the summer. No one wears them in college.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  9. * aka_Meritt says:

    YOUR JACKETS ARE FREE????????????

    OMG. Lucky!!!!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  10. * Karen says:

    So much pondering! Yeah, I know what you mean and I only have one. It was worse, though, when he was in private school every year until high school.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  11. * Football Widow says:

    I do the same thing at the gym! I must have locker #32. And if someone has taken it, I calm down and pick one in the twenties so that I can pretend I’m that age again. Stupid, I know!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  12. * Kami says:

    I know a photographer who could give you a deal on those senior portraits.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 3 months ago


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