Nothing is more important than family...you get strength from taking care of others...giving is better than receiving. Yeah, yeah, but something happens on the 400th pair of underwear you fold. You say to yourself, I have got to get out of this house before I start to believe that I am a bus-driving/underwear-folding/short-order cooking/dishwashing MACHINE.
This is a job for Girls Night Out! Hubby: "Oh, you want to go to the movies? We can go to the movies." I look at the family's drawn faces, my husband is the type who has to be early to the movie because if he's not, he's one of those people who will climb over everyone to get the perfect, middle seat. And there are six of us! And someone will drink too much and have to pee in the middle of the movie. Then, there are the hubby's questions, "You're going to eat that candy AND the Diet Coke? Is that really good for you?" Me: "How many times MUST you explain that they cancel each other out!
"Mom? Can we get Popcorn?" "I saved my own money for a soda!" "Oh, you buy the candy, I've got allowance for the video games. We can play during the previews..."
"STOP!! Everyone Stop!!! You're not going to the movies. I
am going to the movies. I am seeing a chick flick ! With Beth (BFF since four.)
We had popcorn. We had a salty pretzel. We had a big Diet Coke, AND we had sour candy. And here's the coolest part, some woman in front of us got a free coupon for her movie being broke, and we got all this loot, a cash value of oh, about $60 for $8.75.
We saw 27 Dresses, a most excellent chick flick. Some nights you just need to be with someone who can say Bay City Rollers and make you laugh out loud. Someone who knows you so well that your Christmas present consists of truffles shaped like handbags, a bathtub reading shelf for your books and a teapot for your collection with Oscar Wilde quotes.
Crapfest food for Movie: $8.75
Homemade roast the next day for thank you to family, $22
Time with BFF to be a child for the night: Priceless