Thursday, July 31, 2008

Every Day I Don't Really Write the Book

I named my blog Every Day I Write the Book without ever intending to write in it every day. Sometimes when I don't write very often my blog title taunts me. I feel kind of bad about letting people down. They say, "I thought you wrote the book every day?" It's like my blog is just one more crappy product that doesn't do what it says it will. Like this. And this. And this, unfortunately. They were all so promising!

I suppose I could write every day. I could tell you what I did, how I felt, and what I ate. Would you like that? I'm just not sure. For example, today I got up and got dressed. OK, that's not true. Go back. I woke up when Christian was getting up to go exercise and I told him to shut the blinds so they wouldn't shine in my face. Later I woke up to Ellen fussing on the baby monitor. I laid there until Maggie went in and started playing with her. I dozed off. When I heard them finally coming down the stairs I jumped up and ran into the bathroom and that's when "I got up and got dressed."

Then we were off to the library! Wait, first I ate, unloaded and loaded last night's dishes (funny how well I sleep with dirty dishes in the sink), fed and dressed kids, let the dog out, made my bed, took out the bathroom garbage, put a new bag in it, and set it down right next to the garbage can so my maids would know at least I tried and then [because it's too awkward to just lay around while my cleaning ladies work on my house] we were off to the library! And now I'm hoping you'll think I left out "took a shower" because it was an uninteresting detail but, uh--I didn't mention it because I didn't do it. . . and we were off to the library!

We were at the library for about an hour. Then we left to meet my neighbor and her kids at the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at the mall. I am so interested in art and science. Also, I parked at Nordstroms because they were having a sale. My children, sometimes called "the little scholars," were intrigued by Da Vinci's chamber of mirrors. Of course they know it by it's special What Not to Wear name--the 360 degree mirror.
I don't like how smart Da Vinci was. It sort of makes me feel bad. I don't know how a flywheel works--not even a primitive one. So we left there and bought some t-shirts for Ben at The Children's Place. They were on sale, but it was probably a mistake. Then we went to Cold Stone where I got a small chocolate cake batter with graham cracker pie crust after tasting the coffee flavor. I love you, coffee. But we can never be together. I noticed that only fat people were in Cold Stone. "I must be imagining it," I thought. Sure enough--another fat person walked in. Hmmmm.

On our way home we stopped at a bakery because, of course, we hadn't had lunch yet. We got some quiche and a big French ham sandwich soaked in white sauce. Tasty. The man brought us all gross lemonade for free! We were thirsty after drinking that white sauce. We each paid our Ellen "tithe" and poured some into her milky sippy cup. Yeah, we're gross. These are the kind of details I spare you by not writing every day.

We came home after the bakery. I cheated fate by putting Ellen down for a nap even though she slept at the mall. Cha-ching! Sam and Maggie (famished, as you can imagine, and in need of a treat) walked to Walkers. I laid in bed and read until I dozed off. They came home with 7-Up, Mentos, Extra, Tic-Tacs, Certs, and some berry gum for Ben which he spurned heartily.

So, let's see. Now I'm writing this. Ben fell asleep. Maggie is taking a bath and Sam is reading. Their TV is broken. If it weren't, the afternoon may have played out quite differently. And it's only 4:18. There's more where this came from! I could get online again tonight and let you know how the rest of the evening goes. Here's a preview for you, Ben will spurn something heartily. See you tomorrow!

20 comments:

  1. I bet if Bono wrote a blog it would be like this word for word.

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  2. Bono? I was thinking Oprah. (But she would be talking about her dogs, instead of the children. But to her they ARE children, so it is almost the same.)

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  3. But see, the title of your blog is delightfully ambiguous--it could also be read as, "every day (that) I write the book."

    So it can mean you're living your life and there fore writing the book. Or, it that whenever you're here, you're writing it.

    Either way, you're good.

    Sooooo glad there's someone else out there that has no qualms about loading last night's dishes during breakfast . . .

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  4. So... KP Duty doesn't work? That's a bummer, I've long been searching for something that would work like KP Duty says it does...

    At any rate, I'm pretty sure your day was much more exciting and productive than most of ours around here, what with the library trip, the art exhibit, and a good lunch. We went to the auto shop for emissions and inspections, and a new windshield. So good for the kids.

    This is Cory(of LRS creation)'s wife, if you don't remember me. Hope you don't mind me reading along.

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  5. I didn't think the title of your blog was a statement about your writing ambitions. I just figured you like Elvis Costello a lot.
    I like the play by play. All four kids to the mall + ice cream + lunch and no mention of valium and/or screaming. Quite impressive. Keep it going. Because reading about someone doing their laundry is almost like getting mine done. Until my kids go to get dressed. Then it's not quite as good.

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  6. For us it was Minuteman, for Sam and Maggie, Walker's. I'm glad we both have five year old spurners and that you eat out as much as I do. And that I was right on my post that you left the house today.

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  7. I was going to write something about Elvis Costello and how you and he write the book every day in an abstract sense, but Jennie W. ruined it all.

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  8. Burt's Bees disappointed me, too. After all the rave reviews, I was expecting a miracle.

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  9. So Berkeley found a new blog called 'seriously so blessed' making fun of a certain kind of blog--It's pretty funny. Why can I only appreciate someone's clever idea but never come up with one?

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  10. There's a da Vinci exhibit at the mall? I was just there yesterday and had no idea. I need to get out more.

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  11. If Barry Manilow had a blog, it would be 'Every Day I Write The Songs That Make The Young Girls Cry'.

    azucar - If Bono wrote a blog, it would be about his glasses.

    la yen - If Oprah wrote a blog, she would rename it a brag and talk about how great she thinks she is.

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  12. you look HAWT in the 365 mirror :)

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  13. I'm sorry the burts bees doesn't work for you. I think it's ok, but maybe that is because I got it on clearance for a great price and so I don't have such high expectations.

    I also feel bad about how smart Da Vinci is, but I really like him in Ever After.

    Just a side note, I've read your blog for a while(lurked?) and I really enjoy it. Then I found out that you know my cousin's(Hi to Phoebe!) so now I can feel like I'm not just a weird lurker.(maybe? hopefully)

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  14. I like Burt's for most things and I welcome any and all of Phoebe's friends!

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  15. Obviously you are a lot less neurotic mom than Janice. She never would have allowed any of her kids to walk to Walker's. Congratulations!

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  16. Well, I love a good routine, so this post absolutely fascinates me! I would like to hear more about what you're looking at on the computer and what you're listening to in the car. These are not intended to be criticisms, only evidence to the fact that I, indeed, like the idea of every day in every day i write the book. . .

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  17. Oops! I confess, it was me (I?) who commented on my expectations that there should be a new post every day based on the title of the post. But, hey, it got results, so there you go.

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  18. I was going to say, don't you like hearing about other people's routines? So of course other people like hearing about your routines.

    I thought it sounded like a lovely day, but I really have a problem with the white sauce on the sandwich. I have a big problem with that actually.

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  19. It's called croque monsieur. The French like it, but anyone who heartily spurns dairy would have a big problem with it.

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  20. And now you know why I don't understand why people use Twitter religiously.

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