Friday, March 19, 2010

Bang Head Here


One of the many things I did not expect when I became a mom was boredom. Don’t get me wrong, the day is certainly filled. Filled to the brim. It is a very different kind of boredom that seeps in here and there.

Allow me to explain.

Cars is playing on our TV for the effing one-thousand-millionth-billionth-kill-me-now boring-ass-time. (Right now I will apologize to my parents for all the times they sat through Annie and Grease because of me. I’m sorry.).

Before Parker, I loved spending empty moments scrapbooking, knitting, or sewing. Scrapbooking time is now a disaster (stickers + glue + scissors + 2 year old = disaster). Knitting needles resemble very tantalizing sticks that must be had NOW by said 2 year old. I have to admit, I have been able to get away with sewing. That is probably because I have told him that the needles are like “shots at the doctor’s office, so watch out!” I’m just kidding. I’m not that demented. But the more I think about it, it sounds like a good idea.

Because I cannot do some of my favorite things when I would like to without steeling myself to withstand THE FIT, I am sometimes captive to another rousing look at Cars Look & Find book or, you know, the TWO-HOUR-length Cars movie.

Even just now, I stopped writing for a little while to play with Parker and his Cars race track (while watching Cars) because I could tell he needed some attention. This was a perfect time for reflecting on what I just wrote. Please, don’t get me wrong. I love spending time with my boy. There are many times a day we have lots of fun playing and playing and playing, and, yes, watching Cars and any activity having to do with Cars. But, you know what?? It’s OK to be bored with some of it. An adult mind can play in a 2 year old world for only so long before it gets a little boring. Don’t let the NY Times tell you any different. That is why I love my friends, and writing, and wine at 5 o’clock on a Friday. A little escape. OK, my time’s up. Time to PLAY!

13 comments:

kbxmas said...

I know that spending time watching reruns of Cars with your son may make you feel as if your IQ is dropping by the second and you may be tempted to run screaming from the room and just let the TV babysit him, but remember, even in hillbilly hell we have standards. By staying engaged with your child you will create feelings in him that even he himself will not understand. You remember that, you're just going to be all right.

I'm sorry. Shoot me now.

kbxmas said...

P.S. Can you tell me how you got the facebook link on your sidebar? I know it's probably simple, but I can't work it out. Just created a FB page for Wanderlust today and want to link it to my blog. Can you email me at kbxmas at hotmail dot com? Thanks!

Kristy said...

Ha, ha! I recognized all the quotes from the movie right away. Clever! I will email.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

I'm starting to regret making MY parents watch everything over and over...and over again.

Finding My Weigh said...

I am sitting through Cars RIGHT NOW. I am not even kidding. I love xbxmas's comment. I get a small bit of pleasure that they use the word bugger in this film. Lizzie says "He was a persistent little bugger for a 2 cylinder." Awesome.

Kelly said...

Oh I so need to still watch that movie...i hear it's awesome! Hey lady-don't forget to link up to POM's Connect MEme Monday, back up and running this Monday.

http://thepursuitofmommyness.com/

Babes Mami said...

Some days it's the repetitive thing that gets me. When The Husband is home I get time off so if he works 9 days straight it's up, change, feed, play, nap, up, change, feed....it's enough to make me scream somedays!

Thanks for being a follower, I LOVE new followers too!!

It's a Mummys Life said...

Its'a SO okay to get bored with it. Specially the TV they watch. It's dire. My toddler just won't let me get on with something when she's watching it either, I have to actually watch the crap and talk about it, she knows if I'm not paying attention. Nightmare. Just found you via Sits. What a great blog. Am following now .

Anonymous said...

Kristy, your grandfather was living with us when Paisley was 2 & 3 and she loved the movie Toy Story - watched it multiple times a day. Grandpa complained and complained but sat there with her watching it (nothing else on). Eventually, she wanted nothing more to do with Toy Story. One day, a few weeks later, she was looking for a movie to watch & Grandpa suggested Toy Story. I said to him I thought you hated that movie. He confessed, "Well, I sort of miss it". She still wouldn't watch it again. Love you and love your stories!

Acting Balanced Mom said...

I totally feel ya on the Cars thing... we had it on auto loop for the longest time... but Thomas the Tank Engine has become the new fave... and let me tell you, I totally wish I could go back to cars and never hear Sir Topemhat say "You are a very useful engine" ever again! All I can say is that it will get better... and worse- I have to drag my 11 year old kicking and screaming to do things with the fam most days now, but my little guy is still up for a play on the floor or a look at his books :) Hopefully when Cars passes as a fad, the next one is either more varied or at least more palatable... stopping by from SITS btw

insockmonkeyslippers said...

Preach it!!!

kathryn said...

I remember reading somewhere that taking 10 minutes to play w/your kids would then leave them happy and able to play on their own for...like, 20.

I BANKED on that system. I don't know if it actually works, though....

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