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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

I'm Ignoring You!

And just when my poor blogging brain was running dry, I got tagged for a meme! Kelly has tagged me with the following question, "What 5 goals have you largely ignored?"

I will try to ignore the obvious #1 which would be this question that she asked me a while ago.

Really, this is a tough one to answer without sounding like I am just w-h-i-n-i-n-g about my pathetic, little life and all the amazing opportunities I'm letting pass me by as I sit here raising children. So, as a disclaimer, I will say that the goals I list below are merely 'on hold' for a while. Right now, I'm doing ok at my goal of not losing any of the children, or my sanity, each day.

Ignored Goal #1: Exercising. I've seen this meme a couple of times already and it seems that I'm not alone in this department. I want six-pack abs, visible thigh muscles and Popeye-biceps, but I'd also rather sit and read blogs, sleep or do just about anything else other than break a sweat exercising. Plus, anytime I try to lie down to do situps, my littlest guy thinks it is time to play 'horsey' on mommy.

Ignored Goal #2: Learning to drive a stick. Fairly Odd Father bought a stick-shift car last year, and I promised that I'd learn how to drive it. A few sweaty turns around the block, and that was it for me. I keep thinking I'll get around to it someday, but someday keeps moving to tomorrow.

Ignored Goal #3: Kegel. I've said it before, but I do not practice what I preach, even though I really should. I'm not trying to crack a walnut in there, I just want to hold everything in place until I'm old enough to ride around in a scooter.

Ignored Goal #4: Become a calmer person and STOP YELLING! Good God, you'd think with all the parenting books I've read, I'd have a handle on this. Those who know me say that I tend to talk REALLY LOUD all the time, so there really is no reason for me to raise my voice. I want to find my zen.

Ignored Goal #5: Get all fired up about a cause. This is sort of a stretch, because I get fired up all the time about things: global warming, our crappy President, animal rights, women's rights, gay marriage, standardized tests, Darfur. . .I can wring my hands with the best of them and lose sleep over any one of these topics. But, I'd love to really feel a part of something bigger than my little family.

When I was younger, single and child-free, it was animal rights. I worked in animal shelters, boycotted tuna fish, stopped eating meat, joined PETA and learned to love pleather. I sneered at fur. I cried over dogs in the shelter and begged for their lives to be extended for just "one more week".

I have a feeling my heart will lead me back to that cause once my children are no longer as needy as a newborn puppy. But, it is also hard to choose since there seems to be no end to the worthy causes. My short stint in our local mothers club didn't cut it, you know?

So, that is it for me. That was much harder than I thought, maybe because my 'ignored goals' have been. . .well. . .ignored. I think I'm supposed to tag a few people with this, but I'm too tired to think, so tag yourself if you'd like to play along.



Blogger Robin said...

Those unmet goals do have a way of hanging over your head, don't they.

My biggest one is getting serious about growing my lactation business into something that might actually someday make some money, but I'm too bogged down in the day to day grind to do it.

1:15 AM  
Blogger Blog Antagonist said...

Me too. Add to that..."Finish that DAMN BOOK already."

6:36 AM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

Ugh. I need to be a calmer person. That is hard for me.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Reff said...


6:48 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

These are great. I'd do the Kegel thing too, but that's maybe the one upside of having c-sections....the unstretched vagina requires little exercise!!

And I'm so with you on #5. I'm a classic hand-wringer, but also a classic stay-on-the-sidelines kinda gal. It's time to do something, anything!

10:22 AM  

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