Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Adventures In Stay-At-Home Mommery

I went to pick Riley up from school and parked my car in the usual spot. My neighbor pulled up and I hopped out of my car and got into her's to wait till Riley was released. We chatted briefly until our girls came out. Her daughter wanted to come over and I said it would be fine. We all piled into my car and I went to find my keys and they were nowhere to be found.

My neighbor had already driven off, so I called her.

"Are my keys in your car?"

"I don't see them," she said after searching around, "Do you want me to come back?"

"Would you mind?"

"Not at all."

She came back and we searched and searched and retraced steps. Nada.

"Are they in your jeans? Your coat?" she asked.

"Nope," I said, looking again.

"How about in your sweater pockets?" she asked.

"My what?" I said then looked down and realized my sweater had pockets. Reaching in, low and behold, I found them.

"Oh my God!" I exclaimed, "How stupid am I?"

"That's something I would do!" she said. "Hey, if you want, the kids could come to my house," she suggested.

"No," I replied, "It's ok...I'm not drunk or anything."

She laughed and said that wasn't what she meant. We parted ways and I started the car and headed to Sheetz to get kerosine. Doc had asked me to pick up some sandwiches while I was out and I knew Sheetz had food...or should I say, "food." I hadn't had good luck with food there, but I thought I'd save a few steps and get food and gas in one stop.

"Are you girls hungry?" I asked.

"Yes!!!" they hollared.

"Well, we could get Wendy's or we could get food at Sheetz..."

"I want McDonalds," Riley said.

"Well, that's not on the way."

"How about Wendy's?" the neighbor girl asked.

"Well, why don't we look at the menu and see what Sheetz has. If you don't like anything there, we'll stop at Wendy's."

"What kind of food do they have?" asked Riley.

"Well, they have hamburgers and sandwiches and nachos..."

"You had me at nachos!" Riley said.

I had to laugh. So, we got Sheetz and headed home to an enthusiastic Lucy who was thrilled to death to see us all. Doc had finished installing the new toilet seat and our bedroom was clean as a whistle! Ah, it's good to be home.


  1. I love the suggestion by your neighbor that the kids go with her!

  2. Ah those dreaded three words: I want McDonald's. Are you sure Riley isn't a teen?

  3. I love Sheetz. Sadly, I haven't had a Shmuffin in a while.

  4. Wow. Nachos and a new toilet seat. We must celebrate these victories as they come.