Somersaults, topless runners and airplanes.

by mssinglemama on April 20, 2008

I am SO ticked. I really want to go out tonight…but I can’t because both of my babysitters are unavailable.

I need to go to one of those babysitter speed dates. Have you heard of these? Mothers gather round and shop for babysitters. Sounds really convenient but makes me feel like I’d be shopping at the pound or something.

But finding a sitter is serious business. He’s usually asleep when they’re over but what if he wakes up? He’s got to know the person. I mean who wants a total stranger running into your room when you’re crying your eyes out and just want mommy?

Recently I found Sitter #1 and broke her in. Paid extra so she and Benjamin could have plenty of bonding time during waking hours. And now, she’s blowing me off because she found another job thanks to my reference. Sitter #2 is brand new. She was supposed to start today but I goofed and thought she was coming tomorrow. Which I still thought when I called her just now.

“Hi Sitter #2! (insert awkward small talk) Are you available tonight by chance?”

“No. I had you down for this afternoon.”

She had me down? She had us penciled in? Sigh. This won’t work. I am so unpredictable.

The one thing I miss about not having a kid, the one thing I miss the most – is being able to run out the door whenever I please. Having trouble adjusting to that one. But it’s a small adjustment to make when you’re usually sleep-deprived and too damn tired to go out anyway.

So, looks like I’ll be home writing tonight or … maybe I should watch a movie, make popcorn, paint my toes and read a magazine. Or maybe I should sleep. That’s a novel idea.

Are there any good sitter placement services that actually work? I’ve seen a few online but am scared to pay for the membership only to find that the sitters aren’t great. Usually I use Craigslist.com but typically only get one or two quality responses. The rest are frightening.

One woman actually wanted me to meet her in my city’s ghetto for child transfer! What??? Seriously? Others e-mailed me pictures of them with their zit-faced, scary looking boyfriends.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Oh? And how much do you pay your sitters? And why do people steal sitters? Should I have given her a horrible reference? I don’t know anything about this babysitter stuff. Clearly, I need help.

[Photo Credit: Will You Look at That]
I am SO ticked. I really want to go out tonight…but I can’t because both of my babysitters are unavailable.

I need to go to one of those babysitter speed dates. Have you heard of these? Mothers gather round and shop for babysitters. Sounds really convenient but makes me feel like I’d be shopping at the pound or something.

But finding a sitter is serious business. He’s usually asleep when they’re over but what if he wakes up? He’s got to know the person. I mean who wants a total stranger running into your room when you’re crying your eyes out and just want mommy?

Recently I found Sitter #1 and broke her in. Paid extra so she and Benjamin could have plenty of bonding time during waking hours. And now, she’s blowing me off because she found another job thanks to my reference. Sitter #2 is brand new. She was supposed to start today but I goofed and thought she was coming tomorrow. Which I still thought when I called her just now.

“Hi Sitter #2! (insert awkward small talk) Are you available tonight by chance?”

“No. I had you down for this afternoon.”

She had me down? She had us penciled in? Sigh. This won’t work. I am so unpredictable.

The one thing I miss about not having a kid, the one thing I miss the most – is being able to run out the door whenever I please. Having trouble adjusting to that one. But it’s a small adjustment to make when you’re usually sleep-deprived and too damn tired to go out anyway.

So, looks like I’ll be home writing tonight or … maybe I should watch a movie, make popcorn, paint my toes and read a magazine. Or maybe I should sleep. That’s a novel idea.

Are there any good sitter placement services that actually work? I’ve seen a few online but am scared to pay for the membership only to find that the sitters aren’t great. Usually I use Craigslist.com but typically only get one or two quality responses. The rest are frightening.

One woman actually wanted me to meet her in my city’s ghetto for child transfer! What??? Seriously? Others e-mailed me pictures of them with their zit-faced, scary looking boyfriends.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Oh? And how much do you pay your sitters? And why do people steal sitters? Should I have given her a horrible reference? I don’t know anything about this babysitter stuff. Clearly, I need help.

[Photo Credit: Will You Look at That]
I am SO ticked. I really want to go out tonight…but I can’t because both of my babysitters are unavailable.

I need to go to one of those babysitter speed dates. Have you heard of these? Mothers gather round and shop for babysitters. Sounds really convenient but makes me feel like I’d be shopping at the pound or something.

But finding a sitter is serious business. He’s usually asleep when they’re over but what if he wakes up? He’s got to know the person. I mean who wants a total stranger running into your room when you’re crying your eyes out and just want mommy?

Recently I found Sitter #1 and broke her in. Paid extra so she and Benjamin could have plenty of bonding time during waking hours. And now, she’s blowing me off because she found another job thanks to my reference. Sitter #2 is brand new. She was supposed to start today but I goofed and thought she was coming tomorrow. Which I still thought when I called her just now.

“Hi Sitter #2! (insert awkward small talk) Are you available tonight by chance?”

“No. I had you down for this afternoon.”

She had me down? She had us penciled in? Sigh. This won’t work. I am so unpredictable.

The one thing I miss about not having a kid, the one thing I miss the most – is being able to run out the door whenever I please. Having trouble adjusting to that one. But it’s a small adjustment to make when you’re usually sleep-deprived and too damn tired to go out anyway.

So, looks like I’ll be home writing tonight or … maybe I should watch a movie, make popcorn, paint my toes and read a magazine. Or maybe I should sleep. That’s a novel idea.

Are there any good sitter placement services that actually work? I’ve seen a few online but am scared to pay for the membership only to find that the sitters aren’t great. Usually I use Craigslist.com but typically only get one or two quality responses. The rest are frightening.

One woman actually wanted me to meet her in my city’s ghetto for child transfer! What??? Seriously? Others e-mailed me pictures of them with their zit-faced, scary looking boyfriends.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Oh? And how much do you pay your sitters? And why do people steal sitters? Should I have given her a horrible reference? I don’t know anything about this babysitter stuff. Clearly, I need help.

[Photo Credit: Will You Look at That]
Just a few of the reasons why I love Spring.

Somersaults. I did one today! Thanks to Benjamin. I can’t even remember the last time I rolled like a log down a hill, but I did that too.

Topless male runners. Hot guys running with their shirts off should be illegal. Seriously. I’m going to drive off the road. Please put your shirts back on. Please.

Airplanes. Every time Benjamin sees one he jumps up and down screaming with joy. And then he raises his arms into the air, flails his little hands and shouts at the top of his lungs, “Hellllooooooo Aeerrooowwwpleeeenne!

Napping with the windows open. I don’t even know where to begin on this one. It’s just so deliciously perfect.

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randomesq April 20, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Somersaults – Just did one myself this weekend with my niece. Can’t recall the last time I’d done one, either!

Airplanes – I use to love balsa wood airplanes. They have these great foam ones now that loop a circle and come back. Benjamin sounds awesome. He’s a pilot in the making.

Napping with the windows open – BEST.

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randomesq April 20, 2008 at 10:52 pm

And I dig the new layout on the sidebars – nice!

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QTMama April 21, 2008 at 10:09 am

When Em and I flew to Florida for Easter, as we were waiting to take off, she kept saying “Are we blasting off yet??” Made me smile.

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Shannon April 21, 2008 at 11:02 am

Oh I smiled at the napping part…it smells good, sounds good…delightful.

And the part about the runners, seriously I agree. I live near a state college and it’s just very dangerous.

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bejewell April 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I’m going home to do a somersault now. (They might frown on it at the office.)

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Leslie April 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Runners, indeed! I really look forward to “lawnmowing day” at work each week, soon the cute college boys will be home and sweating outside of my windows *ah*

Loving this weather, just puts me in a great mood!

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dadshouse April 21, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Speaking of men running topless, I used to run without a shirt all the time. (I’m older now, and spare the neighbors the site of me trying to look all buff.) Anyways, a few years ago I kept seeing this one super fit/attractive latina woman about 1 mile from my house. I ran down her street all the time, but I always just missed her as she ducked inside.

One day I’m running topless and she’s out gardening – so I totally stop and hit on her. She was 28, I was 40. Tons of attraction. Turns out she’s home all day because – she’s planning her wedding!

Still, she likes me (for a variety of reasons that came out in conversation. Then again, maybe she liked my pecs! j/k) and tells me that she’s not the type of girl who thinks there’s only one man on earth who she could marry … nudge nudge. To this day I regret not asking her out. (I know, bad idea. If she would ditch a fiance for a shirtless runner…

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