Sunday, May 11, 2008

gettin' what I want

The day is not over yet, but it is almost dinner time and I have received for Mother's Day what I asked for: that the kids not yell at each other so I don't have to yell at them. Seriously, it's a rainy day, tailor made for small people to challenge the containment of the house and climb the walls, but they have done great and I have enjoyed being really uncharacteristically calm today.

Of course, I don't think they have been repressing their normal ways of annoying each other to please me; I think it has mostly been luck that today they are getting along well.

But I'll take that!

And though I am not Brian's mother, he has been fantastic this weekend and accomplished a "What I want list" (before going out of town for a week) that ranged from the relatively pedestrian tasks of adding more memory to my limping-along computer and taking out the storm windows and putting in the screens, to the much more involved (and kind of disgusting) task of redoing the plumbing from the tub so it will drain properly.

For dinner, I'm getting more of what I want--I'm making some old favorites: grilled flank steak with arugula salad, grilled asparagus, paesano bread and soft centered chocolate pudding cakes for dessert. And a decent bottle of red wine.

Hopefully, after dinner I will get the final thing I want: for the kids to go to bed relatively willingly and let Brian and I have a decent chunk of time in which we can watch a few episodes of our recent indulgence, the Battlestar Gallactica Season 3 DVDs.

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