Friday, October 19, 2012


Writing prompt by Mama Kat

What's Broken?

My Sanity, for one thing.  I don't know what I was thinking... potty training a two year old in the throws of Terrible-Two-Tantrums while also having a newborn.  I mean seriously... at my age?!  42, I'm 42 years old.  I loved my 30's, but my 40's aren't treating me so lovingly.  Although, it might be the little munchkins that I'm raising.  Of course, it was my hubby's bright idea to start potty training this early, but he's at work all the time, so it doesn't really affect him at all.  I, on the other hand, am worn thin... having to take Bugaboo to go "pee pee" every freakin' five minutes.  But I digress......

What else is broken?  Gee, around here, what isn't broken is the question.  It'd take a lot less time to list!
  • The kitchen sink & counters need re-tiled (we have a new set, we just haven't had the time to install them yet.)
  • The wood flooring in the living room was never finished, (thanks to a wonderful EX of mine... did ya catch the sarcasm?  I never should have let him tear up my carpeting, but that's another story) the edges were never evened out and it wasn't installed properly in the first place.  I wish I had my carpeting back!
  • The fridge seems to be on the fritz, I don't know what it is, but we just can't seem to keep produce in there.  Everything else is fine, but veggies and fruit seem to go bad awfully quick in there.
  • The dryer is on it's last legs.
  • The roof is in a desperate state.
  • The garbage disposal has a loose blade, so it makes a horrible sound when you turn it on.
  • The pantry door fell off (it wasn't the right size for the pantry anyway, someone didn't know how to measure when they were building this house.)
  • My patience.
  • The camel's back.
The list goes on with numerous little things that, alone, aren't a big deal, but when all put together on a list like this, it makes me feel like the whole place is falling apart.  Don't get me wrong, I'm very blessed and I'm thankful for what I have, but when posed the question as Mama Kat has, I can't help but to reflect on just how much could really be improved upon.

As far as the house goes, it's mostly because whoever built this house took a lot of short-cuts and I honestly don't know how it passed code.  Add in the fact that it's a "starter home" and we're anything but "starters" since we've got a family of five, we've got too much stuff and not enough time to go through it all to weed out the crap, and we've got a two year old who gets into everything, and you've got a recipe for How to Wear Out a House.

No, this isn't actually my house & fridge. It's a
photo I took of an old run-down house a few
years ago, but it fit the post, so I thought I'd share.


  1. My two youngest are 2 yrs and 1 day apart in age. I remember that potty training stint. For awhile when the diaper service came they delivered two hefty bags of different sized cloth diapers side by side at our front door. I would open the door and sigh! So, I feel your pain.

  2. Oh, I know how it feels to live in a house where the builder took shortcuts! Every year when we get out tax return we decide what we're going to fix or upgrade on the house!

    I hear you on the potty training blues, too. I think the worst was going out in public and having them want to use every disgusting restroom at stores. They always thought those restrooms were the coolest thing. Ick. ;)

  3. Thanks, Ladies, I'm so glad I'm not the only one with the Potty Training Blues LOL

    @ Wombat, Glad I'm not the only one with issues with the house, too. And as far as the public restrooms go... eeewww... something else I have to look forward to, I suppose LOL

  4. Girl, it sounds like you could use a break, but, as a fellow mama of little ones (mine are 5, 3, and 1), I know that those aren't so easy to come by.

    We did very similar potty training timing and I remember asking myself over and over, "Wouldn't it be easier just to keep them in diapers?!" We've just gotten to the place with my 3yo that he can do bathroom trips independently, but that's after 6 months of accompanying him, often with my baby joining us - I bet you know how that feels.

    Here's hoping you get a little bit of time to breathe this weekend.

    Great meeting you through Mama Kat's!

    1. Wow, you've got three young ones! Yes, I could definitely use a break. I finally got to leave the house by myself today for a whole two hours! Doesn't seem like a big deal, and it was for errands rather than for anything fun, but it was without screaming, crying munchkins, so I quite enjoyed it.

      Thanks for sharing your experience too. It was good meeting you as well. Hope you enjoy your weekend too!

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  6. So frustrating! I hate it when things go wrong with the house because they take forever to fix and they're so expensive!!! Hang in there!

  7. @ Mama Kat, I know, right? It's one reason why I always enjoyed renting, because I never had to pay for any of the repairs! And there's NEVER time to fix anything beyond a burned out bulb... and that's pushing it! LOL

    Thanks for stopping by!


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