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Have I ever got an episode for “Not Me Monday”! Not sure if I’ll be able get on the linky list or not, but I’m still going to post this here for the benefit of whoever stops by.

The other day last week I had gotten the kids fed and settled down to eat my lunch. I hadn’t been hungry when they were, so I just fed them first. Of course I did not just let them go off and play all by themselves while I enjoyed a nice quiet meal. I would never do such a thing!

About half way through the meal I did not hear my daughter calling me, with an urgent tone in her voice, “Mommy, Manny!” When I got to the bottom of the stairs and looked up, I did not see my son standing there with thick white moisturizing cream all over his. He had not gotten into the bottle of generic brand Eucerine cream that I had not forgotten to close, and had not rubbed it all over his face, head, and clothes. The front of his overalls was not soaked with it. And of course I did not almost lose my temper when I realized, upon getting to the top of the stairs, that his sister had not been helping him. Of course I would never do that. I’m always calm and cool and collected in a crisis, right? And of course she is old enough to know when to call Mommy, right?

As I surveyed the situation, I did not see cream on the floor of the play room and bathroom, including one faucet handle (telling me that Gislaine did try to clean up before calling me). But of course that thick greasy cream would not clean up with just water.

I did not have to change my son from the skin out, and even change my skirt when it was all done. Then I did not spend the next half hour cleaning up the floor with water and dawn dish detergent in it. I did not launder all the cream-soiled clothes with nothing but dawn and a little washing soda in my front loading washer (which is supposed to only have special detergent and nothing that creates lots of suds) to get the grease out. I only used a little bit, though, and they came out clean and only one was a tad greasy, thankfully!

And of course I did not scrape up as much of the cream as I could and put it back in the container. It costs about $10 for a pound of cream, so I wasn’t about to let it go to waste. Not to mention it has to last until next month!

Needless to say, I am VERY thankful that we laminate floors and not carpet! Can you imagine cleaning thick, greasy Eucerine cream out of carpet? Me either.

Not Me Monday

I have never participated in “Not Me Monday” before, but this morning has just been one of those mornings that makes you have to tell someone, so why not do it here, this way, and get a laugh out of it in hindsight?

I did not cut my thumb on our french fry maker this morning while dicing potatoes. I’m always far too careful to let my thumb slip off the potato while trying to get it into the sharp grid. No, that’s unthinkable!

I did not find out that we are going to have to, without question, replace the cooktop in our new house. We are not going to have to take out the cabinet under them and do a minor remodel to put a new cookstove in. The stove is in the island in the middle of the kitchen, meaning we do not have to buy a more expensive stove that doesn’t go up in the back. I did not spend probably 20 minutes on hold with GE waiting for the customer service rep to find out the interior dimensions of the stove to make sure it would fit my larger cookie (or two smaller ones side by side). I do not need to call the contractor that I had told last week we were going to hire to do the repairs on the deck to tell him that we decided to use the other contractor because he’s cheaper (and other reasons). I will not probably end up just sending him an email. That would be ridiculous. Not me!

During the time that I was not doing the above, I did not ignore the kids, letting them run wild, still in pajamas, waiting for me to run their bathwater. They did not make a complete mess of the house, scattering a blanket, an apron, pillows, books, shoes, hair accessories, and clean silverware from the dishwasher all over the place. I did not hear a big crash from one of the back rooms, and did not discover that my kids (probably my son) had knocked over my little plastic chest of drawers that holds all my sewing thread (nearly to capacity), scattering it all over the floor. It had not been arranged by color, so of course I did not mind picking it up and putting it all back in the right drawers. Not at all. I also did not discover that the Mutual Mania game, which has more pieces than Monopoly does, had been opened and dumped in a very disorganized pile. I did not sit down in the middle of this mess and throw a 5-second tantrum out of frustration. Not me. I never lose my cool, especially where children are concerned! I did actually find the work of sorting rather therapeutic, and have been much calmer ever since. Really.

I did not get that all cleaned up, the kids bathed and dressed, and my son down for his nap, only to discover that I was still in my pajamas, and that the breakfast dishes still have not been done! And I did not sit down to write this before fixing said issues.

And I most certainly did not inhale a pea skin while eating split pea soup for lunch. No sir! I never breathe through my mouth while eating because my nose is plugged from allergies or whatever. Not me!

Later in the afternoon, I did not get so caught up in posting my blog contest on other sites that I didn’t notice that the kids had wandered off. When I got off the computer to look for them, I did not discover that Manny had gotten ahold of my unused spool of brown paper tape, and had pulled out several yards of it from the middle! I did not then proceed to wind it all back in again. And then I did not let the kids go play together outside, even though it could rain at any moment. And I have not failed to get any packing done today! Of course not!

Sigh. I can’t wait until we have moved! I am sure life will be so much easier once we are in our new house. Or not!

Don’t forget to check out my regular Monday post. This week it’s Mom’s Cornbread.