Feeling woozy from my 3:45am wake up with no nap and a glass of Riesling sloshing around in my belly, I was enjoying a peaceful meal thanks to a zonked out naught toddler and decided that we should tackle gender stereotypes for our dinner conversation.
That's a nice way of me saying I'm sick and tired of cooking all the meals all the time and I want to make sure my daughter understands that it's my choice to cook because if I didn't we'd be eating Lean Cuisine and pasta every night and I'd have to clean up one hell of a messy kitchen.
"Do Daddies cook meals?" I asked her.
My husband gave me the "are you seriously going to have this conversation right now with our four-year-old daughter who just tried to stick a piece of corn in her nose?" look.
"Do Daddies cook meals?" I repeated, nudging her more strongly for more than just the zoned out preschooler look.
"No!" she replied.
My husband tried to remind her that he had indeed cooked dinner the night before. Of course, "cooked" meant that he seasoned the chicken.
"Well, I just want you to know that Daddies can cook too" I said, pleased that my experiment had indeed gone my way.
Edited to add: You can click on the CBS Atlanta website, then click "Better Mornings" and you'll see "Cool Mother's Day Gifts" (except, please note, these are NOT mother's day gifts. Hear that dads?).
Of course, you must live in the Atlanta Metro area, and chances are, if you have to be at work at a reasonable hour then you're probably already in the car.
BUT, if by some freak of nature you live in Atlanta AND happen to be home and awake (WHY ARE YOU AWAKE?), then flip on CBS Atlanta and you might catch me live on their Better Mornings show talking about cool eco friendly products for under $50 sometime between 5am and 7am EST.
And since the camera tends to add 10 lbs, it's a good thing I've lost 20 since March (yes, 20 lbs). I owe my ass to Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred (well, and Bob Harper too, I suppose).
It really does work.
If you don't live in Atlanta, I'll post the link to the show (if I can find it) later on today. Once I catch up on zzzzzzzzzzzs.
A few months ago we learned that the new Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Hiegl, and Tom Selleck movie "Five Killers" would be shooting in our neighborhood. Our subdivision is actually split into two parts, with the majority of the shooting being done in the other one, but some being shot right here on our idyllic suburban streets.
Since we don't frequently have movie stars filming around our homes, it's been a pretty big deal around these parts, with neighbors buzzing about an extras casting call and many folks attempting to interact Ashton and the director on twitter.
I hadn't really thought too much about it all (you know, Wedding of the Century approaching peoples!) until a guy, who turned out to be the stunt location coordinator, knocked on my door a couple of weeks back and asked if I'd be willing to let them crash a car through our back fence.
Certainly not something you get asked every day.
After he added that they'd replace and repair everything, I asked what our next door neighbor, a sensible engineering type had said, and he gave me an odd look and asked "Why do you want to know?"
Seemed like a fair question to me, since if they ran it through our fence, it would have to go through their fence, and if he said "yes," then perhaps we'd be interested in doing it.
Even so, I had to wait to discuss it all with the huz and get back to him.
As more details were revealed, we were told that it would shoot two to three nights and would involve five houses on our streets. We researched compensation for these types of things, and calculated (as a group) what it would take for us to participate - two nights where we'd probably get no sleep, a good couple of weeks without our yards and fences, and a lot of movie types (some very cute movie types) traipsing around our yard and perhaps taking gratuitous photos with our children that we can send to the grandmas and say "LOOK IT'S ME AND MAGNUM PI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our completely reasonable requests (which did not include me licking Tom Selleck's mustache I SWEARTOGOD) were met with a $350 offer, to which most of us sort of rolled our eyes at.
Don't get me wrong. We didn't expect to make any money off this whole thing, nor are we trying to take advantage of a poor HUGE GIGANTIC MOVIE STUDIO who's building a pool for one of the model homes for one stunt scene and that apparently just wants to offer a few naive Southern families a few bucks to basically take over their yards and homes for a few days.
OHMAHGAW Ashtin Kucher jest used mah pisspot y'all - maybe Ah'll be on TMZ er somethang!
But most of us are bunch of cynical Northerners who'd much rather walk up the hill, plant our asses on a bunch of lawn chairs, and ogle the movie stars while they trash our neighbors' backyards and keep their kids up at night.