Friday, March 27, 2015

Midlife Crisis Courtesy of NetFlix

Netflix Stream Team
This post is written as part of my partnership with the Netflix Stream Team

If you are of a certain age (ahem) this is the year you are being constantly remind of it as everything you have ever grown up with celebrates a big anniversary.

Breakfast Club turned 30, Ross and Rachel’s Baby is now 13 and Saved by the Bell is now a Fallon Skit. Our Youth is a punch line. Sigh. So hubby and I have been both reliving our youth and feeling really, really old thanks to Netflix.

Friends on Netflix
I’m sure you know by now the whole series is on Netflix. It might be the single best thing to come to Netflix since Arrested Developement. We had forgtten how awesome this show was, and how funny. But oh! the existential crisis it brings out.

Are we really that old?

Did we really dress like this?

Remember how this show stopped everything on college campuses as we gathered to watch?

Gah, did they set us up with an unrealistic expectation of adulthood! But also, how awesome of a life did they have?

Saved by the Bell on Netflix

Saved by the Bell
Relive those Saturday mornings when you could sleep in, just until Saved by the Bell comes on! Now it’s relegated to background noise while I do laundry. It’s best not to mention this show as anything other than the Fallon skit if you have young mom friends, it will crush your soul when they stare at you wide eyed and ask what that is and who is Zack (or Slater if that was your preference).

When I start to get too depressed I just turn on my new favorite, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (warning ear worm ahead). A Netflix original it’s so fun and cleverly written, by Tina Fey of course, that you can’t help but believe this too shall pass.

Youth is fleeting, on to the next adventure.

The realization work was much more fun in the 60’s and if it wasn't fun, well at least you could drink in the office. We’re just finishing up season one of MadMen and are finally hooked.

What are you watching this month?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Your List Sucks - What I do Everyday

I don’t know if it’s spring or timing or the whims of Mr. Zuckerberg but my Facebook Stream has been filled with posts about “Things I do Everyday” stories:

You know what I do everyday, no fail?

  • Get up

And it’s not of my own accord, thank the heavens, I wake up every single morning, 38 years and counting. Beyond that?

Depends on the day. The Night. The moods and whims of my children.  Imagine running in a hamster wheel while juggling ten balls that are constantly be changed out, tossed back and forth to someone, it’s kind of like that. With a family of six it’s just a conveyor belt of needs and wants and things to do and hey I have only totally missed something once, no maybe it was twice, this month, so Celebrate!

These lists, they intrigue me, maybe you too? We want a quick answer, quick solution. Oh! If I just follow this routine everyday everything will fall into place and be picture perfect. But it won’t .

Your life is not my life.

My life is not your life.

So you can make me a list that works so amazing for you, and for me? It will cause tears, fighting or possibly a burnt down house.

Sure I would love a clean organized house. I’m sure it’s as easy as “picking up as I go” but you know what? I can put away every single thing I use as soon as I am done with it. But there are still 5 other people in the house and the chances that they will put everything away? Slim to none. So now I spend my whole day following around people to pick up after them?

I love a clean sink, I’ve tried the clean your sink daily thing. You know what? Some days I’m tired and I just want to cuddle my husband, or read with my kids.

What I have learned in this season of big kids and little kids and so many ages and stages under one roof if that the only way to survive, to thrive, is to bend. To adapt. To do what is working best at this very moment and just get through. Because it’s short lived. In just a few years they will all be in school all day long and I am sure I will have a clean house then. For now, I’m going to remember we’re building a life, not a home, and that means the only thing I have to do everyday is wake up.

Happy Spring!