Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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*  I'll have a teenager by the end of the week.  Good grief.
*  Mr. G told me the other day he knows where he wants to go for his birthday dinner.  (this kid plans ahead for his birthday all year)  He wants to go to Golden Corral.  He saw the ad on TV and is all jazzed up for the chocolate fountain and strawberries.  So it'll be me, 3 kids and a few busloads of senior citizens en route to the casino at Golden Corral come July...
*  SO irritated by our pool.  Total first world problem that I'm almost embarrassed to have.
*  Our evening schedule is imploding all week with games, practices and other fun stuff.  I'm beginning to think I need a hired driver instead of a hired cook.
*  Trying to kill weeds with vinegar--suspect I have a super-genetically-altered breed of weeds growing in my garden...
*  Of course when I'm in the throes of spring chores and editing manuscripts for my writing group I'm getting the best ideas for my own work.  I should be writing this stuff down, right? 
*  We have a baby oak growing in one of our gardens--where is it from?  Obviously I know the answer, but how did an acorn get beneath a pine tree?  I never, ever see squirrels around here...
*  I found a pair of high heeled sandals and I cannot find them online so I'll take a photo of them tomorrow because now I have to go to Farm Services to sign off on our annual Crop Report.

Spill it, reader.  Do you have a teenager?  Is it great?

20 comments:

  1. uh...I have an "inner teenager"...does that count? to me it's just dangerous! *haha

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  2. Well, I have an almost one...and sometimes it's great, sometimes not...really it changes by the minute ;)

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  3. One 16 and one out of the teenage years at 21. They have been pretty cool.

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  4. I have a teenager and most of the time it's great.

    The vinegar thing isn't working for me either.

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  5. I want to go to that restaurant for my birthday. Or just have the chocolate fountain and strawberries at my house. Does this make me a senior citizen? If so, I accept that designation. As long as it comes with chocolate.

    I have two teenagers, going on three. It is mostly great, except when it isn't. It's like being a parent of kids of any age: just look for the good stuff, be thankful for it, and pray really hard about the rest. My only other advice is straight from Hitchhiker's Guide: D O N ' T P A N I C. Now I will go and try to follow this advice.

    Good luck with the weeds and the pool. (Is there a connection there, perhaps?)

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  6. You read my blog, so you know what my answer is.

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  7. I had a teenager a very very very long time ago. Let me just say that I'm so thankful she is now nearly 40 years old.

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  8. Oh I do not envy you. I will never ever forget 15 years old with my son. But I was a single mother and I think boys have to go through a thing of cutting the apron strings. And it was all good in the long run.

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  9. TEENAGERS ARE GREAT! It's absolutely true that they smell bad and sometimes speak in grunts and occasionally have an outburst of testosterone, but yes. They rock. Sam will also be 13 in July (the 8th) and he wants an airsoft gun. Chas has one already. It seems to be the latest craze around here, and this pacifist mum is having a hard time with the growing arsenal.

    Is your pool green or what? We gave up and put tilapia and water lilies in ours, it was much easier. And the tilapias bred like mad and we ate some. And the boys still jumped in from time to time, stirring up the muck and coming out smelling all pondy and making the dog go berserk.

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  10. I don't have a teenager yet --I'm 1&1/2 years away. But the mood swings around here recently are very teenager-like. The DON'T PANIC thing sounds like good advice. But boy teenagers might be very different from girl teenagers :-)

    Yeah, the pool. During the winter, our cover blew off. I got it back on without realizing that it had turned itself inside out. All those leaves that were supposed to stay out of the pool by being on top of the cover? Yeah. We're wondering just how awful it will be when the cover comes off in a few days.

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  11. I have teenage nieces and teenage friends. They are so incredibly cool...and so incredibly annoying...and so incredibly young and sweet and brave and stupid and I'm getting all verklempt just thinking about them.

    I loved high school and I used to think that I wouldn't mind living that period of my life forever, but seeing the angst and the awkwardness and the naivete mixed with bravado, I'm not so sure anymore.

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  12. I have no teenagers anymore but do have what you get for not killing your teenagers.......grandkids.............

    Although out of 3 daughters I had only 1 rebel wild child which was daughter number 2 Natashsa and 1 nightmare child daughter number 1 Kathy-Lee and 1 perfect angel Jessica I can say here that she was a perfect angel since she will not read this.........lol Also the same reason I can be honest about the first 2 daughers.........that said I love all my girls and they have all grown into beautiful, independent young women........

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  13. I have 82 teenagers dance in and out of my classroom every day, many of whom oops and call me mom quite often, and a four year old who has the attitude of my teenage girl students....do they count?

    If so, I LOVE my current crop of teenagers and have offered many times to adopt them and bring them home to live in my backyard, so I think right now that teens are great. But last semester??? my students made me hope that my kids stay very little forever...I couldn't stand my last semester! :)

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  14. I have been knee-deep in teenagers for 14 years. It was great while it lasted, but when it's over it will feel like it's time.

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  15. I have a 16 year old son. It's tough some times. He's maturing, becoming more independent. It's hard when they "don't want momma any more".... but the times they hug you and say "I love you"... awesome.

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  16. I have two daughters, and choose to work with teenage Girl Guides. (Scouts)It is the most interesting age group.

    Teenagers are amazing and horrifying all at once. They are idealistic, but judgemental at the same time, and have this scary tunnel vision.
    Word of advice- Don't confuse self absorbed with selfish. They just need their little teen bubbles burst every now and then, to remind them that they live in the world with the rest of us.
    ...and remember it's a teenagers job to grow up, learn, mature, and assert their independance. Pick your battles.

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  17. I hate to jinx myself, but I love teenagers and have two in my house (13 and 15 both rolling over to the next year in a few weeks). I LOVE talking to them and helping them figure themselves out, incorporate experiences and manage their emotions. Sometimes it's subtle and sometimes it's not, but the process has always been wonderful. I think the grace here is that nobody's particularly angry at his/her parents (yet) so their focus is on figuring out who they are at school, work, with friends, activities, the future. I love being part of it--and when they explicitly ask for my help, it feels like such a gift. So it's been wonderful! Messy, yes but so are toddlers and you can't reason with them. It turns out that I'm enjoying the teen years more than any others -- I still have a 9 year old so when the middle child moves out of the house, we'll have a new teenager. Now that might not be so fun. Talk to me in four years.

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  18. A soon to be teenager. Oh boy! ;)
    Love that Mr. G already knows where he wants to go for his bday dinner. My kids have it all planned out months in advance too. And Golden Corral! Ha! Love it. :) My kids usually pick Texas Roadhouse so that they can sit on the saddle and have everyone give them a big "Yeehaw!" on their birthdays.

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  19. My teens have grown up - one by several years, and the other just barely (he's 20). I enjoyed having the teen friends at our house. How did I manage that? I baked a lot. My banana bread was famous at the high school. Other moms even asked for my recipe.

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Spill it, reader.