Monday, February 23, 2009

What I Learned This Week

I hope you'll stick with me. This week has been educational but only in the "we have been plagued with sickness and that is all I can think about" sense.

First, I have learned that no matter how many times you spray your house down with Lysol, somehow the germs remain and spread. According the our Dr. even seclusion cannot keep the pesky things at bay this year. Save your money from Lysol, your gonna need it for drugs!

Second, I learned that while they are sick, I allow my children to watch entirely too much unsupervised T.V. which is evidenced by the conversation I had with Dancer last night. I had cleaned out my jewelry armoire and brought her some necklaces to add to her dress up bag. She came running back to my room holding one. She was terribly excited. "Momma," she said. "I have seen another necklace that looks almost just like this on's on Cash for!" Why do I suddenly have the need to lock up all my valuables?

Finally this, and it is less than profound, people! But it is the best I have this week. In this less than stellar economy, I have often wished I could do something to bring in some extra cash. Unfortunately, I have no talent. At least none that people would pay for. So, in my time at home...and there has been A LOT this week, I suddenly came up with, what I feel, is a profound business opportunity!

I totally think that I, and other moms like me should rent our lives out to young, impressionable teens. I am telling you, this is birth control at its best. What better way to promote abstinence than to allow a teenager into my home this week. They can be an intimate part of the chaos that ensues when an entire house is plagued with illness. Imagine the possibilities as they participate in late night escapades like temperature taking, screaming, uncontrollable crying and countless nighttime visitors. Then, they can wake up at some ridiculous hour to begin caring for the pitiful bunch. Soothing, laundering, preparing food no one will eat and, of course Lysoling everything and chasing people down with germ gel only to get one child well as another goes down. They can experience the cries of missed activities, the joy of the Dr.'s office and the thrill of an overused pharmacy that can't keep up!

I figure I could earn a little extra OR they could pay me in help around the house and they get an education unlike any other...we all know experience is the best teacher. And let's face it, real life is nothing like the flour sack experiment from high school!

So, what do ya I on to something?

For more What I Learned this Week, go to Musings of a Housewife!


sarah said...

Aww, my daughter is sick today too. It is hard when it goes through the family.

My girls have started telling me about things on sale on TV too. I crack up when I hear "Mom, did you know you could get. ... for $....?" I am like, "yes. . . I know and I don't want it, again."

Have a great day.

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

I encountered a young teenage couple at our neighborhood pool last summer doing... um... SOMEthing. I had my kids with me. If I hadn't felt like it would have been traumatic for my kids, I totally would have pointed to them and said, "Are you ready for THIS?!?"

I've been in the sickness camp also, but it's been me this time and not the kids.

Hoping y'all can come up for some (clean) air soon.

jen@odbt said...

We've had colds on/off since Christmas. I'm so ready for warm weather so the kids can run outside and I can air out the house. LOL about the infomercials. The one my kids are fascinated with is the snugglie. When I have teens, I'd send them to your boot camp. There's no better way to learn than to experience it.

Growin' with it! said...

i'm so glad its not just my house. although the sick one has been the mommy. how pitiful. so i won't be able to get this job either. ugg.

loved your part about saving money on the lysol for the meds. so true!

Musings of a Homeschooling Mom said...

We're sick in our house, too. I hope your daughter feels better soon! The cash for gold comment was cute!

Darcie - Such The Spot said...

I think you're totally on to something there with that 'rent your life out' thing. I know that my 14 y/o doesn't want kids. Why? She babysits once or twice a month. If she changes her mind anytime soon I'll make that babysitting gig occur more often!

Aimee said...

Yeah, having a kid vomit down your shirt tends to leave an impression. :)

Hope the germs are on their way out!

Musings of a Housewife said...

LOL! You are DEFINITELY onto something there! :-) It should be a requirement for ANY pre-child bearing woman to spend a week in the house with a family of five. ;-)

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

You are tooo funny! I love your ideas! You are really onto something BIG! LOL!!!