TGTD: Friday

28 Nov

Everyone seems a bit puzzled about “the importance of Fridays,” which is just weird. We’re not leaving clues. Sheesh.

The reason I mention Friday is:

This coming Friday is the last day of the month and is, therefore, the end of the The Great Tea Debacle.

This is the really important bit:

You MUST have your final word count sent to me by 11:59, NOVEMBER 30th.Β 

Or else, because that final week’s word count becomes compromised, I will revert to the word count which would have been posted this past Sunday on the graph, if only that darned Castle Debacle hadn’t stolen our graph!

Friday mystery solved.

(“So what’s Castle Debacle, then?” you ask. Well, that’s not to be solved here. Or at least, not now. Mysteeeeerious!)


Posted by on November 28, 2007 in Uncategorized


65 responses to “TGTD: Friday

  1. tjwriter

    November 28, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Gah! I have to go type all my handwritten stuff.

  2. Pete Tzinski

    November 28, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Yeah, you and me both… πŸ™‚ And after all these coming long hours of typing, we’ll both be…ahehehe….a “shipwreck”….won’t we? πŸ˜€

  3. mymidnightmuse

    November 28, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Put him in the hold with a Pen and Paper
    Put him in the hold with a Pen and Paper
    Put him in the hold with a Pen and Paper
    Earl-y in the morning!

  4. Lori

    November 28, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    You’re nuts. You’re all nuts.

  5. Pete Tzinski

    November 28, 2007 at 1:08 pm


    (bless you)

  6. Arachne Jericho

    November 28, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Is that 11:59 Pete Standard Time, or 11:59 Your Local Time ?

  7. Pete Tzinski

    November 28, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Your Local Time.

  8. Lori

    November 28, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Cashews aren’t nuts. They’re legumes.

  9. Arachne Jericho

    November 28, 2007 at 1:28 pm

  10. mymidnightmuse

    November 28, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    I’z an Almond πŸ˜€

  11. Lori

    November 28, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Yes. A true nut.

  12. Pete Tzinski

    November 28, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    I think when you’re arguing the difference between nuts and legumes, it’s time to check the needle on the Pedantic-O-Meter. πŸ˜‰

  13. Lori

    November 28, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Wasn’t arguing and wasn’t being pedantic. I was being a smart aleck. There’s a difference. Would you like me to explain it to you?

  14. Soccer Mom

    November 28, 2007 at 1:43 pm



  15. Pete Tzinski

    November 28, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Absolutely not. πŸ˜€

  16. mymidnightmuse

    November 28, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Speaking of Pedantic, wouldn’t it be: Pedant-O-Meter? :D:D:D

  17. tjwriter

    November 28, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    So Castle Debacle is a loony bin? Cuz that explains everything then.

  18. Pete Tzinski

    November 28, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Beats me. It’s SUMFIN’, that’s for sure.

  19. Shadow Ferret

    November 28, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Nyah, nyah, nyah nyah nyah!

    I don’t have to type or submit word counts or anything.

    But I will have some nuts. I love the ones in the shell. Plus, they are good because they have no salt and my doctor likes that.

  20. Arachne Jericho

    November 28, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Does anyone else here like boiled peanuts?

    :misses them:

  21. Shadow Ferret

    November 28, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Boiled? That just sounds wrong. Personally, I can’t stand the smell of warmed peanut butter, so I’m thinking the smell of boiled peanuts would gag me.

    That said however, I do like peanuts and such in various foods, like Asian.

    Does everyone know about this Friday mystery but me?

  22. mymidnightmuse

    November 28, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Nope, no one knows – not even The Shadow! Hmm . . maybe even Pete and Lori and I don’t really know, either πŸ˜€

  23. Lori

    November 28, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve had boiled peanuts, but I think it’s an acquired taste, or something you have had to grow up with, because I didn’t like them. Too mushy.

  24. Pete Tzinski

    November 28, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Duhhhh? There IS NO FRIDAY MYSTERY! I just explained it in this very post. FRIDAY IS THE END OF THE TEA DEBACLE!


    Alternatively, there was Kristine’s mysterious Friday thing, but that wasn’t related.

    You guyyyyyyyyys never listen to meeeeeee!

  25. mymidnightmuse

    November 28, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    What am I? What am I? What am I? What am I?
    I’m F-ing my Hand!

  26. Soccer Mom

    November 28, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Oh! I now have the cutest banner! Thank you! Thank you! Yay!

  27. Shadow Ferret

    November 29, 2007 at 8:34 am

    You have a blog to go with that banner, Soccermom?

    And, um, did Pete say something? I wasn’t listening.

  28. Lori

    November 29, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Mary’s at She’s still in the process of setting up housekeeping, but she’s blogging while the contractors work around her.

  29. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 10:06 am

    I might beg Pete to make me a banner. But I’m thinking of moving over to WordPress, so timing is not in the right now. I need time and I need some “me” space.

    Seriously, I’m starting to believe that $20 is a small price to pay for sanity. I think I’m going to find some young’n to come be a mother’s helper on the weekends for a few hours so I can get stuff done. They entertain my daughter while I do what I wanna do, or need to do. Like housework and stuff.

  30. Arachne Jericho

    November 29, 2007 at 10:34 am

    That’s a small price. Go for it.

  31. Lori

    November 29, 2007 at 10:52 am

    $20 is a very small price to pay for sanity, Tori, and needing your own space does not make you a bad mother. It really doesn’t. You’re allowed to still be ‘Tori’ while also being ‘Mom.’

  32. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Just to jump on the “me too” bandwagon, I agree: Shell out the $20. Give yourself a little time. If you give yourself some time to relax, refocus, to write and do other things which you enjoy doing all by yourself, then you will be a better person when you come back into the frenetic rest of your life. It will benefit everybody, I think. And it’s twenty bucks. Considering all the other uses there are for twenty bucks (half a gallon of gas, one ticket into a movie theater, one-third of a video game), I think that twenty bucks for some private time is a terrific deal.

  33. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I meant a week, but didn’t manage to get that in there. So it’s like $80 a month for 16-20 hours of labor, but I need some time, and the husband is gone most weekends. We’ll see.

  34. Ed, the Shadow Ferret

    November 29, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Wow. It’s expensive where Pete lives!

    Not to start any familial arguments, but what exactly does hubby do? Can’t he take the time to watch the kids, maybe take them to a park or something in the afternoon, to give you some private time?

    Pay him the $20.

  35. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 11:14 am

    It is possible that I exaggerated slightly, mind.

    Ed raises an interesting point.

  36. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Usually, he is off doing things with and for his grandfather, who raised him. His grandfather means everything to him, and they often are both doing good and helpful things for other people. I don’t want to interfere with that so much, and there are some weekends where he stays home and does stuff with us.

    My big thing is that I need to declutter a ton of different areas, which requires more time. Plus I need to get deep cleaning done in most rooms. There’s just more than I can do at any one given time.

    The perk I like the most is the not pulling my hair out by the end of the weekend. There’s just too much between housework, personal care, and time with kid to make it all fit. So I’ll have to do something. I’ve negelected myself lately, and that sucks.

  37. Lori

    November 29, 2007 at 11:45 am

    I assumed you were talking about $20 a week, Tori. I don’t think it being $80 a month changes the value of anyone’s comments. You may not want to interfere with your husband’s individuality, but that does not mean you have to sacrifice your own. As Pete indicated, when you’re in balance, it will be easy to go with the flow and handle the chaos around you, too. Sometimes you have to step out of the whirlwind in order to be able to better direct and maintain it.

  38. Soccer Mom

    November 29, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    It is worth it for your sanity. I never thought I would pay someone to clean my house, but I do now and it is the best money I’ve ever spent. My children are in school now, but they used to spend weekly time with a sitter when they were younger.

    Piper is at such a difficult age right now, where you can’t relax your vigilance for a second when she is with you. It’s exhausting.

    Lori was exactly right when she said give permission to still be Tori and not just “Mommmy.” It will be good for you and your daughter if you aren’t frazzled and stressed.

  39. Ed, the Shadow Ferret

    November 29, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    I could hire out my mother-in-law. She’s a clean freak and on more than one occassion has come over to clean our house because it doesn’t meet her specs.

  40. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    And, to think about it from another standpoint, you are paying someone money which they need, and that is always a good thing. I knew a wonderful woman who hired herself out as a personal cleaning service-and-occasional-babysitter, and the one problem she always talked about overcoming was the embarassment of people who hated the idea of paying someone to pick up their messes, and that occasionally if it was enough of a problem, she had no work. That was always very interesting to me, in that I fall in exactly the same camp: The house stays messy when I don’t clean it, yet I would not hire someone to pick it up.

    But, this woman wisely pointed out to me, she needed the money and she enjoyed cleaning. She liked the physical activity, she liked taking something messy and making it clean, and she enjoyed meeting the different people.

    So while I’m not suggesting that you have any similar hesitancies, I am trying to suggest that it can be seen as a further justification for shelling out eighty bucks a month, something which should need no justification. You need time for yourself. Time to work, or time to be still and to be silent. Those are vitally important, or everything eventually dissolves into frazzled chaos.

  41. Ed, the Shadow Ferret

    November 29, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    That is weird. Pete’s comment was on the board before I posted mine about my MIL, and yet there it is after.

    De de de de, de de de de de.

  42. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Every now and then, the time stamp gets all screwed up. Lord knows why. I fixed your last comment, so that we at least appear to have some semblance of a linear conversation. If posts bounce around too much, I worry about how very quantum this place will wind up getting.

  43. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    I thought about pitching it as supervised babysitting experience for some kid around the age of 12-15 or so. I’ll be there so if a crisis occurs, an adult is handy. They then can use me as a reference for other babysitting later on while making a little bit of spending money in the process.

    I actually have a girl in mind. She used to live next door to us and strikes me as very level.

  44. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    As a side note to Soccer Mom, geez louise is she exhausting at this age. Wearing us out. Plus, she’s not the slightest bit interested in TV, but mostly in doing active things with lots of movement and running around.

    And you do have to watch her every second, because if you miss the call when she says she has to pee, she’ll strip and go right on the floor for you.

  45. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    For your sake, I hate to say it, but I’m glad she’s not interested in TV and would rather be on the move.

  46. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Me too, really. It’s just that some days, if she could just sit and watch a half hour cartoon, I’d be filled with joy.

    Hopefully, after Christmas, the new more ‘grown-up’ toys will stimulate and captivate her a little more. I’ve already got most of her shopping done.

  47. Ed, the Shadow Ferret

    November 29, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    I miss the days of my first child. He was content to be placed in his boppy and watch a Barney video.

    Um, and today, at 12, he’s still content to sit in his boppy and watch a Simpsons video. Not much has changed.

    The younger one is more like yours. On the go. Constantly. He wouldn’t even sit still for reading time. We just gave up after a while. And he’d just wet himself, wouldn’t even take the time to strip or stop. πŸ™‚

  48. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    I was like your younger one. I was always on the go, fast as I could, except when I was holed up somewhere reading. Those were about my only two modes: Moving, Reading.

    you realize that if your little guys are on the go like that, you’re supposed to dope them up on Rydaline, right? What sort of parents ARE you?

  49. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Yes, because active kids are bad, but obesity is a big problem.

    Welcome to America.

  50. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    My mom got annoyed at me enough that she would throw me out of the house to go play. So I’d run around like a lunatic in the neighborhood with my friends. Better than sitting in the house on the computer, or watching TV, you ask me. I fully plan to chuck my son out of the house whenever I can!

  51. Ed, the Shadow Ferret

    November 29, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    I was like my younger, too. Probably why he drives me nuts. He is my parents’ curse: “I hope you have a child just like you!” And I did.

    Yeah, rydalin. That’s what “they” recommended I take but my mom said no. I’m waiting for them to suggest it for him so I too can say, “Will it help?” πŸ™‚

    And just so you don’t get the wrong idea, my older one is on the school basketball team, he is going to join the volleyball team, he’s in the band, Student Council, and Junior YOJ. So he isn’t really so much a slug any longer.

  52. Soccer Mom

    November 29, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I have one of each. My eldest is always on the go. He’s bored after one show on TV. The youngest adores movies. He will happily sit and watch movies and play with toys at the same time. TV shows don’t hold the same appeal for him. He likes certain cartoons and anime, but for him it’s movies.

    And they both drive me nuts when the weather is bad. I was ready to give them away free to bad homes on Thanksgiving.

  53. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    I didn’t have the wrong idea, I figured that’s how it would work out. They recommended rydalin for me too, when I was young. My parents wisely said no. I didn’t need rydalin, I needed things to do with my time and my brain. So I spent time outside, I read books that were too old for me, and I did different schoolwork (not more advanced, mind, I was and am hardly a prodigy of any sort. Just different. If I have no interest in something, I give it none of my attention. This has always been true.)

    Rydalin: Laziest way out a person can think of.

    (One mom I knew, years back, justified it because “my child was medically sick! He was so hyper he couldn’t sit down to watch TV with us, or go on the computer, or anything! He NEEDED Rydalin!” Dumb woman, he needed to go outside and run himself breathless.)

  54. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Give kids away to free homes. Hmn. Can you DO that? (He asks, with a screaming, squirming baby on his lap who is hungry, but is too busy screaming about being hungry to eat.)

  55. Lori

    November 29, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    You still could, Pete, because yours is an infant, but then you’d have to explain to Renee how you “lost” her baby. It wouldn’t be pretty.

  56. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Frankly, I see no problem here which my considerable masculine charm cannot successfully overcome.

    Maybe “cannot” is the wrong word.

  57. Jeanne

    November 29, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Ritalin does have its place, but it’s being used far too much as a pacifier, not as originally intended, which was to help the small portion of children who truly ARE hyperactive to a degree where they can’t sit still when it’s necessary and can’t pay attention when it’s necessary — and there ARE times when it’s necessary to be still and pay attention.

    However, these days, if a kid so much as shifts in his or her seat in the classroom, they’re getting diagnosed as ADD or hyperactive. Better Living Through Chemistry has become the American slogan, it seems.

  58. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Given the sheer number of strange commercials for peculiar pills with alarming side effects which fill up my television watching time (during which I also fail to sit still, much to the consternation of my wife), I would have to agree on the motto, Jeanne. Certainly, Ritalin does have a place (and can perhaps even be spelled correctly, since I couldn’t be bothered to look it up), but it’s a much smaller place than it’s been given.

  59. Jeanne

    November 29, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Wholeheartedly agree. And, until recently, I had no idea that penile dysfunction was THE leading health issue among men. I guess y’all need the Ritalin to keep you damned quiet when you’re young, and then the Viagra to perk you up when you’re older.

    Men…defective yet still useful for some things, such as heavy lifting (here, have some steroids!).

  60. Pete Tzinski

    November 29, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Those men can have what problems they will. I think I’ll focus on not having heart attacks or major bodily infractions between now and extreme old age, unto death. That seems wiser to me.

  61. Ed, the Shadow Ferret

    November 29, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    *downs his pills and has a moment of lucidity*

    Why when I was a young man I didn’t need no pills to make me tired, I’d just run around the house a hunnerd times. And I didn’t need no pills to get me up because I was young and we stayed up all the time. hehe That reminds me of a joke. Wanna hear it? It goes something like this: We wuz so poor that on Christmas morning if I didn’t wake up with an erection I’d have nothing to play with for the rest of the day. But you kids today wouldn’t know nothing about that, wouldja. You’re all so quick to take your pills for every little make-believe ailment Madison Avenue tells you you have, and then the car popped a tire and gligform ma trimathatical mssmsmszzzzzzzzzzzzz!

  62. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    I knew I always surrounded myself with wise people.

    My husband nearly failed high school because they required so many subjects that held no candle for him. He is incredibly intelligent and smart for the things that spark his interest. We kinda fill the void left by the other one.

    I worry what ‘they’ will recommend for Piper. I’ll just wait and see, but I am getting the impression that regular school may not be for her. If they would quit getting rid of recess, where kids run themselves silly so they CAN go sit still and learn, kids might act better. But, they have to have those test scores up, so out the door goes recess to memorize material. Not learn. Memorize.

  63. Soccer Mom

    November 29, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    It’s early to tell how Piper will do in school. Stop stressing about that now. This is a myth sold to us by the “competitive parents” that there is something wrong with bright, bouncey tolders who cannot read Tolstoy by age 2 and prefer blocks to interpretive dance.

    Enjoy having a happy active child.

  64. tjwriter

    November 29, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    I’m not worried about that part so much, as that she’ll end up like her father, and not excel in a normal school environment while being very much a bright person.

    I love the fact that she’s so active. Kids are so bogged down these days, and by their competitive parents. I’m not pushing my daughter down any path. I learned a long time ago that there are many ways to be smart, and many don’t involve academics.

  65. Arachne Jericho

    November 30, 2007 at 12:47 am

    Still seems early to worry about Piper and school.

    And when the time comes, research schools. Some of them are decent and not insane. Not all is a searing black hole in the ground where American education is concerned, though sometimes it makes one wonder. And there’s home schooling (although that takes a LOT of time and energy).

    Ritalin… cocaine with a PG rating (or so says House)… which makes sense. And apparently easier to get a hold of these days than Valium. And so easily obtained that there’s a black market for it on school playgrounds. And because it _is_ a stimulant, there’s the reason for the black market. Hooray research.

    Not sure about better living through chemistry–the East believes in it as much as the West, it’s just that in the East it’s herbal machinery rather than pharmaceutical. I myself go through some lengths with the herbal machinery, and whether it’s better than pills or not, I don’t know.


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