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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Four Questions

The other day as I was getting the kids ready for school my phone rang. It was early for a phone call, but not entirely unusual since Mr. Mint sometimes calls from work in the mornings. We were running a little behind and I was trying to get the girls dressed. I vaguely recognized the name on the caller ID, so I answered it.

Caller: "Hi Kristine, this is Sally*, Chuck's mom from school."

My name is Kirsten (rhymes with Beersten), not Kristine, but this is a common mistake. I often get called Kristen, Kristine, Kristy, whatever. So it didn't seem odd. After a moment I remembered who she was. Her son Chuck is in Frostine's class and she's mentioned him. I met Sally briefly at back to school night.

Me: "Oh, hi Sally. How are you?"

My kids are running around. Lolly has picked out another hopelessly mismatched outfit without my guidance and Gloppy is reaching for my cup of piping hot Indian black tea.

Caller: "I just want to confirm that I will pick up the kids at school today and you can come and get them whenever you are finished."

Now Frostine has put way too much toothpaste on her toothbrush and Gloppy just pulled Lolly's hair. I am a little confused, since I don't think we had a play date set up. But when another mom calls and offers to pick your kids up from school, the answer is always "yes!!" right?

Me: "Oh, OK."

Caller: "I didn't know if you had my cell phone number, so I thought I'd give you a call this morning."

Now it dawns on me that she meant to call an actual Kristine, who is another mom from Frostine's class and I think they live on the same block as Sally. I've seen Kristine and Sally talking. So do I correct her and let her know she picked the wrong name off the class list? No.

Me: "Great, thanks for calling. See you at school!"

I was anxious to get back to overseeing the kids and we needed to get out the door. I don't know what I was thinking. Who does that?? I haven't run into either Sally or Kristine at school yet. Hopefully enough time will pass and no one will speak of the "incident with the phone call" again.

My question: Should I just forget about it or mention it to Sally or Kristine?

The other day I was driving on the freeway and I saw this car all decorated with "Just Married" signs and "Congratulations Sue and Bob." Of course I took a photo because, duh, I have a blog. Here's what it said on the back window.

It says, "No More Condoms"

My question: Tacky or funny? (I'm leaning toward tacky)

My BIF (best internet friend), Tracey sent me an e-mail in response to my last post. Here's part of what she said:

"We all go through blogged arteries once in a while where you feel like the blog writes the life instead of the other way around, but then you have a typical crazy week of life and kid stuff, and the world rights itself once again."

That was too good for me not to post here.

My question: Tracey's brilliant right?

I've lost 7 pound the last two weeks without doing anything differently.  In fact, since I was sick, I may have actually been lazier than usual.

My question:  Yay me! or Whatever B****?

By the way, I'm thinking of starting a new blog.  It's called DeathToMarinka.  Check it out, it's gonna be great!!

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent.  Except for my name and Kristine's... because then the story wouldn't be as funny.


Kate Coveny Hood said...

I can't believe that you did #1. I think that's hilarious. I would never say anything about it again. Not to pretend it didn't happen - but just to let them wonder what is wrong with you. But then I tend to like crazy people... I'm still laughing.

"No more condoms"? Tacky (of course - I'm kind of a prude - so my opinion is going to lean toward prissy).

Your friend is brilliant. I was dying to comment - damn you for not allowing it. But it's probably for the best since it would be long and uninteresting.

I only seem to lose weight when I'm not trying. So I just say "yeah me!" and don't question it.

Why so sorry for Husbandrinka? I imagine he knew what he was getting himself into (as do we all - which is why I rarely feel sorry for people regarding their choice of spouse). And she knocks herself out combing the city for mustard that he will like - just to have him turn up his nose and tell her it's not good enough. She's a good woman that Marinka...

Melissa said...





Yay (same thing just happened to me...bad Thai food, didn't eat solid food for six days)

And leave Marinka alone. Grrr....


Melissa said...

Actually, on the Marinka thing...maybe I'll just sit back and watch the fun! :)

Marinka said...

#1 is hysterical!

#2 is funny for us because we're making fun of them but otherwise, it's SUPERDUPERTACKY.

#3 I forgot what that was about. (ok, I went back to look, even though it made my comment window disappear and almost gave me a heart attack that I'd have to retype these pearls of wisdom. Great, now I forgot again. haha, just kidding. Yes, Tracey, brilliant. Like a diamond.)

#4 So tacky.

and Melissa? DeadToMe. Or at least Comatose.

Anonymous said...

I think we should figure out a way to hack into Marinka's blog and post reruns of The View on a constant loop.

Maura said...

I only have one good, long comment in me per day and I just used today's up over at Marinka's site because now that you're DeadToHer I'm trying to get in good.


Anonymous said...

1: her fault, ignore
2: tacky. ew
3: yes, and I second everything she said, and I'm glad you are going to keep blogging because I really enjoy your writing
4: yay!

I just started reading Marinka, so before you and your minions hack her site and wish death upon her, let me finish reading the archives!

Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

1. Don't mention it. She may never work out who she was actually talking to.
2. Tacky, Ewwwwwww!
3. Yes
4. It was a battle between my heart and mind but in the end I decided on Yay You!
5. I refuse to take sides until I work out which of you is the bigger blogger. I am hoping to make the leap from 2.4 to 3.4 readers. It is a struggle. Sorry. I know you are the nicer one and all but that just can't come into it.

Jessi said...

1. Eh forget it. She'll either figure it out or she won't

2. Tacky...and kind of scary

3. Definitely brilliant.

4. Don't know what happened but something tells me I'm better off being a mushroom and staying in the dark.

heartatpreschool said...

1. Sally is probably feeling bad now that she didn't pick up YOUR kids.

2. Hilarious

3. Right


EatPlayLove said...

tacky, tacky, tacky! OH and I probably would have said something. That is a weird situation!

maggie said...

That condom-marriage thing is weird. Are they switching to a new form of birth control, or are they just cool with sharing VD's as a married couple?

Also, I will cheer for your 7 lb mysterious weight loss, but with the caveat that I would also cheer for a mysterious 7 lb weight gain.

Mekhismom said...

I love the questions. I am sick right now so excuse the pithy response. More later.

Lynn said...

So did the mom ever figure out she called the wrong mom? Or did you get an afternoon off?

I was waiting to find out and you didn't say!


Mama Ginger Tree said...

UPDATE: I think Kristine and Sally figured it all out and I look like a complete idiot. They are both super nice though and my girls just got invited to Kristine's daughters b-day party. So all hope is not lost.

I think everyone decided to forget about it. :-)