Saturday, April 9, 2011

Working For The Weekend

I had an article I wrote run in the Austin American Statesman today.  You can read it here if you like. This is only the second time I've had this opportunity, but it is pretty exciting for me.  I love working on the article, getting the feedback and then seeing my name beneath a title in print.  What a dream. 

I also like to pretend that this makes me famous, because I'm a little bored around here so that sounds like fun.

What I am finding though is that I don't so much enjoy hearing from all my haters out there. Though I am developing thicker skin, I still feel shaken when I read some people's vicious comments about me.  In the first seven hours the article was online I had 10 comments posted, mostly not so nice. 

Alex thought it was hilarious, but I went to bed feeling unsettled and thinking we should hire some sort of security guard for the days close to the publishing of these things.

I was going to go into my analysis of people's commentary, and my defense of the content of my piece, but it really doesn't matter.  What matters is that I rolled over to Starbucks and bought four copies of the paper, a chai tea latte and a blueberry scone this morning and got to enjoy a big ME moment...until I got home and none of my three kids really gave a crap about me being in the paper because they wanted a donut and someone to get them juice. 

Is this what life is like for famous people?  Is Jennifer Garner dealing with this?

In honor of my big day, I had big dreams for our to do list.  HUGE.  My plan was to transform the kids' playroom from a random, disjointed, unpainted mess to an adorable, yet stylish, organization of fun in one weekend.  I, of course, was going to share it all with you too.  The plan was paint, hang curtains, change rug, buy massive amounts of Ikea furniture and hang adorable wall art. 

I was convinced this would make life super fun around here.  (Well, I was convinced it would make life fun after this weekend, I didn't think there was a chance in hell that we would have any fun this weekend with all that to do.)

So far, my dreams have been crushed. Alex told me last night that it turns out we aren't loaded and a full blown makeover for us should probably just mean purchasing paint and hanging some curtains....the rest would have to wait. Apparently there is some new benefit to postponing your purchases until you actually have the money for them?  I'm still trying to work through that.

He's right though, I know he's right.  It really does take some of the pressure off having to figure everything out this weekend.  I guess I'll have time to over think each selection some more now.  We already had a four hour debate this morning on which color paint to pick.  It was rough.  There's a good chance that the playroom might look like there was a radiation spill in there with the wall color we finally chose. 

I'm concerned people, very concerned.  This might be a train wreck. I thought we had a plan, but now I'm not so sure that the plan is going to look like there ever was a plan....you know?

Here's a photo of the before.  I will upload some photos of the room tomorrow night, we'll see how far we get and if we feel safe going near it.


I know, you're wondering why we are doing anything to it when it just looks so perfect as it is.  We're crazy around here. 

Update coming tomorrow.

5 comments:

pezzoni1 said...

Sometimes you just got to go for the change. :) And with the potential of three little budding artists, what could go wrong?

-dweej said...

Hi Leslie! I found you through itsalmostnaptime. You had me at "battling over a batmobile".

Is it wrong for me to hate the haters? How can a person be so bored and shallow that they want to use their free time to make another person sad? It makes no sense to me!

Stacy said...

I hate those nasty haters! Seriously...what's to hate about a funny mom blog? Just know they're bitter people with no sense of humor! Don't let it get you down!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I found the comments on that article to be absolutely ignorant, brutal, and devoid of any real value. Certainly there are "lazy" stay at home moms out there, just as there are moms who have jobs and are lazy b/c they put forth a minimal effort in the office. Or a man, for the record! People who take the time to leave nasty comments like that are not worth your time or thoughts. I wouldn't write for that paper again, if that's the quality of their readership.

Kelly said...

Well, geez. I thought the article was great! There are a handful of people who are going to comment on EVERYTHING in the newspapers in a negative way every single time. It's like that in our city at least. They have NOTHING better to do.
As for the housekeeper's comment...her customers should fire her a** and see how she likes "lazy" SAHM's then. Probably a lot better than standing in the unemployment line trying to get a paycheck.