I don’t like Mondays

August 21, 2006

EDIT/Update: I’ve secured relevant permissions and have posted the ‘Motherhood is Boring’ article (discussed below) on another page. You can find it HERE.

And! I was on the news! As Her Bad Mother! My secret identity is no longer secret! Does this mean I lose my powers?


I don’t like Mondays (tell me why…)

Because it was a long, challenging weekend with sniffles and teething and husbandly mood-suckage and I really would just like to bitch bitch bitch but that would take more emotional energy than I have and would just exascerbate the mood-suckage of the husband (who I love dearly, but seriously, dude? There’s only room for one beeyatch in this house. Don’t start a turf war.)

Because I have multiple blog posts on edit in my head in addition to the backlog on my to-do list and every single one of them is H-E-A-V-Y and I’m getting a bit tired of doing heavy-lifting blogging. Not to mention that I’m starting to feel like I might be the sort of person that other people find interesting from a distance but wouldn’t want to have over for dinner (yes, she is very thoughtful and obviously *cough* very intelligent. But I think that she might bring the mood down, don’t you?)

Because I cannot get Gitterdun out of my head.

German opera in the style of Wagner? Um, no.

For some reason, the gods have seen fit to torment me by putting this trailer on an endless loop on each of the very few television stations that I watch.

On the flip side, I am the one person in North America that does not have mother-f***ing snakes on a mother-f***ing plane! running through her head. Small mercies.

Because I was outed as a blogger this weekend. Which isn’t such a big deal, really. Except that I had totally forgotten that I had provided quotes to a journalist as Her Bad Mother and was somewhat alarmed to wake up Saturday morning to e-mails from random acquaintances and colleagues and long-forgotten whomevers saying hey I saw your picture in the Globe today and omg you have a blog!

My picture?

For the record, everyone: the peroxide blonde who is morosely clutching her infant child while sitting in an amusement park ride in the picture at right is not me. Yes, the highlighted quote under that picture is from me. But the sad looking woman with dark roots in the picture? NOT ME.


This is what I look like on amusement park rides.

Note absence of infant child.

Note lovely, if damp, hair.

(Also, note creepy satanic dude eyeballing my husband behind the camera. More reasons to avoid amusement parks.)

(You’re wondering about that article. Summary: the work of motherhood can be boring, some mothers say so, others get mad that any mother would refer to her Great Work as an exercise that would sometimes benefit from the infusion of large quantities of vodka. I can’t be bothered to get all worked up about anyone who would deny the inherent dullness of sterilizing bottles and wiping asses, nor can I be bothered to reflect on tards who dislike their children. So that’s all that I have to say about it. For now.)

(To be clear, in case anyone is getting panties all twisted about Bad Mother proclamations on boredom: the WORK of motherhood can be boring. Diapers are boring. Shit is boring, and gross. My CHILD is not boring. She fascinates me, because she is fascinating, and also, because she would kick my ass if I was not fascinated by her and failed to demonstrate that fascination every waking moment of every freakin’ day…)

Because WonderBaby continues to impose her will in all matters concerning her well-being and upkeep.

Her Bad Mother has learned her lesson and is now keeping camera and camera assistant on hand in dining area. (That diaper helps us maintain our PG rating. It was loudly protested by WonderBaby, Vegan Nudist, who prefers to dine upon her tofu and humous and veggie spinach nuggets au naturel.)

Because I wrote this post this morning and Blogger wouldn’t let me upload the necessary photos and so I have been stuck in blog purgatory all day.

Motherf***ing Blogger is a mother-f***ing pain!

Why do you not like Mondays? (And if you do like Mondays, you’d better have a good reason.)

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    Kiyotoe August 22, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    Bad Mother, you sound a little crazy. But it’s that good crazy, the kind of crazy that might save the world one day.

    I hate Mondays because I’m usually still dealing with the guilt and denial over whatever weekend activities I SHOULDN’T have been a part of.

    virtualsprite August 22, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    OOOH! Reasons to hate Monday? Have to go to work tops the list. Having to drop Ubergoober and Sam off at day care when I’d rather go to the library with them. Having to deal with bitchy boss.

    And there is nothing wrong with small redheaded dictators! (Coming from one herself.) Enjoy Wonderbaby’s decisiveness!

    Mrs. Davis August 22, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    Excellent article – thanks for posting it! And what a smart and succinct quote from you. Well said!

    sweatpantsmom August 22, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    Congratulations on the article! And yes, definitely keep an eye on creepy satanic eyeballing dude.

    I hate Mondays, too.

    kittenpie August 22, 2006 at 11:03 pm

    can’t believe my stupid PC has been giving me the cached version for a full day and I missed it until I hit reload – oh, bugger.

    Ack – I would be totally freaked out by the outage myself, especially if people you know are picking up on it. There’s always the basement…

    I hated yesterday because Pumpkinpie was having a rotten, overtired, strung-out, whiny morning, refused me a hug, and told me to “go a work, mommy.” Ouch. Tough to leave on that note.

    MommyWithAttitude August 22, 2006 at 11:59 pm

    Oh my God, why did you say Gitterdun! I VOLUNTEERED to review that movie for Blogcritics and seriously five minutes into the movie my husband was like, “I could write your review for you right now!”

    He wouldn’t even sit through it with me, but damn it, I’m a professional so I watched the whole horrifying thing before I trashed it.

    I’m just going to think about the cute vegan baby and forget I read anything else here!

    NMsurrogate August 23, 2006 at 6:53 am

    Mondays are great. Everyone else goes away while I work in my quiet house. Alone. Quietly. That only happens on Monday. Mmmm, quiet.

    Toronto Gal August 23, 2006 at 8:13 am

    Hi, I was anonymous- thought I’d clear that up- I’m not a nasty blog reader- I just wanted to read the article since I read Rebecca, HBM and Ali frequently. Thanks for posting the article HBM!

    Jenn August 23, 2006 at 10:35 am

    Cause I’m at work and not at home with my daughter. =o(

    And that wonderbaby just keeps gettin cuter!!

    sunshine scribe August 23, 2006 at 10:44 am

    Monday’s suck. Its the day I have to go back to work and leave my little man. And alll the other reasons you cited … even more so.

    I didn’t love the premise of the article that Rebecca wrote but was interested in reading it and thought your quote was a balanced and insightful addition. And now you are outed!

    Plunky August 23, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    I am late but you’re mutha$#@%ing famous! Obviously, I can’t get that out of my head and it’s mutha%#$@ing Wednesday!

    tallulah August 23, 2006 at 8:34 pm

    Monday’s are the equivalent of Jesus (if I beleived in such a thing). One child left the nest, three children at school and one left at home with a promise to go to preschool on Tuesday. Oh….and the husband has gone back to work with zero input on how the family should be run during the week. Heaven…..

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