The Physics of Domesticity

September 16, 2007

The Second Law of Domestic Dynamics – the Law of Parental Entropy – states that one’s children will be demanding in inverse proportion to one’s level of energy. Which is to say, the slower the parent moves, the faster moves the child, from which it follows that if one has flu, the rate at which one’s toddler speeds around the house (and, correspondingly, the decibel level of the noise that said toddler produces) increases in opposing relation to one’s general wellness (or, alternative, in direct relation to one’s fever and/or one’s headache and/or the degree of one’s sinus congestion.)

The First Law of Domestic Dynamics – the Law of Spousal Energy – states that the degree of bickering over small matters in the quotidien cycle of a marriage increases in direct relation to the difference in levels of energy between spouses. This is to say that under conditions wherein one spouse has a headache (or, say, a bout of flu from which derives a headache) and the other does not, the latter will be more inclined to disagree with anything said by the former, such that petty bickering escalates proportionate to the intensity of the former’s headache.

These laws derive from the hypothesis, suggested by thermodynamics, that that the fundamental object of contention in the life-struggle in the maintenance of the domestic sphere is available energy.

All of which is to say – I’m physically and emotionally exhausted from sinus congestion and headache and less tangible irritants pertaining to the occasional difficulty of navigating life with a partner and need to crawl under the covers for, like, days and so have nothing to offer by way of a blog post.

So if you’re looking for actual blog content, you should scroll back to previous posts. You want heart strings and a challenge – check this post. You want a take on pop culture skewed by hormones and maternal empathy – check this one.

Otherwise, you’ll just have to wait a day or two until my head stops hurting.

The view from here.

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    slouching mom September 16, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Ouch. I feel your sinus pain.

    Hope it’s short-lived.

    Phoenix September 16, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I feel your pain, I’m just starting to feel better after five freaking days.

    Feel better soon.

    Awesome Mom September 16, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Yuck! I hope you feel better soon!

    Karen MEG September 16, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Even when you’re sick you’re quick as a whip. Thanks for the quick backtrack/nightmare through Physics 101 LOL!
    Hope you feel better soon!

    Lawyer Mama September 16, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Oh man. Feel better soon. But damn, C, if this is a post lacking content….

    Heather B. September 16, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Meh…feel better soon.

    Suz September 16, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Oh geez…my husband had one of these and has had a difficult time getting rid of it. We’ve been experiencing both the first and second laws around here.

    Mom101 September 16, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    And yet…here you are. I’m going to start thinking of you as Her Bad Type A Mother.

    Feel way better and think of me rubbing your feet.

    Lori at Spinning Yellow September 16, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    I know how you feel, the annual fall sickness has infected us. Hope you feel better soon.

    Ditto to what Lawyer Mom said, really, weaving in thermodynamics is lacking in content?

    Fairly Odd Mother September 16, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Yeah, I agree, especially after Fairly Odd Father yelled, “GET OFF MY BACK!!!!” at me last night (hey, I was only asking him to please go play with his children instead of checking his email; what? that isn’t helpful)????

    flutter September 16, 2007 at 10:23 pm


    PunditMom September 16, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    I agree with Mom-101. If I were that sick, I’d just be in bed whining (not that you would do that), waiting for someone (without luck) to bring by the chicken soup or the ginger ale.

    Fell better.

    Alex Elliot September 16, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! Somehow I always seem to wind up fighting with my husband when I’m sick. Now, if he would just wait on me hand and foot, there would be no reason for disagreements!

    kittenpie September 16, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    Oh, I know. I really do. I have the whole congestion-headache-sore-eyes fandango going on here, too. But I don’t have that WonderBaby with the awesome new Big Girl haircut to ogle. so cute! So grownup! (But I do have Pumpkinpie, so, youknow, ‘sall good.)

    mothergoosemouse September 16, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    As much as I adore the 50-cent words I always find here, I think the scientific theorizing is even hotter.

    Get well soon. xoxo

    Julie Pippert September 16, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Aww, feel better soon.

    Using My Words

    crazymumma September 16, 2007 at 11:26 pm


    not that same fluey thing you got last year in the spring?

    Nothing like a toddler to devastate the immune system.

    I think wonder’girl’ and me need a little one on one time while my gals are at school so as to let you rest up.

    here’s to you getting well. (me finishing off glass of red).

    Kyla September 16, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Be a good example for my kids and feel better. LOL. They can’t seem to figure out the whole “staying healthy” bit.

    Kirsten September 17, 2007 at 12:47 am

    So sorry you’re not feeling well HBM. Drink some nice warm tea, Vicks yourself into oblivion, and know that we will be faithfully waiting when you return.

    motherbumper September 17, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Laws suck. Period.

    Beck September 17, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Get better.

    The Hotfessional September 17, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Feel better sweetie.

    Jenifer September 17, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Feel better soon…lots of tea! I’m surprised your head didn’t explode with those first few paragraphs!

    Tracey September 17, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Well, if you have to feel crappy, at least the view is good… Hope you feel like yourself again.

    Don Mills Diva September 17, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Feel better!

    nomotherearth September 17, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Hey man, your sickie “non-post posts” are better than my actual (if sleep deprived) posts!

    Feel better soon!

    m September 17, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Trust you to create two whole theories behind your pain! I hope you’re feeling better very soon, and that the dynamics even out even sooner.

    T. September 17, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    My husbands theory re: the physics of domesticity.
    “Energy can neither be created or destroyed. The reason our children have so much energy is they suck it all from us.”

    Hope you feel better.

    Christine September 17, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    yuck–sinus pain and congestion are the worst. i feel for you.

    get better soon1

    mamatulip September 17, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    I have only ever had a sinus infection once and I thought I might die, for true.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    painted maypole September 17, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    hope you feel better soon! I am feeling rather sinusy and tired myself today. blech

    m September 17, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    This post is so my life right now. Add aches to the equation and three children. That’s my life

    Veronica Mitchell September 17, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Hope you are on your feet again soon.

    Oh, The Joys September 17, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Feel better soon, my northern friend.

    Damselfly September 20, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    All I can say is, I’m glad you figured all that out for me so I don’t have to.

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