October 18 09

It’s 9pm on Sunday night and I’m already in sweats and in bed buried under at least 3 quilts. I am watching the Falcons game and desperately trying to stay awake long enough to get my Sunday evening dose of my boyfriend Don Draper. From earlier this week when I was at the Sore Throat of Evil (copyright Moose in the Kitchen) stage of my recent bout of plague and I soothed my throat with caffeinated hot beverages and then was up until at least 3am, I have learned my lesson and am now drinking a huge mugful of decaf (am genius).

I am thankful that the weekend is over.

On Friday afternoon,  I had convinced myself that this Ali-as-single-parent weekend was going to be the best one yet. I mean, of course I did. Because by Friday afternoon, the 4 of us were sitting in the theater all set to let the wild rumpus start.


(Emily thought it was the very worst movie she had even seen. She was bored and at one point got up and started pacing up and down the aisles. I swear to you. If she had access to the car keys, she may have driven herself home. Which I thought rather interesting because Isabella and Josh were thoroughly entertained throughout, have already downloaded all the music, and have already begged to see it again. twice. I mean, Josh built himself a private Max-like boat not 20 minutes after we got home from the movie. It was complete with hockey stick mast and towel sail)


(I ate him up, I loved him so)

(I thought it was FANTASTIC. As I said on twitter and facebook, I can see how it’ll likely get panned by some critics. The pacing was kind of slow, and it was a serious thinking movie. But the messages, people. MY GOD. Messages about children. about parents. about the world. I think Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers done good. real good.)

WELL, this, friends, was the highlight of the weekend. because it was downhill from there.

I yelled “BE STILL!” but no one seemed to hear me.

My dog managed to poop four times inside the house and is now pretty much living in his crate until I can train him that his business needs to get relieved outside.

My site got HACKED and thank heavens for people like Avitable and DasBecca who not only know how do shit like get rid of phantom admins who wormed their way into the backend of my wordpress (dirty), but also are willing to give their precious Saturday morning time to help a girl like me; a girl who failed to upgrade her wordpress to the newest version because she was lazy.

My son had a baseball practice that we completely underdressed for. I mean, I really don’t want anyone who lives north of, say, Missouri to feel badly for me that it was 54 degrees at the end of October…but we just really weren’t prepared. All of our winter things are in our storage facility in Toronto. It does us tremendous good there.


My son had a baseball game that we underdressed for (whatever. we didn’t learn) and we underprepared for. Josh managed to show up without his cup, without his drink, and without his glove.  I managed to show up without any snacks for my girls who, at 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon, were so hungry (“mom…my stomach is eating itself”) you’d think they had been fasting since Thursday, so, you know, I spent all of the money I had on me at the overpriced concession stand to by them healthy snacks like sno-cones and nachos.

My daughter Emily had a full-blown breakdown complete with “don’t ever talk to me again!” and “I hate you so much!” and lots of doors slamming and crying and folded arms and hmphs.

But now, sigh, it’s all good. Because my cold seems to be getting a wee bit better. Because my site seems to be fixed. Because Josh borrowed a glove and managed to make some good plays with it. Because my dog just took a crap outside. Because Emily just came in and apologized and told me that I really am the best mother in the world.

Because we don’t have to do this again until next weekend 😉

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing that tomorrow. It looks so magical!

    Comment by Avitable on October 18, 2009
  2. I’m so glad someone else liked it. I really thought it was a great thinking movie, though it was different than what I had expected. Also, I really wanted to wash Max’s costume and cover him in purell.

    Comment by Nic on October 18, 2009
  3. Ali, I loved it too. And I found it hard. Sobbing, sniveling hard. I’ve run panicking out into the streets chasing after an out-of-control child on cold winter nights myself, and it is terrifying.

    If you’ve ever loved someone with a serious mental illness, this movie is tough to watch, but very inspiring, too.

    Comment by Kat on October 18, 2009
  4. WARNING> spoiler alert!!!!!

    Gah. I hated it. I hated the sister and the mother and the violence a little boy had.

    The monsters were awesome. The music fantastic. But that was it.

    We watched it in 3D and paid over $60 dollars for it in Chicago and my mom w/my 2 daughters walked out in the middle. I wished I did too because the ending with the mother falling asleep just bored me to death. And the boy, I still have issues with. I loved the book so much, I was disappointed.

    But yes, my 7yr old son totally build a fort in his room after seeing the movie. He liked it.

    Comment by OHmommy on October 18, 2009
  5. I’ve read that it’s more of an adult movie than a kid movie, and your comment about MESSAGES seems to confirm that. Not that I’d bring my scaredy-cat kid to see it anyways, but it’s good to know.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on October 19, 2009
  6. First of all, my kid has the same hoodie that bella has (gotta love old navy)

    ANywho- this too shall pass. Sometimes boring weekends are the best medicine to cure a cold!
    or, you know- a trip to ny!
    .-= Maya´s last blog ..You have to see to believe =-.

    Comment by Maya on October 19, 2009
  7. Honestly, I didn’t read the book when I was a kid so I don’t feel an inherent need to see the film. But I’m hearing interesting things, so it might go on my ‘to rent’ list.
    Completely off topic – where did you get your hoodie in the last pic? SO cute.

    Comment by jen on October 19, 2009
  8. that movie looks so magical! i am taking all 3 of my girls to go see it.love love love the book where the wild things are …are you sure emily isn’t a pree-teen already?

    Comment by LAVENDULA on October 19, 2009
  9. I wondered if the movie would be good. Yay!

    And I so remember those days of going home and pretending like the movie you had just seen was your life. Man being a kid is fun.

    Comment by Kaleigha on October 19, 2009
  10. That photo of Josh is SO cute! I’m glad 2 out of 3 Martell kids enjoyed it.

    Sorry about your site! I thought we had it fixed the other night. Now you’ve learned, DON’T WAIT TO UPDATE!

    It was like 54 here yesterday and we were all “it’s SO nice out! Man, what a nice day we have today!”
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..What Do You Gift Your Blog On Its Third Birthday? =-.

    Comment by Kristabella on October 19, 2009
  11. We ended up watching Whip It (we had a gift card for that theatre), but I still want to see WTWTA. We’ll probably go without the kids – Emily would be a nightmare.

    Josh is seriously the cutest. I think he and Graham would be fast friends.

    Comment by Angella on October 19, 2009
  12. I’m sure Mr. A will be making me see this, which is fine b/c i want to.

    Comment by slynnro on October 19, 2009
  13. Can’t wait to see the movie! LOVE Josh’s boat! Can’t believe your site got hacked. That SUCKS. But, awesome that you got it back up and running so quickly. Scary stuff!

    Comment by Haley-O (Cheaty) on October 19, 2009
  14. Josh looks adorable! Hubby and I need to get our act together and decide whether or not to take the kids to this flick.
    We LOVE the book and read it often, but oddly, not so curious about the movie.

    Glad to hear you’re feeling a wee bit better, and that things are looking up. Stay warm, my dear. 🙂

    Comment by Nenette on October 19, 2009
  15. I love that pic of Josh! I can’t wait to see this movie. If the weather turns bad next weekend I think it will be on our agenda.
    Hope your next one goes better and that you feel better. (Emily – OMG that girl!!!)
    .-= monstergirlee´s last blog ..October Greeblepix Entry =-.

    Comment by monstergirlee on October 19, 2009
  16. Can the Sore Throat of Doom be transmitted via internet? If so, I’M SORRY. Hope it feels better.

    I love that your son built a Max Boat. And hugely entertained by your daughter’s aisle roaming and desired car key theft.

    Comment by Moose on October 20, 2009
  17. When I first saw the preview for that movie, I thought it looked like the creepiest thing ever. But now I want to see it SO SO BAD! Especially after everyone telling me just HOW GOOD it is.

    I’m sorry that you were sick this weekend and had a bit of a bad time. I hope you are feeling much better now! It seems like everyone is getting sick lately. It must be the weather. Damn you, mother nature!
    .-= Cassie´s last blog ..The Zombie Effect =-.

    Comment by Cassie on October 20, 2009
  18. You look like us our first winter in Florida. We sold all of our winter clothes before we moved. LOL

    Comment by Miss Britt on October 20, 2009
  19. Would you believe I still haven’t seen WTWTA? I need to. I’m going to go with Isabella’s and Josh’s reco. 😉

    I am waiting for the Sore Throat of Doom to hit here, too. It’s only a matter of time…

    Comment by metalia on October 20, 2009

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