Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MMM..mmm...Good


(the children watch their dessert bake)


For twelve years now, I have hoped for and dreamed of the day my husband would have a job with predictable hours.

I looked fondly forward to future family meals: Ty dishing out multiple helpings of baked fish and sweet potato fries for the children, while I refill everyone's ice water; pleasant table conversation; compliments on my culinary skills (which is important because it models good manners for the children. And it makes me smile, blush, and feel romantic).

For twelve years I have been continually disappointed in our crazed dinner time routine. It is the most dreaded time of the day for me. I inevitably end up over-hungry and frustrated, and my children usually leave the table (okay, the bar - we don't even use the table) nutritionally unsatisfied and upset. I have blamed all this (and my chubby thighs, pessimism, and the war in Iraq - why not?) on Ty's irregular work hours.

Well, break out the skinny jeans, happy outlooks and world peace, cause baby, my husband is officially home from work at the same time every night!

And when I say home, I mean HOME. No phone calls from suicidal clients while I am in the middle of divulging my inner-most thoughts on the proper spicing of green beans (and you KNOW how I feel about cell phones, so don't EVEN get me started...). No typing on the lap top to catch up his notes while the kids hang off him like monkeys, begging for a bike ride. No emergencies but our own (Ty! Get in here STAT! The cookies are ready!).

Sometimes life is so delectable.



*I realize that many women have husbands with erratic schedules, and they do just fine. But I am not many women. I am only me. And I like a man who says he'll be home at 5:30, and means it.

10 comments:

Sharlee said...

Hooray! That sounds like a dream come true for you. I'm sure it's dreamy for Ty too. I wanna hear all about it Friday.

Elisabeth (and Tyler) said...

I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!! Bless you for enduring that for 12 years. Hooray! I'm embarrassed to say, I don't even know what Ty does/did. Worst. Cousin. Ever.

Jason said...

Well I am officially jealous!!! That is amazing! The best schedule ever. Home by 5:30 AND weekends and holidays off! That really is a dream come true! I don't know if I will ever be so blessed, but I will be happy for you! You deserve it! Maybe I have hope. We have been married almost 7 years... So maybe by the time we hit 12, we can have a more normal life. Everyone has to put their dues in. So you guys have! Now you're done! Awesome! -Amy

The United Statements of Merica said...

I am so happy for you. That is seriously the most exciting news EVER. I don't know if that will EVER be me. Damian will always have more work than he will ever be able to finish, but he is in control of his schedule, so he can be flexible when he needs to be, so I can't complain.. but I can dream..

Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} said...

Yeah! Couldn't be happier for you. Totally jealous but happy.

Christy said...

Yay! So glad you got your husband home with you. I love having my hubby home for super.

Amber said...

You lost me at chubby thighs. I had to check to see if I was reading the right blog (not that any of the blogs I read belong to women w/ chubby thighs, but I digress).

ps. While my husband will probably always have an erratic schedule, he is always home for dinner & bedtime routines, so I can't complain! Hip hip hooray for normalcy (um, or something like that).

Michelle said...

So then the war in Iraq is over too?!?!?!

Yay for you and your family!

Marianne said...

I'm so happy for you! Does this mean I have to wait until we're married for twelve years for Joel to be home for dinner every night?

Paige of Pearls said...

Hooray for predictability!