Sunday, October 23, 2005

Happy Cynicism








Blogger CyberKitten said...

Bitingly cynical.... Gotta love 'em... and the more you think about them... the more subversive they are.


10/23/2005 11:46:00 a.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

I LOVE the one under "Anne". Puke and earthly reality. Yay Me.

10/23/2005 02:48:00 p.m.  
Blogger Haley said...

Give birth and change diapers. I love it.

Oh what I have to look forward to (years down the road of course - no panic).

10/23/2005 03:18:00 p.m.  
Blogger craziequeen said...

I am itching to have 'More Medication please' and 'and sometimes we pretend that I'm his servant'.......

cyncial women unite! :-)


10/23/2005 03:55:00 p.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

Ding, ding, ding!!!! The lady with the baby wins the prize!!! Yes, childbirth AND diapers!!! Who needs the lottery?!?!?!!?

Thanks, Mary!!!

10/23/2005 06:07:00 p.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

I feel a shopping moment coming on!!

10/23/2005 06:17:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

CK: Yes, for all my irrepressible optimism, I do have a wry/cynical streak to my humour.

(Cynical teens/twenties just annoy me: they're adopting a pose that they think makes them look mature and worldly-wise, not understanding that knee-jerk cynicism is too-easy, thoughtless intellectual fakery, and besides, it's robbing them of true enjoyment of life! They don't grasp that there's a difference between wry and sneering... But I rant digressively!)

Though I've always firmly held that prior to age 50 you haven't earned the right to be cynical, about this one particular topic I have far and away enough experience to have earned it!

Heather: That one and "I dreamed my whole house was clean" are my two favourites. My whole house, all at the same time still remains a dream, but a delicious one. Sigh.

Haley: Isn't it great?? Made me laugh out loud! You probably have as much parenting experience now than most people do five years into the venture! Which will make you a great mother - when the time comes.

CQ: Ah, you've been to the website! Isn't she great? I'd seen these things here and there for a while before I realized they were all products of the same person/company. Wicked, she is.

Lory: Yes, I can see that with this group, that one is the hands-down favourite! Should this be a surprise? Though this evening, having had a teen Hallowe'en party here yesterday evening, I'm rather leaning to the "All I want for Christmas is a nap" one... Have fun shopping!

10/23/2005 06:54:00 p.m.  
Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

Giving birth was one of the highlights of Mary P.'s life. (Maybe the highlight. Wish I could have been there to witness it.) So she wouldn't lump "giving birth" in with "changing diapers".

But "All I want for Christmas is a nap"? — Mary P. likes her sleep, yes she does.

10/24/2005 09:21:00 a.m.  
Blogger Jill said...

You know my favorite is the one of dreaming of a clean house!! Oh the joys.... I did clean my master bedroom last night - mostly - and felt really good about it. It was nice to go to bed with everything in it's place. Won't happen again tonight, but for one night it was good. :)

10/24/2005 09:24:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Wish you could've, too, but then I wouldn't have gotten the kids I did... You can't just have exactly everything you'd best choose in life, can you?

You're right, I did love giving birth, but it's not something I crow about, because it puts me in the minority - and really, really annoys some women. I don't like having to apologize for (because it makes another woman feel sad) and/or defend my life's peak experience!

10/24/2005 09:27:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Jill: You commented while I was responding to Q. I must learn to start using the preview button to check for late entries!!

Isn't it great to get one corner clean, and just bathe in the satisfaction of that bit of order in your home??

A clean house will remain a dream for me for some while: I'm just not a) that visual, to notice the mess as it occurs, b) that organized, c) that invested, though I deplore clutter, and d) that energetic. Housework just makes me tired to the very marrow of my bones. Unless the mood is upon me, contemplating an untidy kitchen just saps all the energy from my body - instantaneously! So, until there are fewer bodies around making messes, I will not be able to keep up.

I confess, the mess is largely my own fault. Sigh...

And now off to change a poopy diaper! (THAT I have the energy for - go figure!)

10/24/2005 09:32:00 a.m.  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Love Anne Taintor! I've been a fan... oh, for awhile now. My mother-in-law never quite knows what to say when confronted with the Anne Taintor magnets on my fridge.

hee hee!

10/26/2005 10:31:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Weirdgirl: Your MIL is fearing that her baby boy is going to be mistreated by this cyical woman!

I think my partner is similarly bemused by those magnets, but for different reasons. I love kids, I truly do; for most of my adult life, I've been working with them in one capacity or another, and I've mostly loved my various jobs. Top that off with the fact that I largely deplore cynicism and am a natural-born optimist - and those fridge magnet, they just don't compute! One of the little mysteries that is me. :-)

10/27/2005 07:24:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Update: He says, no, that's not it. He doesn't get as much delight over them - clever as they are - because it's not his world. He responds to these things the same way I do to Dilbert: he's funny, but not wickedly funny. Except he probably is if you work in cubicle-land.

10/27/2005 07:29:00 a.m.  

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