If I showed you my calendar you might weep. Everyday there’s a party or someone *ahem the SCHOOL* needs something for a party. There are presents to be wrapped, toilets to be scrubbed, and crafts to be completed. Don’t forget the crafts!
So this calendar o’ mine, I have very carefully coordinated each and every activity, party, and craft into every spare minute that I have. It would all be going swimmingly if it weren’t for the unexpected birthday party invitation my son received for a party on a TUESDAY night (ALL CAPS because it’s SCHOOLNIGHTOUTRAGE). My son, he was so excited about this birthday party.
“It’s at Chuck E. Cheese, Mom! I can’t wait!” he said. His giddiness equally matched my irritation.
Tuesday night I was supposed to go out with my book club and discuss books. And by “discuss books,” I really mean, stuff myself silly with chips, guacamole, and enchiladas while sipping a margarita. Topped with a TUESDAY SCHOOLNIGHTOUTRAGE birthday party, I was feeling a little sorry for myself. I mean, I’d already carefully coordinated my schedule just for the promise of Mexican food and libations. I’d turned down other parties so that I could go to this one.
Whine. Pout. Stomp. Frumple Face.
I didn’t get a chance to eat dinner before taking Carson to the party. It just wasn’t scheduled on the calendar, so by the time the party was over (8:00 on a SCHOOLNIGHTOUTRAGE), I was starving. Since my Mexican food bonanza had been cancelled, I decided that the only this that could soothe my sad, sad heart was a quick trip through the drive through at Taco Bell.
This is when a good friend sitting in the passenger seat could have really helped a girl out because a six-year-old in the backseat only serves to egg you on. A good friend would have talked me out of a trip to Taco Bell, but my son thought it was a GREAT idea.
“You LOVE tacos, Mom,” he reminded me. Indeed, that is true. I love tacos, but I really love tacos that come from places that don’t serve food out of a drive through window.
At home I devoured my Taco Bell order, dejected. I even managed to meet my goal of “stuffing myself silly,” but it didn’t take away the fact that instead of having fun at a much needed night away with friends, I spent an evening at Chuck E. Cheese with 20 kabillion very excited children. Instead of feeling better about the whole situation, I just felt gross AND sad.
The moral of the story is this: Don’t seek comfort with Taco Bell. I hope you’ll find this tip very helpful in your times of need this busy holiday season.