Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Killing the Whole Damn Aviary With One Stone

My daughter is so bored that the she is about to win the Nobel Prize for Boredom. She is checking her pulse periodically to make sure that she is still alive, because she cannot believe that any life can be maintained while being so devoid of anything of interest.

She tells me this often, and although it doesn't bore me, it annoys me quite a bit. Because she has a room filled with books, arts and crafts and an ipod. Seriously, what else is there? I don't want to launch into the whole "when I was your age, I had an orange, and it was my only friend and it entertained me for weeks," but I am only human and at some point I am going to snap.

Apparently, that point came after the third time she told me that she was bored, while were riding in the elevator to go to the store to get some orange juice. Probably made from a descendant of my best childhood friend, Orangy. She actually said, "there is nothing to do in the elevator." That's what I get for traveling without a Mariachi band.

So, in a moment of parental genius I told her that when we came home, she'd have to sit down and write a list of things that she could do when she is bored. This way, she'd have something to do--and when she was finished, she would have a list that she could refer to in times of boredom. And then I could take a picture of it and post in on my blog--an instant blog post! Instant boredom buster, all around. Although not necessarily for the people reading this post. Sorry.


Blogger wfbdoglover said...

Very Nice.

You forgot going to the grocery store for an elderly neighbor.

Pretend to walk to the dog, so if I had one it would be on this list

and most importatly.... elevator races. When I was under, that is how we entertained ourselves, while the parents were finishing up breakfast.......

Genius I know. Did you know it was haunted? Ad a ghost hunt to you list.

August 6, 2008 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger wfbdoglover said...

OMG - the sleep wasnt' even out of my eyes... look at all those typos.. YIPES

August 6, 2008 at 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

I like "help an adult with something if they need it." She would have to be REALLY bored for that one.

I lived in an apartment building for 8 years growing up and we found ALL kinds of things to do in the elevator. But none of it was all that popular with the neighbors....maybe I won't make any suggestions...

August 6, 2008 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger CraftyMomOfFour said...

You should also make a list of things she can do when she is bored....fold towels, vacuum, dust, match up socks, put dishes in the dishwasher, etc.

My kids never tell me they are bored. LOL

August 6, 2008 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger anymommy said...

Does it work? And if it does, can she write a list for my kids, because they can't write yet and they are ALL climbing on me right now which makes it incredibly hard to type anything.

August 6, 2008 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger WA said...

I just read in the news today that 20+ teenage cheerleaders tried to see how many of them would fit into an elevator, thereby breaking the elevator and becoming trapped in it for 30 minutes.
So I guess what I'm saying is, Dumb Cheerleaders + Elevator = Good Times

August 6, 2008 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Yeah, we have a list. It helped for the first few weeks but I hear "I'm Bored." at least 3 times a day. It is now FORBIDDEN in the house. I don't care. I don't wanna hear it, because I? I am NOT bored. I have 8 jillion things to do that you are WELCOME to help with, kiddo...

August 6, 2008 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Mama Ginger Tree said...

Do you think she can make me a friendship bracelet?

August 6, 2008 at 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am totally stealing this idea. I may modify it, though, to be "Things to do when you're bored instead of talking to your stepmother about Harry Potter."

August 7, 2008 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger Quart said...

I like "Play Wii if I didn't have my turn yet." Very disciplined.

Do you want me to send you my mariachi band?

August 7, 2008 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Kristine said...

I think craftymomoffour migght be my mom....cause if I dared to mention bordom to her, I was immediately put to work.

August 7, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Kath said...

I'm also stealing this idea. Then I'll promise my daughter that you'll publish a photo of her " If you're bored" list on your blog :)

I can't believe she has "work on Adobe illustrations". I don't even know what that means!!

August 7, 2008 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger 180/360 said...

This is totally something my mom would've had us do. I remember complaining all the time of being bored. And now, what I would give to be bored... :)

August 8, 2008 at 6:41 PM  

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