Friday, August 11, 2006

Confessions of a Daughter-In-Law

I’m dying to

1) Prance around in shorts and a tank-top in this hot, hot weather without a care in the world

2) Dance my crazy dance in the living room with my son in my arms – in the said outfit. Look crazy while doing it.

3) Hug my husband whenever I feel like it and maybe even slap his bum and get slapped right back.

4) Sit on the couch after work with nothing in my brain. No small talk, absolutely nothing. Just let the day’s events wash over me in a calming summation.

5) Wake up at noon on a Saturday. Or even better, spend an entire day in bed with my son wedged in between me and my hubby. Watch TV in bed and eat in bed too. Shower and go right back to bed.

6) Maybe roll out at dinner time and cook a very, very, very simple meal (which will contain NO Indian spices). Very slowly.

7) Sip a nicely chilled Smirnoff Ice while chopping the vegetables. Chop, chop, chop...sip, sip, sip.

8) Have dinner in complete silence. Beautiful, comfortable silence.

9) Run the dishwasher when I feel like it. Maybe day-after-tomorrow.

10) Just be a small little family.

I'm such a wuss. My friend wanted to poison her mother-in-law's meal. Either that, or it ain't that bad.


Blogger Terri said...

What about making all the noise you want while lovemaking?

BTW, 5 and 8 are not possible until your child hits puberty.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Rash said...

I know...I know....happened to me as well post baby. But wake up at noon?!!!!!! The Maharajah sleeps that late!!!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Zeppelin said...

whoa ! do the taps at home run sugar gabby ? :P

ahem... a slight correction to what terri said about 5,8.. they are not possible PERIOD! i say that thinking back about my mom.. :)

11:34 AM  
Blogger Zeppelin said...

oops almost forgot.. i am and was a GOOD kid.. ;)

11:35 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I think it says a lot that a silent dinner would be something you could look forward to instead of something to dread. You think of tranquility, others might think of tension and anger causing the silence. Good for you!

To Love, Honor and Dismay

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

Well, actually I think your ma-in-law wants to do the same :D

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smirnoff Ice huh gabby? Sip, sip sip :)

Umm..let me get meself one!
Jealous? :)

7:35 PM  
Blogger Prerona said...

lol vie. i think yes to the last line. the time will come mayb u shud enjoy the joys of this for now :)

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the fact that the MIL is there to help you (so that your baby is not sent to day care when he is so young), this post sounds a bit ...petty? Surely you can put up with the above mentioned list for that?

3:59 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

terri - *sigh* i suspected!

rash - i can so feed him and put him right back to bed...remember this is fantasy post!

sepplin - GOOD kid? She might have been GOOD too...which is why you think 5,8 never happened!

andrew - i guess eating dinner in a zombie silence had more of an impact on me that I ever realized - I guess I used to collect my thoughts then or something - God knows...I miss it now though...

Zo - Oh definitely! Now gotta go surf the web and see if it's on some blog! I suspect it will be on several :)

Anon - Yes :)

prerona - I always here that when it comes to parenting "Wait, the next stage will be harder!" a way that's how they make it impossible to are after all in the "easy" part now :)

Anon2 - You take me too seriously. As I said "It ain't that bad"...And MIL and I have fun too (Yes, dont faint)..between heart-to-hearts over coffee and hair salon trips not to mention the occasional pedicure, we're rocking. But tell me, when you (if you) have house guests (hate the term, but that's what it is) for some 7 months and counting, wouldn't you miss the let-your-hair-down activities that you would enjoy in the privacy of your home? This list is the stuff I miss doing...she must have a longer one herself. It also depends on how far you go to let your guests feel at home. I could easily lay firmer ground rules (like we'll run the dishwasher when I want. Or I'll wake up when I feel like it - no coffee chitchats. Simple enough) that suit me, and my list would be way shorter. But if you want them to feel at home (especially parents who like to see the kids come down ealy even on a Saturday!), you need to be a little harder on yourself...and parents deserve that. So I need to put a list up on my blog to get the frustration out...big deal. They feel comfortable enough to yell about the dishwasher.

6:50 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Can't say "been there, done that". So we shall just nod and smile mysteriously. On second thoughts, I will add a "tsk tsk" to item 9! You can't unwashed dishes lie there! That's what the dishwasher is for, no? :D

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Khushee said...

Hehe :) Hopefully your mum-in-law doesn't read your blog! :D

6:00 PM  
Blogger Aqua said...

I will be typing out a similar list a few weeks hence...MIL is coming to visit and will be staying for a month or two :(

I know it won't be so bad but I wont be able to lie on the couch and watch TV in my shorts and sleeveless top ...and make hubby cook dinner for me :)

#5 & 8 sound heavenly...yeah that would be on my list ANYTIME :)

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: #5. ahaa, that explains why most wives are "wedgies" and husbands are "non-wedgies"!

- s.b.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats a nice sweet list, Gablins!

Now did you show it to your in-laws? Wonder what their reaction would be with all the bum slapping ur indulgin in with their son. Ayyo rama! :)

2:13 AM  
Blogger manuscrypts said...

as the cafe guys would ask, would you like some whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream..:) meanwhile, whats stopping you?

11:42 PM  
Blogger visithra said...

lol awww i understand the house guess thingy - ppl were always dropping in when dad was aroudn so we could never just sleep on the sofa in whatever we wish - now heck we could do anything ;p

1:04 AM  
Blogger phatichar said...

Ah, bliss...

2:00 AM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

Oh I so relate to all that.. when my inlaws are here I have to forego all that you said which I do.. specially dancing and the slapping the bum.. hahahah !! I have to steal moments with hubby... LOLOL

and then look all mature and goody goody..

5:05 AM  
Blogger Munimma said...

:-) ghar ghar ki kahani!!

I feel your pain. Literally!

10:14 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

I know exactly wat u feel....
@ pt 8: wait till lil maharajah hits terrible two's u will wish that he shud have been a lil innocent toddler FOREVER...



11:41 AM  
Anonymous jigridost said...

yup! those were the longest months of my life!!!! Inviting both sets of parents one after the other was pure suicide...
the baby alone, even with her premature terrible two's is much more fun to handle alone. I hardly bonded with my own baby until all of them (code word jaani dushmans) left..

1:14 AM  
Blogger Peg said...

*Peg smiles* and chuckles a bit!

9:14 AM  
Blogger AmitL said...

Hi,Gabby,well,points 1-2-3-6-7-9-10 seem to be ones you can control.:)As for 4-5-8,well,with the lil Maharajah around(and,the senior one,too.hehheh),u think that's possible?:)

2:02 AM  
Blogger VC said...

Forget poison. Just spike m-i-l's juice/milk/water*** and you may be able to do all this and more. Hell, your m-i-l may even join you, especially for the prancing and dancing parts.

***depending on how much prancing and dancing is required, you may require something stronger than Smirnoff Ice.

12:43 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

7 months is alomst a lifetime! Do something, quick!!

6:49 AM  
Anonymous ichatteralot said...

With a MIL around you cant do any of those!

3:18 AM  
Blogger cheti said...

thats a straight out scream Gab ! good list ! I am sure you will be able to do it some day !

7:35 AM  
Blogger Ekta said...

haaha..pains of living in a joint family it?
But I loved the dancing in a tank top and the sleeping ones...such a dream!

9:47 PM  
Blogger Hardu said...

Hope things are getting better now or is it still the same?

7:49 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

hi gabbyyyy

how r u doing? how is the lil maharajah?
We are still waiting for his pics to be emailed... :D



5:26 AM  
Blogger gvenum said...

Just for putting up this post, you have been disqualified from the "D-I-L : Hall of fame" list:)

10:17 AM  
Blogger Dreamcatcher said...

Send mil on a vacation. Alone. Or send her to other relatives to visit. And then breathe in peace.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which is why we have time bound visits of 4 weeks for either of our parents. Am sure hubby dear would feel the same if my parents were around for long too. Works really well for both of us.

1:51 AM  
Blogger AmitL said...

I guess someone"s still prancing around in shorts and hence too busy to blog.:)

5:02 AM  
Blogger Arunima said...

may the daughter-in-law's wish be granted!

1:57 AM  
Blogger brittany said...

your wish will be granted

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Twilight Fairy said...

trala la la la.. kyonki saas bhee kabhee bahu thee...

Enter stage left - gabs with white hair, chhadee in hand, asking maharaja's maharani to wash dishes the same day as using them :)..:p

watsup gabs? apart from this i mean :)

10:46 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

hiii gabbyyy
where have u been? how is the lil maharaja?

missing your posts...

take care


3:02 AM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

joint families are sometimes good. i work with lotsa kids and they way things are going, really wonder if at all we shud get back to that system. many kids have absolutely NO quality adult time/care

4:39 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

happy diwali n happy new year..



new post pls..

3:47 AM  
Blogger Peg said...

Just dropped by to see how things were going...been very busy of late and well, I guess you are asw well!!!

Take care, hope to see you soon!

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Twilight Fairy said...

wats up babes?

3:56 AM  
Blogger sanguine said...

arre .. aap kaha gayi .. come back . right now ..................... ok , come back , whenever it suits you . :D

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's the view from the other side!

- s.b.

11:44 AM  
Blogger the mad momma said...

:) inlaws will be inlaws... no matter how many chats over coffee you have..slapping the hubby's butt and sitting around in skimpies only works when ur own parents are around.

1:51 AM  
Blogger Anil P said...

If wishes were horses I'd still rather not be a cowboy :)

4:35 PM  
Blogger Big Zed said...

Why do in-laws have to be such a pain? Some are okay and very few are very nice. They say, I'm like their daughter but they certainly don't behave like my parents.

12:24 PM  
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