A Comparison of Parenting to a Roomba

As I was watching my Roomba make it’s away around my office, (can you tell how motivated I am to work?) I realized that, metaphorically, being a Roomba and a parent are almost the same thing.

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The Roomba is meant to make it’s way through your home and suck and sweep up any dust, hair, or dirt that is on your floor. Well, this could be compared to parenting because we too make our way through the home sucking up the same thing, but we also do this in life. All that dust, hair, and dirt are the challenges we face as parents. Most of it is gross and we don’t want to deal with it, but it continues to pile up.

When the Roomba runs into a wall or a piece of furniture, it will turn in a different direction. My Roomba often gets stuck in the same room or a corner because it keeps turning in circles. Hello! What parent hasn’t experienced that? As soon as you think you’ve got this parenting thing figured out, you run into a wall. Sometimes you make the right decision and you’re on your way again, but a lot of the times you find yourself running into the same wall over and over again or backing yourself into a corner. And when things get really bad, you may just bang your head against the wall purposefully. giphy-downsized

We have one of the first Roombas that was made and the battery in ours doesn’t hold out as long. When it is out of juice, it makes this noise that sounds like a character dying on a video game (like Super Mario). It’s quite hilarious because I often hear the same sound in my head after an exhausting week when I face plant into the couch.

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The upside to all of this is that the Roomba has a handle on the top, which allows you to pick it up and move it to a different room or to put it back on the charger. I think we all have those friends and family members who are willing to pick us back up and help us recharge.

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Recycled Photos

How horrible would it be if I used the family photos from last year’s Christmas cards for this year’s?

I was looking through all of our recent photos so I could start creating a card for this year and I realized that we do not have a “good” family photo from this past year. The only ones that I could even consider using are either from Halloween or one where Lincoln is half naked. I don’t think either one of those would go over well with my mom.

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Thankfully we don’t have any pictures that are this bad.

It makes me wonder how it is even possible for us to not have at least one decent photo we could sho off to family and friends. When I think back to everything that we have done in the past year, we’ve had ample opportunities to get in a few, but it somehow slipped my husband’s and my mind to get anyone to snap a quick pic. But then this poses the question of whether or not this is a bad thing.

Could it be that we were all just having too much fun to stop and take a photo? I definitely believe in experiencing something with my eyes rather than through a camera lens, but it is also nice to be able to go back and look at photos in order to remember all the fun times.

I vow to make a conscience effort to get at least one family photo at every event.

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FYI: I was never a Girl Scout

For the time being, should you receive a Christmas card from the Erickson family, please do not be appalled or offended if you see a half naked little boy or a Halloween photo next to your “Merry Christmas!” greeting.

My Special Gift

If you know me, you know that I’m pretty gifted (hahaha!!). I do have one talent that not many people know about.

I didn’t really think it was anything special until someone pointed it out to me: “Wait, you do what while you watch TV?!” There was some laughter after that and a lot of sharing around the office.

I couldn’t understand how no one else was able to do what I do, I don’t really think it is that distinct, but I guess I just don’t understand how awesome I truly am sometimes. I continue to hone this skill every time I watch shows like Scandal, any of The Real Housewives series, Friends from College (one of my new favorite shows), and others.

What’s my special gift, you ask?

I like to see if I can tell what wine the characters are drinking on the show and whether or not I have tried it. *Clapping and laughter*

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Seriously, though. If a show has a long running, the wines usually change as the budget grows. The characters might start out drinking some Kendall Jackson in the pilot episode and by the third season, they are downing bottles of Groth. This has never happened on Scandal, though. Olivia Pope and her father have always enjoyed good wine.

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And if you ever had a chance to watch Cougar Town, this was a prime example. Talk about winos, but they always made me feel better about my own consumption.

cougar-town-wine-7Jules is imbibing in some R. Brenner here – she obviously had (another) bad day.

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You can plainly see her and Andy have upgraded to Jordan.

I guess I have a pretty cool talent that I will continue to use for the rest of my life. If you would like to learn how to obtain this skill, I can most definitely help you with that. You bring the wine.