I’m Taking A Break

On the way back from yoga I ran over this screw:


Yes.  I know this picture is upside down. “To be honest” I don’t have the time/energy to drag it into iPhoto and edit it.

Luckily the tire held enough air for me to drive The Mom Mobile to CostCo on Sunday to get fixed.  It took the guys 4 hours to take care of everything. I was fortunate enough to have a friend come pick us up and drop us back off so the kiddo and I only waited around for an hour or so. Who wants to spend 4 hours in CostCo?

While we were waiting there was a mom with a Fancy Mom Mobile complaining about the fact that her van had been there for 2 hours. As my late Father-in-Law would say, “I’ve got no sympathy a’tall.” Seriously. If I wouldn’t have been channelling the politeness of my Canadian spouse (What Would Parchy Do?) I would have told her, “No one here cares about your problem except for you. No one wants to listen to you. Do everyone a favor and shut it.”

I can claim my self control was because of my spouse (who was not there) but the reality is I’m a parent and an educator. I can’t go around speaking to people that way. I don’t normally have such a negative internal dialogue. Not only that but I don’t normally “throw shade” at complete strangers. I threw lots of shade at this woman.

Another thing happened while I was at CostCo. I noticed that it was terribly crowded and people were leaving with carts full of STUFF. I jokingly refer to CostCo as the store that has the things you never knew you needed. I guess it’s not a joke.

So, why am I telling you all of this? Well, yesterday I went to the lumber yard to pick out interior doors for The Ashland House. I met with our GC (Bill) for a bit. We were getting ready to leave and I showed him the same picture of the screw and I started ranting about America. Didn’t we just finish with Christmas?! What could people possibly need to buy now?!?! Don’t people have bills to pay instead of going shopping?!?! How many gallons of milk does one family need for the week?!?! Do you know how expensive tires are?!?!

Bill replied, “You seem a little stressed. Maybe you should start drinking wine again?”

Instead of drinking I’ve decided to take a self-imposed break from this blog for the month of January. I spend 10-20 hours a week writing and that time needs to be spent on parenting, work, running our household, preparing to move and a bunch of other things I can’t think of right now. I also have some philanthropy work that I have been neglecting and I do not like that it’s been neglected.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for your support and understanding. Have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney



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    1. Valerie

      Enjoy your life, whatever you’re doing. Will miss the updates but will wait in anticipation for the big reveal!

    2. Peggy

      Start by taking a whole day off (other than breakfast and school transport): take a walk (oh, I forgot – I’m in Florida and you’re in Chicago) well, go to a movie , do the crossword, paint your toenails. Remember, this is medicine! After a day of lying around you may actually enjoy doing some of the routine things. Consider this a sick day. I know you actually work (while I’m retired) but necessary is necessary. You have to stop to put gas in your car, similarly you have to slow way down to regain momentum. Take it from an old(er) lady who is constantly amazed by your energy.

    3. Mauri

      Boo hoo! I will miss your rants (known to me as personal insights). I guess that screw was the last straw. Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. Namaste. xxoomm

    4. Dr Meg Sorick

      You deserve some time off, for sure. I’ve always wondered what you could possibly need at Costco this soon after the holiday, too! Did your entire extended family come and eat you out of house and home? Seriously! I hope you get rested and rejuvenated and come back with renewed enthusiasm and vigor! xoxo
      PS- I might still bug you on Twitter. You know, just to say hi! 🙂

    5. Juli Hoffman

      “You seem a little stressed. Maybe you should start drinking wine again?”
      Laughed soooo hard, started choking on my coffee!!! What a way to go, drowning in my favorite beverage! LMAO!!!! xo

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        So glad you were able to appreciate how funny the situation given Bill’s good nature. Also glad your days did not come to an abrupt end (even though coffee is the BEST)! xo Whitney

    6. yager2550

      Just discovered your post, and am loving it! Hate that you won’t be posting for awhile, but I do understand, and will check back to see how everything progresses on your wonderful house. Best wishes!