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Endless Patience

January 17, 2010

It’s really weird how some days I wake up in an irritated mood for absolutely no reason.  And then other days I wake up with boundless amounts of patience.  I’m not sure why this happens but lucky for Maya and Ali I happened to wake up this morning with a ton of good cheer and energy.

I jumped out of bed at 6am and hit the gym for an hour. When I came back upstairs Ali and Maya were still sleeping and I was able to take a shower in peace and quiet.  This meant that nobody knocked on the door asking me where their slippers were (Maya). Or what was for breakfast (Ali). Or if they could watch TV (Maya). Or if we had any bananas left (Ali).

Twenty blissful minutes later I came out and everyone was still sleeping!  This is unheard of in our home where everyone is usually awake and annoyed with each other by 6:30 am.  I had some hot water with lemon and quietly worked on my computer and just when I was halfheartedly planning to check if Maya and Ali were still breathing I finally heard Maya get out of bed.

I think Maya was surprised when I enthusiastically suggested we make waffles for breakfast.  And not only did we make waffles but we made waffles and topped them with vanilla yogurt, apples, almond slivers, maple syrup, and powdered sugar.  Maya and I even made Ali tea and brought him breakfast in bed. 

Ali was speechless and maybe even a bit scared.

I let Maya drop a ton of chocolate chips on her waffle, about a cup of maple syrup, and some powdered sugar, and I let her eat in our room.  This has never, ever happened.  I didn’t even get upset when she wiped her hands over the leather ottoman instead of on the napkin I so conveniently provided for her.

(Side note – it took every ounce of self-control not to fix the fitted sheet before I took this picture)

After breakfast Maya was so in awe of my good mood that she offered to help clean while I made some granola.  So naturally I put her to work cleaning out the cupboards.

I won’t let Maya eat Cheetos but I have no problem letting her use dangerous chemicals.  My logic surprises even me sometimes.

We finished the bottom shelf and organized foods according to size.  The end result was so fabulous that it put me in an even better mood.  Such a good mood, in fact, that I agreed to accompany Ali to a car dealer to check out one of the cars on his not so shortlist. 

Although I would rather watch my nails grow than look at a car on a Sunday afternoon, I did, by some miracle manage to maintain all my patience  during our visit to the dealer.  After leaving the dealer empty-handed but armed with even more paperwork, pricing, and information that Ali will never look at, we headed to Wahoo’s Fish Tacos for lunch.

I had heard good things about Wahoo’s, and frankly, that was the only reason I decided to visit yet another fast food restaurant.  While the outside of the restaurant looked nice and clean, the inside was decorated with bumper stickers like “My child is an honor student and eats at Wahoo’s.”  Charming. 

It baffles me why any restaurant would intentionally make their establishment look like the equivalent of a truck stop diner.

I ordered the Wahoo Bowl.  It came with flame-grilled fish, rice and black beans.  On a plate.  Wahoo’s is full of contradictions.  I ate 3/4 of the fish, and 1/4 of the rice.  I am not a huge black bean fan so I had a couple of spoons.  The fish was good…not as fresh as I would have liked but still pretty good.

Ali had a burrito of some sort…I believe it had chicken in it and about 1,000 calories worth of other stuff.  He proclaimed it “decent.”  That could be really good or bad.  After more than a decade of knowing Ali I’m still not sure. 

We visited with Ali’s dad for a bit after that and on the way home Maya fell asleep in the car. 

When she woke up in the worst mood ever I still managed not to lose my temper.  When she said she wanted pizza and not pasta for dinner, I kept my calm.  When she flung her clothes on the floor I somehow maintained my patience. 

I think things are about to change though because I just heard Maya tell Ali…”Fine.  Then I will break your toes too.” 

That can’t be good.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2010 11:28 pm

    the breakfast looked so yum 🙂

  2. January 18, 2010 12:22 am

    Wow – What a view!

  3. January 18, 2010 1:59 am

    Good food again! Now I want crisp waffles too with maple syrup 😦 Do you make the batter fresh or it’s from a packet?
    A nap in the middle of the day also makes me bad-tempered. Sigh.

    • January 18, 2010 7:33 am

      I make the batter from scratch…I use the pancake batter recipe on my recipe tab. It is just as easy as using a box mix!

  4. January 18, 2010 3:51 am

    It feels good to be in a good mood right? If only that can last every day!

  5. January 18, 2010 4:21 am

    That last quote…lol 🙂

    Sounds like a great day…you are a patient mama!

  6. January 18, 2010 4:58 am

    Haha, it’s so nice to know I’m not the only person out there who likes things to be organized ‘just so,’ and sheets to be even 😉

  7. January 18, 2010 5:35 am

    I don’t know how you have so much patience. Being a teacher with 120 kids it’s not so bad b/c I don’t have them ALL day but having my own child…yikes! You are an amazing mom!

  8. January 18, 2010 5:43 am

    Black beans + rice are great Ameena 🙂 And fish of course.
    Patience? Nope…I am irritated ALL the time — there is always something 🙂
    OMG…the waffles are amazing…all you need is more maple syrup, bananas and nut butters and you are set…I would love to have a waffle maker.

  9. January 18, 2010 6:57 am

    How sweet of you to bring Ali breakfast and tea in bed!! Andrew has NEVER had breakfast in bed – at least not from me, haha! 🙂 Should I be laughing? 😉

  10. January 18, 2010 7:20 am

    Your post had me giggling to myself all the way through; love the attitude 🙂 My patience varies a lot from one day to the next as well, and it drives me (and probably those around me) crazy. But we’re only human, right?

  11. traynharder23 permalink
    January 18, 2010 7:49 am

    OMG. i would have died at the car dealership! rock the patience! and waffles! yumm!!!!!

  12. January 18, 2010 8:07 am

    You’re a better woman than I. Patience is definitely not in my vocabulary. Sounds like a fun day, though! Well, minus the potential toe-breaking incident. 🙂

  13. January 18, 2010 8:13 am

    I wake up grumpy too some days for no good reason. I AM CONVINCED what we eat the day before chemically sets the stage for the next day. I ate RAW all day yesterday and even though YESTERDAY I felt drained and tired and sad…TODAY I FEEL GREAT and I am at work.

    so there you go. My 2 cents. haha
    so so so happy you had a endless amount of patience. LOVED your breakfast in bed for Ali. how fun is that. and your view of the City is beautiful.

    Nice job Mama.
    we have a Wahoo’s in our town. I like them for our fast food fix, but more and more lately not so much.

    Happy Monday. STAY DRY

  14. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:32 am

    “I won’t let Maya eat Cheetos but I have no problem letting her use dangerous chemicals”

    so funny! sounds like you were just feeling cheery, whatever the cause- run with it!

  15. January 18, 2010 9:02 am

    Oh yum! Those waffles sound amazing. I love how funny your posts are! Ive actually never been to Wahoos but Ive heard of it. Thanks for the review on it. I gotta give you props for going to the car dealership. Im the same way. Id rather be doing anythign but looking at cars. Thats something my husband loves. But Id rather stay home. ha. Anyways I hope you are having a great monday. Stay dry to…its a monsoon out there!=)

  16. erintakescontrol permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:18 am

    Great view out of that window!

  17. whydeprive permalink
    January 18, 2010 10:36 am

    I have days where Im just in a good mood. Its weird – good weird though.

    That picture of Maya after breakfast is gorgeous! Shes such a pretty little girl.

  18. January 18, 2010 11:30 am

    Oooh those waffles look good! Also, the view is so pretty from your apartment – I can only imagine it at night with all the twinkling lights.

  19. louisianagrown permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:35 am

    Ah, I’ve been in such a bad mood lately. Hopefully a day like this is coming my way soon!

  20. January 18, 2010 2:36 pm

    breakfast in bed? You’re so sweet! Your husband and daughter are so lucky to have you 🙂

  21. January 18, 2010 5:35 pm

    How can I channel some of that patience?

    I laughed out loud at ”Fine. Then I will break your toes too.” 🙂

  22. January 18, 2010 8:21 pm

    Was the portion huge? My school has a Wahoos on its campus, but I have not tried it yet. Actually, I like that truck diner look, I think it fits the image and motto of Wahoos, which is just casual, laid back dining. 🙂

    Can’t wait for this Sunday!! Whoop whoop!!

    • January 19, 2010 9:08 am

      Hi Sophia –

      I can’t wait for Sunday either! Wahoo’s is pretty good and gives a ton of food…just not sure if I’d order fish there again. Ali liked the chicken though! Lucky you…when I was at USC we had Carl’s Jr. and that was it!


  23. January 19, 2010 8:20 pm

    lol I love Maya’s comment at the end of this post! I am also glad you had such a wonderful,productive morning and waffles – mmmmm!

  24. January 20, 2010 4:08 pm

    You know, I wake up like that too – really happy and calm or really irritated. I wish I could figure it out. I felt really irritated this morning (someone’s blog gave my comp a virus!) but kept saying “today’s going to be a good day” over and over in my head.

  25. February 1, 2010 6:30 pm

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  26. June 19, 2012 7:24 pm

    Just reading your past posts… 🙂
    Some days I surprise myself with the amount of patience I have/show. But all that you did within a day, now that’s remarkable 😀

    • June 21, 2012 1:29 pm

      Thank you Nisha! I appreciate the kind comment.

      Send some of your patience my way please!

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