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Those Ladies

Updated on April 22, 2011

There are moms and there are super-moms

I wish I could be one of “those ladies”. You know the kind. They look in their fridge; see one turkey leg, ½ a bag of baby carrots and a mozzarella stick. The next thing you know…bam! Four course meal.

I, on the other hand, can have just come home from spending an ungodly amount of money grocery shopping and end up sitting on the floor with a bag of Doritos on my lap, a can of diet coke sitting beside me and nothing to fix for supper. (At least I have the essentials!)
I really have never figured out how “they” do it. I have a friend who’s one of “those ladies”. We’ll go on an outing and without breaking a sweat she’ll pull out suntan lotion, water bottles, snacks and every single solitary thing a child could need. Usually this is all packed neatly into an easy-to-carry tote baggy like thingy. She’s kind enough to always bring extra for my kid as well… she knows I’ll forget. I mean, it’s the beach. I made sure my kid had a swim suit. I was pretty proud of that.

When she brings her kids over to my house they come along with their own healthy snack, and, of course, enough to share. When I bring my kid over to her house, well….I brought the child, what else do you want???

These ladies never forget a birthday, holiday, anniversary etc. I’ve been known to wake up Halloween morning and think, oh man, I should really get my child something to wear! One February was particularly stressful, “What do you mean today’s Valentine's Day and you’re supposed to have a card for every kid in your class? How about one big one to put on the board that says ‘I like you all….really!’?” Apparently in first grade they take that stuff seriously. I’ve just never quite caught up.

I have figured out somewhat of a solution to not being one of “those ladies”. Everyone who’s a little domestically challenged like, well… me should try this: Get a friend who’s one of “those ladies”. Don’t hide the fact you’re pretty much totally incompetent with all things domestic. Eventually, being the kind, as well as efficient, people they are, they will feel sorry for, well, if not you, at least your child.

My friend now calls a few weeks before each Holiday to remind me of what my kid might need. Now, granted, sometimes she has to remind me more than once, and sometimes that still isn’t enough, but it’s a start. My daughter actually got to the store to pick out a costume before they ran out last October! There’s a first time for everything.

Now, if I could just figure out how to get her to come to my house and make dinner.


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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Qudsia- Thank you! I was glad to discover YOUR hubs as well.

      I don't think the the hub hopper hops to my stuff much. It's probably afraid it will be breaking some unknown rule to do so.

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Hahaha, I just love your hubs. Why is it that you have been undiscovered by my hub hopper from oh so very long? :P

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      Susan Mills 7 years ago from Indiana


      OK, I need a recipe a week from you and I'll be all set! I'm so going to make that.. Yum.

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      ChrisLincoln 7 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California


      I love to cook.

      Actually I love to eat, and the cooking is a precursor...and I get very inventive. Best meal ever for the not so keen on cooking, the can version of sheppards pie.

      Open big can/cans of beef stew into rectangular pyrex thingy.

      Make instant mashed potatoes from packet, leave a bit dry

      Put unsloppy mash on top of stew stuff.

      Put in oven. Hotter = quicker. Done when you see brown (not black) bits on top of mash.

      You could go all gourmet and add shredded cheese and let it melt on the crusty mash.



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      Susan Mills 7 years ago from Indiana

      Chris, I'm actually wishing I had ANY of the ingredients you listed, as your "Chicken Tortilla Soup" sounds pretty good.

      With the stuff I have I can make "Ketchup Tortilla Soup".(Which doesn't actually sound terrible.) You probably thought I was kidding about what was in my fridge. Not so much. My husband drives over the road, and I am terrible at all-things-domestic.

      I used the chicken meat a couple of days ago when I ran out of cat food. (I gave it to the cat, I don't actually eat cat food) Oddly enough, I found it hidden behind the jar of pickle relish and green beans.(How did you know?) I donated the sweet potatoes to the local food drive last week.

      By the way, you should totally write a Recipe Hub. I could make out my next grocery list while reading it. My daughter would thank you!

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      ChrisLincoln 7 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

      I think you are describing two people. My wife has one of the magic bags. If there is ever a disaster, your first move should be to get close to the bag. It includes food, water, flashlight, tent etc...There has to date been no event for which she was not prepared.

      On the other hand, I'm the one who looks into almost bare fridge and makes a meal.

      My suggestion, Tortilla suprise...

      Water down the ketchup in a pan, adding any spices you have available. Add (if you have any of these things but NOT all of these things...) Sour cream, milk, cream, unflavored yoghurt. Look at the very back of the cupboard, there hiding behind the jar of pickle relish, the can of green beans and three cans of sweet potatoes, is that can of chicken meat. Open, and add to the conconction.


      Just before serving, break up the tortilla shells, sprinkle on top, and proudly serve your chicken tortilla soup. Serve the green beans as a side for additional points. Like everyone else in the universe I have no idea what to do with the cans of sweet potato. So, like everyone else, donate them to the next food drive...


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      Susan Mills 7 years ago from Indiana

      Wayne, unfortunately, I ate the cheese a while back and the turkey leg went bad from lack of use. All I have left in my fridge are tortilla shells and two bottles of ketchup. My kid's eyeing the ketchup.

      Sharon, what can you do with tortilla shells and ketchup? I'm listening.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Call her and tell that you have a turkey leg and a stick of cheese in the fridge but have no idea what to do with it! She'll be right over! WB

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      granniesharon 7 years ago

      I'm one of those ladies to a degree- when you have four kids you learn how to make something out of nothing. I'm one of those who has everything but that one ingredient to make lasagna so I turned it into a new casserole; this does not work with camera, no batteries, birthday card to mail - no stamps, some things you just can't improvise!