That’s a big lie. I have been stuck in the house with two sick kids for the past three weeks. As you know I haven’t been feeling too good myself. Which might be the reason that, indeed, I find there are a lot of stupid questions.
What’s your favorite holiday?
What’s your favorite thing to do?
What day is it?
When will it be Halloween?
If the dog had fingers do you think he could write?
What should Stanley be for Halloween?
What’s for dinner?
When are we eating?
Are you sleeping?
Can I sleep in your room?
Can we make cookies?
Are you sick?
When this whole sickness vacation started I didn’t feel bad at all. I answered the questions that were posed to me cheerfully, even though they were asked over and over again. By the second week of our sickness cruise I wasn’t so happy to answer the questions. They were usually posed when I was trying to work and since I wasn’t feeling good I was running out of patience, I still answered them but my answers were short and terse.
Today I started answering any questions with a simple “NO”. I don’t want to hear anymore questions unless it sounds something like this:
“Mom, would you like a martini? I’d be happy to make one for you after I clean up the dishes.”
I don’t think my kids know how to make a martini but I’d settle for a cup of tea. However that is as likely to happen as them making a martini or cleaning up the kitchen.
On an unrelated note I have one question for you:
Most people have caller ID these days so why is it that we still answer the phone “Hello?” We already know who is calling so why are we lying about the whole thing.
Before all this illness struck I had a whole post figured out about the caller ID thing. It’s gone now. I wrote notes about the post but can’t find them and I can’t remember for the life of me what else I had to say about caller ID.
I love caller ID… best invention ever. (Well, at least ONE of the best inventions, ever.) When my beloved caller ID tells me it’s a friend calling, I answer cheerfully calling them by name. When it’s a stranger, I ignore them.
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lol, I agree there are stupid questions. As for your caller ID thing, if I know who it is on the caller ID, I usually say, YO! Or HOLA! as in Hi I know it’s you type stuff, not just Hello? I change it to more of a greeting, I guess you could say. 🙂
Cat Lady, Maybe I’m just not so cheerful these days? I always answer with a question mark. Unless it’s someone I really want to talk to and then I am cheerful. I guess the problem is that no one I really want to talk to calls, they send emails and short of using a bunch of !!! it’s hard to get the same emotion across.
American Idiot, Part of the problem is that usually the call if for one of my children so I don’t answer the phone if I know the kid is home and if I do answer it I don’t want to sound all Hiya! to their friends. Stop asking me stupid questions, like if they are home, if I picked up the phone they probably aren’t.
I agree about the caller id. I say Hello to people when I know who it is. But then I just don’t answer it if I don’t recognize the number. So in my case, if you are getting a “Hello” its almost like “I love you, man” unless you are the receptionist at the opthamologist’s office.
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Hello? I’d answer your question about caller id, but it seems like dumb question to me. 😉 You’ve denitely been spending too much time with kids.
I’m one of those people who looks at caller ID and answers according to who’s calling. Either “Hey,” “‘Hi, whoever’s calling” or “Duuuude!”
Feel better! I’m still coughing up a lung over ten days into this thing, so I feel your pain.
My caller ID is…. an ANSWERING MACHINE LOL
Shit like that is why God invented closets and kibble.
Chris, what do you have against the ophthalmologist’s receptionist? I’m with you, I don’t answer the phone if I don’t know who it is, or if I don’t want to talk to them, usually I feel too guilty to really pull that off but I think about not answering.
Mike, I was asked why they have beaches and bathtubs in Bikini Bottom this morning. That is a stupid question. We have discussed ad nauseum the irregularities in Bikini Bottom and have concluded that one must simply not question the why of Spongebob. I was also asked “how soft is the cat’s hair?” My answer was “8”. The kid shut up and contemplated that for about three minutes. The most peace I have had all week.
Kathy, I have to know, who warrants “Duuuude”? I’ve been known to answer “Hey, Chica” and another very off color and politically incorrect greeting to a friend of mine with urban roots who insists I say that when she calls. I can’t even write it here but it comes from some hip hop/gansta rap song. I hope your lungs settle down soon.
Katherine, I’m actually considering getting rid of my voice mail through the phone co. and go back to using the answering machine that is part of my phone. I’m torn about it which is odd since I get maybe three voicemails a week. I work at home so no one ever has to leave a message.
Moooog, I looked at this comment on my cell phone as I was feeding the dog, loading the washing machine, emptying the dryer, tripping over the animals and dirty socks, and my daughter was asking me questions about the level of softness of the cat and Spongebob, I seriously contemplated this answer for a moment.
I suggest you go buy some ear plugs…and don’t answer the phone. You won’t be able to hear anyway.
I agree the whole Bikini Bottom scenario is a conundrum not to be questioned.
I have fantasies about answering the phone all confrontationaly, just to make things interesting. But once you start down that path, the phone will probably stop ringing all together.
“I was also asked “how soft is the cat’s hair?” My answer was “8″” Hilarious!
(A guy I work with warrants the Duuuuuude greeting. I don’t believe we’ve called each other by our real names in a year or more. For some reason, we are “Dude” to each other, except when we have to speak to each other in front of clients. Then we have names.)
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I think it’s expectations. People expect to hear hello. I have answered “Hey there” and I get back, “what?” and then I say hello and the person is less confused.
Try having goats and have 4 year old children visit . You get some priceless questions…
Thanks for the insight.