Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fun With Adult Children

As many of you moms of teens know, exasperating your kids is one of the easiest and most fun activities around. It takes very little to get a 16-year-old girl to roll her eyes and sigh in the most entertaining fashion. Trust me when I tell you I have enjoyed this activity countless times. Now that my own teen girl has grown up, gotten married, had children, and turned 30 these opportunities are much rarer, but when they arise, I take full advantage of them.

Moms of teens, let me assure you that getting under your adult child's skin is just as much fun, although it takes a little more work.

Case in point: As many of you know, my daughter (the aforementioned 30-year-old married mother) is the author of the blog Near Normalcy. Okay, all 9 of my readers know this, but my future readers (how optimistic of me) might not, okay? Anyway, this very blog which you are reading was inspired by the enjoyment that Alyssa (the aforementioned author of Near Normalcy --you are reading her blog aren't you?) has derived from writing her blog (Near Normalcy , you're welcome, Alyssa). Therefore I consider her my blogging guru....as well as a source of seemingly endless fun.

Update: That's us. She loves me!


Last night the following text conversation took place. Notice how quickly, skillfully, and unobtrusively I worked my way under her skin.

Me: Where did you buy your domain name? And why?

Alyssa: Godaddy. Because grownups own their domains.

Me: Hmmm.

Me: Why do grownups own their domains?

Alyssa: Because no serious professional famous writer blogs from a blogspot address. Do you even read my blog? I covered this.

Me. I'm old and forgetful.

Me-50 minutes later: I'm just sitting here reading through all your old blog posts so as not to be accused of child neglect. On 7/27 you talked about your stats and said you had one page view from Germany. Well, that's just weird because I have had one page view from Germany too. What's up with that?

For some reason, Alyssa chose not to reply.

Me-45 minutes later: Several of the blogs you follow don't own their own domains.

Alyssa: You don't have to buy your domain if you don't want to! I wanted mine. That's really all there is to it.

Me: I know I don't have to. I'm just trying to understand. I'm up to August on your blog. You just sat on the birthday saddle.

Alyssa: Well, now you're just stalking me. Weirdo.


Me: No, I'm studying you because you're my blogging role model.

Alyssa: I mean, do you not see how much better "www.nearnormalcy.com" looks vs "www.nearnormalcy.blogspot.com"??

Me: I'm not sure I see the betterness there. But it is shorter.

Alyssa: I don't understand how you can not see the betterness. A ".com" is the real deal. Any yahoo can have a blogspot.  ".com" is a WEBSITE.

Me: But I have a ".com". It just has a blogspot before it.

Alyssa: Sigh.

I could see the eyeroll and hear the exasperated sigh from 30 miles away. Score!

And because that was so much fun, I sent this text this morning.  "Ok. After some thought it occurs to me that one should own one's domain because if one needs to leave one's blog host, one's readers would still be able to find one's blog."

Alyssa: Yeah. Ok.

See, moms of teens! The fun never has to end!


(As of 12/19/2011 this is still one of my favorite posts. Probably always will be.)
Photobucket

35 comments:

  1. You're so embarrassing.

    And FYI...i did respond to your Germany question. How old are you again? Do i need to be researching nursing homes? Honestly Mom. Check your phone.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I did check my phone. Did you think I just typed that whole conversation from memory? Really? Are you sure it wasn't sent to some other mom?

    ReplyDelete
  3. I really loved your comment on The Mommy Therapy about not killing your kids if you want grandchildren. That's my new mantra!

    (And if you decide to read my blog please know that I'm currently taking a writing course so please excuse any writing errors as I am not a professional -- yet!)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh frick. I really have to buy a domain name for my site ... clearly THAT is why I am neither famous nor rich. Damn damn damn.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Also. I just read your comments comment. And I think I may steal it. Or something similar. My blog is not an open door for people to be mean ... XO

    ReplyDelete
  6. @SCW I wouldn't worry about it. Alyssa is my blogging guru, but after all, she is just a kid. She doesn't know everything. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh, and you don't have to steal my comments comment. I gift it to you. You're welcome.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I disagree.  I do, in fact, know everything.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Jason, thank you. She just makes it so easy.

    ReplyDelete
  10. As the 30 year old-ish person in this conversation, I roll my eyes!!

    Thanks for linking up with us!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Awww, Moxie, thanks. We just have fun. I'm glad it's fun for others to watch.

    ReplyDelete
  12. As a new blogger without my own URL I now feel like a yahoo. Thx Alyssa. You two remind me of me and my mom! Hilarious.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I think my favorite part of this post might be the first comment. Giggle. Mother daughter bonding. How cute.

    ReplyDelete
  14. That's my favorite part too! She's so cute. And so predictable.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Ohhhhh.... Okay.... I get it now! Is this what my mom is doing to me every time she calls me and asks me to look something up on the internet for her even though she's sitting right in front of a computer at her desk that has the internet on it?! "But you're so much better at it than me... you know where to go!!" Argggg! (I said that in a high pitched whiny voice)

    This was an awesome read! Thanks for linking up with us for Ghosts of Blogging Past!

    ReplyDelete
  16. No, Mommy2¢. Your mother would never do that to you. She truly needs your expertise in the area of Internet research. This entire post is made up and should not be taken seriously...by people in your age group. ;-D

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh I LOVE this post! My boys are 14 and 19 and I'm SO glad to know that I'll be able to tease the hell out of them for years and years!

    P.S. I have no clue how I found you, just started clicking and voila, there you were. SO glad I did. I'm bookmarking you!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Pamela, I'm glad you found me however it happened. Welcome!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Ha! That is funny stuff! I DID own my own domain through GoDaddy, but because of a credit card slip-up, my domain expired AND THE BLOG GOT STOLEN FROM ME! Some idiot now owns my domain & is demanding that I pay him $$$ to get it back. So, I'm back to .blogspot.com for now. It was an ugly mess! Sorry I got off track. So glad you linked this up with #findingthefunny! (Oh, and BTW, Hyperbole and a Half is .blogspot.com and her blog is GIGANTIC. I like a .com and prefer it, but your content is what is most important.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I have my own blogging guru that showed me the ropes. If I didn't have her- I would have been a blogspot...your not alone Cynthia!!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Woot! Woot! As the mom of two teenage boys, I was beginning to worry that this would all be over in a few short years. I am beyond thrilled that I can continue to embarrass them long after they've left the nest. You made my day!

    I am loving your blog. You're on my list, grandma!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, thanks, Denise! Blogging gives one a whole new outlet for progeny embarrassment. It's wonderful!

      Delete
  22. It's nice to know if my kids ever actually move out (hint, hint to my two adult daughters) we'll be able to stay connected in the most meaningful ways. Through text. Huzzah!

    ReplyDelete
  23. hahahhaa, is THAT what my mom's been doing to me all these years?!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, your mom would never do that. Your mom loves you...Okay, yes it is.

      Delete
  24. I am a grown up child of a 52 year old grandmother. i get under her skin all the time because she used to get under mine every chance she got when i was a teenager. Ha!in you face, Momma!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's the karma they earn in their teen years. Exactly!

      Delete
  25. ha ha ha ha. Who knew we could have so much fun texting? I love it.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I need the laugh and looking for forward to the future haha. My oldest is 13 and I can tease me. The latest being he got called out(not by name) at production(dance). He somehow was not able to change in enough time from one dance to another and His hiphop Class had to do it over at the end. You can read about it on the post The Big One Prodduction. Funny Funny. We will just be walking and Ill be "you got called out in front of everyone" insert eyeroll from teenager lol

    ReplyDelete

PLEASE leave a comment. I LIVE for comments! If you must be negative, at least be nice. I'm very sensitive. I reserve the right to remove any comment that hurts my feelings. Or anyone else's feelings. Grandma wants you all to play nice.