Things Mrs. G. Has Been Doing Since She Temporarily Abandoned Her Creative Self

1. All good men must come to the aid of their country. All good men must come to the aid of their country. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Mrs. G. has been typing these two sentences over and over again in an attempt to jumpstart and oil the wheels in her brain. All good men must come to the aid of their country. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Frankly, these sentences haven't jump started anything except shameful memories of Mrs. G's smug ass sitting in high school typing class sure she wouldn't have to do anything as mundane as typing in her future. Queens of small countries don't type. Well, Mrs. Scrandall, you have the last laugh on this one. Really, Mrs. Scrandall, sit down and laugh it up, because typing has been crucial to Mrs. G's life, much more so than reigning over the country that never materialized, unless you want to count Mrs. G's laundry room, which she does sometimes when she wants to feel more imposing and stately while separating the darks from the lights.

2) Enjoying the company of two sweet, strapping young men in her home (plus Mr. G -- a sweet, strapping seasoned man). Mrs. G's son is home for the summer and his friend who is like a second son is bunking here as well. Mrs. G, we all know not a domestic woman by nature, can't explain the odd pleasure she feels baking a loaf of banana blueberry bread and seeing it inhaled before it cools. It has taken Mrs. G. several years to establish the symmetry of being needed and not needed, but, for now, she has and it feels strangely satisfying and liberating.

3) Buying a treadmill with all the bells and whistles. Now she can jog and fall down in the privacy of her own home. She named it Doug, because she dated a dickweed in high school named Doug who took her out on two dates and "forgot" his wallet both times. Now Mrs. G. can climb on the treadmill mornings she doesn't feel like it and say, "Oh Fuck you, Doug," with some authority.

4) Working her way through two seasons of the West Wing. A reader recently sent an email suggesting Rob Lowe was long overdue for Mancake status. Mrs. G. agrees and has began the extensive googling research needed to properly showcase his, well, talent.

5) Leaving next week for Los Angeles to help her daughter move into a charming studio with great light and hardwood floors. Mrs. G. had hoped to escape the actual moving part of the moving and show up for the fixing the place up part of moving, but when you get emails from your kid saying things like, "Please, God, please. Mom I need you," you book a ticket and feel thrilled when you get another email saying, "Yay! Thank you Lord!" Again, the symmetry of being needed and not needed. It's tricky if you don't pay attention and read your email.

For once, Mrs. G. is staying in L.A. for a decent amount of time. She will be there the 10th through the 19th. She will be in Santa Monica without a car Monday through Thursday while her daughter works, so if you want to get together for lunch or dinner, please send her an email and let's make it happen.

More tomorrow friends. The wheels are officially greased. Thanks for waiting.

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July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Dammit, Doug! Lemme catch my breath!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMadtownTanya

I've been an empty nester for some time now...since last September 2013, with chunks of time where the youngest is here on weekends during college, attending to "business" related to his motorcycle crash a whole year ago, now. This time frame I've been in now, about 6 weeks, has been completely child-free, and I am relishing the mental freedom this has brought. I have been diligently waiting for that *feeling* of actually *missing* one or the other child. The oldest, married for a year now, and moved out for a year now, had been coming to our house at the ungodly hour of 7:30 a.m. Mon-Fri to commute with the husband to work. And then at the end of the day, to pick up his truck to drive home, so in essence, I did not feel truly "empty nested" while that went on. But a whole 3 WEEKS ago, that commute business ended, and the oldest is not here a.m. and p.m. for commute time w/ the husband. He takes BART in to SF to work. I am very thrilled by this, as I am not being woken up by the front door slamming as I had been for the past year he was living elsewhere, but commuting from here. I take my treasures where I can find them. I have always said I WANT to miss my adult sons....and it looks like I may get my wish!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Yay! LA will be fun, wish I could go to lunch with you. Sounds like a great place to rejuvenate your creative spirit!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

Yay, it's you!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbramble

I walk a very fine line between wanting to feel needed and silently screaming "MY GOD why do you people need me 24 hours a day?"

Have fun with the LA moving gig

Nicely done! The quick brown fox does it again...who knew?

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne F

Oh how I wish I could skip on down to Santa Monica for lunch AND dinner with you. But it won't be happening this time.
I can absolutely relate to the needed/not neededness that comes from having adult children.
And as for typing, I never even took the class - or home-ec; I defiantly refused taking classes that would, I thought, pigeon-hole me to a lowly future of secretary or homemaker. Instead I took wood shop, metal shop, and auto mech. I regret my lack of future-vision & am absolutely certain that my old teachers would have a great hearty belly laugh at me today.
Brilliant choice of names for the treadmill! Can't wait until you show him up!
Enjoy the time with the youth. I'm looking forward to getting my turn!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda J

My luck has been a bit iffy lately, and the trend continues. I'll be gone from the 9-19th, or I would definitely take you up on the lunch date. Have a great time, and enjoy walking that line of need/not need.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercardinal

For sure I want to some see you in Santa Monica. It's not that far.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSmalltown Me

I was hoping you'd say that Heidi!!!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermrs.g.

I was smiling after the very first sentence!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

This sounds like a wonderful summer, and it is nice to hear about the needed/not needed balance. I am staring down a tunnel at a rapidly approaching empty nesthood and it is scaring the crap out of me.

We enjoyed binge-watching old West Wing episodes last winter. Adored that show but it (and I) never really recovered from Sam's (and Sorkin's) departure. Rob Lowe is mancake indeed.

Have a nice time helping your lovely daughter settle in!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter*m*

Yep, yep, yep......I'm feeling energy from teaching and new babies. Some days I don't want to write because life is too important to take time from. I'm cooking, running to see kids, still making pots, but finding more joye than I have for years.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
And, Doug, climb that bastard like a wild stallion, ride baby ride.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermeredith@whynot

Okay, reading about that treadmill forces me onto my stationary bike. Rob Lowe, hmm? Friend of mine (now gone - major loss to this world) helped him out law-wise with that little problem he had in Atlanta; remember that? It still bit him bad for a number of years.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternaomi d

Fill me in on his troubles, Naomi or someone in the know. It could affect his Mancake status though I am all about redemption...though a bit rough on infidelity.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermrs.g.

My younger daughter lives in LA. I love visiting there! Have a blast---lots to see and do.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterknittergran

Oh, Mrs. G, you don't remember Rob Lowe's sex tape escapades with a couple of nubile under-18-year olds? Here's a link: http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20117104,00.html
He appears to have survived that business. He was very, very young himself. It did make headlines, though.

Love the video. So cute.

Hey, your kid is home and he needs you. You're busy and in a very good way. I do enjoy your writing, though.

Have fun with #1 daughter. Wear a back brace.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter1Les

now I have an earworm of the SantaMonicaBlvd song----enjoy your time. have fun with daughter and time for decorating and cocktails in the newly decorated digs. you'll burn up some calories with the moving stuff. take care.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngAK

Come on down and enjoy yourself! The beaches are lovely!

My family and I will be in Chicago from 7/3 - 13, seeing Mom and family, and also going to a Cubs game!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Snow

I have a treadmill too, but I haven't named it. I use it mostly in the winter when it's too icy to run. That said, I have approached the weight loss Summer Extravaganza from every angle. Running, yoga, using my FitBit, using my Lose It! app on my phone, and Sweet Mother of God (the pain!) barre class.I'm pulling out all of the stops and that also means burning more and eating less. So far...so good. I will be in upstate NY for a week during the last part of July. I still hold out hope that we will meet some day.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRainbow Motel

I got all the way through The West Wing (about a million episodes) and now I'm watching it again with my daughter. Best series ever! I learned more about the government than I ever knew before and if I am ever reincarnated I want to be Allison Janney, the REAL star of the show.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennyExplainsItAll

I am full of joy and longing with the reading of your post here, Mrs. G.
I totally "get" number 2, and #3 made me laugh. (I might have to name a piece of exercise equipment here... )
I'm a little envious over #5, mostly because there are Derfs there I would LOVE to meet. Have a terrific time!

I hear you talk about your 2 kids, Mrs G, and again think "Mrs G is SUCH a nice mom, such a nice friend".

July 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary Edward Rith

Doug, huh? No doubt a well researched purchase. Will you share your conclusions? I am attempting to utilize the great out of doors for this challenge. For the first few days, I saw nothing more than my own feet. Walking on gravel at this ridiculously out-of-shape point in my life is tricky at best. Today I drove a couple of miles, parked and walked on a paved road. Cannot figure out whether to be proud of the minutes put in, or mortified at how short a distance I covered. Sigh
Have fun with the moving! Try to always grab the most fragile objects. They will mostly be lighter, and will require your careful (slower) attention while the rest of the crew takes the heavier things.

July 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranother sue

What fun to have your son and his friend home for the summer! I'm glad you are back.

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatience

Hmmm--I have a thought--I could do a drive up and back on a week day if I skipped out of work early and we could did an early dinner. I am going to work to make this happen!

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenn @ Juggling Life

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