The Life I Should be Living

There is the life I lead, which consists of sometimes staying in my pajamas all day while I take care of a toddler and a baby, and the life I think I should be leading. In the life I think I should be leading, I am always dressed impeccably, even when I’m frazzled my hair falls gracefully around my face, and everyone, but everyone wonders how I manage to be so fetching even with spit up on my shirt. The thing is that even before I had kids, I didn’t lead the life I think I “should” be leading. Why? Because that life requires clothing, time, and money that I never seemed to have. Well, guess what Life That I Think I Should Be Leading? I can get parts of you at a discount! For example…

$45 Wine and Cheese Pairing for 2 at Artesa Winery

Click image for details and fine print. Deal runs 9/14-9/15.

That’s right for $45 I could replace that dude with Unknown Papi and take that woman’s place with my paper bag covered face and spit up covered clothes and be that much closer to living the life I think I should be living. Totally, doable.

What exactly do you do in the life you “should” be living?

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  • AutismWonderland

    Sigh…in the life I “should” be living. I have lots of money and no creditors calling my house.  I do not work but somehow manage to have wonderful health insurance – I guess that’s due to lots of money. In the life I “should” be living, the husband and I can jet set or drive to romantic little weekend getaways. In the life I should be living, I do not have to decide between “work” clothes and “play” clothes because I can wear whatever I damn well please.  I am able to take The Boy to school and pick him up because I do not work.  I continue to write and write and write.  And when I do work, I do what I love to do: write!  And someone pays me.  And hopefully somewhere in there, I will teach.  What, you ask?  You guessed it – Writing!  :)  That was a nice little 5 minute fantasy…      

  • Elizabeth Grimes

    I know the feeling, though I don’t have kids. I think we all aspire to do something more or different. For me, the trick is to be content, but keep chasing those dreams. :)

  • oceangirl

    I had gone on biscuit tasting as I don’t drink :)  

    I remember taking care of a toddler and a baby, where I had to unload one child first into the house and had to leave the other still in the car seat in the car.  To me that was the “tough” time that I look back upon from time to time.

  • Eva Gallant

    I sit in an immaculately clean house and eat a gourmet meal prepared by my chef/maid.

  • Stacy

    The life I “should” be living?  I’d be married to my favorite country musician, write a fabulously popular (and lucrative) blog and maybe a book now and then. I’d workout religiously to have the body I “should” have and eat only healthy foods.  I’d have a “little” place in the country with horses, chickens, and a cow or two so friends could come and envy my relaxed lifestyle.  There’d be an antique shop or used book store (or maybe a combination) in a barn on the property.  The house would always be clean, dinner would always be amazing and on time, the grass would never be in danger of needing baled…..

    Sooooo not living the dream.  LOL

  • Maggie

    In the life I should be leading paperwork would be done on time and neatly filed away out of sight; exercise would be a joy and gift to myself that I’d embrace every day; craft and gift projects would be completed in plenty of time to be beautifully wrapped and mailed off to the recipient. Oh, yes there would also be plenty of time in the day to blog often.

  • lisleman

    My favorite line from Sheryl Crow’s Soak Up the Sun song:
    It’s not having what you want
    It’s wanting what you’ve got

    • unknownmami

      Ain’t that the truth?!

  • Out On The Prairie

    Those guys look waxed on $45, but I’ll pass also.My kids were all at that decorate your clothes age when I had to dress up a lot with ties. I could look at the stains and remember the great times of changing for a second time while on the run.The worst ones are when you didn’t know they got you and someone else had to tell you. 

  • Classic NYer

    There are entirely too many half-finished wine glasses on that table for just those two people. Mami, I hate to break it to you, but I think in the life you should be leading you’re drinking waaay too much.

  • Mrs. Ski

    I have no idea what life I ‘should’ be living and I think that’s part of my problem.  Most of the time I just feel lost. So much of my life I’ve thought about being a mother and since that hasn’t happened (yet) I feel weird starting on any other journey just to cut it short when I do become a mother. Does that make sense?  Speaking of making sense,I rarely feel like I make any.
    Thanks for your comment love today! Glad I could make you laugh! :)

  • The Bipolar Diva

    In the life I should be living my daughter would be fine. My grandson would be alive and, then there’d be yachts and stuff.

  • Anonymous

    The life I should be living is the one I am in right now; learning so much and growing as a woman. This is the best I have ever been so I am content and pleased to finally live in reality and not hide out and disappear any longer. Sorry if I ruin your theme of fantasy but for me it is how I lived for years and now it is clear to me that it is no longer necessary. I wish so much for good things for you, Mami.

  • Rdoak03

    I am thin. Oh so thin!

  • Lindsay Advincula

    I have been dying to go wine tasting! That’s a good deal!

  • Cynthia Leonor Garza

    I must say, since I had my daughter 2 years ago I’ve very much lived in the ‘here and now’ and tried to soak up every single day with her and live uber-consciously in the present. I’m very obsessed with thinking something can happen at any moment that will change everything, so I want to make the most of every day, hour, minute. It seems to work for me.

    That said, I would love to travel more. And that pic has me salivating. So many wines, so little time.