I’ll try being nicer if you try being smarter!

I knew coming home for the holidays would be hard. What I didn’t anticipate would be the hilarity that I’d also get out of it.

A lot of things my mom does piss me off. But this year, with the help of alcohol and a non-chalant attitude, I’m finding them just downright hilarious. I haven’t gotten into a fight with her yet (though she did get in one with me….I just refused to participate, something about how my eating out offends her, from 3,000 km’s away), but I have witnessed some hi-larious shit.

Observe the following, which normally would have me seriously contemplating the sanity of both my mother and myself, for coming home to her house, but instead just provided me with laughter. That kind of silent laughter where your whole body shakes, and is funnier than it really is, cuz you have to be quiet, so you start crying cuz you’re laughing so hard? Yeah, that kind.

So, I’m sitting in the living room, doing SFA (sweet fuck all), when I hear my mom call the dog into the kitchen. I hear my mom ask the dog to lie down. I hear my mom go into the junk drawer, then plug something in. Then, I hear some loud buzzing noise. This is followed by my mom screaming at the dog, saying ‘No! Stay STILL!’, then scrambling of little dog feet on the linoleum and the loud smashing of my mom jumping around the kitchen trying to catch said dog. Then more buzzing.

It is then that I realize what she’s doing. The dog needed her nails clipped. But my mom, believing she is the reincarnation of Bob Vila (despite the fact he isn’t dead yet) has decided to…….use a fucking DREMMEL POWER TOOL to GRIND down the dogs nails, instead of clipping them.  She claimed the dog preffered it.


I was dying. DY-ING. Because the greatest part was that you could hear my mother throwing herself around the kitchen on her knees, in vain attempts to grab whatever part of the dog was the last to run out of the kitchen, looking for refuge.

I sat there the whole time thinking, ‘Where the hell am I? This is SO going on my blog. Oh my GOD, what is that woman doing? Seriously? A dremmel fucking power tool?’


On a side note, I almost flipped today when I realized that there was no coffee shop in walking distance from my parents house. I wanted a coffee. There was no Starbucks, no Second Cup, no Tim Horton’s, nothing! I can’t MAKE coffee, what, do I live in fucking 1943? No! I buy my coffee like any spoiled city bitch. It was a terrible realization. I had no choice but to go to sleep. Which is what I’ve done the whole time I’ve been here. The first night, I slept for 13 hours. OH, sweetness. I love you sleep.

I find it easier to sleep here. Maybe it’s the lack of sirens going past my building every 48 seconds. Maybe it’s the clean air. But I think it’s being in my parents house, which brings up comfy ‘someone will do it for me’ feelings (along with awful repressed childhood memories which we won’t go into). The couch seems comfier, the bed is softer, the food is yummier, the messes less of an issue, cuz it’s my parents house. I dont know, it’s very weird for me to be home, cuz I hate it so much, but it’s still comforting, cuz it’s what I know, you know?

Whoah, getting a little deep there. Sheesh. That side of Talea is very rarely allowed on the blog.

Anyways, if you don’t know what a Dremmel Power Tool is, google it. I’d do it and paste the pic up, but this is the S L O W E S T computer since the days of vaccuum tubes, I swear. I think it might blow up if I search for graphics. Nobody needs that. And I’ll tell you all what I told the boyfriend about the Dremmel story….tell everyone you know, this shit is too good to keep quiet!


Comments on: "Here’s a nifty little idea! Courtesy of my mother!" (13)

  1. Hmmm – wonder if I could get the cats to sit still and do their claws with a dremel. LOL. Right.

    Somehow I think you’d wind up being the Dremmelee, while the cats were the Dremmelers. Those cats are crafty little things….

  2. Moms and their dogs. At least your mom doesn’t call that dog your sister…ehhhhh. Have a great holiday and I hope you find some coffee 🙂

    Still no coffee. Though I have gotten my mom to make a lot for me. I make the worst coffee in the world.
    She doesn’t call her my sister, though I wouldn’t be surprised if the dog takes over my rightful spot in the will. Sadly, I’m half kidding. :p

  3. Maybe you should take the dog with you when you return home.

    It’s a thought. The poor thing is going to spend her whole life taking the place of a piece of plywood if she stays here….

  4. I’m so glad you’re getting lots of sleep and feeling comfort!!

    And yo, I am SO a spoiled bitch who needs to buy my coffee; I’m home right now and starbucks is a 15 min drive away..I’m pretty pissed about that.

    Tell me about it. Since I’ve been here, I haven’t drank any coffee out of a paper cup! What the hell?! All the coffee places are far away and I’ve let my license expire since living downtown T.O., cuz only losers drive if they live downtown. Sigh. I’ve had to settle with plain coffee my mom makes.
    What of my white mocha peppermint latte?! And my tall non fat chai latte?! My cranberry bliss bars! Ugh!

  5. Did you ever hear about that Ellen DeGeneres fiasco where she gave a family a dog and then cried on TV because she shouldn’t have or something like that?? Well maybe you guys should give the dog to Ellen. You might get a free refrigerator or something cool out of it. Just think about it. Have a good christmas.

    I did hear about that whole bru-ha-ha. I didn’t quite see the big deal.
    If we give the dog to Ellen, I fear my father may be next. I think I’ll let her keep the dog.

  6. Mmmm .. good sleep. There’s nothing like GOOD sleep. Alcohol helps with that, too, ya know.
    POOR DOGGIE!!! hahha, I just about peed myself reading that cuz I can totally see it … and hear the buZZZzzzzZZzzing noise .. poor dog *sigh*

    Yeah it was really quite hilarious. The best was you’d hear the skittering of claws, then my mom’s knee slamming on the ground as she tried to lunge to get the dog back. Poor thing.

  7. (((hugs))) Happy Christmas!!!

  8. soverydomestic said:

    Chris is laughing his ass off and contemplating whether or not his mother may do the same. I choose to ignore. I cannot wait to catch up with a bottle or two of wine (I already picked some up for your homecoming!) and hear about your Merry Fucking Christmas. This totally kills my shit, I love it.

    Oh she’s full of tricks like this. I’m glad I made Chris laugh!!

  9. greenmetropolis said:

    This totally kills my shit too! Oh Jesus Christ, please, PLEASE stay home with your friends-family next year and send your mother a set of dog nail clippers. Or a dremmel power tool…you know, whatever.

    Ha! If I sent her dog clippers, she’d be so confused. She sees nothing wrong with dremmeling the family pet.

  10. That’s a pretty funny story. I thought you were going to say she had an electric knife in there trying to cut the dog’s nails off.

    Give her credit it though. She’s creative. I might start using a dremel tool to shave my nose hair.

    You’d have to have fairly large nostrils I do believe to fit that sucker up there….

  11. I slept for hours at my parent’s too…..something about their place lulls me like a baby…

    I know, it’s like the quiet is quieter and the bed is comfier and you can just sleeeeeeep like you can’t sleep anywhere else.

  12. Totally thought of you this weekend. My hubby wanted to buy a dremmel, and I told him, “only if you’ll trim the cat’s toenails with it”.

    Ah! I love it! I love it when I start to invade people’s ‘real’ lives. Did he give you a look like you were a totally crazy wingnut?

  13. Not really, he quicky replied, “sure, if you hold her”.

    Ohhh, a witty gentleman! I like it!

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