Slummy mummy confessions – is it ok to hide your dirty dishes in cupboards?

In the name of research for Cuddledry’s month of blogging, I have been busy this morning reading a selection of mummy and daddy blogs, and came across a post from Ellen at In A Bun Dance, an outpouring of confessions, secret habits and thoughts. The list struck a chord with me, as I could empathise with so many of them, and it reassured me that I am not the only person who avoids the phone and sometimes hides from my children.

Inspired as I was, I have decided to come up with my own list, in the hope that everyone will then tell me how completely normal I am after all. So here goes with some things that not many people will know about me:

I am a little bit afraid of pineapples. It’s the little spine marks that get left behind when you slice off the outside. The first time I cut up a pineapple I screamed out loud.

I am very easily distracted and get bored very quickly. Even though my Gran always used to tell me only boring people got bored. I spend quite a lot of my time wishing something exciting would happen.

I hate housework. No big secret there maybe. I have been known to hide dirty dishes in cupboards when I’ve got guests.

I only like drinking out of particular shaped cups. When I order a latte in Costa I have to ask for a different mug.

I never put in exact amounts of petrol. I don’t understand why people try so hard to get to whole pound amounts. I look away from the pump, sing a little song to myself, and when the song ends I finish pumping.

One of my children’s favourite treats is ‘garage tea’ – when you are out somewhere and stop at a garage and buy Dairylea Dunkers, Capri Suns and Pepperami and eat it in the car.

I just ate some ‘Hotel Chocolat Christmas Collection’ for my lunch.

Please tell me this is all fine.

Photo credit – mrjoro



    • 18 January, 2010 / 1:32 pm

      Well a dishwasher would be fine, except I also have a strange aversion to the texture of glass that’s been through a dishwasher…

  1. 18 January, 2010 / 1:14 pm

    As for petrol (well diesel in my case) I stop at the “I can still afford it” stage, never mind the exact pounds and pennies :)

  2. Lucy
    18 January, 2010 / 1:15 pm

    I think this would be Ananaphobia

    Perfectly normal

    (not really normal at all)

  3. Phyllis Stephen
    18 January, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    I cannot drink anything in Costa or in Starbucks from a cup – I am not sure that they have been washed properly – so there is only one way to go – a takeaway cup. This also allows you to run out of the coffee shop taking your coffee with you when you realise your car is about to be clamped!

  4. 18 January, 2010 / 3:42 pm

    Totally normal except for the dishwasher thing – I think I could see the need for therapy to get over that one.
    In fact hiding dishes in the cupboard is brilliant, if only I had an empty cupboard…
    Garage teas, what a great idea. x

  5. 18 January, 2010 / 5:36 pm

    Yeah I’ve been bored all my life too. You think school is boring and then comes university – okay one can be drunk mostly so that’s not too bad. But then comes life with kids and being responsible that gets boring. Nothing wrong with hiding dirty dishes in cupboards but my hubby is pretty neat and would chastise me! Regarding petrol don’t you just fill it until the tank is full?

    • 19 January, 2010 / 11:21 am

      I sometimes fill the tank right up, but it is so BORING standing by the pump all that time…

  6. 19 January, 2010 / 11:16 am

    I can’t stand small cups. And you wouldn’t find me in Costa Coffee, because I don’t like the way their tables are set out. Caffe Nero tables are another matter altogether.

    • 19 January, 2010 / 11:22 am

      Costa is not ideal, but unfortunately I live in a small town with a crappy town centre, and the only alternative is to sit in KFC. We only got a Costa a couple of years ago!

  7. 19 January, 2010 / 11:52 am

    Totally normal. In fact, are you really me?!

    • 19 January, 2010 / 3:03 pm

      Excellent – that is just the kind of reassurance I am looking for :-)

  8. 19 January, 2010 / 2:43 pm

    I add up all the numbers in license plates and count how many vowels there are in words in street signs. See, that sounded ok when I said it in my head but now it’s written down it just looks plain weird.

    • 19 January, 2010 / 3:04 pm

      Hahaha! That is cute! I’m a bit worried though about how much you are concentrating on the actual road when driving…

  9. 12 May, 2010 / 9:00 pm


    We both know its not normal, (they’re just trying to be kind in the other comments). To help you out, I’ve emailed the men in white coats.

    – OMG, you just won a little holiday – a chauffeur driven van with a couple of kind men, will pick you up from home, and give you a nice rest. No pinapples, no starbucks, no glass (or anything else sharp).

    Congratulations xx

  10. 12 May, 2010 / 9:08 pm

    Ooh! I won a prize! Yay!

    Hmmm… what to pack… will I need a cocktail dress do you think?

  11. 12 May, 2010 / 10:09 pm

    No, they’ll also give you a new nightie and nice fitted jacket.

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