She’s now taking control a lot more! Refusing food, climbing out the bath with little warning she’s done, and gleefully shaking her head and continuing when you tell her to stop playing with plug sockets.
But, and this seems to be a big bit of parenting so far, I can comfort myself by saying “well it could always be worse”. One unnamed Real Live Friend had to deal with their baby habitually running into the corner of the room at bedtime and pissing on the carpet.
Potty training cannot come soon enough!
“The One With the Holiday Cabins”
It’s a bit weird going through this parenting thing whilst so many of my friends are at different stages of their life. Joey’s swanning round engaging in a casual bit of adultery, Ross is dating his student, and the women are all looking at wedding venues when they’re not even engaged! Hey girls, don’t worry, there’s no pressure to keep up with me.
Rachel persuades Monica to book a wedding venue in advance, just in case. After all, what if they get two years down the line, and have to wait another two years? “Chandler can’t wait that long!”.
Babez, do you know Chandler at all??
She’s not proving to be the best judge of character as Elizabeth’s dad turns out to be a lot less cool than he first seemed too.
Elizabeth’s family cabin is super nice. If anything the locales ruined by the classic “double-booked” storyline. I feel like I saw exactly the same story in Schitt’s Creek™ the other day. (Incidentally, it’s not a patch on Friends™ but it is brilliant being able to watch a show without having to wait two weeks between each episode).
I’m finding it difficult imagining myself twenty years from now in Bruce Willis’s shoes. You’re trying to have a nice romantic weekend, when your daughter shows up with one of her professors who you expressly forbade her from dating. I’d hate things to end up like that. Mostly because I don’t want to lose my hair.
Also Ross somehow get’s out of it by embarrassing Paul into letting him stay. Tacitly threatening to reveal the details of Paul’s warm up routine to Rachel. I really don’t think that would work, surely Paul isn’t that insecure? I mean, he looks like Bruce Willis for Christ’s sake!
They seem to be limping to the end of the season a bit, but the day is saved by Chandler returning from the wedding venue and revealing to Phoebe he’s going to propose!!
I guess I’M the one who doesn’t know Chandler at all.
It’s nice for Chandler to tell us first. I can’t recall if I told any of my friends about the proposal, but I suspect I mentioned it to one or two.
I told my wife’s mum beforehand. Not to be so traditional as to ask permission, but my wife had always made it clear her mum would like to know. Plus I guess that way I’d have someone to blame if she didn’t say yes!
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
We had our own cabin stay recently, in a way. With restrictions lifting we went on a little family trip to Centre Parcs™. If you don’t know, it’s basically the world’s most middle class holiday camp, where you can enjoy the smells and sights of a forest, without being in anyway isolated from the luxuries of the modern world.
You’ve got your water park, complete with brilliant slides, rapids and wave machine, and all the fun activities a child could hope to enjoy! Except in our case, all the children were either under two or over thirty. So there weren’t that many activities which were age appropriate. And it didn’t help that you now had to book onto them all in advance due to Covid rules.
But we did manage to do a bit of Double Kayaking! This was equal parts fun and terrifying as I noticed my, much too big, wedding ring hadn’t been safely stowed away before boarding. Everytime my wife readjusted her position I could see myself falling in the water and recreating the bit at the start of The Lord of the Rings™ where the ring is lost for a thousand years.
We also had an exceptionally unsuccessful attempt to organise bowling.
I took a surprising amount of initiative, by my standards, and booked a few of us into a late night bowling session. That way we could be sure to do something free from the kids one evening. But come the night itself, as we got closer and closer to the timeslot my wife got more and more tired, as my nephew got more and more awake. In the end it was just me and my brother-in-law, with my wife stuck in bed, and my sister stuck trying to get her child to sleep. And they said parenthood wouldn’t be a barrier to doing things…
We did have fun, all in all, with the exception of my dad who had a busted knee and spent the whole weekend in the cabin watching TV. To be fair, that’s probably what he would have been doing at home, so I think he enjoyed himself the most in the end.