money makes the world go round.
There’s a reason I control the purse strings in our house, and that reason is that FDH has the financial sense of a 12 year old.
It was a skid weekend. Just having them for a rainy holiday weekend meant that we spent:
$75 on gas to cart them all over town “having fun”
$50 to go to the movies
$40 on a new phone case for skid1
$100+ on extra groceries and snacks.
$50 to renew the xBox live membership to keep them occupied
I am fine with all that. However, it is not enough for skid1. “I’m booooorrred” is his constant refrain. He seems to think that getting expensive toys will make him happy – but the RC car, expensive sunglasses, TWO iphones, innumerable games, name brand clothes and shoes he’s gotten in the past year have barely stemmed the tide of “I’m booooorrred.” Keep in mind also that this kid has had a rotten year – has assaulted his dad more than once, gotten himself arrested and expelled from school, has major attitude all the time, and won’t do a fucking thing to help out without it becoming a MAJOR argument. Oh, and he had dad dancing to his tune ALL WEEKEND because he’s an attention hog. I cannot have a conversation with FDH without him interrupting because HE needs to be the focus all the time.
I’m not inclined to go out of my way to be nice to someone who makes everyone miserable.
Anyway, yesterday FDH came to me and said “I’m thinking about getting skid1 his own xBox.”
Hell to the no, muthafucka.
Yep, it’d keep him entertained. For about five minutes before the sad song of “I’m booooorrred” starts up again. Plus, he’s a jerk. And BTW, jackwagon, we actually have some serious financial shit coming up, like my car that’s been in the shop for A MONTH and is going to cost us well over a grand. Oh, and the mortgage. And buying a new patio set because we have a beautiful deck and no furniture to enjoy it on. And numerous home improvement projects that need to happen so we can get this dump of a house on the market. Hell if I’m going to pull money out of my retirement fund to pay for all this shit and then have idiot FDH blow a few hundred on a fucking xBox for a spoiled brat kid who acts like he hates us if the wallet isn’t always out.
GAWD he’s so clueless sometimes.