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Changing Lanes

Two professional women: both married with kids and both juggling clients, reports, potty training, packed lunches, chores, dogs, cats, errands, husbands and …”what was that you said? SEX?”
That three-letter word that once was so frequent, so liberating, so yummy has been sidelined in a sea of life, work and snot.
It is time.
Time to put sex back on a pedestal by injecting some extra spice into our relationships.

Changing Lanes

I had the perfect scenario in place to fulfill this week’s mission. Tuesday night was Parent Orientation at the preschool, and I had negotiated with the Plowhand to babysit our kids so Mr. Lee and I could go together alone in the car. I had even developed a theme for my post by digging the Bath & Body Works Pleasures Country Apple body lotion out of my desk drawer at work. The twist would be that you take an apple to a teacher on the first day of school and…well, you get it.

Alas, Mr. Lee got called into work early for shooting qualification, I think it was rifle. I still utilized the Plowhand, but went alone, hurrying back after talking with the other moms at school about this blog. Many couldn’t look me in the eye the next day at “Meet the Teacher”, and one was eager to drop a Schlitterschlong joke on Mr. Lee.

Due to schedules, and the fact that I just couldn’t complete this mission in the car with the kids (they aren’t as easily “handled” as the Duchess’), we had to improvise. I also think the police officer in Mr. Lee was hesitant to introduce a distraction that would put his defensive driving skills to such a challenge.

Late Friday night Mr. Lee had a genius solution. Mario Kart. It ALWAYS comes back to the Wii. Thank you Mr. Lee’s sister who gave it to us last Christmas, and to our vacation friends who loaned the game and one of our steering wheels to us a decade ago.

It’s a game that combines the characters of the sacred Super Mario Bros. with go-kart racing in a series of races like the Flower Cup, the Mushroom Cup or the Star Cup. For this mission, it allowed Mr. Lee the opportunity to hold a steering wheel (he opted for the lime green Nerf one), recline in leather, and sit on the left as he watched the road – rather the race at Moo Moo Meadows – and I tried to distract him.

Once under way, he impressively came in first on the initial race, but fell to 12th on the second, which had him going the wrong direction at one point. He did not finish the third because he abandoned the wheel to drive something else altogether.

I still tapped the Country Apple, a “flavor” long since retired by Bath and Body Works. Knowing the power of smell to remind you of memorable moments (the also retired Juniper Breeze still recalls an Aussie romance in London pre-Lee), I’m looking forward to being reminded often of the look on Mr. Lee’s face as he focused on putting Princess Peach in her place while trying not to acknowledge my efforts.

He’s quite competitive, but not necessarily fast.

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