Menopausal mom to 2 young adult sons (one with ASD, ADHD, tic/seizure disorders and the other with attitude).

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Foiled by a Hamburger...

Remember how I said I was not going to video Riley for Operation IFO ever again??  Well.  I lied.  Hey I believe I also said that it would be my last blog post about Operation IFO.  Yup.  Lied.  Again. 

Riley has been testing me. BIG time! Believe it or not I find it very amusing especially when it comes to his ingenious attempts at avoidance. Typical teenage behaviour indeed and I am damn proud of him.

To keep things moving forward I decided to switch things up a bit in Operation IFO.

The first time went like this: 

Me:       (Of course I start with the positive to catch him off guard.)
For dinner tonight I’ll make you oyako-donburi. (Modified Japanese Rice Bowl)
R:         Yes!
Me:       Riley I have an idea. 
R:         Looking a little leery.
Me:       I can make you carrot soup or YOU can make hotdogs.
R:         Thinking…thinking…  Carrot soup. I’M HUNGRY! (Translation: I don’t want to eat ‘X’!)
Me:       Wait. Whaaaaat?!?!?  You…you don’t want to make hot dogs?
R:         No thanks. You can make it.
Me:       Dazed and confused…off I go to make carrot soup. 

The second time I was going to make sure he picked hot dogs. I would offer…wait for it…a hamburger! Bwaaa-haaa-haaaa!  

Me:       Riley would you like a hamburger for lunch or do you want to make hot dogs?
R:         Thinking…thinking…   Carrot soup??? 
Me:       Ummm…no. Hamburger or you cook hotdogs.
R:         Thinking hard…  
Me:       Waiting…waiting…
R:         Barely audible…  hamburger
Me:       Pick up chin off floor…go make a hamburger.

If you can't see the video, click here to play.

You probably noticed that I am not making any eye contact (although I was straining to look at him without turning my head) and no attempts at conversation as that would result in loud protesting on Riley's part.  :)

Thankfully the camera battery lasted until after the first bite…barely. I am not sure who is keeping who on their toes anymore?!?!?  


  1. This made me giggle SO MUCH!! He's very dramatic with his food.. LIKE SOMEONE ELSE I KNOW!! lol!!! ;)

    1. YES...dramatic indeed! He doesn't gag nearly as much as he used to. ;) It cracks me up to watch this too.

  2. Look at you, all stealth with a hidden camera! I don't know which is funnier, his gagging and wanting your attention, or you trying to watch him without getting caught. Your videos most certainly help give me get a better idea of your strategies. It would be soooo hard for me to not look at him. I'd be caught for sure. :)

    1. Haaahaaa...."stealth" indeed!!! It has taken years and YEARS of practice to avoid getting caught. :D

  3. Di, I could watch these videos all day.
    Love the gag reflex.

    1. Is it bad that I find them amusing to watch too?!? ;P

  4. You played this SO smart! Makes me laugh to see your behavior next to his. Exactly what I would have done!! The things we've learned trial-by-error with our should-be-twins. :)

    1. Trial by error indeed Tammy!! Too bad we didn't learn that earlier. Much, MUCH earlier. :D

  5. Wow Diane! You both constantly amaze me! It's a draw I think for who's got the better of who. Very funny! I honestly didn't know you were capable of being quiet that long - Lol!

    1. Haaahaaa....I'll take that as a compliment Ang! :) It's a whole lot easier to remain silent if it means maintaining peace. Haha!