-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Funny Friday: December 2015

Funny Friday, December 2015


Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.





Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Me! (WooHoo!!) This is a photo of Coffee Nip Nip. She is a llama, who lives on my in-law's farm. She's 23 years old!




1. "Dude. Long night... don't judge. I am NOT good to drive...Can hitch a ride?"


2. "You folks lookin' to buy some quality alfalfa? I know a guy."


3. "Keep on driving, man. Nothing to see here...unless you have a an extra brush."


4. "You get in one little fight in the barn, and suddenly you're the one sleeping outside."


5. "Ask me if my mama was a llama one more time. I double dare you."


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:




Cheers to a wonderful 2016, friends!
-Michele

Friday, December 18, 2015

Fly on the Wall: December 2015: Questions



Welcome to the December Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 11 brave bloggers and I are describing what it would be like if you were to take a peek inside our homes....



Have a "look" around mine, and then go visit the other blogger's pages. There's always something fun, sentimental, or better yet, embarrassing going on. It's like your house, only we're admitting to the craziness. You have our permission. Buzz on over!

In the cast this month:
Me
The man
C., The middle (son, 17)
J., The youngest (son, 11)

I'm usually asking, "WHY?" around here. A lot. And pretty loudly. But you already know that. This month, a fly on the wall might have heard more questions.  Some of the queries even had answers.

Just wondering:

Me: "What is that contraption sitting on my towel bar?"
C.: "It's an automatic soap dispenser."
Me: "Where did it come from?"
C.:  "Oh. Our store's bathrooms got new dispensers, so I brought the old one home for you. I thought it would be cool. Plus, you're always talking about not spreading germs, so I figured you'd love it."
Me: "You brought that home. From your store. Used?? Do you see anything wrong with that?"
C.: "Mom. I didn't steal it. My manger knows about it. It's totally okay."
Germ free?
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Well?

Me: (rolling my eyes) "The weather channel is calling for a measurable snowstorm. Are they over-reacting?"
Mother Nature: "Um..."
My front yard. After all was said and done: 15 inches
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Me: (to C., panicking). "You are NOT driving to school in this weather, are you?"
C.: "Of course!  Quit worrying."
The man: (to C.) "I shoveled the drive, but you're going to have to clear off your own car."
C: "Okay! I will." (Because it was no big deal.)
 3 hours later. He took the bus, people.
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Really, Mom?:

Me to C.: "All you've been doing with your free time is playing that video game. What happened to the days of 'making art, or doing something creative?"
C: "Really, mom? 'Making Art?"
Me: "You know what I mean. Something OTHER than playing that video game."
C: "The video game is called 'Fallout'."
Me: "Yay for 'Fallout'.  Just do me a favor and do something other than "playing" Fallout all night?"
C: (not looking up from the controller) "K."

A few days later.

The man: "Did you see what your son made?"
Me: "Which son?"
The man: (in a super-impressed voice) "C.!"

I follow him to the basement.

The man: (pointing to 5 bottles) "C. made those!"

Me: "They look kind of cool. What are they?"
The man: (questioning exactly how I fit into our family.) "Haven't you ever heard of 'Fallout?' They're from that game. C. made those! " (He shakes his head at me.) "I swear. That kid is so creative."
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So?:

A friend: (after last month's post) "Did you ever finish the fireplace?"
Me: "Partially. I still have to put another coat on the bricks and paint the brass insert black. I'll definitely have it done by Thanksgiving."
before

Thanksgiving (with room decorated to defer the viewer from seeing the brass insert)

Me: "Okay, so I didn't paint the brass-y part. It will absolutely be done by Christmas." 
December

Me: "I have a REALLY strong feeling that brass may be back by Spring."

Speaking of the holidays:

Me: (to J., C., and The Man) : "Can we please talk about something other than Legos, video games, or computer stuff?"

J., C., and The Man (in a united front): "Sure we can. There IS a movie showing soon..."


Me: "Is it Fallout?" 

Rhetorical questions of the month:

Me: (to the dogs, in my semi-annoying 'mama' voice) "Who loves their new sweaters, huh? Who wants to go outside and play in the snow? Huh???"

Not them.


Check out this month's participants:

Baking in a Tornado                         
Spatulas on Parade                          
Follow Me Home                           
Menopausal Mother                          
Never Ever Give Up Hope                                   
Someone Else's Genius                            
Southern Belle Charm                     
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                  
The Angrivated Mom                
Go Mama O                                       
Juicebox Confession                    
Not That Sarah Michelle               

Happy Friday, friends!
-Michele

Friday, November 27, 2015

Funny Friday: November 2015

Funny Friday, November 2015


Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.




Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Tamara@ Confessions of a part-time working mom




1. "Hey, Some people like their pasta a little more al dente!"


2. "I hope there is enough sauce."


3. "SO glad it isn't Lasagna night. Whew."


4. "You should see the size of my strainer!"


5. "Finding the needle in a haystack is a lot harder when you add boiling water!"


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:


Happy Friday, friends!
-Michele

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fly on the Wall: November 2015 "Everything"


Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the November Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 11 awesome bloggers and I are describing what it would be like if you were to take a peek inside our homes....



Have a "look" around mine, and then go visit the other blogger's pages. There's always something fun, sentimental, or better yet, embarrassing going on. It's like your house, only we're admitting to the craziness. You have our permission. Buzz on over!

Cast:
Me
The man
Alex, the eldest 
Micah, Alex's husband 
C., The middle (son, 17)
J., The youngest (son, 11)


I have to be honest. This last month has not been an easy one. While my family has shared some laughs and accomplishments, we have also been torn to the core over personal events. Some stories are not mine to tell, others are just too painful to write about at this time. I keep trying to decide if any of this even needs to be said. Yet, I know I'm not alone. I know others are struggling with their own stories.  For those of you carrying a weight on your shoulders, I say without pity or any condescension, "Fight for and celebrate each smile."

Here are some of mine:

Everything old is new again?


Me: (to no one in particular) "I think I'm ready to paint the fireplace."
The Man: "You always say that. Then you say it's a cardinal sin to paint brick."
Me: "I know, but I think I'm going to paint it."
All three kids and probably everyone else in the world: "Don't paint it!!"
Uh... 
Photos to come.
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Alex: (texting me this photo) "Mom, do you remember when you had one of these? We are at the Salvation Army and it's really cheap. Do you want it?"
Me: "NO!!!"
Alex: "Why not? "
Me: "Because your dad and I just dropped it off this weekend."

The boy with many faces:
 J. had a busy month!

"Dress like a NERD day." This would be a funnier photo if I took a picture of J. standing next to the man on any given day.


 J. not moving a muscle. It was "Wax Museum Day"

 Dressed for the school Halloween Party,  because TWO costumes!
(James Bond)

 Evening Costume: "1st Order Storm Trooper" because, MASKS!

Everything is NOT "New Again"?

The man was back east for a week for work. Usually he sends me photos of his cool hotel rooms or awesome food I would never make. (This time it was scallops) Ack. I usually send back pics of PB and Js or Mac and Cheese. You know, something to make him miss home.

On a Tuesday, I receive a text with these photos:

The Man: Yes, I'm booked here for the next three days.  It's an old Farmhouse from the 1700's. Kind of creepy. You would not love it.


Me: "Oh Good Gravy. (not the words I used.) That place looks haunted. Do NOT bring home any evil spirits. I'm definitely painting our fireplace now. 
The Man: "I know. I don't have a car, so I'm kind of stuck here. At least the Internet is good."

I share the photo/text with C.

Me: "Well, you could always sew a flag in the corner rocking chair..."
C.: "Are they going to make you go outside and chop lumber for your room?"
The Man: "No. I already miked the cows, so I did my part."
C.: Of course. How else were you going to get butter for the continental breakfast?"

Everything Great and Mom's not ready!

C. was accepted into the Aerospace Engineering program at Utah State this week. We were thrilled to learn that he also earned a Presidential Scholarship, which pays for his first four years of school. Some call it a "free ride", but we say that he worked for every bit of it.

Everything Comes Down to a Smile:

J. (bringing in the mail) "Well, I guess she found out her secret!"
Me: "Who?"
J.: "Victoria." He looks closely. "There's no secret."
Me: (running toward the door, trying to grab the catalog this 11 year old is probably already gawking at.) "Oh. Ha ha!" 

It's an English magazine I received as a gift.

Whew. 
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:


Baking in a Tornado                         
Spatulas on Parade                         
Follow Me Home                           
Menopausal Mother                          
Never Ever Give Up Hope                                   
The Momisodes                                        
Someone Else's Genius                            
Southern Belle Charm                       
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                  
The Angrivated Mom                
Go Mama O            

Happy Friday, Friends,

-Michele              
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