-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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fly on the Wall: February 2015

Hey there!  Welcome to the February Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 13 amazing 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 (daughter, 21) 
C., The middle (son, 16)
J., The youngest (son, 10)

Hot Pockets:
The man, C., and I were watching a TV show. Something really "saucy" came on and I was uncomfortable. That doesn't happen too often, but still. A few awkward sexual innuendos, an elbow shove from the man, and I blurted out "Hot Pockets." I didn't just say, "Hot Pockets." I sang the words. Like the comedian, Jim Gaffigan. C. and the man started laughing and rolling and none of us could look each other in the eye. It's become our thing. Any topic that's a little inappropriate? Someone sings "Hot Pockets." That's how we deal with the hard stuff, folks.

From the kids:
Alex: "Mom, now I understand why you love puzzles. I know you told me not to touch yours, but I couldn't stop! When I put together the border, I felt empowered. There should be background music for that kind of glory."
***
J.: (eyes closed, he holds his finger up to stop me mid-sentence) "Wait...Okay, go ahead. I was singing 'Don't stop Believing' in my head and I had to wait to finish the song."

School:
I was helping C. study vocabulary for his Anatomy class. I'd say the word and he would tell me the definition.
Me: Pre...Pres..(looking closely) pres-by-opia?
C.: "It's 'Presbyopia'. That's poor vision caused by aging, mom. Go get your glasses."
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Alex: "I'm graduating from college!! On May 1st! Feel free to tell everyone you know, including any person you pass on the street, see at Target, meet at Costco or happen to friend on FB."

Um, Yeah.
In my fight to "Use up the paper goods", I've vowed to not buy any paper cups/plastic forks/napkins until we've used up our old ones. That means Thanksgiving napkins for last Sunday's dinner or Gold graduation napkins for Superbowl Sunday. The best came this weekend. I reached in the closet for napkins to use on Valentines day and found these:
Only two of my three children had Elmo-themed 1st birthdays, which means: These napkins are either ten years old or twenty. Wow.

What weather?
First off, let me say "Thank you" to the big man above for blessing my little part of the world with unusually mild weather. There is no bragging here. After 25 years of living in Michigan and almost twenty years living in Utah, I know snow and cold. And grey and wet. Wind chills, dreariness, and snow days... all of it. Somehow, we've dodged major storms and I couldn't be happier. After I publish this, we will probably have a blizzard of epic proportions. But for now, I'm smiling. Current weather: Sunny and 55. Practically balmy. 

Love Day:
Alexandra texts me about an elaborate Valentine's Day plan for her husband:
Michele:
It's a cute idea :)
Alexandra:
        Haha I tried to make a treasure hunt around the house but it's too small to divert him so I could make breakfast haha
Michele:
Nah. Just buy donuts. 
Alexandra:
Hahaha mom... It's our first Valentine's as married people.. I need to at least try this year. I figure I have the next 95 years to buy donuts. Plus, deep in my heart I hope one day he will catch on to these romantic gestures and he'll realize that he should be doing them, not me ;) LOL
Michele:
I get it. I hope dad brings donuts.

Finally:
Superbowl Sunday. Commercials and food galore. One commercial is for the "Little Blue Pill". Great commercial; not kid friendly.
J.: "Mom! You need one of those blue pills for your Fiat!"
Me: "Nope. I like my car just the way it is."
J.: "Come on! It would be so cool. Where can we buy those pills?"
The man: "Ask your Grandpa."
C. and me: (in unison) "Hot Pockets."

Happy Friday, Friends!
-Michele
Fly on over and check out all of this month's participants:
Disneyland in Kentucky                        
Baking in a Tornado                          
Spatulas on Parade                          
Follow Me Home                          
Menopausal Mother                          
Stacy Sews and Schools                        
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                 
Juicebox Confession                    
Battered Hope                              
Eileen's Perpetually Busy          
Go Mama O                                  
Someone Else's Genius                       
Just a Little Nutty                             
The Momisodes                                       



28 comments:

  1. SO FUNNY!!!
    I am stealing the Hot Pockets idea! LOL Love it!!!
    But I hate that it has to be used while watching "family" TV.

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    1. I know, Stacy! My youngest LOVES football. There was a bit of cringing at the ads this year...

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  2. Hahaha, Hot Pockets! That's great!

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  3. I am TOTALLY doing that singing Hot Pockets thing. And no one in my house will have a clue as to what I'm doing or why, making it even better!

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  4. Lmbo at the Hot Pockets thing. I think Utah and Kentucky got their weather switched. Can we switch back now please?

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    1. The weather definitely got switched. I'm sure our skiers and snowboarders would be happier with the snow, but I'm absolutely thrilled. Stay warm!

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  5. Hot Pockets! LOL I may never look at them the same way again.

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  6. I am so glad you mentioned Jim Gaffigan, because every time I see Hot Pockets (or am not quite sure what to say), the sing-song Hot Pocket is my go to.

    And, for the record, if I saw your car on the street, I'd say "My car's bigger". It's a thing I do now - everyone makes fun of my little baby car - a Chevy Sonic. So when I see another small car, I have to say "my car's bigger" to make myself feel better. :)

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    1. Jim Gaffigan makes me laugh so hard. I ALWAYS sing "Hot Pockets".
      Your car IS bigger than mine! I think I only have the SmartCar beat, but I can't be sure...

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  7. ha ha! Loved the Hot Pockets term. The donuts suggestion was a good one too! Wow - I would LOVE 55 degree weather! I'm glad you are enjoying it - someone should.

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    1. Donuts every day of the week, Cathy :) That's my dream.
      The weather has been awesome. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. We'll see.
      For now, I'm keeping my face pressed against the glass to soak in the sun.

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  8. As always, you make me laugh! And as you know, I SO needed that!
    BTW, if you find me on your doorstep it's because the -20 windchill in the Mitten State has finally made me pack up and leave for warmer places. Utah? Who knew!!
    Love ya FF

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Nick Nack. I DO NOT miss those wind chills. Ack. When you're ready, feel free to pack up and meet me over here in the sun. We can write stories about crayons or something ;) OH! I also found a place that serves fried dill pickles. I may never leave...
      <3 ya FF

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  9. Cracking up about the Elmo B-day party napkins--too funny! Hey, I need to try that "Hot Pockets" routine next time stuff gets a little too heavy. I guess it would be inappropriate to yell it out loud during the 50 Shades of Grey movie, huh?

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    1. "Hot Pockets" sang at just the right parts of that movie...priceless.
      Elmo Napkins. I laughed so hard when I dug them out of the closet. I need help.

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  10. Yes, it was a good month to be a fly on the wall at our house. I can't remember all the times we've sung "Hot Pockets" but it seems like it has been a lot. You and Alex rocked the puzzle. When you both get in the zone with a puzzle there is no stopping you. I'm missing that warm weather big time right now. Can't wait to get home to the warmth, our family and another month of funny fly on the wall stuff. Thanks for always making me laugh.

    Love,
    M

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    1. There does seem to be a lot of singing these days.. You know I don't like to share the puzzles, but watching Al and Micah putting them together was worth it.
      Today was gorgeous. I drove Jo home with he top down. Can't wait until you're back here to enjoy it with us.
      <3

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  11. "Hot Pockets" love it!!!! and a great idea. Love that you found those Elmo napkins...really shows how fast time flies.

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    1. I can't believe I still had those napkins, Karen. I think it's definitely time to go through my stuff. Even Alex's young birthdays feel like they just happened.

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  12. The Hot Pockets thing is SO awesome!
    Congrats to Alex on the upcoming graduation! That is super exciting!!
    Puzzles with theme music could be rather fun. I can't believe you still have the Elmo napkin but what an awesome trip back through sweet memories for you.
    I am glad you guys are enjoying a mild winter too. It was 85 here yesterday. <3

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    1. Thanks, Meg. I'll tell Alex. She's so happy to be finishing up early. It makes the "Elmo" napkin thing seem surreal!
      Puzzles and Hot Pockets. We are certainly exciting people,eh? LOL
      85 degrees? Holy Hannah. Stay cool, my friend <3

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  13. I grew up in Michigan as well. Now, this year in the Northwest corner of the country - we have not really had a winter. Today, the hummingbirds are buzzing and I'm in short sleeves.

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    1. I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am Carol. I'm hoping it will last. My flowers are already starting to pop up.

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  14. Yep. Never interrupt somebody's 'Don't stop believing' song even if it's their heads ;-)

    Don't use up all your Elmo napkins. Grandkids are going to love the "retro character", haha :-)

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    1. Great advise, Tamara :) The napkins had BETTER get used up before grandkids. I'm just not ready for that kind of party!!
      <3

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