-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, October 23, 2015

Fly on the Wall: October 2015

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the October Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 13 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)

Living Via Text:

C.: "Mom, there's a sale on 2 liter sodas. Do you mind if I pick up a few?"
Me: "Just a few."

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Me: (texting Alex, who was a little sad) "Come for dinner. I promise to make you something that will cheer you up."
Alex: "Okay, but don't let your words be broken promises like The Atkin's treat boxes that say they're filling."
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Me: (feeling sick) "Ugh, Alex, I look three sheets to the wind."
Alex: "What in the world does that even mean? Are sheets blowing in your face? Are you doing laundry? Is there a storm?
Me: "No. It means I'm pale. My grandma and mother always said if you looked sick or drank too much you "Looked 3 sheets to the wind."
Pause.
Pause.
Alex: "Did your grandma say that to you when you lived back in the cabin in the woods? The one Pa built you for the winter?
Me: "Very funny."
Alex: "Was your big sister Mary there? Was she fond of the sheets before she went blind?
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Texts from down the hall:

Me (in my sewing room, texting Mark): "When you want to sit on the sofa, but mom just says no."

Mark (in his office, 30 seconds later) : " When you know mom isn't in the room, so you do whatever you want."
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Cramming in the warm weather:

Usually I'm a stickler for all the rules. Call when you get somewhere. Text before you leave. Don't drive toward the sun. Blah Blah Blah. Today, however, I let some go. Like letting J. play hockey with out his knee pads, without dinner or any homework finished. It's not often Dad gets the chance to run out and play along; so, the rules went out the window. They had a blast, and J. and the man made it through sweaty and scrape-free.

***
I threw caution to the wind at the same time by sanding down this 50+ year old door that my mother in law gave me. Was the glass going to splinter onto the cement below? (It didn't. Whew!) Was the old paint made of lead? Only my future lung doctor and the innards of our little Shop Vac know. Still, working on projects at the last minute are my favorite. 


What's the rush? I'm racing the old winter winds that are sure to be coming our way...



Finally:
C. was rapidly sending off texts to someone and laughing. This was during his hour off to study for college classes. When I asked him what he was up to, he told me he was helping a friend who needed characters for his Creative writing class. 
Me: Well how many characters does he need?
C.: "None, anymore. I'm just bothering him with as many topics as I can until he gets into trouble for his phone going off.:
Me: (sarcastically) "You're a great friend. Start telling me some of these 'characters".
C.:"OK, but I don't want to see them on your blog."
We both laugh. Well, I laugh. 
Here were the texts:
  • Antoinette, the feisty baker who poisons her clients when things get out of hand.
  • Derek, a man. But instead of hands, he has Wolverines.
  • Yuri, a walking, talking, feeling skeleton with an attitude.
  • Nathaniel, vampire that struggles with his family when he reveals himself as a vegan.
  • Franklin, a geography teacher who doesn't play by the rules of the map.
  • Carlos, an Argentinian massage therapist with a dark secret.
  • Megan, despite her horrible accident, still decides to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Arnold, the nature enthusiast who will go to the ends of the earth to be with his crocodile soul mate.
  • Forklift, a quirky robot that just wants a heart, no matter how many he has to consume.
  • Pete a lonely botanist who wakes up one day with the realization that he is more plant than man.

I'm leaving blog topics up to C. from now on.
Have fun checking out everyone's Fly on the Wall posts!


Baking in a Tornado                          
Spatulas on Parade                          
Follow Me Home                          
Menopausal Mother                          
Never Ever Give Up Hope                                   
The Momisodes                                        
Someone Else's Genius                            
Eileen's Perpetually Busy                 
Cluttered Genius                             
Southern Belle Charm                        
Go Mama O                                         
Searching for Sanity                    
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                  
Nichole Mom of 8                       

Happy Friday, friends.

-Michele


32 comments:

  1. Oh how I miss the colors of autumn on the mountains. I can hardly wait to see the finished door.

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    1. So good to hear from you, Ann! I bet it's still beautiful down where you are. The colors seemed to fade quickly this year. Still, Fall encourages me to start nesting for the winter. I'll be posting more blog projects soon. They are adding up. I hope you are well <3

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  2. LOL OMG those text!!! I'm crackin' up!

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    1. My kids are cray. Just like their momma :)

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  3. Wow, the fly saw a lot of good stuff this month. Yes, winter is right around the corner but hopefully we have a few good weeks of fall left that we can enjoy. Jo will miss playing street hockey once the snow flies. Can't wait to see how your door project turns out. It looks pretty old, did it come from Pa's cabin? Our C has a great sense of humor and imagination, much like his mom. Thanks for your entertaining words, you have a real gift for writing. Love you!

    -M

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    1. Street hockey (on a suburban basketball court) was fun to watch. J. was so happy. When the snow flies, he'll have to start the real thing.
      Was your grandfather a "Pa?" That's whose door I think that belonged to. Not so much a cabin, I believe. C. should scrap the whole astrophysics career and write for a living. All thinking from both sides of his brain. What's that about?

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  4. Wow, love C's characters. He's as witty as his mom. He needs to write a book.

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    1. C. has a pretty good imagination. He and Alex get their quick wit from their dad. They could both be writers. I say they do that and make their mom very comfortable in her old age :)

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  5. Thanks for letting us peek into your world once again... it is a delight. Love how clever your kids are... you and the man did a good job there. Can't wait to see what you do with that beautiful, old door. Wish I was there to give you a hand. Take care, girl... love to you all.

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    1. Aw, so glad you stop by to read, my friend. That door has been sitting on my back porch for too long. Time to find it a home <3 Grab your sand paper and come on over!

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  6. Those characters are awesome. I'm not gonna lie, when I read that you threw....then looked at the picture, I totally thought you hulked out and tossed a door. How ya been, my gorgeous Twinnie?

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    1. Hahah! I actually "throw" a lot of things these days! I sure miss you, Twinnie. I've been hanging in there, just like most. When do we stop treading water? <3

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  7. Is that picture a view from your backyard? It's breathtaking!!! Can't believe all the sodas in the car trunk. Love the funny texts too about the dog and what Alex said about the Atkins treat boxes. Too funny!

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    1. Yep, that's the view from our back yard. I love to watch the reasons change, but each picture reminds me that we are in need of new fencing :) C. picked up 45 bottles of soda that evening. I can't even give them all away. My kids and their texts make my world go round! LOL <3

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  8. Woah - that's definitely stocking up on 2 liters! Lol! The 3 sheets to the wind conversation was pretty cute. I guess kids these days don't say that?! Loved the Little House on the Prairie references too. The old door looks so cool! I just did a project with some old window screens...just don't lick them and you'll be fine! :-)

    Here's my window screen project: http://gomamao.com/2015/09/29/a-new-way-to-display-art-old-window-screens/

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    1. My daughter loves to bring everything back to Little House on the Prairie; it's kind of her thing.
      I'm really excited about the door. My friend was just here looking at it and said, "Just don't lick it." I'm going with that advice! Haha! Can't wait to check out your project!

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  9. Hey C, I'm running low on Pop. Can you lend me a hand? Or a few dozen 2 liters?

    Yes, I did call it "pop." Somehow, you can't take the Midwestern dialect out of this girl.

    I'm sending hugs to your family!

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    1. Thanks for the hugs! They are always welcome. You know we still say "Pop" too. Come help yourself. I feel like I have a real Marriott Market again (just like Kindergarten) <3

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  10. Omgoodness!! How I love A's response about "3 sheets to the wind"!! Still laughing! She'd really love seeing the Cit Pat pic of me, you, and Carrie dressed in our best prairie dresses and bonnets! 2nd grade I believe is when that was taken! I'll have to find it now....��
    Miss your face, FF. ❤

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    1. You MUST find that picture! LOL! Alex NEVER stops talking about Little House. I guess she could have worse references. I miss you too. Text soon. <3 you

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  11. OMG...just a few sodas...too funny! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Alex's comeback to your 3 sheets to the wind statement.

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    1. Alex makes me laugh every day. We will have soda for the next decade! Ha!

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  12. That C certainly has a flair for coming up with characters. Can you lend him out to struggling writers who are too blocked to come up with our own ideas?

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    1. C. has a flair for the fantastical... I'd lend him out if he'd work for me first! I'm always in need for ideas :()

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  13. Just a few is certainly relative ;-)
    Oh, and "when you know Mom isn't in the room" - hahahaha!
    Love your door project! I wish I had any talent in doing things like this, there are so many cool things you can do with it! Please keep us updated!
    Finally, your son's characters! I challenge him to come up with a story that contains only half of them ;-)

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    1. Just a few sodas for a teenager...
      Why does everyone get away with everything when mom isn't around?
      I can't wait to get to that door, I just have a ton of painting to do first.
      I will send that challenge on to C. <3

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  14. OMG. Love it! BTW, you have a great view of the mountains. Then again, you are like, right there.

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    1. You know those mountains, girl. They are always changing. You need to visit!

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  15. Great post, Shellybean! I would love to see those pictures of you and Nickie in bonnets hahaha! Chris is quite the clever one; we'll all be paying him for his best-selling novels in just a few years. Thanks Chris for sharing that pop ❤️❤️ Love you, love this!
    -A

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I asked Nick Nack to dig that photo up. I barely remember it!
      A best selling Novel or 2 could really help fund our Island vacation. LOL.
      Come get MORE SODA!!

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  16. Question of the day -- how long will that soda last??? Loved Mark's way of thinking. Yes, you need to have C give us all topics!

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    1. C. and his dad are really the only soda drinkers left in the house, so I'm wondering how long it will last :) If I put a time limit on the family, they will take that challenge and I will be paying for it at the dentist :)
      C. would love that topic challenge so much!

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