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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fly On The Wall, February 2019: Say My Name


Welcome to the February Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 5 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!

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Since I've missed oh, 36 months of this challenge I wanted to think a bit more broadly. During my absence, A fly on the wall would have heard me get called a lot of names around my house (I'll leave that up to your imagination.)  I thought I'd share a few of my favorites:

World's Best Mom: You think I'm kidding, right?  I really do get called this by my children! I mean, it's only when they need something, but still...

Any of my children: "Would you mind babysitting/ paying for my project/ buying me a new jersey/ making me a costume/ providing this last minute ride, treats, school supplies, organ donation...etc?" 
If I say no, I might get called a different name, but I digress. If I say yes, I get a "Thanks!" and get called, "World's Best Mom". 
My response: "Well, if I am, where is my trophy?"  
It's usually followed by a chuckle. Or a "Sure mom, whatever. But you're still doing that thing for me, right?"
One day last year the UPS driver delivered this. I'm keeping it forever. (as proof). I only cried for three days months straight after receiving it. Now, if I can only figure out a way to stick it on a "Hello My Name is..." tag. I'd wear it everywhere. BTW, When I thanked the child who sent it? They told me to call them, "My favorite child".  Nothing is free, people.
I'm supposed to keep this by my front door and show EVERYBODY, right?

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Dork: Ugh. I hate that word. I always have. Knowing this, my best friend decided all on her own that "Dork" would be my name. I affectionately call her "Loser," so I guess it all evens out. We often drop off things for each other in our mailboxes: Borrowed books, jewelry, treats or ransom notes. They're always labeled, "Dork" or "Loser."  One day  I get a mailbox emoji on my phone, and I know what that means; Loser has left me something. I finish what I'm doing and run out to open the mailbox. All that's inside is a mailer with coupons. When I call "Loser" up to ask what she meant by the emoji, she tells me she left a plate of my favorite Amish cookies for me with a note: "Hey Dork, don't eat these all at once. Love Ya!"  Yep. The mailman beat me (very legally, I know.) to the mailbox. He took the cookies. And now I know two things. (besides the fact that I missed out on cookies) My mailman thinks I think he's a dork, and apparently, I now love him! Awesome.

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Gramma Shel: Yes, dear friends, I'm a Grandma! Last May, Alex and Micah (my daughter and her husband) adopted two perfect (my correct opinion) boys.  "A." is six and "S." is four. Did I mention they're perfect? If I taught in Elementary Education for all of those years only to collect counting bears and a million books, it was worth it just to entertain and play with these babies. Mark and I are in love with them and the best part? We can give "A." and "S." anything they want and still send them home at the end of the day.
The man and I have it made. "A." likes technology, and "S." likes reading...novels?

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Michael: How hard is it to pronounce my name? I've mentioned this before. My name is Michele. Only one "l". Yet telemarketers and door-to-door salesmen still ask for "Michael". 
"Is Mark or Michael there?" they ask. 
"No, they're out on a lovely walk right now," I say.
"Who am I speaking to?" they continue.
"This is Michele."
"OK," they say. "Could you have Mark or Michael call/get back to us when they get home?"
"Sure thing, Jellybean." No complaints from me.

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My first wife: My regular readers know this is what the man calls me. OK, truth be told, the exact words he uses aren't printable. But you get the gist. I get an idea about home improvement, he says we should call a professional. I say we will have fun doing it ourselves and he asks, "Who's WE?" 


Wife #2 is going to like everything just the way I made it, right?


Whatever name you go by, Have a Happy Friday, Friends!
-Michele
Please check out this month's participants:



21 comments:

  1. I guess I need to up my game on using "World's Best Wife" more often so it can make the list, too. Perhaps you'll have another trophy to add to your collection soon if I can find enough time between home improvement projects, spending time with our darling grand kids, or those long lovely walks with Michael. Seriously though, you do deserve the "World's Best Wife" title as you are my favorite wife (just don't tell wife # 2 - yes, that is a Utah joke). Thanks for all the laughs. Love,-M

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    1. Wife number two has nothing on me! Just ask the mailman! Thanks for your words, and for listening to my blog posts long before I hit that "publish" button. If Michael is ever busy, I'd love to go on one of those "lovely walks".
      <3

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  2. What an awesome comment above -- frame it! It's funny but I hate the word dork as well -- even if my friend did call me loser. Dork is in a category all its own

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    1. He's a really good man, Carol. I always come back to read Mark's comments. He's my biggest cheerleader. The word "dork" makes me cringe, but has become manageble because of how good of a friend "loser" really is. Loved reading about your new home today!

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  3. I checked Urban Dictionary to find out why Dork is so objectionable. Couldn't find anything, Dork. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dork

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    1. Good to know. I think it's one of those words that sounds bad, like "moist". It also reminds me of the sound one of those door stoppers makes when you play with it. Yep, just as bad as it sounds.

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  4. I'm so excited that you get to enjoy those beautiful grand kids!
    Now about that mailman, I'm thinking you may need to run and hide when he comes down the street. Like for the rest of your life!

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    1. I do hide, Karen!! Mark is the official mailman now. Unless loser texts me, then I immediately run out and gather the goods. Those grandbabies are the best thing since donut day. :)

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  5. Worlds best mom trophy 🏆 should be proudly displayed for all to see.

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    1. Right????? Ha! It's actually in my sewing room, but it is proudly displayed!

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  6. I'm so happy to see you back blogging! Congrats on the adorable grandsons. Don't you just love being a grammy? The mailbox story is a riot, and I love that you and your friend have fun nicknames.

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    1. MM! I'm so happy to be back! You're so right, being a grandma rocks! And I love having silly names with my friends. Thanks for commenting! I'll be looking forward to gabbing with you soon!

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  7. You and The Man are so adorable. I love you two. So happy about your growing family!!! You deserve all the trophies! Love you, girl!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacy. Our family definitely has grown. Christian made my blog header to reflect all of us. I'm off to check the resale shops for trophy cases ;) Love you!

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  8. Don't forget "greatest grandma ever". I'll have to look into trophies for that. The boys love their gramma shel so much! You and dad definitely are so crafty. His second wife has nothing on you! Love you so much. Thanks of for the laughs. I love looking forward to reading these weekly posts. <3

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    1. oh Alex, thanks for stopping by the blog; I know how busy you are. Thanks for the Gramma love, It's my new favorite thing! Just remember what I say about Wife #2, whatever she does, don't let her wear my shoes. <3

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  9. Add “Master Seamstress” to the list too! You’re the only one I know who can crank out a full lobster costume in a pinch! Fantastic writing as always. I’m looking forward to reading more of your stories and seeing how you brighten the lives of those around you. I love you!

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    1. Awww, thanks Christian! Hey, I think this is the first time you've ever commented on the blog! Yay! Thanks for your very sweet words and thanks for my adorable new blog header. Miss and love you!

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  10. Hey!! How about FF? I like that one the best! Ok, I take that back! I like gramma Shel, dork, than FF.

    I'm so happy you've decided to write again. Makes my heart smile.



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    1. If you would move here and call me FF everyday, I would have put that first!! I love that you make time to comment on this my blog. It means the world to me that you've been around to witness all of these Nick Names. Love you, girl <3

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