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Ten Things of Thankful, more or less.

Another week…how does this happen? It just whizzes by. My grandma warned me about this. About 20 years ago now, she and I were having a chat and I said, “Grandma, seems like the years go by faster the older I get!” She said, in her very Southern Grandma way, “Honey, wait till you’re old as me. Life is just one big ole blur!” She is now 93 years young! And she is hilarious! I am thankful for her sense of humor. I honestly think she has gotten funnier with age. No, she is not senile—she’s just like a fine wine, getting better with age, I reckon.

I am thankful for Emma’s continued improvement. If her chasing her daddy around the kitchen two nights ago is any indication, I’d say she’s just about 100%. I am also thankful that she is very nearly completely caught up with the schoolwork she missed while she was recuperating from her Close Encounter of the Reptile Kind. Did I mention that I hate snakes? Now more than ever.

I am thankful for a movie date night with my two guys last night. (Emma got a better offer from the BFF.) We went to see the new Thor movie. Chris Hemsworth is quite lovely. There was the obligatory abs and chest shot. Completely unnecessary, but greatly appreciated, I am sure, by all the ladies who were attending  at the request of their menfolk. I think I speak for all of us, when I say, thanks, Mr. Director, for thinking of us girls.

I am happy to be on the homeschool prom committee again this year. I know, maybe that sounds crazy to some of you who have at some time served on such a committee. I was happy to be involved last year, especially since it was Jacob’s senior year and secretly (or not-so-secretly) I wanted to be on the committee so that a) Jacob would go and b) I would be helping at the prom the night of the event so I could make sure Jacob was okay and enjoying the evening. I dragged Clyn in on it as well. It was a big win all the way around. Jacob and his lovely date (his friend, Rebecca) had a great time with their group of friends. Clyn had fun. And I had a blast. It was a lot of work, but what made it so fun was the ladies on the committee. Many of them are serving again this year and I am so thankful for the friendships I gained, and deepened, and I am hopeful that we will able to put on another fantastic night for the kids who will be attending this year. For your enjoyment, a couple of throwback pics from last year’s extravaganza:

Pre-Prom  Post-Prom

I was happy to be able to get back to the gym this morning! I have missed the last couple of weeks of my beloved WERQ class because of the whole snake bite business and then Clyn had a foot issue as well and I needed to drive him to the doctor, as his driving foot was the problem. (Nothing serious, mostly annoying to him.) AND then my gym went and switched one of the classes I used to go to, to a day and time that I cannot go, so that kinda threw me off schedule as well. Anyway, I am glad to get back on track!

We {heart} Chick-Fil-AI am thankful for our weekly Saturday Chick-Fil-A trips. It is something we usually do as a family and we sit there and eat our “Chick’n” and chat about our plans for the day. Jacob inevitably removes his straw paper, twists it into a small projectile, puts it in his straw and blows, usually shooting it at his sister—which is funny (to the rest of us, not to Emma). We go pretty nearly every Saturday…enough so that they don’t ask us for a name for our order anymore. They already know it. When Emma and I have been out doing some shopping and we are meeting Clyn and Jacob there, the kid who is taking our order will say, “Will the guys be in today?” They know us. We know them. Traditions are nice.

Speaking of our weekly Chick-Fil-A visit—it is about that time! Hope you all have had a great week filled with lots of thankful stuff!

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On the weekend, I link up with the Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop to celebrate all the things I am feeling especially thankful for this week. You can join in the gratitude at Lizzi’s blog—Considerings.

Ten Things of Thankful

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Friday Fun

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”  ~Bill Watterson

Yellow–

My car is yellow.  (No, I didn’t get a new car.  The Edge is doing just fine, thank you very much!)  The pollen is out in FULL force down here in the South!  Complete with sniffy nose and scratchy throat.  <a la Pacino, “Say hello to my little friend”—>Zyrtec!>  Hubby and Jacob take their allergy meds all year round.  As for Emma and me, we just get all puffy-eyed and drippy-nosed once or twice a year.

All that yellow has “We All Live in a Yellow Submarine” looping through my brain.  Not my favorite Beatles song, by any means.  I like “Imagine” a whole lot better.  It makes more sense anyway. 

But whatever.

Friday Funny–

I saw something over at my other home (Facebook) this morning and wanted to share it with all 3 of my readers over here.  Y’all may be aware of my affinity for Chick-Fil-A…but this describes it oh, so well.  Please enjoy the vocal comedy stylings of Tim Hawkins, who is hilarious.  Please go visit hissite or search him on You Tube, you won’t be disappointed.

Meanies–

So I was headed over to pick up Emma from school while ago.  The elementary bus had just dropped off here in the ‘hood and so there was a gaggle of elementary children spread across the road and sidewalk.  What do I spy but some little bully grabbing another kid by the wrist and bashing him in the stomach with his knee? 

I couldn’t control myself.  I rolled down my window…

“Hey.” <kid is ignoring me> 

“HEY!” <meany is still ignoring me and STILL abusing the other kid>

“HEEEY YOU!” <got his attention, but he’s giving me the “who me??” look>

He’s lucky I didn’t get out of my car.

“ACT RIGHT!”  That’s what I said to him.  Act right.  Kinda dorky, but I made my point. 

Well he stopped beating up the other kid.  And he moved away and was looking all around like “I didn’t do anything”.  <UGH.>

This is the VERY reason my children do not ride the bus.  Kids often do not get called out on their bully-ish behavior.  And other kids aren’t going to tattle lest they be the bully’s next victim.

I hope that kid goes home and tells his mama that some crazy lady was yelling out her car window at him for no apparent reason.  I would be more than happy to explain it to her.  <insert maniacal grin here, complete with hand wringing>

There’s no excuse for it. Period.

That is all I’ve got to say about that.

Torture Update–

We all survived the “torture” (aka testing) this week.  Emma, however, came down with some horrible 103 fever/sore throat/headache virus and, wouldn’t you know, missed the second day of testing.  The HORROR.  She spent the day at the doctor having a strep test, chest x-ray and blood draw.  Negative strep and everything else looked alright. We did come away with an antibiotic though.  I think the doc was concerned about her rattle-y sounding lung.  She was able to return to school today and finish up the test.  Shwew!  Wouldn’t want her to miss the “Precious” (a la LOTR’s Golem) testing, now, would we?!  It’s done for now…that is until late May, when they will have the second go round.  More on that later, I’m sure.

 

And now, I am off to begin the weekend…

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Perfection

 

 

“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”  ~George Eliot

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Did you know that the ice cream chain, Baskin-Robbins, of “31 flavors” fame, ACTUALLY has 32 flavors?  I didn’t.  At least not until today.  I would like to add that their pistachio almond is quite delicious.  And though I am normally a cake girl, it would certainly do in a pinch.

As family fun Saturdays go, this one ranks pretty high up.  We had a lazy morning (which included watching some Man vs. Wild, Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs on Discovery Channel).  The weather was pretty overcast.  I was waiting for the lovely day my weather man had promised…and it came.  Finally.  This afternoon. 

Hubby looked at me and said we should go somewhere.  I agreed.  So we did what all self-respecting people do on Saturday.  We went to Chick-Fil-A.  Or as my 3 yr old nephew calls it, “Chick-A-Lay”.  We always enjoy Chick-A-Lay.  The customer service beats out every fast food place I have ever been to in my ENTIRE life.  This is no exaggeration.  Who else says “My pleasure” upon being thanked for what they are supposed to do anyhow?   Some people might say it’s scripted, or it’s too much or it borders on insincerity, but I say, why should we pooh-pooh the politeness?? There’s so little of it in this world anymore.

Ms. Chick-A-Lay, could I have that on a wheat bun with no butter, please?

My pleasure.

Thank you, Ms. Chick-A-Lay, for my extra Polynesian sauce.

My pleasure.

Thank you, Mr. Chick-A-Lay, for my refill of Diet Dr. Pepper.

My pleasure.

Thank you, Mr. Chick-A-Lay, for being so doggone friendly.  It makes me want to eat here every day. 

My pleasure.

Today I even had a Chick-A-Lay employee come by our table and inquire if she could “refresh” my drink.  I did a double take.  What?  Are these people for real?  In my life, I have learned that what seems too good to be true probably is.  Not so at Chick-A-Lay.  Heck yeah, you can refresh my beverage…it’ll be MY pleasure!

We proceeded from our enjoyable dining experience toward Charleston and the beaches.  To get there, you have to travel across the Ravenel Bridge.  Architecturally, it is pretty cool to look at.  But you can’t think about it too much because then you would be all freaked out wondering how in the world can this bridge be carrying cars across it without just totally collapsing…and I mean, that kinda stuff just doesn’t help anybody.  But I digress…

There is a walking path on one side of the bridge and today, since we weren’t going anywhere in particular, we decided to walk up on the bridge.  It was a beautiful day.  We even saw some dolphins playing in the water below.  Very good timing because Emma was starting to moaaaan explain that her feet were hurting and she was tiiiiiired and she was in need of a distraction.  Oy.

After our walk we decided to ride down to the beach to feed the seagulls some crackers, because you know they are starving and on the brink of extinction, right?  Nothing has entertainment value like a good gull poop splatting down on you.  It was pretty funny all those birds swarming around us.  Emma (and I) were running away hoping to avoid the poop.  Fortunately we all managed to come out unscathed.  The birds were pretty annoyed when the crackers ran out.  Both kids felt compelled to pull off their shoes and socks and test the water.  They both said it was very cold, but somehow that didn’t deter them from wading all in it.  What’s a mother to do?  Who am I to deny these children their love of the ocean??  Yes, I know it’s February.  But it’s February in South Carolina, not Iowa.  We all had a blast.  (More pics in the Fun Weekends album.)

We stayed until the sun was sinking down behind the dunes.  There is no better time of day at the beach than sunset.  The kids didn’t want to leave…who can blame them?  They are their mother’s children.  With an ice cream bribe on the table, though, we managed to head toward the car.  After a quick detour to Baskin-Robbins, we made our way back across the bridge and headed home.  I really can’t think of a more perfect day. 

One sleeve Ritz crackers: $1

Lunch at Chick-A-Lay: $20

Ice cream: $8

Sunset at the beach with my family: priceless

  

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