Friday, August 21

Saw this on a friends' Facebook page and got a good laugh out of it. Thought I'd share.  I'm sure we can all relate to a few...

Random Thoughts of the Day:

1. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option. 

2. More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves me. 

3. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong. 

4. Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk 

5. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. 

6. Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft. 

7. There is a great need for a sarcasm font. 

8. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it. 

9. How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? 

10. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in. 

11. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text. 

12. Was learning cursive really necessary? 

13. Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say". 

14. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger. 

15. Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying. 

16. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said? 

17. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers! 

18. While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it....thanks Mario Kart. 

19. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood. 

20. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died. 

21. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired. 

22. Bad decisions make good stories 

23. Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do! 

24. Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from; this shouldn't be a problem.... 

25. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection again. 

26. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far. 

27. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to. 

28. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this...ever. 

29. While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China and USA . No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that when Chinese athletes don't win, they are executed. 

30. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darnit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away? 

31. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste. 

32. Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles... 

33. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists. 

34. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is. 

35. It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood. 

36. Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it. 

37. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time... 

38. It really ticks me off when I want to read a story on CNN.com and the link takes me to a video instead of text. 

39. I wonder if cops ever get ticked off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit. 

40. I think the freezer deserves a light as well. 

41. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay. 

42. The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fat lard before dinner. 

Monday, August 3

8 is Great...Part A: Aloha Oe!


Since 8 is a special birthday in our family, Grace got to pick a theme for her birthday party and have 5 girls over for a sleepover. {8 must be special cause 6 eight-year-old girls staying up all night is not something I offer everyday} She decided to have a Hawaiian Luau so we started collecting decorations, which wasn't too difficult since every store under the sun brings in tropical decos during the summer. She was super-duper excited and was EXTREMELY involved in the planning process. She made a schedule of events for which activity they would do first, second, etc. and also categorized everything into order of importance. Each guest had a special assignment they were in charge of for each activity. She even made a map of special activity "stations"....She put a lot of thought into this party!!! So the girls arrived at 5pm on Friday and whatta-ya-know they couldn't agree on what to do. Some girls wanted to ride bikes outside while others wanted to build a fort inside, while others still wanted to play barbies. This was so discouraging to Grace who thought everything would run like clockwork, just like she planned. And to top it all off Dallas was spending the night at his cousin's, but Alec was left at home following the girls around like a little puppy. We had a nice little heart-to-heart and she decided to lighten up a bit on the schedule and I promised her Alec would go to bed at 8pm. The girls ate pizza and had a smorgasbord of candy and popcorn during the movie. I told them bedtime was a firm midnight so they decided to make the most of the last hour and construct the fort they wanted to sleep in. I was pretty impressed how they all {mostly} fell asleep right away. When they woke up in the morning it was Costco muffins and milk for breakfast and then down to business...time to decorate for the Luau! They had lots of fun blowing up balloons, filling water balloons and wearing their Grass skirts. They also did a little choreography...
Here's a little clip of the "presentation" they worked on for probably 10 minutes:
{notice Alec on the end, trying desperately to be included...}
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Hey, what can I say....they're 8

The weather was a sunny 89 degrees so we were lucky to have borrowed some canopies from some friends to set up in the back. But it was perfect for the kids to play in the pool and toss water balloons.

Grace got some fun stuff from her friends and I caught her expression when she opened her present from us--tickets to Wicked when it comes in September. Poor Angel was still on his 6pm-6am schedule so he had to get a snooze in before left at 5, so he missed the cake and presents, but I took him some video clips for him.

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The day was deemed a success by Grace {except for the plethora of bees that loved all the pineapple and strawberries, etc.--but no one got stung--thank goodness!} She's already talking about what she wants to do for her party next year...I had to remind her "8 is great, but 9 is only fine"--NO PARTY till you hit the double digits :-) To which Dallas overheard and replied: "Oh Cool!! I can't wait till MY party next year!".................oh joy, boys
Happy Birthday to my 8-yr old Gracey-Girl!! We love you!!!