Friday, September 2, 2011

BYOC!!! Bring Your Own Crazy!!

BYOC – Bring Your Own Crazy….5 little questions we ask to get to know each other better and to give our blogging brains a break. Copy and paste to your own blog and enjoy! 

1. If you have a camera and have the time – take the contents of your purse out – and take a picture of said contents and explain them. If you don’t have time or a camera – please describe the contents of your purse.

This question totally entertained me and I’m not at all sure why.  Of course the fact that I recently changed purses so there’s less shit inside probably helps….

 I have no idea what I can't make that picture turn around the way I want it, but eh... Here goes.
There's my kindle - and I think I may be turning into a convert.  I've had the kindle for a while and I like it, but I've maintained that I like actual books better, but I think that might be changing... the bookshelves in my house would sure be happy about that.  My glasses for when I'm reading at lunch.  Afrin and a bottle of ibuprofin - I don't go anywhere without them even if I'm not using afrin I always have it with me just in case.  And should you need advil while we're in Chicago, there's a very good chance I'll have some with me.  On the right side of the picture are the set of keys that have all my store discount cards on as well as my office keys and I'm thinking one of those keys might be my house key, but I've never used it.  It's attached to the door opener thingy from my CRV that was totalled 3 or 4  years ago.  Apparently I'm not yet over it.  A cute little umbrella in case it rains.  A notebook where I'm trying to write down what I eat - it's a start, we'll see how that goes.  On the notebook is a nail file, a pen, a sunscreen stick to keep Jackson's scar well doused, and some Burt's bees lip color.  Then there's my car keys, my old beat up wallet, and a little snack sized ziploc baggie in which I brought the charging cable for the Kindle into work yesterday.  So there you have it.  Oh and usually my cell phone's in there too and a bottle of water - both of which were otherwise occupied. :)

2. Repeat question: I’m going to pick a person not knowing if you have a relationship with this person or if the person even exists and you try to describe the person in 5 words or short sentences.

• Your kindergarten teacher

Seriously Draz?  Kindergarten??? I’m 45 years old, I barely remember to change the toilet paper roll and you want me to comment on my kindergarten teacher.  Um… Her name was Mrs. McVey (I think) and I’m damn impressed I pulled that out of my ass.  The truth is I don’t remember many details from when I was young at all – I think I was just ignoring the world or something – perhaps I was aloof even back then??  Anywhoo… yeah. That’s all I’ve got.  I do remember my first grade teacher, how about that one.  Her name was Ms. O’Leary

Loved me
Racist cunt
Pulled hair out of Eugene Nater’s head
Thought little black girls had been raised well if they said ‘yes ma’am’ and ‘no ma’am’ to her.  Neither I nor any of the other little white girls needed to say ‘yes ma’am’ and ‘no ma’am’ we had a free pass on good manners due to our skin color.  I learned a lot of things in her class – a lot about how shitty and unfair people can be.

And just to continue – I have no idea who any of my other elementary school teachers were.  I think I had Mrs…. Um.. Mrs. Something I don’t remember but I can picture her and she was the mother of people I went to high school with and my sister had her too for two years because the teacher jumped from one grade to another and my sister was so thrilled to be able to get her again – but.. yeah, no idea what her name was either.  So apparently it was only Mrs. O’Leary that made an impression on me.

3. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure / trashy TV show you like to watch?

I wish I watched more TV because I always enjoy it when I do – okay not always, but it’s a great thing – it can make you think and laugh and cry and everything in between – and totally forget about what’s going on in your real life – but I don’t watch very much.  But.. I love Castle, though I’m about a season behind, I am working to catch up.  My very favorite show that I try to watch when it comes on (though I didn’t succeed for even one episode this year) is So You Think You Can Dance.  I love love love that show.  But it took me about 3 weeks after it was over this season to finally catch up and find out who won (though of course I’d already predicted it).  I also watch American Idol though I hate all the audition shows – I only like it once they get to Hollywood.  I used to love Bones but then they had a season finale where the whole show was a dream sequence just so we could see them as a couple where they were kissing and whatnot.  It pissed me off so bad as such lame TV that I didn’t watch the show again for two seasons – I just couldn’t stomach it.  I’ve started watching it a little this year.  OH OH OH, I love the show Rizoli and Isles – fantastic!!   (please ignore the fact that I haven’t yet watched a single episode from this season – I have them all taped and I WILL watch them all.

4. A lot of you told me about your first day of school experiences when I posted about how my 5 year old going to kindergarten wasn’t causing me too much heartache. So now I’m officially asking – tell me about one of your first day of school experiences that sticks out in your mind the most. Who put you on the bus? Did you ride the bus? Did your parents take pics? Did they walk you into school? Drive you there? Cook you breakfast?

Okay – first I was thinking I had to write about my own experience as a kid and um… yeah see question 2 above.  My memory absolutely does not extend to any first days of school.. So I’ve a complete blank on that – I assume I got there as I remember Mrs. O’Leary, but that’s it.  But then Draz talked about their ritual with her own kids and I can do that one…

In the days leading up to school I work with the boys to get their supplies ready which they gleefully do each year.  We discuss what clothes they will wear (even though they are boys – there are important decisions to make.)  Jackson wore his rugby jersey and Teddy debated wearing shorts to school for the first time in 4 years – he ended up deciding against it.  I think he’ll wear them at some point this year, we’ll see.

In the morning they were both up by themselves (this is completely the norm for Jack and a very pleasant surprise for Ted).  Ted continued to surprise us by completely taking care of himself – got himself breakfast (this is a dead shocker) he totally wanted to show us how mature and capable he is.  He fed himself, got himself ready and got himself out to the bus stop all by himself, completely on time.  (I kept a close eye on him to make sure he did – but he did it all on his own!! YAY!!).  Ted was my responsibility and Jack was Brad’s.  So Brad took (as is the tradition in our house too Draz) Jackson to morning care before school, though not as early as he begged to go.  Jack wanted to get there when it opened at 7am.  Um no.  He loves morning and after care.  Loves loves loves.  I swear to god that’s going to be the hardest transition for him next year in middle school when he just comes home on the bus.  But, Brad got up and got him ready and fed him and took him and got him settled at school and he was thrilled about it all.  We totally forgot to take pictures which we do each year with both boys on the stairs with their back packs.  We’ll have to do that this weekend.  It’s fun to look back and see how they’ve grown over the years.

 5. Repeat question: Summarize your week in real life and in blog land.

Real life has been fine.  Busy, busy with the beginning of school and yes… sports started back up – only one for each kid thank god.  Ted is doing soccer and he has a new coach who seems a wee bit anal retentive and… um… maybe set in his ways.  We’ll see how it goes.  And OMG my neighbor who is a friend of mine – but is the single most control freak know it all I know. (I completely ignore or laugh at those parts of her, but she bugs the crap out of most people) – has somehow become the team mom.  I mean seriously… team mom?? We haven’t had a team mom on a sports team in several years, not even Jack’s teams have them anymore.  It went out of style as they got old enough not to need a snack after each game, I think.  But.. we’ve gotten 4 emails from her today alone about 1 stupid thing after another.  Brad and I had been commenting that from the coach’s emails he seemed like a pain in the ass, but.. eh as long as Ted is happy we don’t really care.  But then, now with the barrage of emails from Lisa – it’s clear she’s going to be the bigger PITA than he is.  Oh well… Jack had his first flag football practice last night and came home and collapsed on the sofa saying there wasn’t a place on his body that didn’t hurt.  I would have thought all that running in rugby would have prepared him for football… I think he must have not had enough to eat (which would be something Brad might have forgotten to take care of)  we’ll see how that one goes too!

In blog life – OMG I am trying to read each and every person’s BOOB’s survey thingy.  I loved doing it and I’m loving reading them all – but you all just keep blogging away and so when I get to someone’s blogs of course I want to read all the posts I’ve missed in addition to the survey and well… it’s slow going.  But I’m on a mission – I will find them all!!  I’m getting excited, how about you??


Ronnie said...

I keep hearing good things about Rizzoli and Isles, but I've never watched it. Might have to remedy that!

Cat said...

I absolutely love Castle and So You Think You Can Dance. that one is my favie reality show!