Friday, November 18, 2011

BYOC!!! Bring Your Own Crazy!!

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another installment of Draz’s BYOC! That’s Bring Your Own Crazy!! We answer 5 questions in an effort to get to know each other better and to give our blogging brains a break! Copy and paste to your own blog if you so desire – and ENJOY!

She did a Thanksgiving themed BYOC this week (it was Jenny’s idea)!

1. What is your FAVORITE part of Thanksgiving?

The production, absolutely the production!  I love all the smells and the cooking and trying to time everything so it’s all done at the right time.  The small talk, the football, the crazy family stuff.  And grandma’s stuffing – that smells, tastes, is thanksgiving to me.

2. How many Thanksgiving family events will you attend?

Not a one!  Last year we were in Disney World with Mickey and this year we’re staying home just the four of us.  Though I did invite our neighbor’s to join us yesterday when I was on a field trip with Jason.  I think we’ll still do the whole thing, but we’ll see, maybe we’ll just order pizza. 

3. What’s your biggest Thanksgiving tradition?

Um… I’m not sure we have one.  Other than Grandma’s stuffing, and her broccoli cheese casserole.  So… just food!

Then we immediately go back to decorating for our Christmas party which is always the following weekend.

4. Do you Black Friday shop the day after Thanksgiving?

No.  Fucking.  Way!  You could not pay me enough to go out on that day!  Even getting our tree which we often do, just so we have the maximum time to get it all decorated before the party, totally sucks the life out of me.

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

Real life – hmmmm.  Definitely up and down.  Husband has been in CA all week and now he’s in Vegas for a couple of days of fun – he’ll be home late Saturday night.  So, of course I’m tired of being alone with my cute not-so-little kids.  There were baked goods to make, basketball practice to attend, a field trip to attend, an amazingly stupid production for ‘international day’ that nearly had my eyeballs fall out of my head.  So there was some serious stress going on in there.  The upside of that stress, though, is that for the first time in my life I was totally feeling it appropriately.  I’m such a closed off person emotionally that I just can’t touch or be touched by emotional things in lots of profound ways – but this week when I was stressed, I felt it.  My muscles were tense, my heart was in my throat, I was nauseated, I couldn’t eat for a few days.  It was awesome!  We’ve crossed most of the hurdles and much of the stress has abated – though, there’s always tomorrow, right.

But I can say that yesterday’s field trip to DC was totally fun!  We went to the Capitol and the US History Museum.  The museum was fine… eh.  But, I hadn’t been to the Capitol since I was a kid and that was totally cool!  We toured the building, had a great tour guide, learned tons and got to watch the Senate for a while.  Senator John McCain from Arizona was speaking which was totally cool.  First to speak while we were there was Senator Carl Levin from Michigan – he was really just reading their bill into the record and his tone was extremely dry.  McCain was far more animated (which of course tells you something about the animation level of Levin) and it was great to be able to tell the kids that the man they were seeing talk had run for President during the last election.  But.. really the building itself, the history that surrounds it – it’s just completely awe-inspiring.  I’m so lucky to live in such an amazing country.  Just one more thing to be thankful for!

Blog life – well… uh… I sort of suck.  I’ve just been too consumed with the real life stuff to barely get over here.  I’m hoping to catch up this weekend in between more Christmas decorating.

I hope everyone has a brilliant Thanksgiving!!


Laura Belle said...

i haven't been to DC in forever! But both Ryan and I want to go back soooo bad. It's such a historical city, I love it!

♫ Drazil ♪ said...

I think you don't give yourself enough credit. When you say you never feel and you don't get emotional - I disagree. You just choose when to feel and get emotional - but HERE - in this place and with us - you feel and you contribute and you get sad, mad, introspective and on and on. You feel safe here. That's the key - with "Jason" you don't feel safe enough. But it doesn't mean you are closed off or you don't feel - you aren't and you do - only when you feel safe enough. You are not some cold piece of stone with no fact - you're just about anything but. I wish "Jason" loved you enough to know that not being able to let that out is just about killing you. I wish he loved you enough to WANT you to feel and love and be loved. I wish he made you feel safe. I wish you peace. The thing is - beyond being amazing - you are real and powerful and strong - and I know that with everything in me you will never rest until you find your "safe" place - outside of blog land. Never ever stop or settle until you find a place where you can the Read we all see EVERY day. I love you.

Manda said...

I would love to visit DC! Great pics. One day for me. As for Thanksgiving... you sound like us. No major plans and I don't do the Black Friday shopping (I hate crowds and well people) Lol.