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Monday, March 30, 2009

Lessons Learned from My Recent Trip Home

1. When you’re packing the van to leave, don’t forget to check the back of the bedroom door for the clothes you ironed for the whole family to wear that night on your dinner out.

2. Don’t read to a kid when they’re carsick. It only makes it worse.

3. Dramamine is Samuel’s new best friend and will always be on my packing list from now on, as well as a bucket or large bowl. Nothing makes him sleepy, but at least it took away the motion sickness.

4. If the kid hasn’t had milk that day, the vomit doesn’t smell as bad, so no milk on travel day.

5. Making time for friends is a MUST! For the past 12 years every time I’ve gone home my focus has been entirely on my family, and I have missed out on my friends’ lives. I had the best trip this weekend because I got to see so many old friends (and boy do I mean OLD – j/k). It was very life-giving. So here’s my shout-out (do people still say that) to Stacy, Erica & Dave, Shane & Heidi, Christa, and Jennifer! It was so much fun (and a bit of a mind trip) meeting everyone’s kids! I’m so glad I got to hang out with all of you. I’m not going to make so much time pass before our next get-together. Here are my girls: Heidi, Stacy, me, and Erica, and below is Jennifer and me. (I forgot to take a pic of Christa.)

6. When you’re passing the last Bill Miller BBQ in north Austin, STOP, even if you’re not hungry. You’ll regret it later when you’re eating a cold sandwich from the Target in Temple.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tom Thumb Friendliness

So today I was grocery shopping, and the boys were in the racing car shopping cart. I was putting my bags in the back of the van, and a Tom Thumb employee comes up and does the obligatory pleasantries. And then he's like, "Oh, can I help you put your bags in the van?" And I'm like, "Yeah, that'd be great." I thought he was going to take my cart when I was finished loading my groceries. So I started taking the boys out of the cart (they were in the front of the cart at this point). And the guy's like, "OK, well, you have a great day." And he sticks his hand out for me to shake it. I awkwardly shook his hand back. Then he gives me a hug. Whuut? I was so confused; it all happened so quickly. Then he walked away, without taking my cart. I finished putting the boys in the car and put my cart away, looking over my shoulder the whole time to make sure he wasn't coming back to murder me (you girls know what I mean). Then I got in the car and laughed about it. I figured later that he might have been special needs and not a serial killer. Then I thought it was sweet. I got a hug at Tom Thumb.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bachelor Shmachelor

Well, there goes a whole season of Monday nights that I’ll never get back. I totally wasted my Monday nights on The Bachelor, and the ending totally stunk. I started suspecting about midway through the season that Jason (the bachelor) was a bit overemotional and it annoyed me, but I ignored it. But ever since he let what’s-her-name from Canada go, I knew that he was a flake. He totally followed his emotions, overcomplicated things, and made a mess of things. Deanna even came back and told him, “Lead your heart,” and he totally didn’t.

Anyway, I swear to you that I am not wasting my time on that stupid show anymore! It’s made for a whole bunch of people that are probably bad at relationships anyway, which is why they would go on a reality show to find love anyway. There’s my rant. I’m done with that show!

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