I turned 36 yesterday. It was a GREAT day. My husband took the entire family to eat at Red Lobster. Popcorn insisted on ordering lobster.
She thought it was the scariest looking thing ever. But she ate a few bites...And she tried scallops and shrimp cooked three different ways, none of which were fried popcorn shrimp.
She mostly ate her rice, some steamed broccoli and cheddar biscuits.
I tried not to shudder at the fact that I could feed the family for a week on what we paid for one meal.
You will be pleased to know that I then went shopping. FOR MYSELF. And I bought stuff for myself alone!!! I know I refer to shopping a lot in this blog, but what my followers who know me only through blogland don't realize is that I am still wearing clothes from before my children were born. It is a sad thing to look in my closet. I thought of getting rid of everything over three years old. But then I realized I'd have no clothes...
My back has been bothering me. I feel as if my body has betrayed me. I exercise. I watch my weight. I lift patients that weigh as much or more than me...And that seems to have outweighed all of my endeavors to have a healthy back...Did you know I think people who have back pain are annoying?
Well, anyway I find myself VERY annoying, so therefore I'm sure my coworkers are getting tired of my refusal to lift patients this week.
My hair is also betraying me. I need to color it. I haven't had it cut since late June. It is a frizzy mess with gray roots showing. Perhaps I shall take time from my life to get it cut. Perhaps I have betrayed it instead of vice versa.
I feel as if I should write my Christmas letter/cards. However, I can't decide what to say. Should I tell them of my aging body? Perhaps I'll mention my frizzy hair and kids with dramatic tendencies that comes from who knows where.
Or maybe I'll tell them all about our animals...How we went from two to five in just a matter of weeks. And now we are back down to three. Our pregnant female cat disappeared one day and we haven't seen her since. Of course we have hawks and owls and of course the coyotes who come to my back fence and look in at our animals on a daily basis...Now all Popcorn wants for her birthday is a little kitten. SOOoooo. Does anyone have a kitten who will be ready to wean on December thirtieth?
Studmuffin is finishing our Christmas shopping today. At least I think he's finishing it. Until I remember another gift I forgot, we are finished...
Do you need a Chesney story?
Well, as you can see from my last few posts, we have new decorations out. She has been really good to leave them alone, as being scolded makes her tremble in fear. Unless it involves Popcorn's socks, and then she will risk severe punishment for a taste of that delightful funk...Anyway, a few days ago I heard Bookworm yelling "Chesney, no!!" And then I heard Popcorn's panicked rejoinder...
I came in the room to find them wresting a porcelain doll that my Grandmama gave me for Christmas one year as a child from her jaws. My grandparents seldom gave us gifts as they had 16 grandchildren and five children...So obviously buying gifts would be a little overwhelming. Well, one year they gave all of their smaller granddaughters a little porcelain doll. Here is what mine looks like:
Isn't she cute posed on the reindeer my mother in law made a few years back? She used to have a bonnet, but it has been lost at some point through the years.
Anyway, I offered Chesney a sock, and she quickly dropped the doll with no complaints. The girls both chorused relief, as it would be terrible if Chesney ate the doll. I agreed whole heartedly. Then Bookworm said, "Yes, those bits of porcelain would have cut up her insides"...And I silently thought that I wasn't particularly thinking of the harm the DOLL would do her if she ate it, but rather the harm I would do the DOG if she ate the DOLL!
The doll is now happily posed safely in a tea cup on my piano, out of the jaws of death...
And the dog is currently safely chewing on an old sock that I have Popcorn put on every day or so, just to keep the right proportion of her foot funk in it, (okay not really, but only because Popcorn is a disobedient child and refuses to humor me) and she is quietly lying at my feet by the fire, and Kelsey is sitting with her head on my arm rest...
And I can't help but be sort of glad that we have dogs in the house.
Considering I was raised in a no pets allowed in the house family, I never thought I'd say that!
Well, I shall sign off now. But not before I end with yesterday's chuckle courtesy of Bookworm. The middle school Gifted and Talented children were given the privilege of going to see the Nutcracker in Norman. AND they got to go to OU the campus and eat! ALL BY THEMSELVES!! (We will not discuss the stress hives I had over this.) Anyway, I asked her what she thought of the Nutcracker...Well, it seems she was too distracted by those tight tights the men were wearing. Let's just say that she never wanted to see that many details of strange men's anatomy.
Then, she and her buddy went to eat at ChikfilA. However, her friend only had five dollars, and they were hoping to hit Starbucks before they had to return to school...Well, Bookworm pointed out that if they ordered just a sandwich and water they would have enough left to get cocoa at Starbucks. Yes, my 11 year old has mad money skills...
So, they ventured into Starbucks after their feast of a classic ChikfilA sandwich and filtered water...They ordered the smallest hot chocolate they had...
"And Mom, can you believe they charged four bucks for a little cup of hot chocolate?!! You could buy a whole box of hot cocoa mix for like a dollar! And it didn't even taste good. They overflowed it with whipped cream and it tasted horrible!" Of course, my kids hate whipped cream, and she didn't know to tell them to hold the whipped cream.
So, I'm happy to report I'm raising a daughter who recognizes the value of a dollar, and knows how to make her money stretch...And she values modesty...
But I have to confess that my other daughter said, "I want to go see that!" when Bookworm described her horror over them men's apparel.
So, there ya go. My universe is apparently in balance.