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If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog…Gina’s Favorites

If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

It’s nearly Easter, and at this time of year my thoughts turn to “Why doesn’t our dog know his name?”  So, I picked my If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog post for Throwback Day this week.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post!

If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog

We have several dogs.  We love them all very, very much.

One of them is named Douglas.

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Often when I am looking at Douglas I say to him, “It’s a good thing you’re pretty.”

He is pretty.  He’s a lab and saluki mix with shiny black fur that is soft like a rabbit’s.   His mouth always looks like it’s smiling.  He has a long tail with a dangling, silky fringe that that never gets tangled.  He’s lean and looks like he could run down a cheetah.  He really is a pretty dog.

He’s also pretty dumb.

Douglas joined our family when he was 9 months old.  His first family had named him “Douglas,” after the black train on the Thomas the Train TV show.  We opted not to change his name because we didn’t want to confuse him.  If we knew then what we know now, we would have just laughed and laughed and laughed at the idea of not confusing him.

Douglas, who is sweet and wonderful with children despite his enormous size, lives in a constant state of confusion.  I swear sometimes the other dogs are laughing at him.  I sometimes scold them for that.  Apparently, he isn’t the only confused member of our family.

It took nearly 2 years to teach him to “sit” on command.  It took nearly 4 years to get any kind of acknowledgment from him that when we holler “No!” we are not happy with what he is doing and he should stop.  Even still, sometimes all he does is pause.

He doesn’t wag his tail like normal dogs.  He has an asymmetrical pattern when he puts his tail into motion.  When he’s especially excited about something he does what we call “helicoptering,” which is when his tail just makes continuous, enormous circles.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog...Gina's Favorites Pets DumbBut, it’s his seeming inability to understand what his name is that is the source of most of our head shaking and giggles.

For the first two years he lived with us we would call out, “Douglas!” to get his attention, and then, having received no acknowledgement whatsoever again, we would call out, “Trixie!” to get Douglas to come to us.  You might remember that Trixie was one of our other dogs who has, sadly, gone on to Dog Heaven now.  Douglas would see Trixie run up to us and he would follow her.  The funny thing is he would run up to us if we called out, “Trixie!” even when Trixie wasn’t home.

But, that was ok.  At least we knew how to get his attention.

And, he is very pretty.

Even though it usually receives no acknowledgement from him we consistently call Douglas “Douglas.”  We are ever hopeful that he will catch on.  But, at 15 years old he still hasn’t.

For almost 6 weeks this past spring he answered solely to the name “Easter Basket.”  Daughter#1 was in a conversation, and when she said, “Easter basket,” Douglas charged across the house, giant paws slipping and sliding, long legs flailing, right up to her.  We thought it was a coincidence.

It’s not unusual for Douglas to make a sudden mad dash through the house for no apparent reason.  We don’t even answer the door if he runs up and barks at it unless the other dogs do, too.  He has excellent hearing.  He even hears, and I think sees, invisible people.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog...Gina's Favorites Pets DumbSo, scientifically minded people that we are, we tested “The Easter Basket Moniker” theory again later that day.   We had Son#3 sit on the sofa in the family room with no food nearby, as we wondered if Daughter#1 being in the food-centric breakfast room earlier had been the reason he had made his mad, well-timed dash.  Son#3 called out, “Easter Basket!”  Douglas came running.

I’m not sure if Douglas thought “Easter  Basket” was his name or if he had associated “Easter Basket” with candy and was hoping to get some (my dad also comes running at the phrase “Easter Basket.”  He loves him some candy!), but for whatever the reason, for the first time in his more than decade as a part of our family, we had a reliable way to call that dog to us.  Gotta admit it felt a little weird hollering it out at the dog park, though.

Since the end of his “Easter Basket” phase we’re back to calling him “Douglas,” while he is back to having no idea that we are talking to him.

Until yesterday.

Yesterday ‘Ole Easter Basket amazed me.

I called out, “Douglas!” and he tore through the house and ran right up next to me, looking at me expectedly.  I was so shocked that it took me a minute to remember I was calling him to see if he needed to go outside.  He went out.

Twice more over the next couple hours I called out “Douglas!” and he ran right up to me.  I was so excited that at nearly 15 years old he had finally learned his name.  Sometimes you lower your expectations for certain individuals.  I could hardly wait until my pack got home so I could show them.

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Whatever iceberg had popped through the surface of that vast empty ocean that is his brain had sunk back down into the depths.

But, that’s ok.

And, luckily, he is pretty.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Ever have one of those “what’s my name again?” days?  Shoot me a comment.  I’d love to hear all about it!

Tuesday Tickles – cqvc

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I love to share giggles.

Here’s some of the tweets that made me laugh in the last week.

 

Great tweets from great tweeps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s connect on Twitter so you get all the laughs!

 

Don’t miss a giggle.  Be sure to “Like” up my Facebook page, and to share it with a friend.

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

What makes you smile?  Where do you turn when you need a giggle?  Do you have a favorite tweeter?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Taxing Tickles

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For most Americans, personal income taxes are due by April 15th.

It’s sort of like a very bad national holiday in that most everyone observes it, talks about it, complains about it. But, it’s missing the giant meal with friends and family that I’m pretty sure is requisite to being an official national holiday.

Everyone joins in on the grumpy mood set by April 15th’s reminder of great obligation and small control, even those who had the good sense to file their forms and taxes early.

I figure the least I could do is to spread a little taxing cheer.

After all, I’m pretty sure giggles are deductible.

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May your forms be simple, and your refund be large.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you an early filer?  Or, do you join the midnight party at the post office?  Who fills out the forms in your family?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it..

Oh. My. Gosh. …Gina’s Favorites

Oh. My. Gosh. …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m traveling this week, so I have a cast of my Gina’s Favorites posts to keep you in giggles until I get back.  Today’s Gina’s Favorites post is my Oh. My. Gosh. post. I picked this post because I’m sure that when I return from the conference, I’ll have a bushel full of new Duh! Moments to share. Probably two!
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites!

Oh. My. Gosh.

I was just thinking about some of my many “Duh!” moments.

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The fact that I just noticed my shirt’s on backwards has nothing to do with it (note: I originally left the “r” out of the word “shirt.” Somehow that seems fitting. Glad I caught that on the read-through.  I wonder what I missed).

I’ve been wearing this shirt all day.  I almost always put it on backwards.  Because of that, I try to be extra careful to put it on the correct way.  That I still mess it up most of the time is doubly irritating.

It probably wouldn’t bother me as much if it wasn’t a V-neck.

Talk about your “duh!” moments.

Sometimes, I’m not as smart as other times.

Sometimes, I’m a lot not as smart.

Like when I was opening a can of chicken and rice soup, and pushed on the partially attached lid, in an effort to remove it.  But, rather than detaching the lid, my push activated a Chicken Soup Tsunami which crashed all over my face and hair.  The chicken soup did work kind of like a poultry scented hair gel.  And, in the right light, I suppose the rice would look like elongated pearls.  Of course, I think that light is only available in asylums.

Duh!

Or, when Son#1 was watching TV one evening, while I was working on my laptop, sitting on the family room sofa next to him.  I had an occasional eye to the TV.  His Y chromosome was showing, as he was switching the channel a lot.

At one point, we were watching the easily recognizable Forrest Gump.

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“No,” he said.  “It’s War of the Worlds,” clearly unimpressed with my movie naming skill.

After another couple clicks through Forrest and NCIS, I noticed people in some sort of uniform working on wounded people.

“Is that War of the Worlds?” I asked.

“No,” he answered way too patiently.  “That’s an Air Force commercial.”

Oh.  Never mind.

Duh!

Or, when I was on a call, and I was put on hold so long that I finished what I was working on.  Thankfully, I have a cell phone, so I got up from my desk to go do something else because I was still on hold.

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Duh!

Or, when I got to the hotel while on a business trip and found I’d packed The Professor’s toothbrush instead of mine.  His is green.  Mine is purple.

Duh!

Or, when I signed off from a phone call with a new client, whom I hardly knew, with my signature family goodbye of a singsong “Bye – l love you!”

Duh!

Or, when I handed the desk person at the gym my scanner tag on my keychain, and she started sorting through my keys.  I was startled by the invasion of my privacy, until I realized I’d handed her my grocery store club tab, not my gym tab.  I laughed and said, “Sorry, I know it’s Sunday, but it’s been a Monday for me all day.”

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Duh!

Or, like just now, when Son#1 walked in and said, “Mom, you’re listening the music channel on mute again.”  He was right.  I had the satellite radio that comes through our TV on, but muted.  So, basically just a display of the name of the song that I can’t hear is displayed on the screen.

I had to mute it.  I was having trouble thinking.

Maybe that’s because my shirt’s on backwards.

Duh!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Click on over to my  It’s Another Duh! Moment post for more “Duh!’ Moments fun.  I’ll meet you over there.  As always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio.

Have you had a doosey of a “Duh!” moment?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Friday Funnies – cuvc

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It’s Friday.

End of the week. Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair & grab your favorite frosty beverage.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

Friday Funnies –

Smiles From Around The World Wide Web

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Have you fanned me up on Facebook? If not, here’s your chance!  Click on over and hit “like” so you don’t miss a giggle (be sure to hover and select “Show in News Feed” while you’re at it, so Facebook will show you the giggles).

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I want some of these!

 

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Dogs were the first social media enthusiasts!

 

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Convenient kitten storage!

 

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TOTALLY!!!

 

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Brilliant!

 

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At least I’m never lonely!

 

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That’ll teach ‘em!

 

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I hate when that happens!

 

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Dude!

 

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Bat buns!

 

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Is that a squirrel?!?!

Be sure to visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” me up.

 

Some Of My Favorite Pins On Pinterest:

Consider this your formal invitation to check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

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An AWESOME idea!!!

 

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Well, that explains a lot!

 

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REALLY loud!

 

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Maybe they need a bigger license plate!

 

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Sounds about right!

 

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That’s a great idea!

All the rest of my pins for the week are here on my Latest Great Pins Board.

If you’re trying to put off making dinner, you can check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

Friday Funnies – ccvc (a weeks worth of funnies),

C Is For Can’t Remember The Alphabet…Gina’s Favorites (why can’t I ever remember the alphabet),

Tuesday Tickles – covcb (a week’s worth of funny quips),

My Mom Is Better Than Your Mom…Gina’s Favorites (my),

Unrememberable…Gina’s Favorites (some of life’s unanswerable questions).

I hope they gave you some giggles, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina             

What made you smile this week? Did you have a good week?  Any big plans this weekend?  Have you scheduled time to relax?  I’m looking forward to hearing about it!  Shoot me a comment with all the details!

Unrememberable…Gina’s Favorites

Unrememberable…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m traveling this week, so I have a cast of my Gina’s Favorites posts to keep you in giggles until I get back.  Today’s Gina’s Favorites post is my Unrememberable post. I picked it because I am forever calling my kids by one of their siblings names, and I’m guessing I might not  be the only one who does that.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites!

Unrememberable

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Faces I remember.

Phone numbers I have forever.

But, putting the right name with the right face.  Forget about it.  I’m the worst at that.

Ask my kids.

I’m not sure I even bat 500 with their monikers.

Not five minutes ago I called one of our puppies “Ryan” (my son’s name) (the puppy’s name is “Bear).  My error was pointed out to me by Ryan, who I then mistakenly referred to as “Matthew,” his brother’s name.

I think his eye-rolling was his way of saying, “I know you’re under a lot of stress, Mom, so don’t worry about it.” Or, it might have meant, “I’m going to call the home now to see how soon they’ll have room for you.”  Hard to say.  Fine line and all.

I know that boxer who gave his kids all the same name has taken a lot of heat for it, but I think he may be onto something.  At least he always says the right name.  I wonder what he named his dogs.

I even try to use that memory trick where you say the person’s name 7 times quickly in conversation with them after you meet them to imprint their name in your mind.  That doesn’t work.  About the 5th or 6th repetition, I’ve already forgotten their name, and, without realizing it, I’m calling them the wrong one.

I often bump into people who know my name, and I often don’t know theirs.

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Sometimes it’s just my poor remembering skills.  But, often times I’ve never known their name, as they know me through having read something I wrote or having heard me speak somewhere.

Naturally, this doesn’t usually come up until well into the conversation, so I’m usually wracking my brain trying to figure out who I’m talking to, thinking I’ve lost my mind until then.

This morning I bumped into the mom of one of my kids’ friends.  She’s so sweet and always ready to help and always gets my name wrong.

When we met, she got my name right for the first couple months.  Then, she accidentally called me “Gloria.”  No problem.  Not a big deal.  I pointed it out gracefully.  We both chuckled about how kids make us lose our minds (or at least the part of it we need to use).

The next time I saw here she called me “Gloria” again.  I thought she’d done it on purpose to be funny.  She hadn’t.  We laughed about it.  No big deal.

But, as it turned out, I was “Gloria” to her from then on.

After a while I stopped correcting her because she was so embarrassed each time it happened.  It wasn’t a big deal to me.  I knew she was talking to me.  I didn’t worry about it.  In fact I kind of liked it.  It gave me a giggle and a reminder that I’m not the only name-challenged person in the world every time it happened.

She was room mom a couple years ago for one of my kids.  Everything she sent to me about the class was to “Gloria,” whether it was an invitation to the Mother-Daughter Tea or request for help with a fundraiser.  I always answered back, carefully putting my correct name in large, bold font.  But, I remained “Gloria” to her.

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No problem.  “Gloria” is a nice name.  It’s not actually my name, but it is a nice name.

I got so used to her calling me “Gloria” that on the few occasions when she got my name right, I didn’t realize she was talking to me.

It’s been just over 3 years now that she’s been calling me “Gloria.”

But, I think she’s over it.

I was chatting with her this morning after my kids ran off toward their classrooms.   She introduced me to a mom who is new to our school.

I was shocked when she didn’t call me “Gloria.”

She called me “Elaine.”

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

How are you with names?  Are you good at remembering them?  Did your parents ever call you the dog’s name?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

My Mom Is Better Than Your Mom…Gina’s Favorites

My Mom Is Better Than Your Mom…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m traveling this week, so I have a cast of my Gina’s Favorites posts to keep you in giggles until I get back.  Today’s Gina’s Favorites post is my My Mom Is Better Than Your Mom! post. I picked it because today is my mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites!

My mom is better than your mom!

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley My Mom Is Better Than Your Mom...Gina's Favorites BirthdayMy mom is better than your mom!

I know it’s not a competition, but if it was, I’d win. Hands down. No problem.

Why?

Because my mom bakes a different cake everyday when we visit?

She does, but nope.

Because my mom makes pajamas for all of her 5 kids and 20 grandkids every Christmas?

She does this, too, but nope.

Because my mom is a cancer survivor?

She is, but nope.

So, why would I win?

Because years ago my mom found a rock that looks just like a baked potato and took it home with her. She’s kept that rock through the years and through moves across several states. And, she still puts it onto the tray when she bakes potatoes and serves it to unsuspecting guests.

You can’t beat a surprise baked potato rock.

And, you can’t beat my mom.

Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do any of your family members like to play practical jokes on the unsuspecting? Do you? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Tuesday Tickles – covcb

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I love to share giggles.

Here’s some of the tweets that made me laugh in the last week.

 

 

Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss a laugh!

Don’t miss a giggle.  Be sure to “Like” up my Facebook page, and to share it with a friend.

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

What makes you smile?  Where do you turn when you need a giggle?  Do you have a favorite tweeter?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

C Is For Can’t Remember The Alphabet…Gina’s Favorites

C Is For Can’t Remember The Alphabet…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m traveling this week, so I have a cast of my Gina’s Favorites posts to keep you in giggles until I get back.

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Today’s Gina’s Favorites post is my C Is For Can’t Remember The Alphabet post. I picked it because I’ve been trying to gather our paperwork to get started on our taxes, and I’ve been repeatedly reminded about my alphabet skills, or rather my lack thereof.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites!

C Is For Can’t Remember The Alphabet

I’m appalled at how often I catch myself reciting The Alphabet Song when my kids aren’t home.

I can’t even fib to myself that I’m helping them with their memorizing to improve their academic experience.  Nope, I just have a heck of a time remembering the order unless I run through the whole flipping thing.

Geez.

How many times have I had to sing A-B-C-D in order to figure out the whole G-H-I-J-K fiasco?

And, what about that S-T-U-V  W-X-Y-Z mess?   Is that even knowable without the Q-R-S?

Is there anyone who doesn’t need the L-M-N-O-P to get to the Q-R-S thing in the first place?  Is it just me?

I have a college degree.  I’ve done post graduate work.  I’ve read uncountable pages.  Why don’t I know the alphabet?

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I once came up with a Jesse Owen costume for Son#2 with only 30 minutes’ notice.  I figured out how to make our Christmas tree spin years before you could buy them that way.  I know where to park at the Ducks’ games so we don’t have to wait in line to exit the lot and are already in the correct lane for the freeway on ramp that’s 3 ½ miles away.  Why don’t I know the alphabet?

I speak several different languages (cussing and sarcasm count, right?).   I make pancakes and cornbread from scratch.  I can change the oil (including the filter) in my car.  Why don’t I know the alphabet?

A friend of mine, Carl, knows the alphabet so well that he can say it backwards at full speed starting at any letter.   My youngest son thinks that’s the most impressive thing in the world.

I’m not jealous.  Usually.   Sometimes.

But, when I am jealous, I remind Carl, that even though I can’t compete with his alphabet skills, I can build people.

He, naturally, then reminds me, that he hopes the people I build don’t need to know the alphabet.

Touché, my brother.  Touché.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you Alphabet Song-dependent?  Is there some simple thing you mess up consistently?  Is it just me flailing around out there?  What color is your toothbrush?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

And, thank you for reading!  I am so grateful for the time you spend with me.

Friday Funnies – ccvc

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It’s Friday.

End of the week. Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair & grab your favorite beverage.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

Friday Funnies –

Smiles From Around The World Wide Web

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Have you fanned me up on Facebook? If not, here’s your chance!  Click on over and hit “like” so you don’t miss a giggle (be sure to hover and select “Show in News Feed” while you’re at it, so Facebook will show you the giggles).

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I can totally see this happening!

 

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Washing the bills is hard, too!

 

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Always good to start off early!

 

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Or, tea. Or, chocolate!!!

 

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I really did mean to!

 

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…and the dog wasn’t paying attention.

 

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Everyone’s an expert!

 

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So fun!

 

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Who knew ole’ Dr. S was such a romantic?!?!

Be sure to visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” me up.

 

Some Of My Favorite Pins On Pinterest:

Consider this your formal invitation to check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

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It’s fun, but it’s not fun fun.

 

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I am a little jumpy.

 

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Kinda makes me wonder what his family serves for Thanksgiving!

 

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Some of us march to a different beat!

 

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No! not the drink!!!

All the rest of my pins for the week are here on my Latest Great Pins Board.

If you’re trying to put off making dinner, you can check out all of my boards on Pinterest.

 

This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

Friday Funnies – tvovc  (a weeks worth of funnies),

Top 10 Good Things About LITTLE Earthquakes (good side effects of rockin’ & rollin’),

Top 10 Rules While Mom’s Out Of Town (A list for my pack),

Tuesday Tickles – cuvc (a week’s worth of funny quips),

It’s Hard To Wash Barf Off A Lanyard (things rarely go as planned),

Did I Pack My Brain?…Gina’s Favorites (more Duh! moments).

I hope they gave you some giggles, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina             

What made you smile this week? Did you have a good week?  Any big plans this weekend?  Have you scheduled time to relax?  I’m looking forward to hearing about it!  Shoot me a comment with all the details!