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What’s MY Name Again?…Gina’s Favorites

What’s MY Name Again?…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

My brain is extra befuddled and muddled this week. I’m hoping that’s a temporary side-effect of the extra stress generated by all the back-to-school madness, and not my new normal. Time will tell, I suppose.

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Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

What’s MY Name Again?

I feel better about myself today.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m losing my mind, if my memory’s shot, if I’m slipping into a carpool induced semi-coma state of stupor.

Sometimes I know I am.

I often wonder if it’s just me who walks into a room and forgets why.  Twenty times a day.

Could I be the only one who can’t remember what day of the week it is?

Why don’t I recall not only where I parked, but also which of our cars I parked there?

And, what is the name of that woman I see every morning when I drop my youngest off at school?

But, today, I feel better about myself.

Today, Son#2 asked if it would be ok if he went to the store to buy peanut butter.

Now, you have to understand, we already have a brand new, unopened jar of peanut butter.  It’s in our pantry, but none of my pack is willing to make the effort to find it, despite my clear directions as to its location.

I’m not willing to get it for them, not only am I buried in work today, it’s the principle of the thing.  They could find the peanut butter if they truly wanted to.  Or, if I truly didn’t want them to.

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My teen was willing to voluntarily, i.e. no whining, no eye-rolling involved, make a trip to the grocery store.  Granted, it’s to buy a jar of peanut butter we don’t need, but we’ll consume it in a matter of days.

This was a great opportunity for me because the grocery store sells other things that we actually do need.  So, his trip to buy unneeded peanut butter could save me a trip to the store for a couple of gallons of milk and the last few ingredients needed for lunch packing.

So, I gave my peanut butter addicted son a list of 6 items to get, with peanut butter at the top.

He called me from the peanut butter aisle to double check that I did, in fact, want the organic brand I always buy.  He pointed out that the brand he prefers was cheaper.  I reminded him it was worth the extra money to me to keep the hydrogenated oil out of his body.

A few minutes later he was back home handing me my change and the receipt.  I looked over the receipt, and had to suppress a giggle.  “Did you get everything on the list?”  I asked him.

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“Where’s the peanut butter?”  I asked, matter-of-factly, while continuing to type.

He got “the look.”  You know “the look.”  It’s that look that forces itself across your face when you suddenly realize you’ve had a brain glitch.

He grabbed his keys and headed for the door.

 

Son#1 helped me by picking up his brothers from their soccer practices today.  I pointed out that he had to leave our house no later than 5:45PM.

This, I reminded him, would get him to Son#3’s practice just as it ended at 6:00PM.  He would then have exactly enough time to get across town to pick up Son#4 from his practice, which ends at 6:30PM.  I sent him a text with all of that information, to make sure he did it in the right order.

About 6:25PM I received a call from Son#3, who was wondering why no one had picked him up.

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I asked my 13 year old if he’d brought home his math for me to check.  He said that he had and went upstairs to get his backpack of school stuff.   He was gone 10 minutes, came back with only his reading book, sat down next to me, and began doing his reading assignment.  I watched him for a minute, then said, “Where’s your math?”

He got “the look,” and said, “Oh yeah.  I couldn’t remember why I went up there.”

So, he took off again for his room.  This time he was back much more quickly.   Again, he had no backpack.

Math.”  I said, emphatically.

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So, today I feel better about myself.

Perhaps I shouldn’t.  It’s not like my brain has suddenly returned to the sharpness it used to have when I got to sleep through the night and to hit the gym regularly.

But, I guess what they say is true.  Misery loves company.  And, as long as I’m going to lose my mind, it’s nice to know I’ll be in good company.

What was my name again?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you got “the look”? Do you ever feel like your brain has left for the day?  Have you lost your car or forgotten to pick someone up lately?  Shot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Tuesday Tickles – odnvc

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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Don’t miss a giggle.  ”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.

Top 10 Back To School Super Powers

Top 10 Back To School Super Powers

by Gina Valley  

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Faster than a ringing tardy bell.

More powerful than a tub of yogurt left in a backpack last June.

Able to blurt out 7×8 is 56 (remember 5,6,7,8).

It’s a caffeine-aholic. It’s a Zombie.  No! It’s a Super Powered Parent.

If your kids have headed back to school, you’ll be one, too.  Here’s ten of the many Super Powers you’ll develop as a result of that school bell ringing.

Top 10 Back To School Super Powers

#10.  Super Speaking - Utter never-before-heard curses daily while attempting to navigate the school parking lot.

#9.  Super Time Dissolving - Watch even your very hope of free time disappear, while assisting your children with classwork they didn’t finish at school, because they were too busy talking to the kid sitting next to them or sleeping on their desk because they were up all night playing Clash of Clans on their iPod.

#8.  Super Gaming - Hone your skills at Mom (or Dad), Who Took My…? every morning.  You’ll be a master of every version of the game, including Mom, Who Took My Shoes?, Mom, Who Took My Backpack?, Mom, Who Took My Lunch?, Mom, Who Took My Retainer?, and the special private parents-only version of the game Who Took My Mind? I’ve Lost It Again!

#7.  Super Creating- Materialize a Paul Revere Costume, a birthday gift for the teacher, or 6 dozen cupcakes with less than an hour’s notice.

#6.  Super Tooting - Hone your car-horn technique, so even your neighbors hear it clearly speak, “Hurry up! We’re late!” when you ever so delicately blast it from the driveway, in a futile attempt to rush a teenage daughter, who is changing her outfit.  Again.  For the 13th time.

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#5.  Super Signing - Perfect your autograph by signing 56,000 forms for each kid during the first week of school, after carefully filling them out and making corrections where necessary.  As a bonus, you’ll finally memorize your own cell phone number after writing it on every one of those forms, in the kids’ backpacks, and on your youngest son’s forehead.

#4.  Super Scaling – Conquer mountains of laundry so tall they’re thought only to be the stuff of legends. After all, when school is in session, if they have even thought about trying something on, kids think it needs to go through the laundry again.

#3.  Super Speed – Drop your mile time by running through the morning circuit training of dashing from room to room, re-waking up the kids you’ve already woke up twice.

#2.  Super Mind Reading – Practice your clairvoyance as your daughter assumes you know she wants to wear her 5 Seconds of Summer t-shirt on Wednesday to match Lindsey, your son assumes you know his pockets have snails in them, and they all assume you know what those papers the teacher sent home with them said, even though they never gave them to you.

#1.  Super Cloning - Bring snacks to a soccer game, measure kids for their drama costumes, and pick up kids from hip hop lessons at exactly the same time, in locations that are at least 20 miles apart.

I’d love to see Superman or Wonder Woman try this gig.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you breaking out your Super Hero cape as your children head back to school? Which Super Power do you use most?  Shoot me a comment! I’m looking forward to hearing all of the details.

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Friday Funnies – oqvc

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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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Every. Morning.

 

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I think of Star Trek’s communicators every time I use my cell phone.

 

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Happens way more than I want to admit.

 

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Wait, we’re supposed to clean the house?!?! Well, that explains a lot!

 

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I feel like that sometimes!

 

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True that!

 

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It seems like a very nice post.

 

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…and a flame thrower…

 

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Sometimes, I just need to indulge my inner science geekiness.

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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I know, right?!?!

 

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I know I sure don’t!

 

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Sounds about right!

 

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 But, it’s such a nice sponge!

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:

I wrote about mental illness and depression in my Top 10 Lies Depression Tells post. Please share it with anyone you know who suffers from a mental illness or has a friend or family member who does.

My recent humor posts include

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

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

Make The Teacher Hate You (how to irritate any teacher),

A Day At The Beach Is No Day At The Beach!!! (are the waves whining?).

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!

A Day At The Beach Is No Day At The Beach!!!

A Day At The Beach Is No Day At The Beach!!!

by Gina Valley

Some people travel to the seashore to breathe in the salt air. Some, to watch the majestic waves crash onto the shore. Others, to relax on the warm sand.

We go to the beach so our kids will have a new place to whine.

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Granted, the wind was a bit chilly, and there were small icebergs floating around in the water, but that’s why everyone is supposed to bring a sweatshirt. Or, a parka. Whichever. Weather at the shore is a bit unpredictable.

We visit the beach weekly during the summer, but somehow my kids are not only surprised, but actually disgusted by the sand that tends to be pretty much everywhere. I’ve never understood this. I’m fairly certain it’s the sand that makes the location a beach in the first place.

My children nearly will themselves to hover in an effort to avoid touching the offending grains. Naturally, these same children are the ones who shower everyone nearby with a sandstorm as they repeatedly shake out their towels in a quest to create the perfect, lump-free sunning zone. The sand shower recipients then feel a responsibility to whine about their sandblasting to everyone within earshot.

Not to be limited to the sand medium, my kids charged into the water, where they found all sorts of additional material to add to their whining repertoire. Naturally, the water was too wet and too cold. But, they also wove complaints about slimy seaweed chunks, possible shark sightings, and arguments about who caught the largest wave on their boogie board into the mix.

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My kids, as they always do, drifted farther and farther down the coast, away from me. I like to maintain the illusion that, were they to run into trouble in the water, I could dash over, dive in, and swim to their aid.  That illusion is tough enough to sell when they’re bobbing 50 yards out in the water, straight in front of me.  It’s nearly impossible to pull off when they have drifted down the coast into the next county.

Plus, they use the 6 miles of waves and seaweed between us as a convenient excuse to pretend they can’t hear me when I’m asking them important questions, like “Are you cold?” “Did you unplug your curling iron before we left?”, and “Where is your bathing suit?”

Fortunately, we were able to find a spot right next to the life guard shack.  This provided me with a feeling of security. In the event my kids needed rescuing and I were to charge off to save them, it’s good to know someone would be available to drag me back to my towel after my legs cramped up and I fell flat on my face into the sand before even reaching the water.

My daughters watched the lifeguard with the intensity of Olympic judges. Or, giddy teenage girls. The whole curling-of-the-hair-before-going-to-the-beach thing started to make sense. I guess we all prepare for possible emergency situations in our own way. Who am I to judge? I carry a snake bite kit in my purse & we live in the middle of a major city.

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When my seafaring sons returned to our towel-based, base-camp they took great pride in including their sisters in their ocean adventure by splattering them with cold ocean water. Of course, this triggered an onslaught of whining about being cold, being wet, and having perfectly curled hair get messed up.

Not to be out whined by their sisters, my sons began their own whiny chorus to draw attention to the fact that they were “starving!”  They, then, proceeded to inhale all of the snacks and sandwiches we’d brought. In their haste, I think they also scarfed down a couple of our towels and a flip flop or 2.

My announcement that it was time to pack up to head home was greeted by the expected whining about wanting to stay longer and why did we park so blasted far away.

I managed to not only not whine about all of the whining, but to even smile about it.

After all, at least it’s something we can do together as a family.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What triggers whining in your family? How do you handle it?  Shot me comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Make The Teacher Hate You

Make The Teacher Hate You

by Gina Valley

My kids start back to school this week. If your kids’ schools haven’t started yet, I’m guessing they will soon. So, I figured my How To Make The Teacher Hate You would be perfect for this week’s Throwback Day.

Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

How To Make The Teacher Hate You

Wondering how you can make an impression on your child’s teacher this year?

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No worries – I’ve got you covered!

Encourage your child to change his name every day.

Be sure to point out repeatedly that your child has received high marks from every one of her previous teachers.  Also, be sure to mention that several knowledgeable people have suggested that your child could probably just skip this year’s grade, as she is so gifted.

Pack something leaky in your child’s lunch every day, preferably a sugary substance to maximize ant and roach attraction potential.

Make cookies or candy for your child’s teacher, and include a note mentioning how she “looks like someone who really likes dessert.”

Insist your child wear a new, expensive designer coat to school.  Make sure you don’t label it with his name.  Then, insist his teacher locate the coat when your child comes home without it and can only remember he had it on somewhere near the basketball courts. Harass the teacher daily about this expensive wardrobe loss.  Weeks later when you find the coat jammed behind your child’s headboard, don’t mention it to his teacher.  You don’t want to embarrass your child.

When you send in snacks for the entire class feel free to ignore the Classmates Allergies List. Assume the teacher is skilled at Epi-Pen usage, and would welcome the opportunity to put her skills on display.

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Send a note daily explaining how it’s the teacher’s fault that your child was unable to complete his homework assignment.  Again.

Make surprise, live animal donations to the classroom, such as snakes, tarantulas, and macaws.  The kids will love them and the jungle atmosphere it creates, along with the care and feeding of these critters, is sure to help your child’s teacher relax.

Point out every single tiny insignificant grading error that is not in your child’s favor.  Your child’s teacher will appreciate your efforts to help him raise his skill level.

Send in permanent markers with your child.  Insist that she is too talented and mature to be using those infantile, washable-type art supplies.

When your child uses the permanent markers to set up a face tattoo business at recess, her teacher will undoubtedly appreciate her initiative and will gladly explain to the other parents how vital your child’s entrepreneurship is to everyone’s growth and development.

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Don’t bother your child’s teacher with concerns about happenings or polices in his/her classroom.  Rather, take these directly to the school principal or even the district superintendent.

Send something smelly, liquid, or live for every Show & Tell time.  Bonus points to you if it’s all three!

Be sure to let your child’s teacher know right away that your child is perfect, and that, if he is acting up, it’s just because he isn’t being challenged  by her teaching methods.  It’s extra helpful if you bring in brochures for seminars your child’s teacher can attend to learn the proper way to teach a child gifted such as yours is.

Order a margarita machine for the classroom Christmas party.

Have your child panic when he loses his tooth at school and can’t locate it. Only after his teacher has searched for the AWOL bony appendage for a minimum of 45 minutes should your child check in his own mouth and realize that he hadn’t lost the tooth at all. (Credit to Abe ‏@Cheeseboy22, who is a great 1st grade teacher and a very funny guy)

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 Make The Teacher Hate YouShow up at the end of the school day, as your child’s teacher is helping all of the children get ready to go home, and explain to him you’ll need all of the class lessons and homework for the following two weeks immediately, as you and your family are flying off to Aruba and have to be at the airport in less than an hour.

While you are on the trip, don’t have your child complete any of the assignments, and be sure to lose at least one of the textbooks and to get water damage on the others.

Make it a memorable year!

Remember, No Teacher Left Behind!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What else should I add to this list?  Shoot me a comment – I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Tuesday Tickles – odvc

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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Don’t miss a giggle.  ”Like” up my Facebook page, and 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.

Top 10 Lies Depression Tells

Top 10 Lies Depression Tells

by Gina Valley

Depression runs deep in my life. Many of the people dearest to me suffer with depression. It’s climbed through much of my family tree. It’s sunk its claws into many of my friends. It has taken the lives of many people who were dear to me.

Family Life Love 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 Top 10 Lies Depression TellsWhen I drive by a particular freeway interchange I think of someone I love who told me that, while in the depths of depression, it was the spot he’d picked out to end his life. There’s a bridge I pass every week from which a neighbor ended her life.  And, I’ll never forget the wails of grief I heard after informing the parents of a friend, who’d been in our wedding party, that he’d taken his own life.

Depression is many things. It’s a serious mental illness, and needs to be treated as such. It’s a chameleon, which appears in different forms and at different levels in different people. It has many different causes and, sometimes, no known cause at all.

Most of all, depression is a liar.

A big, fat liar.

Listen for these lies if you or someone you know suffers from depression:

Top 10 Lies Depression Tells

Lie #1:  This feeling will never change. – Truth #1:  Yes, it will. This feeling will change. You will not feel like this forever. Everything changes. Things always change. Hold on. Don’t give up.

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Lie #2:  Everyone would be better off without me. – Truth #2:  No one’s life is going to get better because you kill yourself. Quite the opposite will happen.  Family members, particularly your children, siblings, and parents, are much more likely to suffer from depression and to kill themselves, if you kill yourself. Close friends are similarly impacted.  One of the primary reasons for this is the despair experienced when someone we are close to takes his or her own life.  Hang on for them, if hanging on for your self is not enough. Don’t give up.

Lie #3:  No one will miss me. – Truth #3:  The aftermath of a suicide is horrendous. There is no funeral sadder than that of a suicide victim. I’ve been to many of them. At every one, the same phrase is heard over and over: if only he/she knew how many people cared about him/her. You have no idea how important you are to some people. Don’t leave them missing you. Don’t give up.

Lie #4:  I don’t matter. – Truth #4:  Yes you do. You do matter. You are valuable simply because you exist. You have amazing potential. Every day, every breath is a miracle, a chance to reach out and up and to do something no one but you is in the position to do. Don’t give up

Lie #5:  It’s my fault I feel this way. – Truth #5:  Depression is an illness, just as the flu and cancer are illnesses. It’s not your fault you have depression, just as it’s not your fault if you get the flu or cancer. Just as you would seek treatment for any illness, seek treatment for your depression. Don’t give up.

Family Life Love 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 Top 10 Lies Depression TellsLie #6:  No one cares. – Truth #6:  Many people care. But, people have to know you’re suffering before they can express that caring. Talk to the people in your life. Be honest. Be direct. Don’t expect them to know what you mean or what you are feeling. Tell them plainly. Ask for the help you need. Keep talking to people until you find someone who you feel cares and wants to help you.

Lie #7:  Nothing can help me. - Truth #7:  Research into depression is vast and ongoing. Treatment options are huge and varied. If one thing doesn’t work, try something else, or a combination of things. Effective treatment is available. Psychiatrists, psychologists, peer-counselors, support groups, medication, eating plans, exercise plans are some of the many possibilities to consider. There is effective help available for you. Keep looking. Don’t give up.

Lie #8:  No one will listen to me. – Truth #8:  Yes, they will. Keep talking. Someone will listen. Keep looking for that someone. Friend, neighbor, pastor, doctor, nurse, teacher, counselor, social worker, police officer, parent, coach, etc. Don’t give up.

Family Life Love 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 Top 10 Lies Depression TellsLie #9:  They’ll lock me up if I try to get some help. – Truth #9:  If you seek help, they will help you. No one is going to lock you up for seeking help. If you are a danger to yourself, more intensive help might be called for. Don’t fear that.  You are suffering from an illness. Get the treatment you need to feel better. Don’t give up.

Lie#10:  If I just thought more happy thoughts, this would go away. – Truth #10: Happy thoughts don’t cure illnesses. A positive attitude is always a good thing, but it won’t cure illnesses, not the flu, not cancer, not depression.  Do try to find some happy thoughts to entertain, but most importantly seek medical treatment.  Any doctor can help you get access to people who specialize in helping people who suffer from depression, people who can work with you to determine what you need to help you get well.

Don’t believe depression’s lies.

And, don’t give up.

-gina

In the US, The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

If you think you’re having a psychiatric emergency call 911 (If available in your area, or your local emergency services telephone number, if it is not), or go to the nearest emergency room.

Do you suffer from depression, or have you in the past? Who did you talk to about it? Do you know someone with depression?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Friday Funnies – oovc

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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

Complied by Gina Valley

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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 Finally, poultry and classical music combined for delicious humor!

 

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 I guess it depends on your point of view!

 

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 I’m sayin’!

 

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We’re supposed to clean those?!?!

 

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 We need one of these!!!

 

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 So wrong, but so funny!

 

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Some of us don’t quite have that down yet!!!

 

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Finally, a smutty grammar joke!

 

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I’m so gonna do this!!!

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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I’m a pro!!!

 

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You got it!

 

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This makes me laugh every time I see it (Now, this song will be stuck in my head for a week. Probably going to be stuck in yours, too. You’re welcome).

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:

I wrote a serious post recently. I hope you’ll read it and learn something to help yourself or someone you know:

Seriously Today – I Don’t Know What To Say (why I had to take 2 weeks off suddenly)

My recent humor posts include

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

Is That A Hole? (DIY is never easy),

The ER – Like Disneyland, But Cheaper (a viable vacation alternative),

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

Top 10 Signs It’s Humid (something weird is happening in Los Angeles),

Top 10 Things That Surprise Every Kid Every Time…Gina’s Favorites (Stuff kids never remember),

I’ve Got Your Mission Impossible RIGHT Here!!! (Sometimes, we’re called to help our fellow man).

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!

I’ve Got Your Mission Impossible RIGHT Here!!!

I’ve Got Your Mission Impossible RIGHT Here!!!

by Gina Valley

Part of any waiting room’s standard equipment is an endlessly buzzing florescent light, even if there are no visible florescent lights in the room.

But, not this waiting room.

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No, they clearly went with the deluxe package when choosing annoying features for this “relaxation” grotto.  The high-end Stark Iceberg White and Cornea-Burning Orange leather furniture provided not only a treat for the eyes, but, every time someone sat, stood up, or shifted their weight, for the ears, as well.

The art work hanging on the white and orange walls depicted trees in various states of decay. I think they did the photo shoot at The Munsters’ House.

But, there was a much more impressive addition to this cave of “calm.”

At first, I thought the annoying grinding sound was my brain over-heating from filling out 27 pages of paperwork about my child, all of the information requested, I’m reasonably sure, is already in her records. Don’t these people have computers?

But, even after I returned the stack of papers to the receptionist, and settled back into my white leather seat, the annoying sound continued.  I watch CSI.  I knew I could figure out where the origin of the offending auditory output was.

I strolled around the parent waiting room, pretending to check out the stacks of pamphlets on the side tables scattered throughout, all the while zeroing in on the source of the sound. Just to the side of the sole, paisley-covered chair in the sea of orange and white leather furniture I found it.

It was a white-noise machine, which, incidentally, was in fact literally white.  The entire machine was white. The speakers, the buttons, the handle, even the cord, all white.  The sound it put out, however, was anything but.

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I think it’s supposed to be producing the soothing sounds of the ocean. Perhaps they were going for the magical sound waves make when gently caressing the sand-covered shore.

What they got is a cross between static, humming, and an angry raccoon.

I know what happened. Someone told Someone Else to buy a “white-noise machine.” But, the Someone Else misunderstood, and instead bought a “white, noise-machine.”

Mystery solved, I returned to my chair, confident the knowledge of its origin would allow me to ignore the annoying sound.  I was wrong. I could not ignore it. Knowing where it was coming from just made me focus more intently on the sound. Plus, it was so loud, it was making the table next to me vibrate.

I tried to distract myself by answering emails on my phone, reading an article about the sleep patterns of pandas, and cleaning out my purse.  Nothing worked.  I got more and more irritated by that little, white, very noisy box.

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Soon I found myself wanting to destroy the white noise machine. I gave it the death stare, but it wouldn’t die. I considered stomping on it, but then I realized these people already have my credit card information. Something tells me our HMO doesn’t pay out for broken white noise machines.

When the receptionist stepped out, for what was her third restroom break in less than an hour (I think she might have a bladder problem…or maybe a Starbucks addiction), I took the opportunity to examine the box more closely.

All eyes were on me as I dashed ninja-like across the room, slid down into the paisley covered chair, and picked up the little white box. I knew it would be wrong to rip its guts out. Especially with the room full of witnesses.  Looking closely at the nondescript white cube, I saw that there were indented buttons with tiny letters engraved in them.

I found a button with letters “PWR” engraved in it. I was tempted to use it to turn off the evil little box, but I worried the receptionist would be alarmed by the silence and switch it back on. No, I had to come up with something less obvious.  The Mission Impossible theme song rang through my head.

I turned the little box around until I found my holy grail – the button with “VOL” engraved on it.  It was only set to 10 out of a possible 20, yet was loud enough to impeded conversations.  I worried that if it was set to 20 it would blow the windows out.

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I slowly placed a fingertip onto the VOL button. The Mission Impossible theme song playing in my head got a whole lot louder.

I pushed the button 3 times, and the read out switched to 7. The change in din was so significant that several other parents looked up from their iPads. I pushed it again, and heard sighs of relief echo from my fellow-waiting-room-mates.

Just then I heard the door knob jiggle, and hastily replaced the box. Every face snapped back to its previous activities, as the receptionist walked back in.  I quickly grabbed a magazine from the table next to me, and pretended to read it, while watching the receptionist ’s face for any sign she’d noticed the change.

She stopped about halfway across the room, and looked around.  It seemed as though she’d noticed something was amiss. I was worried she’d turn the blasted thing back up.  She stopped when her eyes met mine.

“You know what?” she said?

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“What?” I asked, my voice much squeakier than it had been since 4th grade, when I was interrogated by our dreaded teacher, Mrs. Greer, about who had been the mastermind behind the group effort to flick pencil pieces into her beehive hair-do.

(Yes, it was me. No, I didn’t crack. Yes, I might have said that I was pretty sure her hair was like that when she arrived that morning, and perhaps she should check with her husband. The principal said that he didn’t think that was funny, but I noticed he sure seemed to be working hard not to laugh while she told him about it.)

“I left the key in the bathroom,” the receptionist answered.  I heard someone on the other side of the room sigh with relief.  She must not have been too worried about restroom security, because she didn’t go back for the key.

I was wishing I’d pushed the button another time or two, when I remembered our dear receptionist had a 4-times-or-more-an-hour-restroom break habit.  I figured she’d be out the door again in 15 minutes, or less. So, I sat next to the noise maker, flipping through the magazine pages. Waiting.

I still heard the Mission Impossible theme song in my head. Actually, it might just have been me humming it. I noticed several other parents occasionally throwing a curious glance my way.

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Thirteen and a half minutes later, our dear receptionist headed out the door, with what must’ve been a spare restroom key. As the door shut, I noticed that every eye in the room was on me.  I picked up the little white cubic offender, and located the “VOL” button again.

I pushed the button twice.  There was an amazing drop in the noise level. I could feel my tension headache beginning to subside, and I heard someone let out an audible sigh of relief, as though they’d just been released from bondage.  Then, just for good measure, I pushed the button twice more. The readout read “1”.  The sound from the machine was a barely audible buzz, which is what I think it was supposed to be in the first place.

Just then, the door knob jiggled, signaling the return of our dear receptionist. Every head snapped back to its reading material or electronic device. I practically threw the white box back to the floor, and grabbed my magazine.

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She’s a speedy restroom visitor, our dear receptionist.  She went straight to her desk, and began shuffling papers around.

I looked around the waiting room. I saw smiles on every parent’s face. A couple even did a little silent applause. Nothing like living through a top secret mission to bring people together.

Now that the “relaxing” sound had been reduced to a tolerable din I headed back to my white leather chair, where I knew I would have no trouble focusing on that article about the sleeping patterns of pandas.

Until our dear receptionist needed a better look at the papers on her desk.

She clicked on the desk lamp next to her.  It was a small lamp, shaped like a withering tree. It was probably a designer, one-of-a-kind piece.  Or, maybe it was from WalMart. I’m no lamp expert.

But, there was one thing I knew about that creepy looking lamp.  It was fitted with a florescent bulb that was on its last leg.  There was no doubt about it, because it immediately began buzzing, as only a dying florescent bulb can.

I looked around the room. Every eye was on me.

The Mission Impossible theme song started up again in my head.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What horrific foes have you had to battle while waiting?  Don’t you think running to the bathroom 4 times an hour is a bit too much?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.