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Well, THAT’S Not A Kodak Moment!

Well, THAT’S Not A Kodak Moment!

by Gina Valley

It’s that time of year.

I’m a bit envious of all the Hallmark and Kodak moments everyone seems to be having.  It’s even worse now that they arrive via email and Facebook, along with the ever faithful snail mail batches.

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What we have is closer to America’s Funniest Video moments, except that, of course, no one brought the video camera, and even if they had, it’s not charged and the memory card is full.

We have moments like when I noticed my youngest son had something brown running down his leg when he got out of our van in the school parking lot. Keep in mind his leg was in pristine, post-shower condition when we left our house, so the mystery substance was somehow acquired en route to school, while in our van.

My husband gave me the “Don’t ask! Don’t tell!” look that parents often exchange when they know there is no way the answer can be good news.  I, fool that I am, ignored him and asked our son what was running down his leg.  He shrugged, and said, “I dunno.” Then, he stuck his finger in it and tasted it, before pronouncing it “Bar B Q sauce!”  I had an “I’m Not Sure Whether I Should Throw Up Or Laugh” moment.

We have moments like when my oldest daughter over-slept, and we were all in our van waiting none-to-patiently for her when she came dashing out of our house, dressed in her school uniform, and practically threw herself into our van. She was carrying her shoes and backpack while she frantically brushed her hair and tucked in her school uniform shirt.

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I immediately drove off, as we were so far past late at that point we were almost early for the next time. As I pulled into the church parking lot, she asked, “Why are we stopping at church?” to which her oldest brother replied, “because it’s Sunday morning, smart one. Nice outfit, by the way.” My daughter, then, had an “I Need A Hole To Crawl Into Now” moment.

We have moments like when I went to have the nail lady make me look like a grown up again (I really should not be allowed near nail polish.  It’s not my gift) & our boy puppy, (despite the fact that I gave him his medicine, which has the side effect of making him sleep for a couple hours, before I left) apparently only slept for a couple minutes, got bored, and shredded everything he could get his paws on in our family room, including all of the empty gift bags I had bought the day before to use for Christmas gifts.

As if his destruction was incomplete, while I was gathering up the tattered remains of the formerly beautiful gift bags, our puppy stood in the middle of the mess and started to make that sound that every dog owner dreads: the sound that signals something is about to make a reappearance that should not be making a reappearance. The sound that something evil this way comes. The sound that triggers screaming and the rushing of the canine out of the house.

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But, he’s young and pliable and quick, and I couldn’t catch him, much less relocate him, prior to his completing his re-visitation with the ingested gift bag parts.  I braced myself in anticipation of his “I Ate Too Much Shredded Paper” moment.

Turns out, he didn’t have an “I Ate Too Much Shredded Paper” moment.

No, he had an “I Ate Too Much Glitter…And Someone’s Glove” moment.

I, then, had a “Yet Another Reason I Hate Glitter” moment.

Immediately followed by an “Oh Crud, That’s My Glove” moment.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What kind of moments are you having? Is your family more Kodak or crazy moment prone? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

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A Failure To Communicate…Gina’s Favorites

A Failure To Communicate…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

For Throwback Day this week, laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post

A Failure To Communicate

What we have is a failure to communicate.

When my son told me that his homework was done last night, I thought he meant that his homework was done. No no poo poo.

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“My homework is done” is not the only misleading phrase in the child/parent language lexicon.

“My room is clean” is another family communication train derailer.  Amateur parents think that “My room is clean” means “My room is clean.”  Not so, my friends.

“My room is clean” means “I have stopped cleaning my room” or “I never actually started cleaning my room” or “I found a cool dead bug in my room” or “I have rebuilt every one of my Lego vehicles. Twice.” or “I sprayed Febreze in my closet and you can’t really smell that ‘something died in here’ sneaker-smell as much now” or “I pushed everything from the floor of my room out into the hall” or “I haven’t even been in my room.”  But, “My room is clean” does not mean “My room is clean.”

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“I fed the dog” means “I have at some point in my life fed a dog, possibly even our dog, on some occasion, but probably not today” or “The dog ate 2 pairs of my socks and my report about the Mayans, so I think he’s all set food-wise for today” or “The dog food smells gross and I don’t want to touch it” or “I left the jar of peanut butter out, so the dog fed himself” or “Why do I always have to do everything?”.  But, “I fed the dog” does not mean “I fed the dog.”

When parents say “I’m ready for bed,” they’re ready for bed.  Not so with children.

“I’m ready for bed” means “I am ready to start asking questions about the JFK conspiracy, why the sky is blue, and where babies come from” or “I have not bathed, showered, brushed my teeth, put on pajamas, or used the loo, and, the second you tuck me into bed, I will insist on doing each of those things” or “I am not in my bed nor near my bed, and I have no intention of lying down in, much less remaining in my bed anytime soon” or “I’m hungry and thirsty.” But, “I’m ready for bed” does not mean “I’m ready for bed.”

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Usually, “It’s mine” means “I want it” or “I took it” or “I like it” or “I found it” or “It’s yours, but I’m keeping it” or “It was in my closet” or “I shoplifted it while you were schmoozing with the butcher” or “I will not give it up without an explosion on par with a thermonuclear detonation.”

Unless a child says “It’s mine” about a mess.

Then, it really is his or hers.  But, it’s also a sign that you need to head to the pediatrician immediately, because no well-child admits a mess is theirs.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What phrases in your house need translating?  Do you have a failure to communicate?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.  You’re here already anyway, so, you might as well go for it.

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Tuesday Tickles – udovc

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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 STUPID Things I’m Thankful For

Top 10 STUPID Things I’m Thankful For

by Gina Valley

Maybe the reason I’m critical of those 30 Days of Thankfulness lists is that I don’t have such a grandiose compilation.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly thankful for the biggies: health, friends, family, and my Savior.

But, it just seems like most of the time when I hear myself offering up spontaneous thanks, it’s for much less impressive stuff.  Stuff that’s less grand and more oh duh.

You know, stupid stuff.

Top 10 STUPID Things I’m Thankful For

#10.  That a cup of tea doesn’t turn into Jello when I reheat it for the 47th time in one day, because I can’t seem to remember to drink it during that 3 second period when it’s between scorching hot and ice cold.

#9.  That my thoughts are not broadcast to the world during my time in the morning carpool line at the middle school…or during the last PTA meeting.

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#8.  That it makes me smile when I look at a digital clock and it’s 12:34.

#7.  When the doorbell rings, and there isn’t any AWOL underwear lying around to hide…in our dining room…again.

#6.  That socks aren’t foot dependent, as far as which to apply them to.

#5.  That my daughter told me that her friend’s mom is more unreasonable about wanting her house clean than I am.

#4.  That our dogs cannot speak to me… or about me.

#3.  That I was on the phone with her, so she couldn’t see the expression on my face, when my Great Aunt Celia told me recently that she doesn’t think deodorant is safe, has decided to stop wearing it, and wants me to check to see if she smells bad the next time I stop by

#2.  That Amazon stocks 1591 natural, organic, safe deodorant products and will ship 295 of them in one day.

#1.  That my son told me that the chicken I made for him to take to dinner with a group of his friends was so good that his vegetarian friend ate a couple pieces.

If these made you giggle, I’m thankful for that, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you made a grand list of your thankfulness-es? Or, do you keep it spontaneous?  What silly things are you thankful for? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Friday Funnies – ucvc

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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 –

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

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Oh, how it hurts!!!

 

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Parallel parking is hard!!!

 

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Step away from the bubble…especially you teenagers!

 

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I just love this one!!!

 

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They are! They really are!!!

 

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Hmmm. Maybe you shouldn’t put your playground next to a grizzly bear. Just sayin’.

 

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It is! It so is!!!

 

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I think I have a couple relatives living on that road!!!

 

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I’ll bet that letter is to the cable company!!!

 

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Our dogs have also been a big help while we are trying to DIY our bathroom! Infinitely helpful!

 

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I really hope that’s contagious!

 

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They freak him out because they are so small!

 

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Be sure to check your hood and under your car for stray cows before you start your engine!

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).

My pins for the week are here on my Latest Great Pins Board.

 

This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

Funnies – usvc (a weeks worth of funnies),

Top 10 Topics My Sons Are Bickering About (they can argue about anything!),

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

I Am A Horrible Person…Gina’s Favorites (those posts drive me crazy!).

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 Am A Horrible Person…Gina’s Favorites

I Am A Horrible Person…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina  Valley

For Throwback Day this week, laugh along with this timely Gina’s Favorites post.

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I hate those November Daily “I’m thankful for…” posts on Facebook.

I am a horrible person. I admit it.

I know that’s terrible.  It’s such a nice thing for people to do.  I’ve even complained about people’s general lack of gratitude on several occasions.

But, I can’t help myself.  I hate those.

I don’t know what exactly it is about them, but the second I see one my eyes involuntarily roll so hard I can see my brain.  If they’re numbering the days then I get a solid two rolls in.

I’m especially horrible because I have done the whole November daily “I’m thankful for…” on Facebook thing myself before, and even then it irritated me.  That’s got to be more than wrong.

Why can’t I rejoice instead of grimace when Sally broadcasts how thankful she is for all her Great Aunt Marge has done for her?  You remember Aunt Marge.  She’s the one who ran over Sally’s foot with her car last year, and then set fire to Sally’s Christmas tree after Sally brought home a brochure from Golden Acres.

Maybe Sally ought to be expressing her thankfulness for quality insurance coverage and a low deductible!

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How come I have trouble swallowing Lannie’s expression of thankfulness for “everyone in my life – you know who you are!”?  Obviously, Lannie is happy to share her feelings about people, since 3 weeks ago she pointed out that she has been stabbed in the back by “everyone in my life – you know who you are!”

Lannie ought to be expressing thanks for not getting a gnarly whiplash from that mood swing.

And, much as I am rejoicing along with Deena that her little Lawrence has overcome his biting habit and moved on to “bigger and better” things, and I’m not sure that goosing his teacher every time she walks by is truly bigger or better.

Perhaps Deena ought to be grateful Ms. Spritz is not litigious.

Maybe I’m just envious because no one wants to hear that I’m thankful we figured out a way to make concrete at home, which involves running a full canister of oatmeal (quick cook or regular) through the dishwasher. Twice, apparently.

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Or, perhaps I’m jaded because no one seems impressed that our dog has finally figured out which door leads to the outside, and no longer goes into the powder room or  garage while trying to get out of our house. Most of the time.  Well, more like 50/50, but still an improvement.

I don’t know why I can’t seem to bring myself to be whole heartedly-supportive of the Facebooky thankfulness efforts of others.  I really should figure out why that is.

But not right now.

Right now I gotta update my Facebook with “I’ll be thankful when these stupid ‘I’m thankful for…’ things are done.”

I mean that in a thankful way.  Of course.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

How do you feel about those November daily thankfulness posts on Facebook?  What do you feel guilty about being irritated by?  Are you a horrible person, too?  Should we get matching t-shirts?  Nothing white, though.  I’m a spiller!  Shoot me a comment.  I look forward to hearing what you think.

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Tuesday Tickles – uuvc

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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 Topics My Sons Are Bickering About

Top 10 Topics My Sons Are Bickering About

by Gina Valley

They say children help you live longer. I say it just feels longer.

Take yesterday afternoon, for example.

Please, take it.

I had planned a relaxing afternoon for our family. Unfortunately, I neglected to consult the Calendar Of Childish Insanity prior to making my plans.

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What did they bicker about? What didn’t they bicker about would be an easier to answer question. But, here’s a few of the vitally important topics they decided to debate in a seemingly unending manner:

Top 10 Topics My Sons Are Bickering About

#10.  The correct way to pronounce “era.” It’s ear-uh! It’s air-uh! It’s enough to drive everyone around them insane.

#9.  Is it ok to eat the bread (cracker piece) before the wine (grape juice) when you’re taking communion. Yes, that was the argument they were having when our pastor had to stop preaching to shush them.

#8.  Whether trumpets or saxophones are better…for killing zombies.  I guess they want to be prepared in case zombies show up at their next band concert.

#7.  Which of our dogs is smarter. I’ve got news for them – I don’t think either dog is going to be asked to join Mensa anytime soon.

#6.  Whose turn it was to tell their sister that it’s her turn to take out the trash. I think I saw the cat roll his eyes before burying his head under a pillow during this exchange.

#5.  Whose boxers are on the floor in our dining room. Yes, dining room. They argued about this for half an hour, and then decided the boxers did not belong to either of them. Apparently, they believe our neighbors are dropping by in the middle of the night, and leaving underwear in our dining room.

#4.  Why a pencil is called a “pencil.” Seriously. This banter was so horrible it even sucked the life out of our few living houseplants.

#3.  Which of the twin brothers who are teachers at their school looks more like “that guy in that movie.” That’s right, they couldn’t remember the guy’s name or the movie’s name, and were undeterred by the fact that these 2 men are identical twins.

#2.  Who should have to get out of our van first? Keep in mind this lovely discussion, complete with insults and whining, took place while the two boys, who normally race to see who can get out first, were seated exactly equal distances from the door, both, apparently wanting to live out their days inside of our van.

#1.  Whether some guy, named Zak, cheated when he ran a 6 minute mile in PElast year. They nearly came to blows over this one, and, frankly, I don’t even know who the heck Zak is, much less care if he cheated.

Now, where did I put those boarding school brochures?

And, do they take moms?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you been witness to a marathon bicker-fest in your family? Anyone grumpy in your neck of the woods? How do you handle it? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Funnies – usvc

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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

Complied by Gina Valley

Visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” it up.

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

 

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Yeah! Just hold your horses…er uh…reindeer.

 

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Well, that just makes good sense.

 

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Well, first, I’d probably pass out.

 

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…especially for that nap time!

 

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…or, maybe a little after that.

 

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Now that’s some Common Sense math!

 

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This kid clearly has a future with Hallmark.

 

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They’re never quite the same as the original.

 

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 …and the whinier the tone, the better!

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).

My pins for the week are here on my Latest Great Pins Board.

 

This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

I talked about my daughter becoming a crime victim in my Seriously Today – I’m Angry! post.

My recent humor posts include

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

If You See Hoohahs, It Must Be Halloween!!!…Gina’s Favorites (what is the deal with costumes these days?!?!),

Top 10 Signs You’ve Had TOO MUCH Candy (is it time for a sweet intervention?),

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

Top 10 Ways I’m TOO WIMPY For The Military…Gina’s Favorites ().

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!

Top 10 Ways I’m TOO WIMPY For The Military…Gina’s Favorites

Top 10 Ways I’m TOO WIMPY For The Military…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

We’re coming up on Veteran’s Day this week, so it’s a great time to think about and appreciate the sacrifices our military personnel and their families make to take care of us.
It’s also a good time to giggle, because every military person I know enjoys a good laugh. So, for Throwback Day this week, laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Top 10 Ways I’m Too Wimpy For The Military

I have the utmost respect for those who have and do serve in our military.  They and their families make tremendous sacrifices to keep me and my family secure.

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 Top 10 Ways I’m TOO WIMPY For The Military...Gina's Favorites Veteran’s DayI appreciate their service so much, especially since I could never do it.

Top 10 Ways I’m Too Wimpy For The Military

#10.  I can’t have the different foods on my plate touch.  If the
mash potatoes get on my cucumber slices, we’ll need to call in a HazMat team to deal with that guck.

#9.  I eat chips with chopsticks.  I don’t often eat chips, but when I do, I use chopsticks.  I can’t stand that greasy feeling on my hand.  I don’t skip the fried chicken for health.  I pass over it because thinking about its grease getting on my hands gives me the shudders.

#8.  I have to have a variety of shoes.  I love combat boots as much as the next girl, but sometimes, it’s just not a “black boot” kind of day.  What if I drove the tank into a ditch and needed something to lift my spirits?  Running down to the PX to pick up yet another pair of black combat boots just isn’t going to do it for me.  A girl needs choices.  A girl needs options.  A girl needs stilettos.

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 Top 10 Ways I’m TOO WIMPY For The Military...Gina's Favorites Veteran’s Day#7.  I have terrible depth perception.  Throw a Frisbee at me and it will bounce right off my head.  And, that’s if visibility conditions are optimal.  Make it dusk or windy or have a squirrel dash by and I probably won’t see you or the Frisbee at all.  “How far away is the enemy?”  “I don’t know. 100 yards? 10 feet? I’m not sure.  He does seem to be getting larger, so I assume he’s getting closer.” Yeah, that’d go over well.

#6.  I can’t remember what acronyms mean.  I even had to look up how to spell “acronym.”  Civilians start saying TBH, or YOLO, or WTH, and my eyes glaze over.   To think that AAA, RSS, HALO, and CASEX (I’ll wait here while you look that one up) all have totally different meanings in the military and civilian worlds ensures I would never be able to break through the letter language barrier (I’m still not sure if MRE is “meals – ready to eat” or “mess – refusing to exit,” but I don’t like the sound of it either way.  Something tells me that presentation, which Martha says is really the most important part of a meal, is somewhat lacking).

#5.  I don’t like being screamed at in the morning.  Although each of my children has taken a turn helping me to train in this area for years, I still don’t like it or respond well to it.  When faced with someone yelling at me, especially early in the morning, I tend to get a little Hulk-like, and I don’t mean in the good way, either.

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 Top 10 Ways I’m TOO WIMPY For The Military...Gina's Favorites Veteran’s Day#4.  I hate camping.  I have camped. I’m sure I will camp again (I have children.  I think I’m legally obligated to sleep next to them outside in the dirt at least a minimum number of times).  But, I hate camping.  We have buildings and plumbing and washing machines now.  I don’t want to roast MRE’s over a fire (you see what I did there?) or to sleep in a “building” that has fabric for walls and a zipper in place of a dead bolt.  Isn’t this why God invented hotels with room service?

#3.  I’m not good at the wait around thing.  Just waiting 10 minutes in the carpool lane at my kids’ school is nearly enough to send me off of the deep end, and I’ve got a cell phone, laptop, and book to keep me busy.  I can only imagine how crazy I’d go hunkered down in an APC with 12 of my closest friends, waiting for days for some bad guy who may or may not happen into our area.  I’d flip out.

#2.  My room is never clean and organized.  Military corners on my bed?  I don’t even make my bed.  I do make an attempt when my mother is coming to visit, but it usually looks worse after I’m done than before I started.

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 Top 10 Ways I’m TOO WIMPY For The Military...Gina's Favorites Veteran’s Day#1.  I don’t jump out of airplanes.  I’m not a big fan of the “fly in a giant airplane” thing to begin with.  But, once I’ve talked myself into boarding it, I see absolutely no reason to jump out of a perfectly healthy airplane.  Having a giant sheet in a backpack on my back would only serve to give me something else to worry about.  Are those things tumble-dry or do they have to be hung on a line to air dry?  Heaven knows you don’t want to shrink that sucker.

Bonus Reason:  Heat and humidity make my hair expand.  I’m not talking about a little endearing, pesky frizz or unruliness.  I am talking about life-of-its-own, ever expanding, animated, visible from space, no-helmet-could-contain expansion.  What good would it do for my peers to be dressed in camouflage, when my hair would signal to everyone on the planet, and on most other planets, exactly where we are?

I am so thankful for the men and women who serve in our military.

And, I am sure they are so thankful that I do not.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Did you serve in the military?  What was your favorite part of serving?  What did you struggle with?  Do you have family members who served?  Are you wimpy like me?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

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