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It’s Another Duh! Moment

It’s Another Duh! Moment

by Gina Valley

This morning I went to get my nails done at a place I’d never been to before.  I didn’t want anything fancy.  No bejeweled claws.  No sparkly pictures.  Just maintenance.  Just my standard “please paint on that magic stuff you have that keeps them from cracking and bleeding while I do 5 million dishes this week” protocol.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Duh Moments Dumb Mistakes Nail Polish Ice Cream Key Car Password Name Deadline Undies FishWhen I sat down at nail station #2 to wait for Lisa to work her magic, I noticed the small fan on her counter had lots of different colored splotches of nail polish stuck on the front.   Presumably, customers who were drying their nails in front of it had bumped into the fan, thereby messing up her fine work.

I thought to myself, “Obviously, you’re not supposed to put your hand close enough to the fan to touch it. Duh!”

Now, granted, I’m too uncoordinated to do a decent job painting my own nails (when I paint them, people compliment me for being “patient enough to let my kids do my nails.”).  But, even I know not to bounce them off metal objects for the first hour or so until the polish has hardened.  After that, I don’t know about other people, but I spend most of my day looking for metal objects to bounce my nails off of.  It beats doing laundry.

Thinking about all those people banging their freshly painted nails into that fan made me giggle right there at nail station #2.  Talk about your Duh! moments!  While Lisa busied herself making my hands look like they belonged to a grownup again, I thought about some of my less than finer moments.  I’ve had some real Duh!’s myself.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Duh Moments Dumb Mistakes Nail Polish Ice Cream Key Car Password Name Deadline Undies FishThere was the time I couldn’t get the trunk of my car open at the grocery store.  As the carton of ice cream sat in the basket rapidly dissolving, I tried my key over and over again.   Turns out, my key doesn’t open the trunk of the stranger’s car parked next to mine.  Who knew?  Well, I mean besides the stranger who got out of the car and pointed out he was pretty sure my car key wouldn’t work in his trunk.

Duh!

I remembered when I was cutting a deadline very, very close, and couldn’t get my access code to let me into the computer network.  I was so frustrated that my password wouldn’t work, even though I was sure I was typing it in correctly.  In desperation I called tech support and reached a very polite and patient representative (so patient that I wondered if they had medicated him) named Daniel.

Daniel patiently explained to me that I was, in fact, typing my password correctly.  But, I couldn’t log in because I was spelling my own name wrong.

Duh!

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Duh Moments Dumb Mistakes Nail Polish Ice Cream Key Car Password Name Deadline Undies FishOf course, I thought about the time I was rushing to get dressed after my shower, and, finding my undie drawer surprisingly empty, I quickly grabbed a clean, white pair of boxers out of The Professor’s drawer.  I jumped into them before pulling on my white pants and nearly running out the door, barely in time to make my first appointment.

After a long day of meetings I met The Professor for dinner.  As he pulled out my chair, he said, “Did you borrow my white boxers?”

I was surprised he could tell, and asked how he knew.

He said, “Because when I was at camp with the boys last month, they painted a big fish on the back of them, and I can see it on your bum right through your pants.”

Duh!

About then I realized I’d need to spend a few extra minutes with Lisa.  I needed her to redo 3 of my nails.

There was a new color on the fan.

And, it was mine.

Duh!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What’s your fondest Duh! moment?  What happened?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

18 Responses
  • dadblunders
    January 12, 2013

    GREAT POST!!!!!

    • gina valley
      January 14, 2013

      I believe I hear the comment police knocking at your door, Aaron! Lol!

    • gina valley
      January 20, 2013

      Great comment!!!! 🙂

  • dadblunders
    January 12, 2013

    Gina,

    You still crack me up! I have a couple of moms that never cease to amaze me (and you are most definitely one of them) with their wit, humor and comedic timing. I love reading your posts and have so missed reading them the last couple of months when life got far to complicated. I am really working on getting back into the habit at what I do second best in my life (writing and sharing with others). I will always be best at being a dad and a husband.

    One of my “duh” moments actually happened recently. I was putting my son in the backseat in his car seat (like normal). I then proceeded to get in the front seat and start the car. As I was proceeding to back out of the parking spot I started looking for my drink (you probably know where this is going). As I drove down the street fate showed me that I had left the drink on the roof (as the drink proceeded to rundown the windshield……(who knew that wiper fluid and coke don’t really mix that good either)

    Aaron 🙂

    • gina valley
      January 14, 2013

      Hey Aaron!

      I’ve missed bumping into you, too. But, I know your life has been going through a lot of extra bumps. I hope the next few months are a lot less eventful for you. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have time to get bored?!?! I think it is great, though, that through everything you always keep the main things the main thing – that of being a devoted husband and dad.

      I think I’ve done the tea-on-the-roof thing too many times to count! Lol! It’s a great way to start off the day with a boost in your self-esteem! I’m glad it was just your soda and not Xan on the roof! 🙂

      Thank you for the compliments! Can you see my head swelling from there? 😉

      -gina

  • Andi-Roo (@theworld4realz)
    January 13, 2013

    LMAO! Gina, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has “DUH” moments! I, too, have attempted to open a stranger’s car. Only, in my case, the key actually worked. It took me several moments to understand why the interior of this car did not look exactly as I had left it. I was so-so-so embarrassed when the owner asked WT-flying-F I was doing in her car! Yikes! Thank goodness she had a good sense of humor.

    And Aaron — I left my son’s sneakers on the roof of the car once. We were leaving one of those Mc-Play-Land places + we were in such a hurry that I carried him out w/o putting on his shoes, got him all buckled in, + drove away. They were a cute pair, too — Toy Story sneaks — kid is 19 now but still gives me a hard time for losing his favorite shoes, lolz! “DUH” indeed! 🙂

    • gina valley
      January 14, 2013

      Hiya Andi!

      I think I have enough Duh! moments for the both of us. Sometimes I’m so glad that my thoughts aren’t broadcast to the world so they won’t know the stupid thing I was thinking, at least not until I publish about it! Lol!

      I’m glad I’m not the only car impaired person. So embarrassing! One time I was trying to get my key to work in the door, and I realized it wasn’t our car, not because it wasn’t unlocking, but because I noticed how nice and tidy the interior was. I felt like an idiot AND a slob! Lol!

      It is amazing how kids hold onto those moments. You really need to find him a giant pair of Toy Story sneakers! Let me know his size and I’ll keep my eyes open for some, too! 🙂

      -gina

  • familytravelsonabudget
    January 16, 2013

    Oh how funny!!! Why do we consider others more “duh” capable than we are?
    Thanks for sharing the name/password problem. I always feel so dumb when I call tech support. Glad I’m in good company!

    • gina valley
      January 20, 2013

      Lately I’ve had so many Duh! moments that I am surprised when I have a day without one! Lol!

      I wish, just once, when I call tech support they would say, “Well, that is a very perplexing problem!” instead of just telling me how to fix it in two keystrokes.

  • Pam from Two Loons
    January 16, 2013

    Oh gosh, this had me laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes. I can only imagine seeing that big fish!

    • gina valley
      January 20, 2013

      Thank you, Pam! I’m always happy to share some giggles!

  • kenyagjohnson
    January 16, 2013

    LOL!!! I have a habit of curling my toes under, especially when I’m on the computer. You really can’t paint over carpet fibers.

    • gina valley
      January 20, 2013

      Lol! I have often wished fuzzy nails were hip because I am forever getting fuzz of all kinds stuck in them!

  • Courtney~Club-Content
    January 16, 2013

    Oh, so funny! Love the fish on the tushy;)

    • gina valley
      January 20, 2013

      Thank you, Courtney! I thought I was going to die when I realized how many people had seen me walking around like that all day!

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