I’m NOT Freaking Out…Yet…Gina’s Favorites

As I’m spending extra time celebrating with my family, today’s post is one of my favorites from the past.

I’m NOT Freaking Out…Yet…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

Ok, I am officially stressed out by how much I still need to do today.

I admit it.

I’m not in a full on panic or at freak out stage, but the day’s not over yet.

I’m not ready for Christmas.  I’m behind in work, too.  I haven’t had enough play time with my kids.

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To help myself relax a bit as I’m out amongst the throngs, hunting for trinkets, prime rib, and Skylanders, I’m reminding myself of all of the good things about being way behind and unorganized this year.

Why I’m Glad I Waited Until The Last Second To Shop This Year:

Quick decisions – It is so much easier to make quick decisions when that is my only option. I know that if I hesitate, some blue-haired lady hopped up on Starbucks and Cinnabon will knock me out of the way and grab all the Care Bears while I’m weighing the pros and cons of Sunshine Bear versus Cares A lot Bear.  What I really need is a “Back Off, Lady!” Bear.

None of that annoying shopping around for the best price – You got it in stock? Sold!  I’ll take it. It’s kind of like coming to terms with having to pay Amazon for one day shipping.  It’s the last minute.  I’m beaten.  Take all my money.

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Inspiration for future projects – I’m picking up all kinds of ideas for work in the future.  Right now I’m envisioning a reality show called “The Most Bitter Man In The World.”  We’ll be able to find plenty of contestants by trawling around women’s fitting rooms and talking to guys holding purses, mumbling, and constantly checking their watches.

Reminded about the needy – This time of year, in the rush to provide that magical, goody-filled experience for my kids, it’s easy to forget about those who have real needs.  Standing in line at the mall I have only to look around to see that I’m surrounded by truly needy people.  So far I’ve counted 23 women and 6 men who truly need bras, innumerable teenage girls who truly need more fabric, and 57 parents who truly need soap to wash their mouths out from Santa this year.  And, I haven’t even been to Toys R Us yet.

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Holiday! You better holiday–ing listen to me you little holiday-er.  I have been to 4 holiday-ing stores looking for that holiday-ing toy and when I holiday-ing called here some holiday-er told me that you holiday-ing had plenty of the holiday-ers. Now you go holiday-ing find me one or I’m gonna put my holiday-ing foot up your holiday-ing mistletoeHoliday! (note: I have substituted “mistletoe” for a slightly different word that described a body part)

I couldn’t help but wish the man a “Merry Christmas!” as I passed by him.

Great training for a Zombie apocalypse – Hanging out with weary, angry aggressive shoppers is a surprisingly realistic approximation for running among the throngs of the un-dead. Trying to keep possession of a giant Skylander all the way to the registers at the front of the store is an excellent way to train for Walking Dead.  I’m pumped up.

I feel better now. I hope you do, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What’s something ridiculous you’ve come across while preparing this year?  How do you keep a good attitude?  Who is the grumpiest person and who is the most cheerful in your neck of the woods? Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Gift…Gina’s Favorites

Gift…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

As I’m spending extra time celebrating with my family, today’s post is one of my favorites from the past.

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Gift

Good news

Great joy

Mighty king

Tiny boy

Free gift

Priceless love

Adoration

From above

Shining wonder

Angels sing

Enduring hope

Peace He brings

-gina valley

Merry Christmas to you and yours.  May you feel the Love of Christmas all through the year.

 

Photo courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission

Lessons From The Amazing Mall Mania

Lessons From The Amazing Mall Mania

by Gina Valley

I’m way behind with my Christmas prep this year, so I’ve been doing last minute shopping.  Judging by the crowds I’ve encountered, so has everyone else.

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For example, never assume that just because something is in a store, wearing a price tag that it’s for sale.  I foolishly thought that the books in the giant pyramid made up of the latest book by the late Tom Clancy were for sale when I spied it at Costco.   But, after she scanned the copy I’d put in my cart, the cashier scowled and interrogated me, “Where did you get this book?  It’s not allowed to be sold until next week.  Where did you get it? Where?!?!”

I debated with myself about whether to tell her, “I crafted it at home and brought it in just to mess up your day” or “If I go down, I’m taking all of you with me!”  But, since her right eye was already twitching, and she seemed the type to have an itchy trigger finger, I went with “A one arm man dropped that into my cart.”

If she got the joke, her stare didn’t reveal it.  The way she violently scanned my bananas, though, did seem to reveal her hatred of the yellow fruit.  Sad, as banana haters are a lonely bunch (see what I did there?).

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I encountered just such a situation (still can’t fathom what was holding these people’s attention as the knife-man sliced up every day, sliceable stuff, i.e. like bread, meat and cheese.  “We grasp the cheese firmly, then we slice easily. We grasp the bread firmly, then we slice easily…”).  I thought that, as it appeared to be made from 4×4’s, that the pillow corral was quite sturdy, and could easily support the pressure of me leaning against it.

Well, I was wrong.

The entire corral gave way and collapsed around me with a disturbing crash, burying me in pillows and 4×4’s.  Fortunately, there was a giant crowd there to witness the collapse, and to capture my embarrassment on their cell phones (it didn’t really happen if no one snaps a pic with their cell phone). The embarrassment that flooded through me as I felt myself rapidly descending into the pillow pit was quickly replaced by shock, when I opened my eyes, looked up, and saw a large man holding an even larger knife leaning over me.

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 Totally Lessons From The Great Mall Mania Christmas ShoppingFor a second there, I thought I was about to become part of the knife-man’s demonstration (“We grasp the clumsy woman firmly, then we slice easily…”).

After I tunneled out the back of the avalanche site, I was ready to end my time of retail torment.  At the end of our excellent adventure, is a vital lesson to remember.

The checkout lines were daunting.   I announced loudly how surprised I was to see, in the very back of the store, a display of iPod Touches marked down to $59.95.  The crowd disappeared quicker than homemade fudge on Christmas Eve.

Worked like a charm.

Except that my husband and teenagers got swept away with the crowd.

On the other hand, the ride home was quite peaceful.

Laugh Out loud!

-gina

What lessons have you learned as you face the battlefield of store aisles this holiday season?  Have you caused any avalanches?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Friday Funnies – dvvt

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It’s Friday.

End of the week.

Start of the weekend.

 

Pull up a chair, and grab the beverage and snack of your choice.

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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It was bound to happen!

 

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Great plan!

 

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I don’t see how this can end well.

 

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LOVE that!

 

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I think mine are in the laundry.

 

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Maybe double that for this time of year.

 

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That’s right. And, I’m not ready!

 

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He looks a bit inconvenienced to me.

 

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I want to be on timeout!

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

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Every time I think I have this right I have it wrong!

 

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We really do have A LOT in common.

 

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I always wondered how paper beat rock!

 

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…does whatever a spider can…

 

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Gonna do this with my littles!

 

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Painful even to look at!

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 – dtvt (a weeks worth of funnies),

Top 10 Signs It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (undeniable proof Christmas is coming),

A Hunting We Will Go…Gina’s Favorites (joys and insanity of family time),

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

Hanging Out With The Boys (making cookies & craziness).

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!

Hanging Out With The Boys

Hanging Out With The Boys

By Gina Valley

Today I’m hanging out with all the cool peeps over at Dads Round Table.

Join me at Dads Round Table to read my The Spirit Of Giving Just Stabbed Me With A Fork post. It’s my sweet, tender tale of holiday togetherness, and, of course, by “sweet, tender tale of holiday togetherness” I mean the recounting of an attempt at Martha Stewart meets Donna Reed on my part, which left me with an eye twitch, a throbbing headache, and a diminished will to live.

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Here’s a peek:

I don’t know what I was thinking.

Call it temporary insanity or an over-inhalation of holiday spirit, but I thought it would be fun to not only make  cookies for our neighbors, but to make the cookies with my littles.

Clearly, I was out of my mind…

…When the 11 year old ate his entire ¼ of the batch of dough while I was looking for the rolling pin, I reminded myself that we didn’t have to give cookies to all of the neighbors, and I used visions of sugarplums to push fears of salmonella from the raw eggs in the dough out of my mind. I held on to my festive hopes. After all, we have a low medical insurance co-pay…

Now click on over to Dads’ Round Table to read the rest of my The Spirit Of Giving Just Stabbed Me With A Fork post.

As always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What’s your favorite holiday bonding disaster?  Did you try it again the next year?  Shoot me a comment (and be sure to read The Spirit Of Giving Just Stabbed Me With A Fork).  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

A Hunting We Will Go…Gina’s Favorites

A Hunting We Will Go…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

We have a tradition in our family of buying each family member two new ornaments each year.

My idea with it was that when my kids are grown and on their own I will keep one from each year and give them one from each year to put on their first Christmas tree.  Now, I don’t know how I will part with any of them, so we’ll see how that plays out.

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So, instead, we go ornament hunting.  Some people schedule an outing to go cut down their Christmas tree.  I stage a surprise reverse ambush on my family sometime after Halloween and before Christmas Day each year to bag us some baubles for the tree.  Twice we’ve done it on Christmas Eve.  After the midnight service (Don’t you go knocking those always-open stores.  We, the over-scheduled, organizationally-impaired, need them).

The ornaments don’t have to be ornaments.  It can be anything that’s small and light enough to hang on the tree, and that represents something about that person that year.  If I can hook some gold ribbon or a piece of wire on to make it tree-hangable, we’ll call it an ornament.

I prefer to take 1 or 2 of my children out to hunt at a time, partly to be able to give them more attention, and partly because I’m less likely to feel the need to strangle one of them that way.  But, the OCD in me revs up after Thanksgiving if these kind of details aren’t nailed down.  So, when I realized on the way home from church on Sunday that I had my whole pack AND The Professor captive…I mean … present in the van, I made an impromptu visit to the giant red store.

My teens were thrilled.  I could tell because, although they groaned, no one said, “Do we have to go?”

I could tell my littles were thrilled, too, because they stopped hitting each other long enough to discuss what kind of weaponry they were going to look for to hang on the tree.

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I could hear sleigh bells.

Son#4, always a tad impulsive, immediately picked out a roll of duct tape as the first of his two of ornaments.  I told him that I’d prefer he get something a bit more Christmasy or personal.  He reminded me that you can make anything out of duct tape.  Touché.

Son#1, always an efficient shopper, quickly found wood cravings of a fish and a snake to represent his favorite pets, his formerly 1 ½ inch long, but now 2 FOOT long catfish (seriously, who keeps a fish alive long enough to get that big?) and the ball python my sister sent home with him after our last visit (wait until she sees what I got her kids).

He then began to busy himself looking at fishing gear.  He loves to fish.  The irony of that is not lost on my fish-whisperer son.

Son#2 an avid, basketball, soccer, and La Crosse player, stuck his hand into the bin of small sports balls, and pulled out 2 balls shaped like monster heads. He asked if I could hook something on them to hang them on the tree.  I said that I could, but wondered whether the sports balls might be more representative of him.  He said that the monsters were perfect because he liked to make faces at people to bug them.  At least he’s honest.

So far a snake, a fish, two monsters, and a roll of duct tape.  It’s like we were half way to Bethlehem.

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 Totally A Hunting We Will Go...Gina’s Favorites Holidays Christmas Ornaments Family TimeDaughter#1 showed me an ornament she thought I should get that looked like a little black high heel shoe.  I got it, but I know she is going to borrow it, and I won’t be able to find it when I need it to go with the cute little black dress ornament I’m hoping to get.  I’ll end up using a flip flop ornament to go with my dress ornament, and feel like a fool.

She decided on a camera ornament and a red shoe ornament similar to the one she picked out for me.  Both are perfect for her, as she loves to both take and be in photos, and to both take and be in my shoes.

Daughter#2 picked out, as always, an ornament with a “G” on it because it’s her initial, and something purple.  This time it was a glass ball with purple dots on it.  Seeing the “G” ornament in the basket, The Professor asked who it belonged to. Son#4 pointed out, less than patiently, that Gemma is the only one who’s name starts with “G.”

The Professor asked Son#4, “What about your mom?”

To which Son#4, clearly using his “poor, confused dad needs explaining to again” voice answered, “Dad, mom starts with an ‘m.’”

The “Duh!” was implied.

Daughter#3 always gets an ornament with her middle name, Noel, on it.  The second ornament is anyone’s guess.  Her tastes vary widely.  This year she decided, despite the very verbal protests of her brothers, to bring Justin Bieber home for the holidays.  His smiling face is grinning on a shiny, glitter-decorated ball.  I fear for his safety, and have made threats that I am hoping will guarantee his survival.

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Somehow, in between broken ornament interventions, arm wrestling with his younger brother, and admiring the bicycle display (this is the first year in ages we got out of there without knocking the entire line of bicycles over) he found time to pick out a rubber duckie and a carved wooden shark to serve as his ornaments for the year.  I have no idea why.

Son#4 brought me a beautiful, 3-dimensional 12- pointed star ornament and said, “Mom, isn’t this perfect?”  It really was.  It was sparkly and jewel toned. It would look lovely on the tree.  But, before I could express my gratefulness at his having taken the request to find something fitting to celebrate Christmas seriously, he continued. “Doesn’t it look just like one of those big things they used to put on the end of a stick to whack people on the head with?

The Professor spent the duration of the trip digging through a bin of identical penguin ornaments, “looking for one that is left handed.”  I’m not sure how you can tell.  But, we’ve been married a long time, and I’ve learned that sometimes it’s better not to ask.

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I also picked out several different penguin ornaments for The Professor.  I got extra because I couldn’t tell if they were left handed.  I put a small tree on the table in our foyer to be home to his penguin ornament collection each year.  Always fun to add to his flock.

I got an extra “Noel” ornament for Daughter#3 in case her Bieber bauble suffers a premature demise.

It was a very successful trip.  No stitches were needed.  No fist fights and only one shoving, kicking incident.  We left with not only the same number of children as we arrived with, but with, in fact, the very same children.  And, we only had to visit 4 different departments, not counting the Christmas area, before everyone found at least two ornament-worthy items.

The ornaments are now in a heap in the middle of our dining room table, awaiting their owner and year labels.  I should have bought a new Sharpie marker to use while we were at the store.  After that they will receive their hanging clips and be cleared for tree placement.

I’m wishing we’d gotten a tree while we were out.

Or, at least some duct tape.

That way we could have made our own.

After all, you can make anything out of duct tape.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you have any traditions this time of year?  What about when you were a kid?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.  And, you’re already here anyway.  You might as well go for it.

Tuesday Tickles – dsvt

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Complied by Gina Valley

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!

 

Momspeak

(stuff I can hardly believe I said out loud to my pack this week):

Start acting like you’re having fun putting ornaments on the tree.

Wear something light so the dog hair doesn’t show.

I put them on the paper plate. That’s kinda home-made.

 

Kidspeak

(stuff I can hardly believe one of my pack said to me this week):

You could just give me my presents now, then you don’t have to wrap them.

Will you be mad if I need cupcakes in an hour?

Can we have food for dinner?

 

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.

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

Top 10 Signs It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Top 10 Signs It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

by Gina Valley

If you’ve interacted with anyone, on-line or IRL, recently, chances are that someone asked you, probably in an overly giddy fashion, “Are you ready for Christmas?!?!,” likely followed by a giggle and a tee-hee.

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I want to bop those people on the head with one of those giant candy canes, and say, “No, I’m not done shopping, our tree only has lights on one side, we haven’t even taken the photo for our card yet, and there’s still 2 pumpkins and 5 gourds on our mantel that I’m hoping guests think are just oddly shaped Christmas ornaments.”

So, no, I’m not ready for Christmas.

But, ready-or-not, even though we don’t get any snow (it was 80 degrees F here in Los Angeles today), I can tell Christmas is getting close.

Top 10 Signs It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

#10.  We’ve finished eating all of the candy “Santa” bought to stuff the stockings.

#9.  The dog is now producing pine needle-laced poop.

#8.  Our Christmas tree has been knocked over 3 times, fallen mysteriously twice, and been dragged across the living room once by our girl puppy.

#7.  Our refrigerator has started making grinding, “I will die if you store Christmas dinner for 30 in here” threatening sounds to mock me.

#6.  All of the red bulbs, and only the red bulbs, on the strands of colorful lights decorating our roof line have stopped working.

#5.  We’ve received touching, heart-felt Christmas cards from each and every realtor within a 50 mile radius from our house.

#4.  My kids are completely covered by a thin, sticky layer of candy cane residue, and they think they have super powers because everything sticks to them.

#3.  My youngest son came out of my bedroom, and announced, “I did not peek at the presents.”

#2.  My pack wore our Christmas stockings to school last week, because I forgot to throw the load of socks into the dryer.

#1.  I’ve spent so much time with the Amazon delivery guy that I think I’m now his common law wife.

I assume he’ll be delivering any children our marriage produces.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Is it looking like Christmas in your neck of the woods?  How can you tell?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Friday Funnies – dtvt

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It’s Friday.

End of the week.

Start of the weekend.

 

Pull up a chair, and grab the beverage and snack of your choice.

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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Sounds like my kids’ grandparents!

 

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They’re very strict in Thesaurus Club; I mean picky, detailed, regimented….

 

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Where does this happen?!?!

 

 

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I think it’s about a draw with me and mine.

 

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This makes me giggle!

 

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Another reason I don’t do cross-stitch.

 

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Happens EVERY time!

 

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Pun intended!!!

 

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I’m sayin’!

 

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I recall my parents doing this several times while I was growing up.

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 may have left for the week!

 

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I’d be walking!

 

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A whole other needed Santa Clause!

 

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I so want to try this!
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This must be what my kids are afraid of!

 

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It’s the true test!

 

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 The Best Laid Plans post discussed how great it is when our plans don’t work out.

My recent humor posts include

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

Top 10 Signs It’s Winter In Los Angeles (funny signs of winter in SoCal),

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

It’s All About Me (stuff you’d never guess).

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!

It’s All About Me

It’s All About Me

by Gina Valley

It’s my birthday.

That tends to happen every year around this time.

I was thinking, since I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many of you, that, perhaps, you might enjoy getting to know a little bit more about me (if not, this won’t be your favorite post).

So, here, in no particular order, in honor of my birthday, are 38 facts about me:

  • 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 Totally It’s All About Me BirthdayI can talk to anyone. Anyone. I once talked to someone who’d called the wrong number for 45 minutes (I might have done that more than once, but I won’t admit it).
  • I’m a major shoe addict, especially high heels.  But, no wedges. Wedges are the devil!
  • My handwriting is worse than terrible.
  • I can’t comprehend why NBA players miss so many free-throw shots.  What is up with that?!?!
  • I hate the taste of bacon, but I love the way it smells while it’s cooking.
  • I never wear shoes in my house. I slip them off at church to. I think that’s ‘cause of the whole burning bush thing.
  • When I’m driving alone I blast hard rock and push the speed limit.
  • 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 Totally It’s All About Me BirthdayWhen I was a kid I learned how to play viola, saxophone, and piano (but not all at the same time).
  • I hate green tea, but I drink it every day ‘cause it’s supposed to be good for me.
  • I’ve marched in the Rose Parade twice
  • I know nearly every line in every episode of Friends by heart.  I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.
  • Chocolate chip ice cream with those little flakes of chocolate & chocolate ice cream are tied for my favorite ice cream flavor.
  • I rarely eat chips, but when I do I use chopsticks.  And my left hand. (I eat cheese puffs with a fork) (I hate getting that orange goo on my hands) (Isn’t there a word for that orange goo?).
  • I don’t need a drop cloth when I paint (Sometimes I could use one when I eat, though).
  • I’d really like to drive a tank.  And a steamroller.  And a Zamboni. But, not at the same time.
  • My English is good.  My Spanish is passable.  My sarcasm is flawless.
  • I have never been able to do a decent cart-wheel
  • I love to throw surprise parties for others.  I hate when they’re thrown for me.
  • Once at a meeting, when the rude guy next to me wasn’t looking, I grabbed the mini-cookies he had next to his coffee & popped them in my mouth (rude people shouldn’t get cookies).
  • If I don’t floss before bed I always dream that my teeth all fall out. Always.
  • 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 Totally It’s All About Me BirthdayWhen my family drives thru a tunnel we always hold our breath & call out a fruit when we come out. I always say “Kumquat.”
  • I painted our bar b q table pink.  It took 4 coats.  It looks awesome!
  • My sisters & my mom are all nearly 6 feet tall or taller.  I’m the runt at 5’ 6”
  • I love to wear long dangly earrings, but can’t wear most necklaces because they bug my hyper-ticklish neck.
  • When I was a kid I played on softball and basketball teams.
  • My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 120:1 “I call on the Lord in my distress and he answers me” (I make that call a lot!).
  • I always park on the same aisle in the Costco parking lot. (If I don’t, when I come out, I always think, for just a moment, that someone stole my car).
  • My favorite movie is the original Das Boot with subtitles.
  • Skydiving makes no sense to me.  Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?
  • Airliners scare me.  I don’t think they can glide.
  • I love silk jammies, but hate satin.
  • I have a degree in applied mathematics.
  • 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 Totally It’s All About Me BirthdayI love peppermint gum.  I hate spearmint gum.  And, it has to be bubble-blowable.
  • It grosses me out to have cake and ice cream on the same plate. Can’t have crumbs on my ice cream.
  • I can’t sleep at night if any of my children are not home.  By the time they get home from summer camp, I’m nearly comatose.
  • If I don’t have my contacts in, or my glasses on, I bump into more stuff. A lot more.
  • Monkeys and clowns freak me out. <shudder>  I’m not a big fan of spiders, either.
  • The beach is my most favorite place.

Remember, since it’s my birthday, cake has no calories today, so have at it.

Just be sure to use a separate plate for the ice cream.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What are some details about you?  Do you use chop sticks to eat chips, too?  Shoot me a comment.  You’re already here anyway, and I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.