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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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

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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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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.

Tuesday Tickles – ddvt

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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!

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 Winter In Los Angeles

Top 10 Signs It’s Winter In Los Angeles

by Gina Valley

Winter has come to Los Angeles.

“How can you tell?” non-SoCalifornians might wonder.

As always, I’m here to help you out.

Top 10 Signs It’s Winter In Los Angeles

#10.  Target is has brought out its swimwear selection.

#9.  The garden gnomes are all wearing Lands End down vests.

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#8.  Your Los Angeles Facebook friends are posting complaints about how they had to wear socks to work.

#7.  There’s a guy near the flock of visiting geese at every park lake muttering, “It’s not ‘Canadian.’ It’s ‘Canada’ Geese!”

#6.  The spectators at sporting events are no longer dressed in shorts and t-shirts.  Now they’re wearing shorts and snow parkas.

#5.  All the Chihuahuas are wearing little, tiny snow boots.

#4.  WalMart has replaced its rubber flip flop collection with fur-lined flip flops.

#3.  Car windows are fogging up and no one is “auditioning” inside.

#2.  Store credit card purchases are down because people keep snapping their credit cards in half while trying to scrape the frost off their windshields.

#1. People have stopped complaining about the heat.

Bundle up, Buttercup!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What’s winter like where you live?   Are you a fellow SoCal’er?  What’s your favorite sign of SoCal winter?   Shoot me a comment.   You’re here anyway & I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

by Gina Valley

Sometimes the best things are the things you didn’t plan for.

Yesterday was set to be a nonstop, rush around try-to-do-everything-and-be-everywhere kind of day.  I had kids competing in 3 different sports tournaments in 3 different cities.  I’d had a doubly full week and still had a big pile to finish from it.

I made my schedule, stressing over only being able to see only part of each child’s tournament and needing to have perfect traffic conditions to do even that.  I live in Los Angeles.  Perfect traffic conditions are few and far between.

I charged my laptop and hotspot and prepared to get some work done during warm ups and half times.

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It was a plan. A perfect plan. A perfectly stressful plan. But, what else is a Supermom to do?

She’s to throw all the planning out the window, whether she wants to or not.

That’s just what I did. I didn’t want to. I didn’t plan to. But, I had to.

When I rose to wake my children to begin our mad dash of a day, it was raining.  Not that lovely pitter patter that makes you think that winter is finally arriving and it’s time for hot chocolate and a good book.  The kind that makes you wonder if you need an ark.

I knew that rain spelled the end of my carefully diagramed and color coded plan.

Rain wouldn’t affect the tournaments.  One was a basketball tournament.  It’s held inside and they have heaters and sell hot chocolate. Two were soccer tournaments, and ankle deep water or marble sized hail won’t make soccer reschedule. Soccer is only cancelled if the field owner closes the fields or there’s lightening.  Neither of those was happening.

The rain triggered the end to my attempt to be everywhere because it removed any possibility of positive road conditions and my ability to get some work done on the sidelines.  Rushing on the roads in the rain is stupid and I refuse to do it.  My laptop doesn’t like to be wet, so it’d be staying home.

Time for a new plan.

We sent out a family contingent to each tournament, where they would remain for the duration of their assigned tournament.  No rushing to try to catch a game at one of the others.  No shuttling and juggling.  Just stay there.

I took my 12 year old to his soccer tournament.

I must say, it was an absolutely miserable day weather-wise.  But, at the end of the day, I realized it had been an absolutely glorious day relationship-wise.

I got to spend 12 hours one-on-one with my 12 year old.  Any parent of many will tell you that time with only one child is rare.  Twelve hours of it is almost unheard of.

For me, though, it was rarer than that.  You see, I can work anywhere.  That’s a blessing and a curse.  It allows me to be at kid-events that I would have to miss if I were tied to an office because I can work while I’m there, which I’m thankful for.  But, it also means that I have sometimes have to work while I’m at kid-events (or sit there feeling guilty, listening to deadlines flying by) even though I don’t want to.

But yesterday, thanks to the worst weather we’ve had in ages, I was isolated with my son with no possible way to work.  I was able to wholly focus on him, without feeling guilt from missing his siblings’ events or from pressing work obligations.

I never work while my kids are playing, but I usually do while their teams are warming up or off at halftime huddling around their coaches.  Yesterday, I was able to focus on watching my son during those “off” times.  Watching him goof around with his teammates reminded me what a joyful person he is.  He can find something to laugh about anywhere.  He had them all in stitches, even their stoic head coach.

In between games, instead of making the mad dash to get food, and then letting him run off to hang out with his teammates, the weather dictated that my son & I hang out in our van with the heater blasting after we got breakfast & hot chocolate.  We talked and giggled and even took a short power nap.  It was so nice that we repeated our break power nap later during the second break.

I got to spend what was going to be a rushed frazzled day, just hanging out with my kid, listening to his stories, seeing him in action, hearing him sleep.  He even gave me some career advice.

Yes it was cold and we were soaked.

Yes, they lost every game, some almost embarrassingly so.

Yes, I clearly suffered frost bite on my brain because we spent 2 hours in Costco on the way home.

But, being one-on-one with him for 12 hours was awesome.

I got something much better than my best laid plans.

Best.

Day.

Ever.

I hope your best laid plans get messed up, leaving something better in their wake, too.

Love!

-gina

Have you ever had a day where everything was right because everything went wrong?  Are you a “planner” or a “come-what-may’er”?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

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Friday Funnies – dsvt

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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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Great advice!

 

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Ours is the opposite now because our puppies pull all the lower ones off. Our tree isn’t exactly up to “Martha” standards this year.

 

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What if you yell :Uno!”?

 

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This is a great idea! I’m so trying it, as soon as some one makes sure there are no spiders down by those cords.

 

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I’m making a copy of this for my friend, Linda, who is a nearly a Professional Black Friday Shopper to take with her next year. I’m too scared to go.

 

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I wish someone had told me that!

 

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I’ve used this chart myself. It works great. Very accurate.

 

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Oh what I’d give for a nap!

 

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If we paid stay at home parents what they’re worth, everyone would need three jobs.

 

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Our dogs are too goofy to feel guilty! They’d proudly lead me to it!

 

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Freaks me out when that happens!

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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And, realistic, too! The kids are bickering. My 12 year old pointed that out to me.

 

I could use the cardio.
I could use the cardio.

 

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Look VERY closely. Hee hee!
“You had one job!”

 

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I sometimes can’t brain for a week!

 

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Getting that right is almost as effective as giving me shoes.

 

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I would not be able to choose! Too much pressure! Aaaahhh!!!

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 Pause post included my verse Peace.

My recent humor posts include

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

Spray Away For The Holiday  (all you need for a perfect holiday is a can of gold spray paint),

Don’t You DARE Put That In Our Yard! …Gina’s Favorites (the battle over holiday lights),

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

Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad (what a dad really needs to know),

Near Death Shopping Experience…Gina’s Favorites (running toward the light in the discount store).

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!

Near Death Shopping Experience…Gina’s Favorites

Near Death Shopping Experience…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

So, I’m in line at the discount store.

You know, the one you don’t have to comb your hair to go to?  The one that, judging by several of the women who paraded by, is also bra optional.

As is typical, 4 of the 206 registers were open.

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 Near Death Shopping Experience …Gina’s FavoritesI naively thought I was lucky in landing only 4 back from the register.  After all, how long could this possibly take?  Famous last words!

After having moved exactly NOT AT ALL!!! after literally 20 minutes I realized those might be my last words.  I looked at The Professor and said, “I think we will die here.”

“When you see the light try to fall into the cart, so I don’t have to drag your body through the line,” he answered, practical to the end.

I was not the only one performing last rights.  There were multitudes fading fast in every lane.  Tempers were shorter than the lines were long.  Holiday cynicism was at a peak.

But, as I stood there corralled by the Not-Available-IN-Stores merchandise and a rack of Pillow Pet Jrs., staring at the distant cashier as she moved at nearly the speed of slow motion, something caught my eye.  It was a glimmer of hope. A spark of life.

I suddenly felt the will to live re-entering my body.

I could feel it swelling up within me until I was sure I would burst.  I had to tell someone.  I looked at The Professor.

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 Near Death Shopping Experience …Gina’s FavoritesHe was standing next to me, leaning against the Pillow Pets and the Not-Available-In-Stores Tortilla Bowl Shapers.  He seemed to be deep in thought studying the empty gum cases.

I hated to  disturb him, but I had to tell someone, and everyone else in our line, aside from being perfect strangers, seem to be either angry, comatose, or both.  I decided to go ahead and wake The Professor up.

I jabbed his arm.  Repeatedly.  He finally woke up, muttering, “Whoa, debit.  No! Credit.”

“Honey,” I whispered excitedly.

He leaned back against the magazines and said, “Five more minutes,” and then flopped his hand on my head, apparently looking for the snooze button.

“Wake up.  Wake up!” I implored as I shook him.

As he regained lucidity and checked his watch, he asked, “Is it our turn?”

I laughed.  That man is so funny. Like it could be our turn.  We’d only been in line for 25 minutes at that point.  We hadn’t even moved.  “No, but look.  Look at his cart,” I said, while pointing at the cart the guy in front of us was pushing.

“Yeah?  So?  It’s full. Wake me up when we move forward more than 24 inches,” he mumbled as he rearranged his Tortilla Bowl Shaper pile pillow.

“But, look at it,” I implored.  “Look what he’s buying.”

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 Near Death Shopping Experience …Gina’s FavoritesThe Professor opened both eyes and looked intently toward the cart in question. Then, he looked quizzically at giddy, fidgety me.

I’m sure he was a bit unnerved by my smile, which was undoubtedly wrapped all of the way around my head at that point. Probably, memories of past cart content alerts from me, like the time I spotted the creepy man buying only marshmallows, Spaghetti O’s, and 15 boxes of condoms, weighed heavily on his mind.  He thinks I shouldn’t look in other people’s carts.  I’ve told him that I have to because it’s material for my job (like right now!). He said that I couldn’t quote what he said after that.

Our cart was full of exciting discount store staples like socks, deodorant, Lean Cuisines, sweatpants, and paper plates. I might have tossed one of those Tortilla Bowl Shapers in there, too.

The guy in front of me had a cart full of colored pencils, a pile of arts and craft sets, 4 big boxes of crayons, 3 Easy Bake Ovens, 2 dolls, a stack of picture books, 2 Little Tykes trucks, a tub of Legos, and a bunch of glittery hair ties.  There was festive paper and bows on the rack underneath.

We were shopping for daily life & hygiene essentials.  He was not.

I quietly said to The Professor, “He’s Christmas shopping for kids.”  I think I squealed a little, because he gave me that look.

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 Near Death Shopping Experience …Gina’s FavoritesI don’t know why, but for some reason just knowing that he was there to do something nice for children made me happy.  It made me pep right up.

The Professor looked at the cart again.  At first he had his “I will humor my crazy wife.  Again.” look on his face, but I noticed a smile rapidly taking over.  “He is, isn’t he?” The Professor said to me.  “Definitely has a cart full of kids’ gifts.”

It’s obviously not unusual to see someone Christmas shopping the first week of December, but there is something special about seeing a cart solely devoted to children’s gifts.  I’m not sure why it’s so special.

Maybe because it’s rare to see a cart filled only with toys.  Maybe because we all love the thrill of being a child at Christmas. Maybe because a little kid started this whole Christmas thing.  I don’t know.  But I do know that I wasn’t the only one who soaked up some joy and holiday energy just looking at that buggy full of kids’ stuff.

The guy behind us pointed it out to his wife.  The kid in the basket behind them craned his neck to see.  His mom smiled when she caught sight of it.  Pretty soon people in the lines on either side of ours began to notice.  People stood straighter, straining to see.  Scowls melted. Smiles appeared.  All across what had been a bastion of human misery joy spread.

It was just for a few minutes.  We’d all be on our way soon. Hopefully.

But, there was something exciting, renewing about seeing how a basket of toys melts the hearts of a bunch of tired people who haven’t been kids for a long time.

I don’t know if it was the Christmas Spirit or not.  But, somehow I’m sure the original Christmas Kid was smiling, too.

Laugh Out Loud,

-gina

What springs to your mind when you see a bunch of toys?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad

Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad

by Gina Valley

Today is my Dad’s birthday.  He’s only got the one a year, so I like to do something special for it. This year, I thought I’d share a little bit about him.

My dad’s a pretty amazing guy.  In fact, the older I get, the smarter he gets!

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Top 10 Ways to Be A Real Dad

#10.  You’ll need to develop a unique linguistic style.  My dad has his own language.  He’s the only person I know who uses phrases like “Dab gum it!” or “Don’t be a panty waist!” (I’m still not sure what that means exactly, but I always took it to mean “Quit your whining and move your arse”).

#9.  You’ll need to be consistent.  Every April 1st my dad goes out to check my mom’s car’s tires, because every April 1st my mom tells him, as an April Fool’s joke, that her car has a flat.  Even though he usually remembers it’s April 1st long before he gets to her car, he still checks.  Just to be sure.  Then, he goes back in the house and plays a joke on my mom. I’m predicting fake dog deposits this year, as they have a new puppy.

#8.  You’ll need to develop quality control systems.  My dad reloads the dishwasher after I load it. Every time.  Even at my house.  Of course, I do the same thing to him.  Apple.  Tree.  All that.

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 Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad #7.  You’ll need to find your center.  My dad is the most even keeled guy I know.  I’ve seen him get his finger caught in an electric auger and barely raise his voice. I screamed at my kids for letting the dog eat the Parmesan cheese last night (in my defense, the dog had run all over our house shaking the container as he went, thoroughly garnishing our home with a fine cheese coating. Nothing like a well garnished home to produce a “scream at someone” kind of moment).

#6.  You’ll need duct tape and a tool belt.  My dad can fix anything.  Anything.  If he doesn’t have the needed tool he’ll get it.  If they don’t make the tool, he’ll make it himself.  I’ve never heard my dad say “I can’t fix that.” He looks at stuff differently, through Dad-vision glasses.  I might see a former seating device, he sees a perfectly good chair that just needs 2 legs, an arm, a back, and a seat.

#5.  You’ll need a rod and reel.  My dad’s an amazing fisherman.  If there’s a fish the lake, he’ll bring it home for dinner.  I’m a pretty amazing fisherperson myself.  If there’s wild caught salmon at Costco, I’ll wrassle a package into my cart every time.

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#3.  You’ll need to be a nutritionist.  My dad always makes sure people get just what they need to eat.  When my eldest child was only a few months old, my dad knew he needed some ice cream, and made sure he got some.   I admit I wasn’t completely supportive of the idea at the time, but the fact that he chose Rocky Road to feed my little toothless wonder might have impacted my opinion.


#2.  You’ll need to be a chef of haute cuisine.
  When I was a child and my dad would cook a meal, he always cooked everything in one pan.  When we’d ask why he didn’t use separate pans for different foods, he’d reply, “Why? It’s all going to the same place.”  Often, when I survey the mountain of pots and pans I’ve dirtied making dinner, I see the wisdom in my dad’s method.

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#1.  You’ll need to realize that your kids will always be your kids.  My dad still dad’s me to this day, even as I have kids of my own.  He makes sure I have a coat on when it’s cold.  He reminds me to drive safely.  He tells me I need to eat more protein.  In other words, he loves me.

 

Take a page from my dad, and you’ll be amazing.

And, no, you don’t have a flat tire.  Probably.

Well, you better go check.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you see in the dads in your life?  What dad-isms should I add to my list?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Tuesday Tickles – dtvt

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Momspeak

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

Do not throw the cranberry sauce.

You can’t make pickles with chicken broth.

Of course no one killed the turkey. It just got old  and died.

 

Kidspeak

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

Can we hang Jello on the tree?

I think the puppy ate your deodorant, because his breath smells like you.

Did you comb your hair like that on purpose? 

 

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

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