When EVERY Day Is Take Your Kids To Work Day

When EVERY Day Is Take Your Kids To Work Day

by Gina Valley

I got a call from Kelly, a former office mate. She told me that she’s considering taking a flex time position, and she was wondering if my productivity had changed since I made the jump to working from home fulltime.

I laughed and laughed and laughed. She’s such a kidder.

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Turns out she wasn’t kidding.

She has 2 preschool kids and wants to spend more time with them. So, she actually wanted to know what my days are like since my commute changed from the 405 freeway for an hour to the upstairs hall for 25 feet.

My first impulse was to ask her if she knew the definition of bedlam.  But, I decided instead to give her a few examples of life when every day is Take Your Kids To Work Day.

I panic and race through our house several times a week to check for disasters when I suddenly realize it’s quiet and I’ve been uninterrupted for 10 minutes.

I check at least twice that everyone is wearing underwear before I Skype with a client.

I’ve stopped work, even though I had a deadline looming, to go look at the “giantest worm in the whole world ever” twice, just this week.

I have 3 different colors of glitter glue in my office supply cabinet.

There is a stuffed animal or toy truck occupying the guest chair in my office nearly all the time.

I have, without thinking, asked the FedEx guy if he needs to use the bathroom before he leaves, and have also accidentally reminded the UPS guy to use his inside voice.

I’ve been late heading out to a meeting because my car’s windshield was completely covered with Post It notes with crooked little smiley faces drawn on them.

There is finger paint in my top desk drawer. Not all of it is in its container.

I’m currently out of Wite-Out because someone used it to paint his red Hot Wheels Trans Am so it would be camouflaged in the snow.  And, by “snow” I mean the big tub of vanilla ice cream I bought 2 days ago.

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I’ve been side-tracked by the need to perform an “egg frying on the sidewalk” experiment or a “frozen bee removal” exercise, repeatedly.

My fax machine has been on the fritz because it was used to try to send a GI Joe to another dimension (I was asked later “Would it have worked better if we’d used a cover sheet?”).

I had a client ask me, “Is everything ok?” after my youngest hollered at me while I was on the phone with that client, “No one is on fire or bleeding from the head, but it is an emergency!” (it was, by the way, so not an emergency).

So, yes, my productivity has changed.

But on the other hand, my young officemates are a lot of fun.

They do need a lot more help wiping than my old officemates did, though.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Anyone little “helping” you get a lot done? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!   Shoot me a comment with all the details.  No glitter necessary!

Friday Funnies – cvcvc

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It’s Friday.

End of the week. Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair & grab your favorite frosty beverage.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

Friday Funnies –

Smiles From Around The World Wide Web

Complied by Gina Valley

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This makes my eye twitch.

 

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I play this game almost every time I go shopping.

 

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I really need one of these.

 

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My family makes heavy use of this signal.

 

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This makes me laugh way more than it should.

 

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He really is!
(And, so am I!)

 

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I think we have more than one.

 

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My son wants to put this in his report on ancient Egypt.

 

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Where is the putter-awayer machine?

 

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And, they’re in the same union as the coffeemaker!

Be sure to visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” me up.

 

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I love this valet!

 

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Been that kind of month!

 

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This is how Grumpy Kitty started.

 

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I want to get one of these for my daughters’ dance teacher!

 

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I am definitely doing this for my next trip.

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 – cdovc (a weeks worth of funnies),

Better Than Chocolate! (Easter Blessings),

Where Was That Fire Extinguisher? (I’m just not crafty)

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

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent (insanity causing symptoms of trying to work from home),

Stupid Washing Machine…Gina’s Favorites (our new washing machine is more complicated than the Space Shuttle).

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!

Stupid Washing Machine…Gina’s Favorites

Stupid Washing Machine…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

This has been one of those endless laundry weeks around the Valley household. You know the kind. The moment you drop that last stiff sock and wiggly towel into the washing machine, you turn around to find the laundry mountain has somehow instantly regenerated itself.
So, I figured my Stupid Washing Machine post would be perfect for this week’s Throwback Day post.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Stupid Washing Machine

So, we got a new washing machine, and I lost my mind.

Same day.  One price.  I think it was some kind of a sale.  Two inconveniences for the price of one.

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First off, because I’m just the teeny, tiniest bit OCD (read “totally OCD”) I had to read the User Guide, the Technical Information Booklet, and the User Manual (which is different than the User Guide.  I guess you aren’t allowed to be guided by any of the information in the User Manual) thoroughly before we could consummate our laundry cleaning relationship.

I think the User Manual was written by Homer after he finished writing the Odyssey, and wanted to try his hand at something really long.  In 4 different languages.  I’m willing to bet that the club of “we who have read that sucker cover-to-cover” is very exclusive.

There is all sorts of interesting information in these fine laundry appliance publications.  The Technical Information booklet (apparently the appliance company thinks 176 pages is too short to call it a “book”) included several interesting (maybe just to me) wiring and mechanical diagrams.  Those will probably come in handy when we’re bored on Friday nights and decide to build our own washing machine from scratch.

It also had a section detailing the different cycles and options available.  Gone are the days of high, medium, and low water levels.  Forget about light, normal, and disgusting soil amounts.  Hot, warm, and cold water?  Puhleeze.

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All totaled (don’t tell me that applied math degree is going to waste) there are 1050 different cycles possible.  There are 8 additional options possible after one has “designed” one’s cleaning cycle, for a grand total of 8400 different ways to clean clothes with this machine.

Now, I didn’t pick out this machine, so perhaps I’m judging it too harshly.  I will admit it is nice that it matches our dryer, and it does play pretty songs when it finishes a load.

But, honestly, I only need 3 options in my laundry cleaning mechanical helpers:  So-Disgusting-It-Probably-Should-Have-Been-Thrown-Out, Can’t-Tell-What-Color-It-Is-But-At-Least-It’s-Not-Running, and Perfectly-Clean-And-Folded-Stuff-Someone-Threw-In-The-Hamper-Because-He/She-Was-Too-Lazy-To-Pull-Out-A-Drawer.   Anything else is just overkill.

Well, except maybe the cup-holders.  You can never have too many cup-holders.

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So, now we’ll be getting the HE (which I’m pretty sure means highly expensive) detergent that we should have been using for the last decade.  Immediately, I wondered if we should get liquid or powdered detergent.

On the one hand, I must consider the most important aspect of laundry soap – what happens when it spills.  Powder – sweep it up and dump it back in. Liquid – all is lost and it’ll probably take out anything near it, including walls.  Point for powder.

Liquids are easier to measure accurately.  Accurately appeals to my OCD.  Point to liquid.

Unsure what the performance advantages were between powder and liquid, I, foolishly, consulted the Internet. If it’s on the Internet it has to be true, you know.

In my attempt to get an objective opinion, I had to look long and hard (we’re talking “2nd and 3rd page of Google” hard) to find a site that wasn’t clearly one of the detergent brands’ stooges.  I did finally find one.

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So basically more information, predictably, made the choice less clear. Is there anyone who spills food on their shirt but doesn’t also get dirt on it?

Having weighed all the options I have narrowed it down to the 2 that make the most sense.

Either, make a paste with the liquid and powder detergents, so we can continue to eat and get dirty.

Or, burn all our clothes and move to a nudist colony.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have the appliances taken over at your house yet?  Is SkyNet closer than we want to admit?  Powder or liquid?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent

by Gina Valley

This whole Take Your Child To Work Day thing is an interesting idea. But, some of us hit a bit of a kink when we try to put it into practice.

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Did you find that when you tried to take your child to work with you, your child was already there?  I did. I thought I was losing my mind. Again.

I wondered if I should check my symptoms on WebMD. After all, I felt dazed and confused.

But, then I remembered, I’m not crazy; I’m a WFHP (Work From Home Parent).

Do you feel like you might be losing your mind?  If so, you might be a WFHP (Work From Home Parent), too.

Here are some symptoms to watch for:

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent

#10.  You’ve found yourself in a fog, holding a leaking juice box in one hand and a marketing report in the other, torn between which to deal with first.

#9.  Your printer has been flashing “paper jam” when the problem was in fact a “jam sandwich” jam on three separate occasions.

#8.  The last four phone numbers you wrote down are inscribed on the back of a paper plate because your folio pad is filled with drawings of dinosaurs by a young up-and-coming artist.

#7.  You took notes during your last conference call with a purple crayon, because you hid the real pens so well after the aforementioned artist used them to re-design the wallpaper in the foyer that even you can’t find one.

#6.  There are more Legos than file folders on your desk.

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#5.  Your paper clips are easy to find, but hard to use, because they’re all connected into one giant chain that’s strewn across your doorway like a flexible limbo bar.

#4.  You had to use plastic safety scissors to cut out the images for the display for your last presentation.

#3.  You have offered a large cash bribe to someone under the age of 10 to be silent during a phone call.

#2.  The majority of your file folders have peanut butter smudges on them somewhere.

#1.  You knew when you saw this list you’d have to wait until the middle of the night to read through it if you wanted to do it with fewer than 6 interruptions.

Sound familiar?

You’re not crazy.  You’re a parent trying to work from home.

Of course, there are a lot of similarities between the two.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you a work from home parent? Were your parents work from home parents? How’d that work out? Shoot me a comment. You’re already here anyway, and I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

Tuesday Tickles – cvdvc

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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:

Follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss a laugh!

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

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

What makes you smile?  Where do you turn when you need a giggle?  Do you have a favorite tweeter?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Where Was That Fire Extinguisher?

Where Was That Fire Extinguisher?

by Gina Valley

I’m not sure what came over me.

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Maybe it was the chocolate fumes at the mall.

Maybe it was having to change the toilet paper roll. For the 3rd time. In one day.

But, whatever the reason, I saw some brightly colored beach towels, and thought that they would make great Easter baskets.

Even more incredibly, I thought I could make them into Easter baskets.

I’m not, in general, much of a crafty person.  I’d love to create beautiful things, but honestly, other than my kids (all of whom are gorgeous!), most of the stuff I make is given only courtesy applause. I can’t even paint my own nails without someone remarking, “Oh how sweet! You let your toddler paint your nails!”

Why I saw giant sheets of terry cloth and thought “candy basket!” is beyond me.  But, I did.

When The Professor asked me, “Do you want the wicker or plastic Easter baskets down from the attic?” I answered, “Neither. I’m making the baskets this year.”

He said, looking a bit confused, “What are you making them out of?”  He was probably thinking of last year’s shower caddy “baskets” or the previous year’s bank money bag “baskets.”

“Beach towels,” I answered with a smile. “The kids need new ones anyway. Most of ours are transparent at this point.”

“You’re putting beach towels into the baskets?” he asked in what seemed to me to be a hopeful plea.

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His “Okay,” was not filled with confident enthusiasm.  Or, maybe he was just remembering when I accidentally glue-gunned the car door shut while making Christmas wreaths one year, which, incidentally, everyone thought my toddler had made.

I noticed him glancing toward the fire extinguisher on his side of the bed, too. Like I could possibly set the house on fire doing a simple craft. Again.

I figured people have been making baskets for thousands of years. How hard could it be?  After all, I already had the raw materials, i.e. beach towels.  I could skip the whole hunting/gathering step my ancestors, or at least the ancestors of truly crafty people, would have had to go through.

First off, I reasoned, that since so many vessels are made from coils (pottery, baskets, play-dough hair), I would simply need to stretch out the towel and twist it into a long, thin coil, which I could then wrap around in a circle to form a basket. Simple.

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I was afraid that when I released the end of the towel pinned under the leg of our bed the resulting force would flip me into the ceiling, which would likely leave a mark on both me and the ceiling, and cause The Professor to give me his “I could say ‘I told you so,’ but I’m not going to because you and I both know that I told you so” look.

So, while firmly grasping the free-end of the twisted towel, I planted both of my feet on top of the other end as I slid it out from under the leg of our bed.  It tried to flip me, but I was able to stand my ground, no doubt aided by the pre-Easter carb loading I had done.

Somehow, I was able to get the unruly coil into a somewhat ring-ish shape that seemed like it could pass as a basket.  But, I knew that the second I let go the coil would spring back into its original flat shape.

I looked around my bedroom for some sort of material to tie my towel/coil/basket creation together. The lack of available options reminded me why real crafters don’t usually work in their bedroom (on their unmade bed), and that we don’t ever tie anything up in our bedroom.

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The Professor, who has a gift for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, happened to walk in right then.

I sought his expert opinion. “Does this look like an Easter basket?” I asked him.

“Honestly?” he asked. Not his first time at this rodeo.

“Yes, honestly,” I reassured him.

“It looks like the Lilliputians took Gulliver’s beach towel hostage with a spool of dental floss.”

“That’s not really the look I was going for,” I admitted.

“You have other valuable skills. And, nothing is on fire. I think you should count this as a crafting win,” my dear husband added.

I tried to light him on fire with my gaze.

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“My hand is not tied to it,” I insisted.

My hand was tied to it.  In two places.

The engineer in me decided I needed a different approach to the problem. Realizing that most items start out flat, I pulled off the dental floss, allowing the towel to return to its original flat, fuzzy self, while I dissected one of my shoe boxes.  I hated to kill the home of one of my pairs of shoes, but sometimes you’ve got to take one for the team.

I then attempted to fold the towel in the same manner as the shoe box.  But, without cutting out notches, which would have made the brand new beach towels look very much like our old ones, I couldn’t get the shape to hold in place once I let go.

At that point I remembered the Japanese are expert, folded-shape makers, and googled “origami box.”

The directions to make a precise, delicate paper box quickly popped up on my phone. But, I immediately saw that, without the use of an iron to create the necessary creases, my origami was going to stink-igami.

I briefly considered employing duct tape, but I suspected that might affect the beautiful towels in an adverse, sand attracting kind of way.

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I remembered the folded paper boxes I learned how to make in 3nd grade from my friend, Darrin. You probably made them, too. They have a crazy number of folds, but, when you’re done, you can blow them up like a square balloon. I used to make them out of the bulletins during church for little kids to play with.

There was a step in making those complicated, delicate boxes that sprang to my mind as the key to how to make towels into a semi-origami, “Towelgami” if you will, creation.  There was one point when Darrin was explaining to me how to make the boxes where his exact words were:  just cram it in there until it works.

Clearly, he was destined to become an engineer (I think he actually became a music teacher).

So, I revisited the origami instructions.  I folded the towel in half to make it somewhat square, the holy grail of origami shapes. Then, I skipped to the last step of the instructions, manipulated the towel to look like the picture, and “crammed it in there until it worked.”

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 Where Was That Fire Extinguisher? Crafts Easter BasketsAnd, it did work. Darrin would have been proud.

Granted, it looked more like I had employed the Egyptian art of towel smashing, than the Japanese art of paper folding (in fact, my 2 youngest dumped the candy out of theirs, immediately put their “baskets” on their heads, and did the “Walk Like An Egyptian” dance). But the basket held its shape and a bunch of candy.

Towelgami for the win.

Maybe I should try painting my nails again.

Where was that fire extinguisher?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you crafty or do you glue stuff to yourself? What’s your favorite project? Which one do you hate?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Friday Funnies – cdovc

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It’s Friday.

End of the week. Start of the weekend.

Pull up a chair & grab your favorite frosty beverage.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

Friday Funnies – cdovc

Smiles From Around The World Wide Web

Complied by Gina Valley

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I don’t know a lot about boating, but I don’t think that’s how you’re supposed to do that.
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HOW do they do that?!?!
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And, I want a snowcone!
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Parenting – you’re doing it right!
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I have glued the glue to my hand. Twice.
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That just makes good sense.
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I don’t think you should go there.
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Parallel parking is hard.
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That explains a lot!
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How did we get through childhood without this?

Be sure to visit the Gina Valley Facebook page and to “like” me up.

 

Some Of My Favorite Pins On Pinterest:

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

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Sounds like a great party idea to me!
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Use The Force.
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That does sound like fun!
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Rawk on!!!
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Really, make it easier on yourself.
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Better safe than sorry!!!

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 – cuvc (a weeks worth of funnies),

Oh. My. Gosh. …Gina’s Favorites (Duh! moments),

Taxing Tickles (fiscal funnies),

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

If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog…Gina’s Favorites (how dumb is our dog?).

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!

If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog…Gina’s Favorites

If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

It’s nearly Easter, and at this time of year my thoughts turn to “Why doesn’t our dog know his name?”  So, I picked my If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog post for Throwback Day this week.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post!

If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog

We have several dogs.  We love them all very, very much.

One of them is named Douglas.

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Often when I am looking at Douglas I say to him, “It’s a good thing you’re pretty.”

He is pretty.  He’s a lab and saluki mix with shiny black fur that is soft like a rabbit’s.   His mouth always looks like it’s smiling.  He has a long tail with a dangling, silky fringe that that never gets tangled.  He’s lean and looks like he could run down a cheetah.  He really is a pretty dog.

He’s also pretty dumb.

Douglas joined our family when he was 9 months old.  His first family had named him “Douglas,” after the black train on the Thomas the Train TV show.  We opted not to change his name because we didn’t want to confuse him.  If we knew then what we know now, we would have just laughed and laughed and laughed at the idea of not confusing him.

Douglas, who is sweet and wonderful with children despite his enormous size, lives in a constant state of confusion.  I swear sometimes the other dogs are laughing at him.  I sometimes scold them for that.  Apparently, he isn’t the only confused member of our family.

It took nearly 2 years to teach him to “sit” on command.  It took nearly 4 years to get any kind of acknowledgment from him that when we holler “No!” we are not happy with what he is doing and he should stop.  Even still, sometimes all he does is pause.

He doesn’t wag his tail like normal dogs.  He has an asymmetrical pattern when he puts his tail into motion.  When he’s especially excited about something he does what we call “helicoptering,” which is when his tail just makes continuous, enormous circles.

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 If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog...Gina's Favorites Pets DumbBut, it’s his seeming inability to understand what his name is that is the source of most of our head shaking and giggles.

For the first two years he lived with us we would call out, “Douglas!” to get his attention, and then, having received no acknowledgement whatsoever again, we would call out, “Trixie!” to get Douglas to come to us.  You might remember that Trixie was one of our other dogs who has, sadly, gone on to Dog Heaven now.  Douglas would see Trixie run up to us and he would follow her.  The funny thing is he would run up to us if we called out, “Trixie!” even when Trixie wasn’t home.

But, that was ok.  At least we knew how to get his attention.

And, he is very pretty.

Even though it usually receives no acknowledgement from him we consistently call Douglas “Douglas.”  We are ever hopeful that he will catch on.  But, at 15 years old he still hasn’t.

For almost 6 weeks this past spring he answered solely to the name “Easter Basket.”  Daughter#1 was in a conversation, and when she said, “Easter basket,” Douglas charged across the house, giant paws slipping and sliding, long legs flailing, right up to her.  We thought it was a coincidence.

It’s not unusual for Douglas to make a sudden mad dash through the house for no apparent reason.  We don’t even answer the door if he runs up and barks at it unless the other dogs do, too.  He has excellent hearing.  He even hears, and I think sees, invisible people.

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 If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog...Gina's Favorites Pets DumbSo, scientifically minded people that we are, we tested “The Easter Basket Moniker” theory again later that day.   We had Son#3 sit on the sofa in the family room with no food nearby, as we wondered if Daughter#1 being in the food-centric breakfast room earlier had been the reason he had made his mad, well-timed dash.  Son#3 called out, “Easter Basket!”  Douglas came running.

I’m not sure if Douglas thought “Easter  Basket” was his name or if he had associated “Easter Basket” with candy and was hoping to get some (my dad also comes running at the phrase “Easter Basket.”  He loves him some candy!), but for whatever the reason, for the first time in his more than decade as a part of our family, we had a reliable way to call that dog to us.  Gotta admit it felt a little weird hollering it out at the dog park, though.

Since the end of his “Easter Basket” phase we’re back to calling him “Douglas,” while he is back to having no idea that we are talking to him.

Until yesterday.

Yesterday ‘Ole Easter Basket amazed me.

I called out, “Douglas!” and he tore through the house and ran right up next to me, looking at me expectedly.  I was so shocked that it took me a minute to remember I was calling him to see if he needed to go outside.  He went out.

Twice more over the next couple hours I called out “Douglas!” and he ran right up to me.  I was so excited that at nearly 15 years old he had finally learned his name.  Sometimes you lower your expectations for certain individuals.  I could hardly wait until my pack got home so I could show them.

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 If It Answers To “Easter Basket” It Must Be Our Dog...Gina's Favorites Pets DumbSo, they got home around dinner time, and I called out “Douglas!” to give him a chance to show off his new found brilliance.  No reaction.  I tried several more times.  I even tried with a Scottish accent.  No dice.  He didn’t even look at me until I walked over to him and petted his head.

Whatever iceberg had popped through the surface of that vast empty ocean that is his brain had sunk back down into the depths.

But, that’s ok.

And, luckily, he is pretty.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Ever have one of those “what’s my name again?” days?  Shoot me a comment.  I’d love to hear all about it!

Tuesday Tickles – cqvc

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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s connect on Twitter so you get all the laughs!

 

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

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

What makes you smile?  Where do you turn when you need a giggle?  Do you have a favorite tweeter?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Taxing Tickles

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compiled by Gina Valley

For most Americans, personal income taxes are due by April 15th.

It’s sort of like a very bad national holiday in that most everyone observes it, talks about it, complains about it. But, it’s missing the giant meal with friends and family that I’m pretty sure is requisite to being an official national holiday.

Everyone joins in on the grumpy mood set by April 15th’s reminder of great obligation and small control, even those who had the good sense to file their forms and taxes early.

I figure the least I could do is to spread a little taxing cheer.

After all, I’m pretty sure giggles are deductible.

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May your forms be simple, and your refund be large.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you an early filer?  Or, do you join the midnight party at the post office?  Who fills out the forms in your family?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it..