Top 10 Signs My Brain Needs A Hard Reboot

Top 10 Signs My Brain Needs A Hard Reboot

by Gina Valley

Bear, our boy puppy, came into our bedroom and barked at me at 3:00AM this morning.  This might not have been quite so jarring had I not been up until 2:00AM waiting for my 17 year old to arrive home from Disneyland.

I can’t sleep when my kids aren’t home. Of course, if last night is any indication, I can’t sleep when they are either.

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At 5:00AM, our youngest son proved he was right last night when he said that he could get up early, even though he was up 2 hours past his bedtime, by climbing onto our bed to chat.  “Since we’re both awake, mom,” he said, “can you play Colossus on the piano for me again? I forgot how it goes, and I have a test on it during band today.”

I explained to my young son that, no, I would not play the song right then.

It was 5:00AM. We’d already had both barking and bouncing dogs. If I started pounding on the piano, I was sure that not only would all of his brothers and sisters turn into zombies, but that our neighbors would likely storm our house with pitchforks and torches.

I did not explain to him that I also could not play the piece right then. My lack of sleep was making it nearly impossible for me to get both of my eyes to stay open at the same time. There was no way I was going to be able to coordinate 2 hands along with my eyes to produce the song written on the page.

I tried humming Colossus for him, but it came out sounding like Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful.

A few minutes later he was blasting Colossus on our TV, having accessed the internet through the Xbox, and I was pretty sure I could hear our neighbors groaning.

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I had tossed the bowls my kids used for breakfast into the trash can, and loaded the empty cereal box into our dishwasher before I realized what I was doing.  Of course, that’s not the only telltale sign that my brain is exhausted, and needs a hard reboot.

Top 10 Signs My Brain Needs A Hard Reboot

#10.  I was yelling at my children to hurry or they’ll be late to school even though they’d already left for school.

#9.  I keep catching myself typing with spaces between syllables, instead of between the words.

#8.  I just spelled “between” wrong. Three times.

#7.  I also spelled “syllables” wrong. Many, many times.

#6.  I was yelling at the dog to come downstairs. Turns out, he was sitting on my feet, and I was downstairs at the time. I think the dog rolled his eyes at me.

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#5.  I have been seriously considering using a fork to stab the guy whose truck keeps making that stupid back up beeping noise I’ve been hearing on and off all morning. Make up your mind. Park your stupid truck, and get away from it. Some of us have had no sleep.

#4.  I was completely immobilized while trying to put on my bathrobe because a sleeve was inside out.  This is why it’s important to have 911 on speed dial.

#3.  I keep needing to Google simple facts, and then forgetting what I was gonna Google before I can open Google.

#2.  I asked a client, who I know lives less than an hour away from me, what time it is where he lives. To his credit, he immediately asked me what color the sky is on my planet.

#1.  I just now, an hour after she left, realized why I liked the black jacket my 16 year old daughter was wearing when she left for school.  Because it’s mine.

Is it nap o’clock yet?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

How can you tell when your brain needs a hard reboot?  Have you done anything goofy because you were tired?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

My Mom Makes Me Laugh

My Mom Makes Me Laugh

by Gina Valley

My mom isn’t one of the first people I think of when I’m thinking of funny people, but she should be.

She taught me how to short sheet a bed when I was still in kindergarten.  She’d stick plastic fruit in my dad’s lunches, and put dog biscuits in the cookie jar when we were little.

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She’s got a rock that looks just like a baked potato, and she serves it to unsuspecting company for dinner.

Every single April 1 she convinces my dad that her car has a flat tire, and he goes out to check it. It hasn’t been flat yet.

And, there was the fishing trip my dad took with my brother-in-law a couple years ago.

My mom, then 73 and battling Parkinson’s disease, was going to be left home alone in their remote mountain home for the week my dad was away on the trip.  Being alone for a week while my dad was gone was a big deal.

A registered nurse and a mother of 5, my mom is a detail-oriented, highly organized person.  She, realizing her personal and situational limitations, knew she had to plan and prepare.

She made a list.

She even numbered the items by priority.

What was the first thing on her list?

What was that one essential she had to complete prior to my dad’s departure to feel that all would be right and secure in her world?

Was it stocking up on groceries?  No.

Was it filling the car with gas?  No.

Was it finishing the laundry or putting emergency contacts near the phone or double checking their security system?  No. No. No.

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Number 1 on her list was:  sew all of the underwear my dad packed shut. Every single pair.

And, she did it.

She makes me laugh, and that is such a blessing.  It reminds me that no matter how rough a day may feel laughter will draw us back together.

Happy Mothers’ Day, Mom! I love you!

And, Happy Mothers’ Day to all of you who mother, whether you are an official mom or not.

Everything you do for the children in your world is appreciated, whether anyone tells you or not.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Visit my Who ARE These People? post for more giggles inspired by my parents.

Visit my Seriously – I Cried Today post for a poignant look at struggles my mom has faced.

Do you have fond memories about someone who mothered you?  Is there a silly story that makes you smile every time you think about it?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Friday Funnies – cnvc

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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 –

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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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That’s gonna leave a mark.

 

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 Extreme caution!!!

 

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 I need this on a t-shirt, to warn people.

 

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 My hero!

 

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 Well, that doesn’t seem right.

 

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I don’t think I’m winning.

 

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 But, I hate those flying monkeys!

 

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 That’s for sure!

 

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 All parents face difficulties!

 

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Sounds fair.

 

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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 I know, right?!?!

 

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 I like Lee Dixon’s attitude!

 

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 VERY carefully planned.

 

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It is so hard to find a flattering bathing suit.

 

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 – cdvc (a weeks worth of funnies),

Top 10 Things I DON’T Want For Mother’s Day (it’s the LACK of thought that counts),

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

What I Want For Mother’s Day (the best gifts are tough to wrap),

Where’s My Sparkly?…Gina’s Favorites (an unusual gift).

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!

Where’s My Sparkly?…Gina’s Favorites

Where’s My Sparkly?…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

Since so many of us are busily searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the moms in our life, I figured my Where’s My Sparkly? post would be perfect for Throwback Day this week.

Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Where’s My Sparkly?

I’m a bit distressed this morning because I can’t find the little velvet-covered jewelry box that holds my favorite sparkly.

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’s My Sparkly?...Gina's Favorites Mothers Gift I keep it in my big china hutch in our dining room.

Yes, I know that’s strange.

What kind of nut keeps a jewelry box in the dining room?  This kind.

I received the tiny, blue velvet-covered hinged box with the shiny treasure inside it for Mothers’ Day from the Professor a couple years ago.  I treasure it.  It’s one of my favorite gifts.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that celebratory days, particularly Mothers’ Day, seem to have degraded into a battle over gifting styles.

Personally, I don’t understand what the big problem is.  If you’re a kid, make something.  Anything.  She’ll love it and keep it forever.

If you’re an adult, think about what she likes.  Give her something you know she likes.  If you don’t know what she likes, either ask her, or re-evaluate your relationship to figure out how you don’t know what someone you are supposedly close to wants.

No big deal.

That being said, however, The Professor does not agree.

He finds gift selection and giving mind boggling, despite the fact we’ve known each other for 2 decades.  I have to admit that my life partner is, in general the worst with gifts.

I think it was Lucy Ricardo who said, “It’s not the gift, it’s the lack of thought behind it that counts.”  I live that.

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Or, this year, when he picked out a stunning necklace well in advance of Mothers’ Day (because I will be performing on Mothers’ Day) that’s just my style.

Or, the year he gave me the sparkly in the little blue velvet box.

That year had been a tough year.

My pack had been particularly emergency room prone.  It seemed like I was taking someone to the ER to get stitched up, pumped out, or otherwise repaired a couple times a week.  We seemed to be in the midst of an epidemic of smashed fingers, cut feet, and poked eyes.

The most frustrating part was that most of the trips for emergency medicine were as the result of a pack member doing something dumb.

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Or when Daughter#3 was giving Son#3 a ride on her shoulders, and dropped him, resulting in a concussion for him.

The list was endless.  Every couple days someone would do something they shouldn’t have been doing, and I’d get to spend the night in the ER with the victim.

So, it wasn’t a total shock to me one evening when Son#3 came rushing down from the room he shares with Son#4, after they had supposedly been sleeping for an hour.

“I swallowed a Magnetix,” he practically screamed.

I took a calming breath, all the while thinking, “Well, of course you did.  I do that all of the time while I’m sleeping.”

Do you remember Magnetix sets?  They don’t sell them here anymore, probably because kids swallow them.  That’s unfortunate because they were really cool building sets.  There were small rods and marble sized metal balls.

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Now this was not my first time at the “I swallowed something” rodeo, so I knew what to ask.

“Are you sure you swallowed it?”  At least 3 times we’d rushed pack members to the ER only to discover the supposedly swallowed, panic-inducing item in the panic-stricken child’s clothes or to have it fall out of their hair while the ER doctor was examining in them.  Even if you find the item outside the child’s body while you’re there, you still have to pay for those ER visits.

“Yes, I’m sure,” he answered.

“What kind of a piece did you swallow?”  I inquired.

“One of the metal balls,” he provided. “like this one,” he said, handing me one of the familiar reflective, metal balls.

I was relieved that it wasn’t one of the 4 inch rods.  Small round objects travel quite well through our children.  We’ve ran that drill a dozen times.

“How exactly did you happen to swallow it?” I asked.  He was 8 at the time, hardly an age where you worry about them sucking up toys.

Son#3 explained in great detail that he and Son#4 were not so much trying to sleep for the previous hour.  In fact, they weren’t even in their beds.  After they’d been tucked into their beds, they had both gotten up, and proceeded to have a magic show.

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That’s right.

You see where this is headed.

When Son#4 refused to believe that Son#3 had swallowed the metal ball that Son#3 was pretending to swallow, Son#3 upped the convincing fake swallow, and accidentally swallowed it for real.

A giant sigh escaped me at the end of his long description, as the prospect of yet another night hanging out with the ER staff was exhausting to even think about.  Nonetheless, that’s where we were headed.

I wasn’t worried about the shiny sphere lodging somewhere along Son#3’s exit lane.  We’d had too many instances of similarly sized and shaped marbles and rocks ingested to even wonder about whether there would be any exit problems.  There would not.

I took him to the ER because I was concerned about the chemical make-up of the metal ball.  I was concerned that it might be reactive or poisonous once it reached the inner workings of my boy.

I think the ER doctors were appreciative of our odd swallowing incident.  None of them had ever dealt with this particular item.  After many consultations with the Children’s Hospital and phone calls to poison control, the medical team determined that the metal ball was likely non-reactive.  They sent us home with the customary, “It’ll probably be out in a couple days. If not, come back and we’ll do another x-ray.”

When we were back in the car, Son#3 asked, “Does he mean I’m gonna poop it out?”

“Yes,” I said, “that’s exactly what you’re going to do.”

“But, how will I know when I do?” he asked.  “Won’t it be all covered with…you-know?  How am I going to know it even came out?”

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Turns out we all knew, as at the time of exit, Son#3 had failed to shut the bathroom door and the “Clank!” of metal hitting porcelain carried through most of our house.

“Nobody flush this.  I want to show Dad,” my little poopoo engineer hollered out from the bathroom.

And, nobody did.  Of course, nobody ever flushes the toilet around here anyway.

When Mothers’ Day rolled around about a month later our spate of ER visits had, thankfully, lulled.

I was surprised when the Professor presented me with the small, blue velvet hinged jewelry box, with a gold ribbon tied into an artful bow wrapped around it.  Bad as The Professor is with gifts, he’s even worse with wrapping.  This year he wrapped my necklace in the puppy paw print paper I purchased to wrap Daughter#3’s birthday gifts in next month.  So, the lovely presentation surprised me, and further piqued my curiosity.

I slid the ribbon off of the box, and gently lifted the lid.  The hinge squeaked ever-so-softly.

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Next to it was a small label with fancy script writing that read “In April 2.  Out April 5.”  I laughed out loud when I read it.  Here was the Magnetix that Son#3 had swallowed, beautifully presented as a keepsake for his mom.

It was almost perfect.

Beaming with pride, Son#3 said, “Don’t worry, mom.  We wore gloves, and we soaked it in bleach 3 times.”

That made it perfect.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have any of your family members swallowed something they shouldn’t have? What’s the most bizarre gift you have given or received?   Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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What I Want For Mother’s Day

What I Want For Mother’s Day

by Gina Valley

Mother’s Day is coming, and the hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gifts is on. It’s a yearly challenge for all hunters to come up with something that not only expresses their appreciation of the mothers in their life, but also something that those mothers would welcome as a gift.

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Here’s a snippet of what you’ll find in my Top 7 Things I Want For Mother’s Day post:

Top 7 Things I Want For Mother’s Day

Can you feel it?

The air is thick with tension. It’s time to figure out Mother’s Day gifts.

People who have mothers or are partners with a mother or know someone who’s a mother are all experiencing PTGSD (Pre Traumatic Gift Selection Disorder).

I don’t claim to represent the gift preferences of every mother on the planet, but a very unscientific poll of many of the moms I know showed great support for my favorite gifts. I think it comes down to the fact that we moms, just like you dads, really just want to feel acknowledged, appreciated, and loved.

Here’s a list of the top seven gifts that would help me feel all of those things. I’m willing to bet that the mothers in your life would love these, too.

Top 7 Things I Want For Mother’s Day

#1.  Something Kid-Made – A card, a picture, a sculpture, hand prints, anything. No matter what age my child is I always treasure most something they make for me. A card made for me means more to me than any gift. I save those forever. You encouraging and guiding my child to make something for me warms my heart, and demonstrates that you understand me.

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#2.  A Picture Of World Peace – By “world peace” I mean, of course, “my world” in peace, and by “picture” I mean a photograph of all of my kids. So, a photo of my kids together, all getting along, and all in the same location. Dressed nicely. Hair combed.  Even if it just lasted long enough for that one photo, nothing is more beautiful to me.  In a quality frame, ready for me to display….

Click on over to Dads Round Table to read my Top 7 Things I Want For Mother’s Day post in its entirety (you might want to send the list to the Mother’s Day gift hunters in your life). As always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What gift do you want for Mother’s Day? What do you give the mothers in your life?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Tuesday Tickles – csvc

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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!

 

Don’t miss a giggle.  “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.

 

Top 10 Things I DON’T Want For Mother’s Day

Top 10 Things I DON’T Want For Mother’s Day

by Gina Valley

We’re coming up on that stressful time of year most moms I know hate.

Mother’s Day.

If you think it’s stressful trying to get the mom in your life the right gift, you should try being the mom.

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Come noon (do not give mom a watch, so she’ll know when it’s noon) (unless it’s jewel encrusted and returnable) on Sunday any mom without a photo of a hand-drawn card or beautiful bouquet of flowers or artful plate from a fancy buffet to post is all but facing certain ridicule from the mom community.  I can’t be posting a pic of an ironing board cover or a hedge trimmer or a plate from The Trough without facing some serious social media shaming.

I know my family means well, but sometimes they seem to forget who I am and that they know me.

So, to help my family out, here’s some things they can cross off their list now.

Top 10 Things I DON’T Want For Mother’s Day

#10.  Breakfast in bed – It’s awkward. It’s messy. And, even if you were a 5 star chef (which you are not) or our kids were child chef prodigies (which they are not), I still wouldn’t want breakfast in bed. In fact, I don’t want anyone to cook anything for anyone. Just for this one day. Cooking equals mess, and I don’t want the mess (if you want to spend time in the kitchen, after you order in dinner and make brunch reservations, feel free to clean out the fridge.  I do recommend a HazMat suit, though).

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#8.  A Rhododendron  – Yes, it’s lovely. Sure, it seems like a plant I can put in the ground, and have forever, is a much more sensible choice than a bouquet of flowers I’ll toss in the trash in a week. BUT, getting to toss them in the trash in a week is the second best thing about a bouquet of flowers. I get the beautiful, but I don’t get saddled with the responsibility of something else to take care of. I’ll take the love-it-then-toss-it bouquet anyday.

#7.  A Goat Bra – Giving any lingerie to a woman is really a gift to the man who presents it to her, and a big mistake. BUT, a goat bra is even worse.  A friend of mine received one of these for Mothers’ Day from her well-meaning, but clueless husband.  Her pet goat was pregnant at the time, and the feed store guy had advised her husband that the goat, for its comfort and protection, would be needing some support wear.  Her husband decided it would be a delightful, practical gift. Turns out, it was neither.  Even the goat didn’t like it. No mother, of any species, wants lingerie for Mother’s Day.

#6.  A “Fun” Outing For The Whole Family – When Jerry Seinfeld said that there is no such thing as fun for the whole family, he was right. Do not take me to the zoo or Disneyland or the beach for Mothers’ Day.  I’d love to go some other time, but not on “my day.”  No family outing is a celebration for mom.  It’s another work day for mom. If you want to take our children, though, and leave me home to nap in peace, go for it.

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#4.  That Necklace Your Mother Says I’d Look Great In – Anything your mother (or sister or anyone but you and our kids) picked out is a big no-no. There’s nothing worse than enjoying something I think you chose for me, and hearing your mother say, “I told him you’d just love that.”  If you don’t want to make the effort for me yourself, I don’t want you to present me with the gift.  And, believe me, you don’t want the resulting cold front I’d be presenting you with in return.

#3.  A Photo Of The Whole FamilyI want to pick out which picture to enlarge of our family.  A framed blow up of that horrible family photo my cousin took of us last Christmas where I look like a cow chewing its cud is not my idea of a charming family memento. You might as well get me a case of SlimFast Shakes.  Which reminds me…

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#1.  A Hooked Rug Maker – Anything with the word “Maker” in the name is a huge fail in the gift world for me, because it’s a lie, and I hate lying. It’s not a Cake Pop Maker or a Quesadilla Maker or a Hooked Rug Maker. It’s a Spend All Day Trying To Make Cake Pops Maker or a Spend All Day Trying To Make Quesadillas Maker or a Spend All Day Trying To Make A Hooked Rug Maker.  I do not need something else to do. This is not a gift. It’s a chore.  Leave it at the store.

Remember, all I really want is for my kids to make me a card, anyway.

And, a sparkling, clean house.

And, for everyone to get along.

You know, simple stuff.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you ever gotten a real doozy of a gift?  Have you given a crazy one? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Join me on Dads Round Table for a list of my Top 7 Things I Want For Mother’s Day. Remember, as always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio.

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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 –

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Always good advice!

 

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Oh, I hate when that happens!

 

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What happens if your printer runs out of ink?

 

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So very, very thankful!

 

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My usual exciting,Saturday night plans.

 

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He sings often at our house!

 

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Keep this in mind, June Brides!

 

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It’s definitely breeding!

 

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I think this should be my mantra!

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High praise, indeed!

 

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I’ve been saying that for years!

 

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A bunch!

 

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\ I hate when that happens!
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I really need one of these signs!

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This Week On The Gina Valley Blog:

My recent humor posts include

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

When EVERY Day Is Take Your Kids To Work Day (work is the last thing getting done while trying to work from home),

I Can’t Wear White! (why can’t I be one of those people who have their act together?),

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

X is for…I Can’t Think In This House!!!…Gina’s Favorites (quiet is a scarce commodity in our house.),

I Lost My Phone!!! (I might be losing my mind, but I definitely lost my cell phone!).

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!

X is for…I Can’t Think In This House!!!…Gina’s Favorites

X is for…I Can’t Think In This House!!!…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

Today is Throwback Day!!! Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

X is for…I Can’t Think In This House!!!

The OCD in me tends to obsess a bit about titles for what I write.  Well, it tends to obsess a bit about everything, but titles are what I’m working on right now.

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None of those cheap “eXcellent” or “X-ray” cheats for me.  Only real words that actually have something to do with the material need bother to apply.

I won’t tell you that I’ve pulled out 3 different English dictionaries and read every entry for “X” in each.  I did, but I’m not going to tell you that because it sounds a bit obsessive.

I will tell you that while I have been wracking my brain in an attempt to come up with an appropriate x-word, my 2 youngest sons have been wracking theirs in an attempt to come up with ways to derail every last car of every train of thought I’ve had today.

So far they’re batting 1000.

Just now, Son#4 came up with a brand new way to harass Son#3.  Brotherly love at its finest.

I spent most of last night at urgent care with Son#3.  He’s very sensitive to things in his environment.  He’d developed a rash on his face and one arm, which told me he’d been in contact with something his body was angry about.  By the time we were seen by the doctor, the rash had spread, turned bright red, and he’d started wheezing.  We got home late last night with 2 new medicines and a fresh case of exhaustion.

Son#3 is not getting enough oxygen today and is exhausted.  He’s also got an itchy rash on his face, arm, and part of his leg.

He’s not in the best mood.

He was starting to display a rather foul attitude, so I explained to Son#3 that, since he’s having breathing trouble and he isn’t getting enough air, he’s a bit crabby (just between you and me, it’s more like “spawn of satan” crabby, but why split hairs?), and needs to be extra careful about how he responds to people.

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Son#4 began dancing around our family room, while singing a tune that sounded very Disney-ish.  The lyrics, however, he stole from me.

He sang, “I’m really crabby when I don’t get enough air,” in a bright, cheerful tone.  Over and over again, interspersed with periodic fits of laughter, Son#4 serenaded Son#3 with his song, always careful to stay out of arms reach.

This, not surprisingly, was not well received by Son#3, who took the opportunity to use what little air he was getting to scream at Son#4.  This, of course, served only to encourage Son#4 to sing louder and dance faster, and to make up a second verse.  Son#3 met his brother’s new efforts by redoubling his own, screaming and pelting Son#4 with Legos.

In the midst of the chaos, I remembered an applicable x-word.

Xenogenisis.   You remember xenogenesis, right?  It means spontaneous creation.

If you’re a Trekkie you’ll likely remember it from the 2nd Star Trek movie.  I think that’s the one in which Spock dies, and his body is placed into a pod and shot toward the Genesis planet, which is undergoing xenogenisis.

Or, maybe you remember it from biology class.

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Son#4 had xenogenisis’ed a whole bunch of chaos out what had been nothing but a brother confined to sofa-rest, receiving some instruction from his mom.

Proving once again that kids are nothing but helpful to parents trying to work from home.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Anything xenogenisis-ing in your neck of the woods?  Why does that make me think of our refrigerator?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Check out my Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent post or my When EVERY Day Is Take Your Kids To Work Day post for more giggles about trying to work with kids around.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing my work.  I appreciate your support!

Tuesday Tickles – cvnvc

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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.