Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent …Gina’s Favorites

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

Laugh along on Throwback Day with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent

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.

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 Top 10 Signs You’re A Work From Home Parent ...Gina's FavoritesDid 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.

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Top 10 Reasons I Weigh A Ton At The Doctor’s Office

Top 10 Reasons I Weigh A Ton At The Doctor’s Office

by Gina Valley

I met my new neurologist yesterday. She was patient and thorough and didn’t make me feel I’ve lost my mind (which it’s her job to check on) (she assured me that my mind is right in my head, and showed me a picture of it in there, too, to prove it).

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But…

I hate her scale.

It’s evil, just like every other doctor’s scale I’ve ever met.

Doctor’s scales are every woman’s arch-nemesis.

Last month, the scale at my headache doctor’s office decided I had gained 5 pounds between my house and her office. To make matters even more ridiculous, the nurse who measured and weighed me, pronounced me 5’9″ tall.

That would have been fine, had I not been 5’6” tall since the 5th grade. She also added 20 pounds to the reading on her evil scale when she entered the number into my file. I wasn’t sure if she was just inaccurate, crazy, or a sadist. I was leaning toward sadist.

The Professor noted that if I had gotten 3 inches taller it would make sense that I’d gained weight. I noted that next time he was waiting in the car.

That strange scale interaction weighed heavy on my mind (pun might have been intended) as I prepared myself to go meet my new brain doc.

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 Top 10 Reasons I Weigh A Ton At The Doctor’s Office WeightI weigh myself every morning. It’s part of my morning prayer time. Actually, it usually triggers the start of my morning prayer time. Nothing reminds me to ask God for a miracle quite as consistently as facing that cold, unrelenting, killer-of-self-esteem that is my bathroom scale.

So, I walked into my doctor’s office with the morning’s gravity check number well cemented in my head.

When the cheerful nurse told me to climb onto the scale I was careful to stand in the middle of the platform, and to put my purse down (that’s like 50 pounds easy, all on its own). I even remembered to exhale. Every little bit helps.

So, imagine my surprise when the number I was looking at was nearly 10 pounds larger than the one I’d been disgusted with just an hour before at home.

It got me to thinking. First of all, I wondered if I have to put money in the swear jar if I only thought the words.

Secondly, I started to analyze all of the possible reasons there could be such a discrepancy weight-wise every time I go see a doctor.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized there are many logical explanations as to the varying gravity effects readings.

Top 10 Reasons I Weigh A Ton At The Doctor’s Office

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#9.  Gravity is extra strong in their realm, due to all of the heavy issues taking place there. They are often involved in life or death decisions. Just last month, I saw 2 nurses nearly come to blows over whether they should get Chipotle or Baja Fresh for lunch when I visited my gyno. And, recently, our new pediatrician nearly put his eye out when the glove he was blowing up to turn into a rooster for my youngest son suddenly exploded. It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

#8.  I wore my polka dotted underwear, and those dots must weigh a lot.

#7.  Our blonde Labrador insisted on hugging my legs goodbye as I was rushing out the door. All the blonde dog hair stuck to my black pants, which I didn’t notice until I was sitting in the waiting room, weighs a lot. There was practically enough there to make a whole new dog.

#6.  The nurse is new and didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to stand on the scale with me. I thought she was just standing extra close so she could see the numbers.

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#4.  I have teenagers. I’m sure it’s their fault, somehow.

#3.  The humidity caused my hair to swell up to 3 times its normal volume, and, apparently, 10 times its normal weight.

#2.  My new flip flops are lined with lead. I’ve got to start reading labels.

#1.  Doctors get paid by the pound.

Finally, the doctor’s office scale phenomenon started to make sense to me, but not to everyone.

“There’s nothing wrong with the doctor’s scale. You just weigh more than you think you do,” offered The Professor. This from the man who said that his high blood pressure reading was because he slept on that arm the night before the test.

I would have stabbed him with the tongue depressors I “borrowed” from the exam room, but I’d already had my cardio for the day.

Instead, I gave him a look that prompted him to remind me, “You know, they always investigate the wife first when the husband’s murdered.”

I, then, reminded him that all I’d need is one woman on that jury, and I’d be off Scot-free.

He shot back with, “Clearly, the doctor’s scale is broken.”

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you weigh more at your doctor’s office than at home?  Are you taking iron supplements, too?  Has anyone insisted you are taller than you know you are?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

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I Left My Brain At The Car Rental Counter!!!

I Left My Brain At The Car Rental Counter!!!

By Gina Valley

I rent cars frequently, so you’d think I’d be good at figuring out how to use the gadgets in an unfamiliar vehicle. But, you’d be wrong.

Generally, I muddle through as I meet each new set of wheels. Occasionally, I’m briefly baffled, but usually I figure most everything out.

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 I Left My Brain At The Car Rental Counter BrainlessThis time, though, I was nearly inept.

Maybe it was because I’ve never rented this brand (I think the proper term is “make” of car, but we use the word “make” to tell our puppies it’s time for them to poop, so I have trouble using “make” to describe a car without giggling. I’m giggling now) of car before.

Maybe it was because I didn’t get the usual 30 second run down on the car’s quirks from the rental car agent.

Maybe it was because I only slept 3 hours the night before.

But, whatever it was, clearly, my brain was slipping a gear. Maybe two.

I could not turn off the blinker.

I pushed the turn signal bar down to signal a left side lane change, and then pushed it back up to turn it off. But, that did not turn it off. It, instead, turned on the right side turn indicator. I assumed I had pushed it up too far, so I pushed it down a tad. This, of course, turned the left side signal back on.

I repeated this futile exercise 6 or 8 times, convincing the drivers around me that I had completely lost my mind or was harboring battling personalities, before I accidentally pushed the bar forward, turning off the signal the way many cars activate their high beams.

Then, I panicked, worrying about a possible high beam emergency ensuing any second, because I realized I had no idea how to turn on the high beams. I never did figure out how to activate the high beams. Fortunately, there were no high beam-necessitating emergencies.

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I was blasting the radio, which I love to do when driving alone. But, when I needed to turn down the volume, I kept reaching for the knob in the place it is in most cars. Turns out that is the fan speed controller in that car, and it didn’t work well at all to turn down the radio volume.

I repeated this feat of brilliance at least a dozen times during the drive. Each time I was surprised the volume was unchanged, and each time I was then immediately thankful my thoughts were not broadcast over the internet for all to share in my stupidity. Especially for that 12th time.

Not only was I volume-control-impaired, I was also sound-direction-impaired. All of the radio sound was coming from the right side speakers. I couldn’t figure out how to change that, even after I parked the car and closely examined the controls.

My right ear was the only one processing the sound, and that made it feel like my left ear had gone deaf. I briefly wondered if I could somehow manage to drive while seated backwards so as to give my left ear a chance at some action, but decided against it when I realized I still needed to figure out how to turn on the windshield wipers.

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 I Left My Brain At The Car Rental Counter Brainless

Just getting out of the car I somehow activated the hazard lights.

And, search as I did, I could not find a button to push inside of the car to pop open the trunk. Thankfully, there was an icon on the key fob that popped that puppy open after only 25 different tries. I was glad I didn’t have to try to explain to everyone at the meeting that my notes were locked in a car with an unopenable trunk & vertigo-inducing speakers.

By the time I walked into the conference room, I felt like I was rapidly morphing into an idiot (I might or might not have gotten off on the wrong floor on the way up. Seven and five are very similar, you know).

Then, as I waited for the meeting to begin, I remembered I never turned off the car’s hazard lights, and realized my transformation was complete.

I had, obviously, left my brain at the rental car counter.

Or, maybe I locked it in the trunk.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you done anything that made you feel like your IQ had fallen out your ear?  Do you adapt quickly to driving an unfamiliar vehicle, or do you sometimes find yourself unable to even unlock the doors?  I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say. Luckily, there’s a handy “comment” button right on this page!

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Struck By The Soccer Fairy!!! …Gina’s Favorites

Struck By The Soccer Fairy!!! …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m taking this week off to deal with some family issues, so I’ve lined up some of my favorite posts to keep you giggling.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Struck By The Soccer Fairy…Again!!!

This morning was soccer try-outs.  As always the Soccer Fairy paid us her (ok, could be a “him” – not sure, never seen the accursed Soccer Fairy) traditional “Night Before Soccer Try-Outs” visit.  She (or he) hid half of the kids’ shin guards and a couple of cleats.

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This, as it always does, caused the house to be filled with the relaxing tones of “patient” prodding as their dad, The Professor, attempted to “encourage” the kids to find their stuff.

I don’t know what he is so upset about.  After all, during the process he found his left cowboy boot, three cordless phones (only two of which belong to us), his jigsaw, and what was either formerly a banana or a crayfish.

Years ago, in the interest of family harmony, I bought a big tub with a lid and labeled it “Soccer Cleats & Shin Guards.”  My family loved it.  They oooh’d and aaah’d over it.  They marveled as I demonstrated the procedure whereby one might remove the lid, place one’s soccer gear inside of the tub, and return the lid to its original location.  They were all impressed.

They were shocked when I then lifted the lid and revealed that their valuable possessions were, in fact, still there, inside the tub, where they had put them.  As anti-neatites, the idea of putting something where it belongs was foreign and a bit unsettling to my pack.  But, they seemed intrigued and interested in the notion of being able to use the magical tub to keep track of and to locate their belongings.

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I rejoiced.

They never used it.  It is still in brand-new, pristine condition.

This morning while on the traditional hunt for their soccer gear, besides completely destroying the house, my pack located four missing library books from the last city we lived in, two notes from teachers requesting conferences last spring, and one goldfish.

The goldfish was a bit on the crispy side.

The missing cleats and shin guards continue to elude them.

I told them not to worry.  The missing soccer gear will turn up.  It always does.

On the first day of baseball season.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What’s disappearing in your neck of the woods?  Shoot me a comment with the details.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

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Top 10 Rules While Mom’s Out Of Town …Gina’s Favorites

Top 10 Rules While Mom’s Out Of Town …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m taking this week off to deal with some family issues, so I’ve lined up some of my favorite posts to keep you giggling.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Top 10 Rules While Mom’s Out Of Town

I have the privilege of hanging out with some amazing writers next week at a conference on the other side of the country.

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 Top 10 Rules While Mom’s Out Of Town ...Gina's FavoritesI’m looking forward to meeting people whose work I have long read and admired, and to laughing with new friends, as well.

I’m not looking forward to trying to parent my 7 children from 2200 miles away.

I travel several times a year, so I know my family needs more specific guidelines than “be good” and “don’t burn the house down.” I’ll be leaving them a list of rules.

Top 10 Rules While Mom’s Out Of Town

#10.  Call me only if there’s an emergency. An emergency is when someone or something is on fire, or someone is bleeding profusely from the head.

#9.  No one may make any flame of any kind in any way at any point for any reason. If there is a power outage, birthday, or zombie apocalypse just sit there in the dark until I get home.

#8.  Feed the dog only dog food. Yes, the dog likes ice cream, candy, and pizza, but ice cream, candy, and pizza do not like the dog, as evidenced by the projectile diarrhea he produced during my last trip.

#7.  The dog having projectile diarrhea is not an emergency. Do not call me to tell me about it. Do not send me pictures.

#6.  You must wear shoes to school every day, and they must be shoes that fit you, belong to you, and were purchased by me for you.

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 Top 10 Rules While Mom’s Out Of Town ...Gina's Favorites#5.  Your dad is not allowed to play basketball with you. The last time he played basketball with you he broke his ankle. The time before that he dislocated his hip. If your dad is on crutches when I get back, you’re all grounded. Including your dad.

#4.  The babysitter feeding you jar spaghetti sauce is not an emergency. Do not call me to complain about it.

#3.  Stay out of my room.  If you think you need to go in my room, stay out of my room. If you absolutely, positively must go in my room, stay out of my room.

#2.  Wanting to go in my room is not an emergency. Do not call to ask me if you can go in my room.

#1.  If it involves the phrase “Watch this, you guys!” don’t do it.  Don’t even think about doing it.

In other words, be good.

And, don’t burn the house down.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you leave instructions behind for your family when you travel without them? Do they give out your cell phone number to salespeople who call? Has your family done something goofy while you were away? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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It’s Different When Mom Gets Sick! …Gina’s Favorites

It’s Different When Mom Gets Sick! …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m taking this week off to deal with some family issues, so I’ve lined up some of my favorite posts to keep you giggling.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

It’s Different When Mom Gets Sick

It’s different when I get sick. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m the mom or because I’m the primary caregiver or because I have the bad timing to take ill when the planets are aligned funny. But, whatever the cause, it’s different. Definitely different.

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When one of my pack gets sick, I take his temperature and bring him juice.

When I get sick I take my own temperature, and am woken up by pack members who want juice, but can’t locate it in the refrigerator. Sometimes, they also want help locating the refrigerator.

When one of my pack gets sick, I put a clean, extra soft blanket into the dryer to warm it up for her.

When I get sick, my 4 year old uses the dryer to heat up her grilled cheese sandwich.

When one of my pack gets sick, I bring her meals to her in bed on a tray.

When I get sick, my pack assumes it’s “starve a fever AND starve a cold.”

When one of my pack gets sick I give him a chilled bottle of water with a sports top so he can drink without spilling while lying down in bed.

When I get sick, my pack runs the garden hose through my bedroom window to my bed so they won’t have to come up the stairs.

When one of my pack is sick, I bring her books, art supplies, and a portable DVD player to help her stay entertained.

When I get sick, my pack brings me buttons to sew back onto jackets, laundry to smell-check for re-wearing, and quizzes me about where their cleats and library books are currently located to keep me entertained.

When one of my pack gets sick, I keep the house quiet so he can sleep.

When I get sick, my pack takes turns waking me up every 15 minutes so I will feel like I’m in the hospital.

When one of my pack gets sick, I walk her down the stairs when she is feeling good enough to be up and about.

When I get sick, my pack panics when I start to feel like being up and about and asks me to give them a 30 minute warning before I come down the stairs, presumably so they’ll have time to call in a bulldozer to help tidy up.

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 It's Different When Mom Gets Sick ...Gina's Favorites Mom SickWhen one of my pack gets sick I know he’s done being sick when all the extra sleep and focused nutrition have filled him with renewed energy.

When I get sick, I declare myself done being sick when the sleep-deprivation and concern for the state of my kitchen push me too close to the edge of permanent insanity.

When one of my pack has been sick and announces she is well, I tell her that I am so glad she is well, but that I want her to rest a bit extra for the next few days to get her strength back up.

When I have been sick and announce I am well, my pack tells me they’re hungry, the toilet is backed up, and they need to finish a report, including a full color 3-D poster, about Koalas before school the next morning.

It’s just a bit different when mom gets sick.

Laugh Out Loud!

gina

How about you?  Is it different for you, too?  Tell me all about it.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you think. Shoot me a comment with the details.

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Top 10 Reasons My Teen Freaks When She Has To Empty The Vacuum

Top 10 Reasons My Teen Freaks When She Has To Empty The Vacuum …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

I’m taking this week off to deal with some family issues, so I’ve lined up some of my favorite posts to keep you giggling.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

Top 10 Reasons My Teen Freaks Out When She Has To Empty The Vacuum Cleaner

It’s a terrible burden.

In our house, before you vacuum, you have to empty the vacuum cleaner canister. Every time.

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We tried using the “empty it if you find it full” rule, but, even when it was overflowing and dirt was flying out, no one ever thought it was full.  So, we now have the “always empty it before you use it” rule.

My teenage daughter just went out to dump the vacuum cleaner canister contents into the trash can.  She was so happy to do it.  And, by “so happy to do it” I, of course, mean “not happy at all.”  I think I can still hear her mumbling about it.

It’s such a quick, simple task, but she pitches a fit every time she has to do it. “Why?” you might wonder. I’m so glad you asked.

Top 10 Reasons My Teen Freaks Out When She Has To Empty The Vacuum Cleaner

#10.  All those spiders we’ve been sucking up all week  – they’re in there & they’re mad.

#9.  One of her friends might see her and know that she has a family (talk about embarrassing!).

#8.  It’s windy outside and she just finally got her hair to, like, work.

#7.  She’s texting with her friend, Milly, who just got dumped by her boyfriend, who BTdubb’s is such a creeper, and she can’t just keep her waiting.

#6.  Our weird neighbor is standing on his roof with his leaf blower cursing at the leaves up there while he blasts them. Again.

#5.  She’s wearing her brand new combat boots, and doesn’t want them to get anything on them that looks even the least bit combat-like.

#4.  The raccoons in our trees throw stuff at you when you go into our trash can area (they really do. And, I think they’re laughing while they do it).

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 #3.  She is not our maid (we knew that, being as we don’t have a maid [like anyone would take that job!], but she made a point of telling us, just in case we were a bit confused on that point, I guess. Teenagers are thoughtful like that).

#2.  She always has to empty the vacuum cleaner canister (in a related note, she also pointed out that she is the only one who ever does anything around here) (in another related note, I’m laughing, I might be rolling my eyes, and I emptied the vacuum canister yesterday. And, picked up the dishes she left in the bathroom) (that’s right, the bathroom).

#1.  It’s so disgusting! (Just wait until next week. She’s on bathroom cleaning duty).

Teens! Gotta love ‘em!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you have a chore you particularly hate?  Is there a chore your family hates?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Tickles – ddvc

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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 share it with a friend.

Laugh Loud Out!

-gina

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

Sometimes You Stick Your Finger In Your Eye

Sometimes You Stick Your Finger In Your Eye

by Gina Valley

A mosquito has been dive bombing me all week while I drive our van. Apparently, he doesn’t realize it’s winter, nor that he’s  in a van. So, I figured my I’ll Just Stick My Finger In My Eye post would be perfect for Throwback Day this week.  
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post.

I’ll Just Stick My Finger In My Eye

You know how sometimes you impress your family and friends with your skill and competence?

Yeah, me neither.

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Last night a little moth flew straight into my face, landed on my nose, freaked out, and tried to fly away.

But, he must have forgotten how he got there (or maybe he just had a poor sense of direction.  Not judging here.  Just reporting) (Although I am pretty sure he’s male, since he didn’t ask for directions and I know how you guys hate to do that), so instead of flying away from my face, he cruised forward and went underneath the bridge of my glasses.

So, the hyper Lepidoptera got trapped between my glasses and my eye.  This further, apparently, freaked out the moth (I believe that “freaked out” is in fact a scientific measurement of the quantity of spazzing out an organism is doing, even though The Professor continues to insist that it is not).  So, the moth took off flying and crashed directly into my right eye.

My winged assaulter then proceeded to fly the short route between my eye and the lens of my glasses repeatedly and rapidly, alternatingly bouncing off of the glass of the lens and the lid of my eye (thankfully my eyelid has that built in “close you fool!” reflex, because, heaven knows, I wasn’t thinking quickly enough to shut it).

I’m pretty sure that the little bugger completed his Kamikaze circuit at least 20,000 times in the ten seconds it took me to wrest my glasses from my face (you know, sometimes my glasses just fall off, but during this moth-related emergency they seemed to be cemented on to my ears with some sort of invisible glue).

I, naturally, remained completely calm and relaxed throughout the whole experience.

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By “calm” I mean, naturally, “screaming and running around” (that counts as cardio, right?).  I’m pretty sure the moth was screaming, too.  The Professor says that moths can’t scream, but the moth was right by my eye, and I’m fairly certain I could see his little mouth screaming.

I’m also pretty sure that when a giant insect is attempting to gain entry into your body by way of your eyeball, it’s the perfect time for screaming.  Now, granted, this was a tiny moth, but I think the appropriate-screaming-time designation still applies.

You never know what those things are capable of morphing into latter.  After all, moths start out like little worms.  They somehow turn themselves into an animal that can fly.  Who knows what they can change into if one of them somehow manages to burrow into my brain. I’m not about to let one of them into my brain by way of my eyeball just to see what they are capable of.  I ‘m still using my brain.  Well, some of it, anyway.

So, having panicked and yet somehow having managed to survive this furry, aerial assault was bad enough, but then, as so often happens when I’m involved in something stupid that I hope no one else in the world ever finds out about, I felt a deep need to tell someone about it.

Very often, partly because he’s nearby, and partly because I know he won’t tell anyone (who’d believe him anyway?  Whose wife really gets into these sorts of predicaments on a regular basis besides Ricky Ricardo’s?) I decided to tell The Professor what had happened.

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He started off pretty interested, because my moth incident had resulted in a puddle on the floor.  He’s always interested in the composition of puddles, partly because he’s a scientist interested in chemicals and partly because he’s a dad interested in not stepping in piddle.

He sort of lost interest in my short tale of moth woe early on when he determined that I’d created the puddle when I dropped my bottle of water while doing graceful ninja moves (my description) (probably would have been referred to as “I think mom is having a seizure” had any of my pack been witnesses) in an effort to evade my furry, winged stalker.

But, as I was demonstrating the bizarre trajectory the moth took, I managed to poke myself in the eye with my fingernail.  I thought this was an especially brilliant move on my part, because I was wearing my glasses at the time.

The Professor didn’t seem impressed with my finger agility or the extent of my injury.  In fact, he went so far as to imply that I was over-reacting to the situation, and by “imply” I mean he  actually said, “You’re over-reacting to this situation.”

My temporary blindness didn’t seem to raise any sympathy either.  He did suggest that I only type on the left side of the page until my vision in my nail-impaled right eye had returned to its normal clarity.

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That’s ok, though.  I won’t take his lack of compassion personally.

In fact, I’m thinking of surprising him with some homemade chocolate chip cookies to take to work tomorrow, if my eye stops watering soon enough to make them.

The surprise will be that they’re not going to be chocolate chip cookies.  They’re going to be oatmeal cookies with raisins.  He hates those.  They get stuck in his teeth.

We’ll see who’s over-reacting when he bites into one of those.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

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