Top 10 Reasons You Can’t Work On Not-So-Super Monday

Top 10 Reasons You Can’t Work On Not-So-Super Monday

by Gina Valley

Super Bowl Sunday is all about fun, frolic, and food.  It’s full of cheering and eating and drinking. And, some football.

The next day, on the other hand, is not.

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Not-So-Super Monday is the ugly twin to Super Bowl Sunday. It’s filled with exhaustion, upset stomachs, and headaches.  It’s not a super day.

The orthodox way to celebrate Not-So-Super Monday is to pull the covers back over your head and sleep all day in the dark, not an easy thing to do in your cubicle at work.

This year alone, it’s estimated that nearly 7 million people will stay home from work to celebrate Not-So-Super Monday.

Perhaps, you’d like to join them, but you’re way too tired from running back and forth to the kitchen for more cheese dip to come up with a great excuse to tell your boss.

No problem.  I’ve got you covered.

Top 10 Reasons You Can’t Work On Not-So-Super Monday:

#10. Someone unplugged your crockpot, and you’re still waiting for the hot wings to finish cooking.

#9.  You’re still trying to explain to your brother-in-law why XLIX means 49.

#8.  You had nightmares about those sharks who sang and danced with Katy Perry during the halftime show, and you’re afraid to go outside.

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#6.  You have to take your granny to the chiropractor because she threw her back out when she was gawking at the “boys in them thar tight, stretchy pants!” Again.

#5.  You tried a bottle of your uncle’s homemade ale, and you’re not yet prepared to be out of visual contact with the loo and its “Super Bowl.”

#4. The “Why is it called football when they don’t use their feet?” discussion with your know-it-all cousin from Caracas turned a bit physical after you screamed, “How’s this for using my foot?!?!” And, long story short, you agreed to drive your cousin’s pizza delivery route for him until he can comfortably sit down again.

#3.  You’re still crying because of that Nationwide Insurance commercial where the little kid says, “…but, I couldn’t grow up, because I died from an accident.”  What the heck, Nationwide?!?! What the heck?!?!

#2.  All those flashing lights at halftime hypnotized you, and every time someone says “football” you cluck like a chicken, so you’re going to be in therapy all day.

#1.  You pulled a hamstring diving for the last meatball, and you can’t get out of your recliner.

I’d be happy to write you a note.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Did you watch the Patriots and the Seahawks battle it out?  Did you have a favorite commercial?  What was your favorite snack?  Or, did you do something else you enjoyed this weekend?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Top 10 Signs There’s A Super Bowl Party At Your House

Top 10 Signs There’s A Super Bowl Party At Your House

by Gina Valley

Has mayhem beseeched your home?  Are there strange sights, sounds, and smells?

Perhaps you’re hosting a Super Bowl party.

But, how can you know for sure?  Here’s some symptoms to check for:

Top 10 Signs There’s A Super Bowl Party At Your House

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#9.  Your “sports crazy, always-watches-the-game-with-you, his favorite team is playing” teen, decides that he should stay out all night Saturday night before the Super Bowl for a marathon video game session with friends, insuring he’ll be exhausted and grumpy during the game.  And, he forgets to ask permission to go.  And, he forgets to mention he is leaving.  And, he forgets to mention he’s borrowing your car (insuring that you’ll be exhausted and grumpy during the game, too).

#8.  Your children have used window markers to create colorful Super Bowl themed pictures…on your hardwood floors.

#7.  Your 15 year old daughter announces she has just become a strict vegan.  If you missed the announcement, don’t worry, she’ll re-announce it to every person who enters your home or eats something for the next 3 months. Your 11 year old son will help to make it a smooth transition for her by announcing to her “Mmmm.  Animal parts!” every time he eats any non-vegetable item.

#6.  Someone spiked a stuffed football into the toilet of your guest bathroom, attempted to destroy the evidence of the spiking by flushing the stuffed football, and now your guest bathroom toilet is so clogged that the pipes are shaking and possibly screaming. Although, the screaming might actually be coming from you.

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#5.  Your son sits down on your sofa, and the thing breaks. Collapses.  No warning – just kerplunk (I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a sofa breaking before. I’m not sure I would’ve believed it now if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes).

#4.  Your dog decides that he needs a new chew toy, and chooses the cord for your new Crockpot to tide him over.

#3.  You have a 55 gallon barrel of guacamole and 12 bushels of tortilla chips in your garage.

#2.  Your family’s meal plan centers around the 4 basic food groups of chips &dip, hot wings, chili, and antacids.

#1.  You know when your husband says, “Hey Baby, I’ve got something big for you!” he’s talking about the new 72” HDTV he bought on the way home from work “so everyone can see the game clearly.”  He’s a giver like that.

May the remote be with you.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you plan to watch the Super Bowl?  Are you getting together with friends or family, or do you prefer to go solo so you have complete control of the remote?

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Top 10 Stupid Complaints About Valentine’s Day…Gina’s Favorites

Top 10 Stupid Complaints About Valentine’s Day…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

It’s coming. Can you smell the chocolate?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post to start setting the mood.

Top 10 Stupid Complaints About Valentine’s Day

You know what I hate about Valentine’s Day?  I hate all the whining and complaining about Valentine’s Day.

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People.  Settle down.

You’re protesting candy hearts and giggles.

You’re not Ghandi.

You’re rioting against a fake holiday, sucking the fun out of it for those of us who enjoy it, and making excuses for the inconsiderate, selfish people in your life.  Knock it off.

In other words, shut up shut up shut up.

Can’t let go of your Anti V-Day Attitude?  Here’s some help with that:

Top 10 Stupid Complaints About Valentine’s Day

#10.  It’s too commercial – Really?  That’s the best you’ve got?  It’s too commercial?  Well then, I guess you also ignore Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, St Patrick’s Day, the Olympics, the Royal Baby’s birth, children’s birthday parties & every other conceivable opportunity for the big box stores and those evil greeting card peddlers to make a buck.  It’s too commercialized?  Of course it’s too commercialized.  So is every other thing on the planet.

You don’t have to ignore the whole concept to avoid commercialization of Valentine’s pure intentions any more than you have to do so for Christmas or Hanukkah.  Plan ahead.  Use your brain.  This is an occasion when the thought really does matter much more than anything else.

#9.  Everything is too expensive.  They jack up the prices.  – Really?  They raise the prices on limited stuff around a popular time?  Gee, seems like that comes up at every holiday.  It’s only a problem for those who fail to plan ahead. Don’t spend more.  Think more.  Be more creative.

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One of my favorite gifts from my husband is a bouquet of red, duct tape roses he made me one year.  It took him nearly a week to make, and he had his students work on group projects so he could make the whole thing at work to surprise me.  The planning and the effort make me smile every time I see them.

#8.  It encourages obesity.  If this is your beef (no pun intended), you need a reality check.  Yes, chocolate is often a symbol of Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean it’s encouraging anyone to dump the clean eating, and switch to an all-candy diet.  If all the talk about chocolate and those little hearts with messages encourages obesity, what does that freaky little cupid guy encourage?  Naked archery?  We don’t hear much whining about that being an issue, and, what with it nearly time for the Olympics again, seems like we would.

#7.  Our relationship is in a bad place.  That stinks any day, even more so on Valentine’s Day.  But, don’t you think your efforts would be better spent thinking of something to celebrate about this person you’re still attached to, rather than complaining about the whole idea of a “Love Holiday”?  Surely there is something good there.  Run with that.  Even if all you can see through the hurt today is that her meatloaf rocks and she can juggle, or he always hits play at just the right moment while fast forwarding through commercials on the DVR and can ride a unicycle, you’ve got something to jot down on a paper heart.

#6.  You should show people you love them every day, not just on some day they tell you to. – Well, duh!  Of course you should!  Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you get a “be self-centered the rest of the year” pass.  Celebrating Valentine’s Day is an extension of your everyday caring and loving attitude toward the important people in your life, particularly your significant other.  If celebrating how you feel about each other isn’t fun and natural, ask yourself if you’re doing that enough on other days.  If not maybe your problem is not the day, but the state of your relationship.

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#5.  I don’t even like candy or flowers.  Oh my gosh!  Really?  I’m not sure we can be friends.  How about just telling people you care about them?  Are you ok with that?  Because that is the whole point of the Valentine’s hubaloo.

#4.  Someone broke up with me on Valentine’s Day and I’ve hated it ever since.  That sucks, but get over it. It’s not a bad holiday. You had a bad significant other.  Send the jerk a beautiful Valentine’s Day card, thanking the individual for getting out of your life, and move the heck on.  The best revenge is being happy.  Choose that.

#3.  Gifts are so hard to get right.  Well then, talk to your significant other.  You know, communicate.  If you didn’t like the carton of Marlboros Bubba got you last year, mention directly to him that you would prefer a necklace or flowers or whatever it is you actually want.  There’s nothing wrong with slipping a URL to a gift-buying-impaired loved one, either.  If you don’t find the Valentine’s sweater your wife knits for your each year to be a particularly stimulating gift, give her some ideas for less time consuming ways to put a smile on your face.

#2.  I absolutely refuse to have anything to do with Valentine’s Day no matter what.  Fine.  But, shut up about it.  Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to rain on everybody else’s parade just because you’ve decided not to march.  You can be a vegan without telling everyone.  You can go to the gym without posting about it on Facebook.  And, you can skip out of Valentine’s Day without giving every person who mentions it a lecture about your non-interest.  More power to you.  And, more candy left for the rest of us.

 

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#1.  It’s so fake to have a particular day to tell people you love them.  That’s like saying you don’t wish someone a Happy Birthday on their birthday, because you’re always happy they were born.  Or refusing to say something you are thankful for on Thanksgiving because you are thankful for it every day.  Ridiculous.

Valentine’s Day isn’t brain surgery or mid-east peace negotiations.  It’s supposed to be fun.

So, lighten up.

Pass out some heart shaped candy.

And, smile.

Who knows, maybe you’ll impress that fat, naked, flying archer guy and he’ll help you out.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What should I add to my list?  Are you a V-Day hater or lover?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

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Ode To The Invisible Trumpet

Ode To The Invisible Trumpet

by Gina Valley

My 13 year old son, let’s call him by his self-chosen name, “Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That,” plays the trumpet.

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“Did you bring your math homework?”

“Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That.”

“Where is your history project assignment sheet?”

“Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That.”

“Don’t your PE clothes need washing?”

“Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That.”

“Where is the form you wanted me to sign?”

“Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That.”

He invariably has to jog across the large campus to return to his locker or one of his classrooms to retrieve a forgotten academic item each day after school, while I wait in the parking lot. Sometimes, he has to make 2 trips. Occasionally, he’s had to make 3 trips.

This is why I always bring a magazine to the carpool lane.

This son of mine, “Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That,” started playing the trumpet last year, and has made amazing progress, particularly for someone who rarely practices. His teacher pointed out that he’s gifted with the ability to produce a clear, powerful tone, which many young trumpet players never develop.

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His teacher also pointed out that he encourages all of his students, including our dear boy, to practice every day, even for as little as 20 minutes. He told us the development and growth in our son’s skill, not to mention his grade in band, which is based heavily on a practice log, should he do this consistently, would amaze us.

We prepared to be amazed.

As part of that preparation we, as in me, decided the simplest method for “Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That” to use to ensure maximum compliance with this practice nearly everyday thing was for him to bring home his trumpet every single day, regardless of whether he thought he’d have time to practice it.

This also simplified the rare instances when someone other than me picked him up from school, as everyone was told he and the trumpet were a set, and not to show up with one without the other.

The Trumpet Home Every Day Method has worked quite well for us.

Until today.

This morning, to be precise.

This morning the Trumpet Home Every Day Method made everyone late for school and nearly brought on tears. And, not just mine.

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When it was time to get into our van to leave to begin the morning drop off circuit to my children’s 4 different schools, my son, “Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That,” did not have his trumpet in hand.

I raised an eyebrow and asked, “Trumpet?”

“No problem, mom,” he answered happily. I left it in the van because I knew I wouldn’t have time to practice it since I was going to be at camp all weekend.”

I operate on a “Trust, But Verify” channel of parenting. “Great,” I said. “Go get it.”

“But, mom,” he whined in an impressively skillful, well-practiced way, “we’re going out there anyway.”

“I don’t care. Go get it. I want to see that you have it.” It’s not my first time at this rodeo, and I’m not falling for the “I swear it’s already in the van” line.

Much grumbling and foot stomping ensued as my young off-spring plodded out to our van. He was gone longer than expected, and returned empty handed.  “It’s not there! I know I left it there! Someone stole it, mom.” He was nearly frantic.

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Then, I remembered. “Your dad cleaned out the van while you were away at camp this weekend, so we could drive your sister and her friends to their dance. He probably brought it in. It’s probably right in the cubby behind your bedroom door, where it goes. Go grab it quickly. We have to go.”

Well, it was not in the cubby it goes in. It was not on the floor of his room. It was not in his closet. It was not even tucked into his bed (I found it hiding there once before).

It was not in the upstairs’ hall, nor in the kids’ bathroom. It was not in anyone else’s bedroom. It was not in the entry way, the kitchen, or the garage. It was not in the laundry room, the yard, the dog house, or the dining room (I don’t know why so many things that go missing end up in our dining room).

It was nowhere to be seen. Everyone panicked and began re-searching every room, while I called The Professor, who I knew was teaching a class.

“Where’d you put the trumpet when you cleaned out the van?” I asked, after he answered my call in a hushed tone, which told me he was in the middle of class.

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He sighed, and I knew he was wishing he hadn’t answered the call. “I didn’t see any instruments when I cleaned out the van. Lots of trash, lots of food, several items I couldn’t identify, but no trumpets.”

Crud. He was no help.

Search Round 2 netted no trumpet.

Everyone was stressed out, which is, after all, the best way to start the day.

We were running late, and still had not located his trumpet. “Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That” was mad and mumbling and demanding to know who stole his trumpet, as he stomped into our van and slammed the door. The child was obviously upset, necessarily upset, and appropriately upset. He didn’t have the materials he needed for his favorite class. He was also exhausted, having spent all weekend at camp.

The thing about playing trumpet in band at school is that you must have the trumpet with you at school to play the trumpet in band at school. If you don’t, the band teacher almost always notices right away.

And, it’s not like a pen or paper or gym clothes, which you can borrow from someone when you’re in a pinch. No one’s carrying around an extra trumpet in their backpack.

As “Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That,” who was rapidly degenerating into “He Who Whines And Stomps,” got out of our van at his school, I reminded him to ask his teachers for the work he missed when he left school early on Friday to go to camp.

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Suddenly, “Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That” broke into a big smile.

“Mom! I know where my trumpet is! The band room was locked when I left early on Friday, so I couldn’t get it. It’s in its locker in the band room!”

Before I could congratulate him on this sudden remembrance, my 14 year old son, blurted out, “Are you kidding me? You had us all search for a half an hour and made us all late to school and the stupid thing was already at school the whole time ‘cause you didn’t even bring it home?”

“Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That” just smiled at him and said, “Oh, yeah, I forgot about that.”

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you have a particularly forgetful family member? Any items in your home prone to disappearing? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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I love to share laughs.

Here’s some tweets that made me laugh in the last week.

Time to get your giggle on.

 

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 laugh?  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 My Kids To Tell Me

Top 10 Things I DON’T Want My Kids To Tell Me

by Gina Valley

Like all parents, I’m constantly asking my kids what’s going on and who did what to whom and who needs to be where & when and what that stain is.

Sometimes, it seems like my job is to know everything about everyone and everything at every moment.

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Top 10 Things I DON’T Want My Kids To Tell Me

#10.  I don’t want them to tell me why all of my son’s clothes, including underwear and socks, are still neatly folded and in the same stacks they were packed in when he returned from a week away at soccer camp.

#9.  I don’t want them to tell me how the dog ended up with bubble gum stuck to her rear end.

#8.  I do not want them to tell me why the chocolate covered almonds are no longer covered in chocolate.

#7.  I do not want them to tell me what is oozing out of the bottom of my son’s backpack.

#6.  I do not want them to tell me why my 2 youngest kids just ran into the bathroom, giggling, with the jar of Nutella.

#5.  I do not want them to tell me how long it’s been since my youngest knew where his tooth brush was.

#4.  I do not want them to tell me why my daughter’s shoe is filled with dog saliva.

#3.  I do not want them to tell me why the brand new soap I put in my kids’ bathroom a week ago when theirs ran out still hasn’t been opened.

#2.  I do not want them to tell me how much the container has swollen up because my son accidentally left a tub of yogurt on his desk for 2 weeks.

#1.  I do not want them to tell me, much less show me, how stiff PE clothes get when they have not gone home to be laundered for an entire semester.

I don’t want them to tell me.

Just five minutes. Please. I just want to sit here and finish my tea.

And, I do not want them to tell me.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you not want to know? Anything oozing out of your kid’s backpacks? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Today, Sons Are Easier

Today, Sons Are Easier

by Gina Valley

I have 4 sons and 3 daughters.

At least I think I do.

When they move fast it’s hard to tell. Sometimes, it seems like a lot more.

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“It depends on the day.”

Today, sons are easier.  Definitely easier.

Today, my daughter needs the perfect formal gown.

So, today, sons are easier.

It’s not my daughter’s fault.

It’s not her fault she needs a dress. It’s not her fault she can’t just walk into any mall, and find a store that will rent her an appropriate, perfectly fitting, head-to-toe, footwear and hat included, outfit for any formal occasion like her brothers can.  It’s not her fault that she has to come up with, not only a long dress that fits her and isn’t 2 feet too long for her petite frame, but also doesn’t look like any other girl’s at the event, and yet is similar enough to everyone else’s so as to fit in, but still is unique.

It’s not her fault.

But, today sons are easier.

And, it’s conversations like the one I had today, and have, for your convenience, included below, that make me feel that way.

The Customer Service Rep I spoke with, clearly, was doing everything in her power to help me prove sons are easier.

I think she was quite successful.

And, I wish I was making this up.

Join me about 5 minutes into a conversation about the perfect purple gown…

Me: You have 2-day shipping?

Customer Service: Yes, we have 2-day shipping.

Me: Can you ship this dress in 2 days?

Customer Service: Yes, we can ship this dress in 2 days.

Me: So, just to be sure, because she can’t use the dress unless it gets here in 2 days, you will ship it & it will get here in 2 days or less?

Customer Service: Yes, ma’am, we will ship it & it will arrive in 2 days or less.

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Me: Great.

Customer Service: I can process that transaction for you.

Me: Ok, as long as it will be here in 2 days.

Customer Service: Yes. I understand. Here is your total charge, including our free, 2-day shipping. Please expect your package to arrive between February 18 and March 6.

Me:…Uhhh…today is January 20.

Customer Service: Yes, ma’am.

Me: …Well, between February 18 is not in 2 days. That’s in 30 days.

Customer Service: Yes, ma’am.

Me: You just told me you could ship it in 2 days.

Customer Service: Yes, ma’am, it will arrive in 2 days or less, after we make the dress and process your order, between February 18 and March 6.

Me: She needs to be wearing the dress in 3 days.

Customer Service: Yes, ma’am. With 2 day shipping the dress will arrive between February 18 and March 6.

Me: Does this dress come with any accessories, like, say, a time machine?

Customer Service: No, this dress does not come with any accessories.

Me: Then, I’m going to need you to cancel that order.

Customer Service: Okay, I can process that transaction for you. I just need to get some information from you. Firstly, what shall I put is the reason you have decided to cancel your order?

Me: …Insanity.

I’m glad she didn’t ask me whose.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you had a less than service-filled customer service experience? Which do you think is easier to parent, sons or daughters? Shoot me a comment. You’re already here anyway, and I’d love to hear what you think.

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Tuesday Tickles – utvcd

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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 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.

If It’s Monday We Have NO Shoes!!!

If It’s Monday We Have NO Shoes!!!

by Gina Valley

You could say that Monday mornings at our house always go smoothly,…

…if by “smoothly” you mean “not smoothly at all.”

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’s Monday We Have NO Shoes!!!No matter how well we start off on Monday morning, we’re always done in by a familiar, formidable foe: shoes.

On Monday morning, my kids not only don’t know where a pair, or often even a single shoe, that fits and belongs to them is, they also apparently suffer from some sort of weekend neurological impairment that makes them unable to remember what a shoe is at all.

“Shoes? What are shoes?”

“Aren’t those from some ancient tale Great-Grandpa Bernard tells?”

“I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of shoes.”

“I’m certain I’ve never had to wear shoes to school before. I’m sure I’d remember something like that.”

Now, it’s not my first time at this rodeo. Don’t think I don’t require each of my kids to find and show me an appropriate pair of shoes on Sunday evening, in an effort to avoid the Monday morning madness.  I do.

I’ve even gone so far as to collect everyone’s shoes Sunday night, and, after my children are all asleep, to make them easy to find, I’ve lined the shoes up in front of our fireplace, creating what looks like some odd twist on the whole Christmas stocking thing.

But, to no avail.

When it’s time to rush out the door to start the school drop-off circuit, someone is always shoeless. Usually a couple someones are.

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’s Monday We Have NO Shoes!!! DisorganizationSo, imagine my surprise this morning when the pre-departure shoe check in our van revealed that every child was not only wearing shoes that belonged to and fit said child, but also had chosen foot wear appropriate for the chilly SoCal winter morning.

I was shocked. Shocked!

So much so, that I didn’t even notice The Professor knocking on my window as I started our van. Luckily, one of our pack mentioned that their dad was trying to get my attention before I drove away. Usually that sort of information goes the way of urgent phone messages, and isn’t mentioned until after a week or so has passed.

I was surprised to see him because I thought he’d left for work a half hour earlier.

“Why are you still here?” I asked, as I rolled down my window.

He said, “I can’t find any of my shoes.”

I rolled my window back up.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What disappears around your house? Are Monday mornings smooth sailing or rough seas at your house?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Tickles – esvc

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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 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.