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Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day…Gina’s Favorites

Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

This week is looking to be “one of those days” pretty much every day.

I’ve been hit with a sudden storm to deal with, so, while I’m dealing with lawyers and meetings and judges (Oh my!), I have queued up Gina’s Favorites to keep you in giggles.

Today’s Gina’s Favorite is my Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day post.  It’s been ghastly hot here in Los Angeles this week.  Hopefully, the rain in this post will help cool things off around here.

You can read my Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day  post below in its entirety, or, for you hardcore readers, you can click one of these magic links to read my Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day  post in its original location.

Either way, I’ll meet you at Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day .  You bring the chocolate.  I’ll bring the laughs.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day

It was rainy and cold yesterday morning.  Naturally, it being Monday, all of my kids were running behind schedule.  My two elementary kids missed their ride altogether, and were running too late to make the trek to school by foot, even if it hadn’t been raining.

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 https://ginavalley.com/   Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day…Gina’s Favorites – Read & Laugh All About It! Distraction Wardrobe ClothesI hurried them toward the door, knowing the horrendous last minute traffic at their school would be even worse than usual due to the rain.

I slid into the first pair of my shoes I tripped over by our front door, my pink flip flops.  A bit chilly and slippery for the rainy day, however, they’re fast to put on.  Midway through the putting on, I realized I was already wearing socks.

I couldn’t possibly go outside wearing flip flops and socks.  People would think I was an idiot.   So, I slipped into my black, plaid Chucks, which were also conveniently hanging out in our foyer. I didn’t waste valuable time tying them, just shoved the laces inside and made a run for Son#1’s car, all the while kind of wishing I had taken half a second to grab us all umbrellas.

I handed Son#4 my keys, with the door key pointing out, so he and Son#3 could climb in and get out of the deluge, without having to wait for me to get in first.  It took a few  seconds, a few “soak me to the skin while I stand here” seconds for Son #4 to realize that he literally held the key to getting all of us out of the rain (none of those fancy electric locks on Son#1’s old sedan). But, then the lights went on and he moved in typical “kid who is late for school” speed, meaning, of course, he took off at a nearly the speed of  slow motion.
I was standing at the driver’s side door, becoming evermore soggy, waiting for my slow motion youngest son to unlock the door from the inside for me, when I realized I was still wearing pajamas.  Not pajamas that could pass as clothes, or even chic lounge wear.  No, these were pajama pajamas. Fuzzy blue flannel with big penguins and clouds on them.  No mistaking the purpose of these garments.  Greta Garbo never pranced elegantly across the screen in an ensemble like this.

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 https://ginavalley.com/   Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day…Gina’s Favorites – Read & Laugh All About It! Distraction Wardrobe ClothesSuddenly, I felt like I should have had curlers in my hair and a Pall Mall dangling from my lip to complete my look.  I don’t know why I had been concerned with wearing flip flops with my socks when clearly I was wearing an outfit that would be quite “eye catching” on its own.  Flip flops with socks – now that would have been tacky.  This was way past tacky.

And, it wasn’t the pajama bottoms.  No, I was wearing the too-long-for-me pajama top with black athletic shorts.  I really needed to do laundry.  Those were the closest thing to pants I had clean.

If I’d been wearing the opposite – black athletic wear on top and jammies on the bottom, at least it would have looked like I was making an effort.  Now granted the effort would have been to look like the teenage girls that wear that ensemble to school frequently, so a sad effort, but still an effort.

As it was, I just looked like some moron who was locked out of her car in the pouring rain, and was too lazy to change out of her pajamas.   Whereas, in fact, I was some moron who was locked out of her car in the pouring rain, but was too unaware to realize she was still wearing her pajamas.

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 https://ginavalley.com/   Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day…Gina’s Favorites – Read & Laugh All About It! Distraction Wardrobe ClothesI hate to be falsely accused, even if it is just by people driving by who I’ll never see again.  I have my principles.  I’d like to say I have my pride, but my failing to dress before I went out in public kinda shot that whole theory right out of the water.

I got Sons #3 & #4 to school just in the nick of time.  And, I managed to avoid getting out of the car, or making eye contact with anyone I knew.

As I started for home I had this sudden panic.  What if I had car trouble?  What if I was in an accident?  What if I had to stand on the side of the road in this ridiculous get up waiting for one of LAPD’s finest?  What would people think?

But, then I started to laugh at myself.  It was a pajama shirt. No big deal.  What was I so worried about?

By the time I got home I had convinced myself that I was overreacting.  I could probably wear it all day and no one would say anything. I was probably the only one who even noticed I was wearing 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 https://ginavalley.com/   Don’t Wear Penguins After Labor Day…Gina’s Favorites – Read & Laugh All About It! Distraction Wardrobe ClothesWhen I pulled to the curb next to the end of our driveway, Daughter#1 appeared as if from nowhere and dashed to the car, hollering, “I missed my ride!  I missed my ride!” as she opened the passenger’s side door.

I was opening my mouth to begin a succinct yet effective soliloquy to Daughter#1 about being more personally responsible, but the words never made it across my lips.

She took one look at my garb, and announced, “Never mind.  I’ll walk.”

Ok, so maybe I’m not the only one who noticed it.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you ever left home with a less than pulled together ensemble?  Have you noticed anyone who obviously did?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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2 Responses
  • Ryan Biddulph
    August 29, 2013

    LOL on that one Gina 😉 Yes on more than 1 occasion. I could spruce up at times but oh well….always in “traveling mode wanna feel comfy” methinks…thanks for sharing!

    • gina valley
      August 30, 2013

      I’m glad I’m not the only one, Ryan! I’m totally there with you in “traveling mode,” especially now that school is back in session and it feels like I am living in the car. Happy to share some giggles with you!