Tag Archives: humor

Blogging challenge, day 14

14 Aug

August blogging challenge, day 14: Pictures speak a thousand words – share some cherished photos old & new

Well, crap. I just packed all my pictures a few days ago because I’m moving in a week. Not to mention that I’m not a great picture-taker. And I don’t take many photos. So I don’t actually have a lot to share.

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My and my dog, Charlie. I had to put him down two years ago – look at that grey face! I mean, the grey face is not why I put him down, but it shows how old he was. He was my precious puppy; he was my wondermutt.

 

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T-rex short-arm jokes make me laugh. Out loud. Every time.

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Yep, every time. Even posting these photos, I’m laughing.

 

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I wish I had more and better pictures of me dancing. But I don’t. So here’s this one.

 

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I love this one of me as a kid with my friend JF. (I’m on the left.) It just reminds me of how long we’ve been friends. And how much I value friendships that go back.

 

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This is a bunch of my friends from the studio hanging out one night. These women mean the world to me.

Make ’em laugh

19 Jul

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The prognosis is good, but it’s still scary. She’s choosing to use humor as part of her treatment – meaning she wants to remember to laugh. So I thought I’d give her my favorite movie and TV clips that always make me laugh. I don’t know if they’ll make others laugh, including her, but it’s worth a shot!

Oh Donald O’Connor. Comic genius. Vaudeville roots, obviously. And this is from one of my favorite movies…Singin’ in the Rain.

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. Just say that line, and my brother and I will start laughing.

I heart “Psych”. And Shawn Spencer. And Gus.

Groucho. And his brothers. ‘Nuff said.

I love Will Farrell. And this scene still makes me laugh out loud.

While I really enjoy Cary Grant dramas, he started as a comedic actor, and I think he excels at it.

I can watch episodes of “Friends” over and over and over.

That’s just a sampling. Welcome to my humor!

What I learned from a 4-year-old

1 Mar

Yesterday I babysat for my friend. She had forgotten to arrange for a sitter, and I love hanging out with her kids. So I said sure, I’d help.

They have 3 kids: a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 1-year-old (or so). All of them are great, relatively independent kids. But over the course of the evening, here’s what I learned from the 4-year-old:

*The new siding on the house will be blue, even though she wants pink. Daddy wins that decision. (As Daddy – with help from Mommy – should.)

*The eye (button) fell off one of the stick horses with the stuffed heads. She’s not sure if her mommy can fix it because they need to buy siding. (I bet Mommy will fix it. Heck, I’d even spring for the cost of a new button.)

*Mommy does not use two pieces of the paper towel for the sandwiches, so I don’t need to. (The “pieces” are the pick-a-size paper towels, and apparently I was being wasteful.)

*Grandma and grandpa live super far away like 70 miles. (They live in Illinois, I believe. Who knew that was 70 miles away?)

*Tea parties are delightful. (Why, yes, they are!)

*One time she made her sister cry and so she apologized, but her sister kept crying anyway. (I think the point was why apologize.)

*The baby can go wherever she wants in the house. (No need to leave the movie-viewing area to get check on the baby.)

*I’m good at getting the markers to work. (I should add that to my resume.)

*She doesn’t like how short her mom cut her hair, but it’s ok – she uses barrettes to clip the bangs back. (Learning at an early age how to deal with bad hair days. That is totally a life skill she will need, and I’m not kidding.)

*After one more night sleeping at home, she and her sisters are getting up early and going to their parents’ friends for two nights of sleeping. (Who doesn’t like mini-vacations?)

*Sometimes Daddy wakes up in the morning with them, but usually he goes back to bed. (Daddy is apparently not a morning person.)

*I can go back and play with them anytime, especially since we didn’t get to play dress up because Daddy came home. (Dress up was supposed to be the activity after the tea party. We ran out of time.)

*They’re getting a piano if it fits in their house – they just need to measure first. (Good idea to measure before getting a piano.)

*I know what I would have looked like on Ash Wednesday – she drew me a picture. Cross on the forehead and everything. (And I totally forgot to take the picture with me! After promising her to hang in on my refrigerator forever. Sigh.)

My nieces and nephews are all much older than that now. So it was fun to just go play with little kids and talk to them. I really needed a drink after the day at work I had, but hanging out with toddlers is just as good. I mean, it’s really hard to think about work when you’re at a tea party, right?

To my friend: I’ll babysit when you need me to! Your kids are so well-behaved and so good. And very funny.

I got nothin’

28 Jan

It’s been a busy day. And all day, ideas of blog posts kept popping in my head.

And now I can’t remember a single one of them. Damn.

So I’ll leave you with a freakin’ awesome looking recipe my friend KB posted on FB:

Image courtesy of chow.com

Image courtesy of chow.com

lemon ricotta pancakes. MUST TRY.

You know the whole T-Rex-has-short-arms thing makes me laugh out loud.

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Yep, still laughing.

And a picture of my dog because I’m missing him tonight.

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That is all.

Here’s hoping I remember what those amazeballs blog post ideas were!

Weekly roundup

19 Mar

Last week, I…

*Went to a Lia Sophia party at KC’s house. It was surprisingly fun. I did buy a ring, because can you really go to those and not buy something? Plus, I helped KC prep for the party, which was fun hanging out time.

*Saw this on March 15th, which made me laugh out loud.

*Had an interesting dance lesson.

*Learned (thankfully not the hard way) that you can’t leave a cake with cream cheese frosting on the counter for 36 hours.

*Watched some of my friends graduate their level at the Medal Ball at the studio.

*Celebrated St Patrick’s day at home – which was just fine with me. That post has some of my favorite Irish sayings, including “As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.” and “May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.” and my favorite, the mouse on the barroom floor.

*Had a 3-day weekend! First one in almost 2 months. (That’s a new record for me. In my old job, I was taking a day off every 3 weeks or so.)

*Got my new smooth dance shoes!

Huh. Didn’t realize my finger was in that picture til just now.

*Met with my fabulous dressmaker to begin designing my new dance dress!! SO FLIPPIN’ EXCITED.

*Had a lovely happy hour with AM. So great to catch up with her.

*Wrote what may have been the lamest blog post ever.

*Got a long overdue haircut. I love my hair stylist – she’s great!

*Brunch with JH. It’s been far too long since we hung out. I miss her, so it was nice to chat.

*Had deja vu all over again and made the fresh ginger cake again. This time I put the frosting in the fridge.

*Worked a bunch at my part-time job. Still saving for Dance-O-Rama, ya know.

*Wondered if the universe was telling me to start dating again and if so, how do you meet people?

*Had a very relaxing Sunday due to the 3-day weekend. Actually took a nap!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

17 Mar

As it’s 10pm on St Patrick’s Day, you’ve probably guessed by now that I’m not out celebrating. And I am almost 100% Irish. Maybe I’m old, but the idea of going to a loud, crowded bar full of people completely drunk off their asses and trying to find sober rides home just is not appealing. Ideally, I’d be home with a whiskey – either a Bushmill’s or a Jameson’s – in my hand. But alas, I live in a dry house, so no whiskey for me tonight. Sadness.

A few of my favorite Irish sayings:

“As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.”

“May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten.”

“May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.”

“May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”

“May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”

And my personal favorite…

Lá fhéile pádraig sona duit! And beannachtaí na féile pádraig ort! (Happy St Patrick’s Day! And St Patrick’s blessings on you!)

No I don’t speak Irish. But Google does.

 

My gift to you

23 Dec

It’s Christmas time.

Just in case you didn’t know that. Because it’s not like there are obvious signs all around about it.

So it’s the time of gift exchanges. I’ve played Santa and given out all the presents to my friends. But for you, dear readers, I have one final gift. The gift of entertainment.

I’m giving a shout-out to all the blogs I stalk read. These blogs make me laugh, make me think, and inspire me to do different and exciting things with my life. Like bake. And knit. And branch out sometimes into new ideas and new experiences. Read them, follow them and laugh with us.

1) Riot and Frolic
Totally deserves the number one spot. I’ve talked about her before. She’s awesome. I think we’re friends in a different world. Her latest post talks about hosting a bitch and stitch gathering and she invites others to join. I would totally love to, but isn’t that creepy to do if you haven’t actually met someone? What do you think – do I invite myself to her gathering? I’m thinking probably not. But I wish I could, because I can’t imagine how fantastic she is in person and how much fun we’d have. OK, not meaning to sound like a stalker. I just think she’s great and her blog is hilarious and inspiring.

2) Smitten Kitchen
Always a place to get ideas for food. Great food. Great food that seems easy to make. And turns out to be easy to make. Plus I love her writing style. But I don’t understand where she gets the energy and time to do all that cooking. On the plus side, she has a cookbook coming out soon. Which I might need to get.

3) The Bloggess
Freakin’ laugh-out-loud funny. Don’t read this at work unless you want strange looks from your coworkers. But go ahead if you’re used to strange looks from your coworkers.

4) Hyperbole and a Half
Another laugh-out-loud and awesome blog. Even serious topics are written with humor in them. Love this one. And awesome pictures.

5) The Girl Who Ate Everything
Great food ideas and recipes. Plus she just had a baby! Probably source number two for me when looking for recipes. (Smitten Kitchen is usually number one.)

6) WASD Through Life
My friend NA writes this one. Usually thought-provoking. She hasn’t written in a while but I’m sure she’ll be back with more posts that make me go hmmm.

7) Flying by the Seat of my Pants
Written by friend TS. Funny, heart-warming stories of everyday life raising two kids and being married in suburbia.

Check out the other blogs on my blogroll over there on the right. They’re also amazing! I just didn’t want to bore you with a long list of awesomeness. So you got the highlights instead.

So there you are. My gift to you: The gift of food, fun and great writing. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, right? So I don’t have to get you anything next year. HA!

Merry Christmas to you, if that’s what you celebrate. Regardless (or irregardless, which is the word to use if you want to really annoy my dance teacher), I wish you all the best for 2012. Peace and joy to you!

Crazy for riot and frolic

26 Oct

I started my blog partially to fulfill a need in myself for a writing/journaling/documenting-my-life-and-the-lessons-in-it sort of thing. But also because I’m inspired by a few other blogs (see the blogroll on the right for the list). One in particular grabbed me and demanded that I read it.

Ladies and gentlemen (well, ok, the ladies who read this)…I give you…Riot and Frolic!

I started reading it and totally loved it. I kept reading and liking it more and more. Now I read most of her posts at least twice because they’re that good. And funny. And smart.

And she’s hilarious! I love her sense of humor. Which makes sense because it’s a just a wee bit like mine. (Did you all catch the sarcasm in that sentence? Yep, she’s sarcastic too.)

I also find her a bit inspirational in a non-creepy sort of way. She’s a professional dancer, and they always inspire me. (Oh I know I’ll never be that good, but it’s so fun to watch professionals and see how they do stuff. And be blown away by how easy they make it look.) She’s crafty, she cooks/bakes, and she has 3 children. Seriously? She can do all this homey stuff I want to do with a job, a husband and 3 kids? And I think my life is busy? Sheesh. Thanks for the perspective, ma’am!

I think she’s someone I could totally be friends with in real life. And that to me is the beauty of blogs. You get to make these virtual friends – or at least find people who could be your virtual friends.

Read this blog, and you’ll see why I love it.

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