just another day in paradise

May 14, 2007 at 12:22 pm 3 comments

Okay, I am writing. I have virtually nothing to tell. But, I’m writing. Friday I thought, hmmmm. What’ve I got to say today? But, when I stopped to think about it, the only thing I could hear was the buzz of electricity in the air. Didn’t seem very noteworthy. 

Friday my husband and youngest daughter came up and had lunch with me. My friend/co-worker Leigh Ann joined us. She had a lot going on work-wise, but I convinced her that she needed to eat. We ate at Old Venice. Good stuff. But, I about spazzed when Maggie got out of the car. Jessye had dressed her, and let’s just say she did not choose well.  Out of the car pops my four year old, dressed like an orphan. I looked at Terry and said, “What in the world… (were you thinking)?  He just laughed. Man, I guess ya just never know what you’ll get when Daddy approves (or fails to disapprove) the child’s outfit.  

Friday night after a family meltdown at the local Wal-Mart, we drove home. Terry checked in for the evening, and the girls and I went shopping, spending far too much money, and enjoying it. When we returned the oldest was smart enough NOT to begin modeling all her new wares. But, not Mags.  No, Maggie immediately began donning outfit after brand-spankin’ new outfit to model for her father.  She’ll learn to keep it on the DL for a bit following these spontaneous spending adventures as she gets older I trust. Well, let’s hope so, anyway.

Saturday I cleaned house. Of course, I didn’t get everything done that I needed to get done, but at least I did SOMETHING.  The hubbie worked all day. I grocery shopped in the evening.  I didn’t want to go, but we were out of so many things that I really didn’t have much of a choice. 

A man at our church sells insurance in our town. His business is advertised on the backs of the grocery shopping carts where the child’s seat is. His ad, including a picture of him, has been on the seats about month.  I told the man yesterday at church that I hoped he was happy, since now I cannot begin shopping unless our cart is one of the ones that has his face on it. Yesterday I moved four grocery carts before I finally found one with our friend from church on it. Maggie just loves that that man! And, he says our story made all the money he’d spend on the ad completely worth it.  

Anyhow, Mags and I tooled through the grocery store. Maggie wanted EVERYTHING she saw, of course. Oh…at one point I’d heard all the talking I could handle, so I suggested that we play “QUIET MOUSE” for awhile. Well, Maggie thinks the name of the game is “QUIET MOUTH”. And, of course, we all find that mistake completely charming, so we haven’t corrected her.  At my suggestion, she called out loudly, “1-2-3 QUIET MOUTH!” to signal the beginning of our game. Okay! Finally I had a moment or two of silence! I reached over to pick up a bag of sliced mushrooms, and the packaging rustled a bit. “YOU LOSE!” she hollered at the top of her voice. “What? I didn’t say a word!” She said, “Yes, but you made noise. You’re supposed to be quiet!” I explained that the game was about not talking. I also explained that I would have to continue shopping, and that rustling of packages did NOT count. She thought about it, and agreed. Again  she signalled the start of the game with, “1-2-3 QUIET MOUTH!”  And, again I began shopping.  As I wheeled towards the bread aisle, Maggie soon forgot about the game we were playing, and started talking. I called out, “YOU LOSE!”  It was at that point that a woman who was standing nearby reprimanded me with a terse, “That was harsh.”   I looked around at her, and explained, “You missed the first half of this conversation.”   I explained, with a smile on my face, how this had all gone down. The woman listened, and gave me some sort of half-grin. But, I got the very strong impression that she was not impressed with my explanation. Who she thought she was I have no idea.  I immediately wished I could have just told her that she didn’t have all the information, and suggested that she BUZZ OFF and mind her own business… But, I didn’t.  Be nice, be nice, be nice. I probably go to church with her, and just don’t know it. 

So, on that note, I decided to drive my cart all the way to the other side of the store to avoid having to spend the entire shopping trip with Mrs. Nosy Britches somewhere on the same aisle as me. I didn’t think I could handle it if she made any further comments.  Can you imagine the nerve!?   Can’t wait to hear your comments on this one!Mother’s Day was lovely.  I got a new digital camera! Whoopeeee! I’ve surely been wanting one!  After church we ate lunch at my favorite restaurant. Then we went over to Mama and Daddy’s to visit, and present Mama with her gift.  Mama and Daddy came to church for the first time in two months yesterday. (Mama broke her back about two months ago. She’s finally able to get up and around a little easier now.)  My sister and her fam dropped by the parents’ house, too. And, although I’d thought we might all do supper together, my overly-buttery shrimp scampi luncheon selection started giving my second thoughts about dinner plans.  I just didn’t think I could eat again. So, we went home and flaked out for the rest of the evening instead.  

Maggie started summer daycare today. She seemed happy about it. I am happy that there are surveillance cameras everywhere, and that I can log in and watch her playing at school anytime. Is that cool or what? Love it! 

Okay, I hope I have not bored everybody to tears today!  It’s just mundane, everyday stuff today…but it sure beats having bad news to report. So, for the run of the mill news I have to tell, however commonplace, to God I am truly grateful! 

Ohhh…Here’s an awesome slideshow someone sent me this weekend. I thought it was fabulous.  I bet you’ll think so, too! http://www.simpletruths.com/simpletruths/a.aspx?af=219&mo=stsr                              

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  • 1. pcase  |  May 14, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Hey Trace – gotta tell me what kinda camera you got for MD! Joe and the girls bought me one, too – and it is so much fun. My old one pooped out 3 months ago and I’ve been hinting for one. With a busy summer, an upcoming wedding plus Chetch’s senior year – there will be a lot of photos to share!

    Happy Monday, friend.
    pc

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  • 2. Mel  |  May 14, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    I was going to call you Saturday, but thought Terry might have been home………guess I should have called and allowed you to tell me one way or the other……….ugh. I loved your blog, I feel like we are back at work and I can chat with you everyday and see what’s going on with you. Okay it is not even close to being with you everyday, but better than not talking for a while. Your blog is much more interesting than the one I wrote yesterday…..okay mine are always more um…..weird than yours, but I guess that makes sense b/c I am kind of odd, I think.

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  • 3. Regina Vietmeyer  |  May 14, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    I enjoyed your mundane blog entry however, for not having much to say (per your beginning comments), you sure said a lot. Glad to hear your Mother’s Day was good. Mine was nice an pleasant as well. Lu bought me a diamond necklace (small diamonds) but still, she spend her own hard-earned money so it was very special. Ka and her friends washed and cleaned my car for me which was so fabulous I can’t even begin to tell you. The rest of the day I just got to veg out and that was awesome. TTL

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