Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday's Fave Five











1. Birthday party Wed. night with my Gal Pals in the basement. This is Rachel, who turned 39 and tried to whine about it until the rest of us who are over 45 slapped her unconscious. I know I look terrible in this pic, but give me a break; it was already way past my bedtime, 8:30.

2. Don't you love my sweatshirt? It says, "Crow University." No, there isn't such a school. You order hats and shirts with your surname. Perfect gift for the "know it all" in the fam.

The great thing about this group is that we can be really honest with each other. Like, before the party, I called one friend and left her a message: "Leslie? It's Linda. I don't know if I can come to the party tonight because I'm just too gassy. I mean it's terrible. I think the Fiber One yogurt I've been eating did me in. I've been eating Tums like they're candy, but Jorge is about ready to put me out on the porch. He actually said, 'Can't you control your stinkter muscle?' So if I can get a handle on this, I'll be there. Otherwise, I won't."

She listened to the message while pushing a grocery cart and reports to me that she lost it there in the store.

And then there's that other great thing about how we have given each other permission to slap each other unconscious when we feel it's called for. Whining about being 39? Whap-Whap! She was lucky to get out of her own party alive.

3. My paint stirring sticks. I have one on my nightstand and one always with me in my (big) purses. These are my back scratchers, and I have major back itching issues. MAJOR.

On our way to church Sunday, I told my 16 year-old daughter in a "Mommy to little kid" voice, "Now, Kristin, you behave today, or Mommy will have pull this stick out and rap your knuckles right in church!"

To which she dryly replied with the most deadpan expression, "I would rather you beat me with that in church than stick it down the back of your shirt and scratch your back with it." That's my kid! Gets all of her charm from me! Getting an exasperated rise out of my teenager? Mission accomplished, day complete.










4. Pretty, pretty snow. Being a lifelong Hoosier, I've seen a lot of snow. But what fell this week was something strangely new to me, and I can only surmise that Al Gore had a hand in this: snow that seemed to have tiny little fuzz balls in it. Even Jorge said he had noticed it looked different, too. Perhaps it is polar bear fuzz that they are shedding because it's too warm for them. By the way, the temp yesterday? Picking up Kristin at 3:00, it was -3*. Click on the 2nd pic and look to the right edge of the snow to see the polar bear fuzz.

5. Jorge is not only a weekly fave; he's a perennial fave! And LOOK at what he's drinking from: The Ugly Mug!

Thanks, Susanne!

48 comments:

Renna said...

What is it with these major itchy back issues, anyway. I'm the same way. I have to have a backscratcher nearby at all times. Once when my own daughter was about 16, she caught me using the plastic spaghetti stirrer. It was the nearest thing I could find in a pinch! She shrieked, "you ARE throwing that thing away when you're finished, aren't you???. Actually I didn't, but she thinks I did. ;-)

PS-In answer to your question on my own blog today, I am easing my way back in. ;-)

Becky said...

He probably loves that mug because it reminds him of you... er... not because you're ugly...er... um, because it has your pre-works of art on it.

Fun-fun stuff!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Good Friends! Where would we be without them!!!!

The Vintage Rose said...

Enjoyed reading some of the posts on your blog today. Saw the link on someone else's blog. smiled at the turtle neck comparison, so glad you had a sense of humour, even if you weren't quite happy with the pics of yourself - personally I like the bob, but I don't know what you looked like previously.

Rach@In His Hands said...

I have back itching issues, too. I think I inherited them from my dad...growing up I remember him rubbing his back against a doorframe to get the itches out. I just make Josh scratch mine every day. Poor guy hearing "to the right, harder, now left, lower, softer, higher, right there, all around, that's enough"! Ha! I think I need a paint stick.

mtnest423 said...

I am jealous of your group of girlfriends. I'm the type of person who has only one really close friend at a time. And my friend is moving to Lesotho, a tiny country surrounded by South Africa. :( Time to shop for a new friend!

I love your snow pics - in the 2nd one, you can see the individual snowflakes next to the polar bear fuzz. Delightful!!!

Beverlydru said...

You are in fine form on this frosty Friday. I'm sure Jorge won't put you on the porch - it's just too cold. Thanks for the laughs.

12-arrows said...

I loved your post today and really whinning over turning 40, come on just wait until you hit the big 5-0! you really have something to whine about then, trust me I know, but hey ask my family, they know I am staying forever 49!

Kids and their comments, just gotta love 'em! your daughter cracked-me right up!

thanks for a great post and isn't it just the best to have awesome girl-pals? you are blessed!

we are having wonderful Al GORE weather too and loving it! and one more thing, sorry, but way to go HOOSIERS! (its in my blood too)

Dena said...

Thanks for the heads up about the Fiber One Yogurt. I almost bought some the other day....maybe I'm glad I didn't?

Ok, is itchy back syndrome an age related thing? I have a back scratcher on my nightstand as well. I don't have one in my purse, but I could stop by Lowes later today. hhhmmmm...

Kay said...

Too funny! When my daughter was in first grade, her teacher was having a birthday and the kids were doing stuff for her and she talked about being sooo old.. she was turning 25. I was weeeeeell into my 30's at that point. Puuu-leeze. lol

Also.. Eucerin Calming Cream can help with the back itch thing. I used to have that. And I also switched from showers (too much hot water on the back can dry out the skin) to baths. Is that TMI? I guess not after hearing about your 'stinkter', huh?! Laughing out loud... I mean REALLY!!!

sara said...

I can ALWAYS count on you for a good laugh in the morning, but today you have given me the best tip EVER! A paint stick for a back scratcher!!!! I have got to get one....I have MAJOR back itch probs too!!! My kids groan when they see me scratching up against a wall corner in the house!!!!

Debbie said...

The snow was different, wasn't it? Looks like Rachel had a fun birthday. I'm glad you made it.

So that's why Leslie was doubled over her grocery cart cackling in the store...

Love the expression on Kristin's face!

Greg C said...

First off I am having trouble finding an ugly mug unless I look at myself in the morror in the morning. Second, you are in second place when it comes to the "scratch my back honey" contest DW is constantly wanting me to scratch hers. I am taking your suggestion to let her guest post under consideration but I have to warn you, she don't play dat.

Capri Kel said...

OH DEAR! The "too gassy/put you on the porch" line!
It's a good thing I didn't have tea in my mouth! LOL, several times!

Susanne said...

Did I read that right or did you just tell the world wide web that you're the know it all of the family? :v)

Paint sticks are the best back scratchers ever. And who can beat free.

That snow is gorgeous.l I've seen several bloggers posting about different snow. We didn't get different snow where I am just tons and tons of it.

I added you to the linky btw.

Kelley said...

I think we are getting some of that "Polar Bear" snow here in Kansas today. I love the snow, it just doesn't stick around very long before it becomes brown slush! YUCK! Have a great weekend my friend!

Jan Ross said...

I love the Fiber One yogurt and the bars but I just absolutely can't eat them. The gas!! It's awful!! And totally uncontrollable. I made the mistake of eating two of the bars one day. Almost drove my husband out of the family room.

Barbara H. said...

You'll have to tell me where you got that shirt. That would be great for my guys. With our last name, of course, rather than Crow. :-)

I didn't realize that mug was that big!

Love friends you can be totally yourself with. BTW, I use Gas-X pretty regularly. :-)

ellen b said...

It's always a hoot (or is that a toot) to come here Linda. I think all whiney 39 year olds should be whapped up the side of the head :0)
You got some fabulous snow shots. I see actual snow flakes with perfect little snowflake shapes in the midst of the Polar bear fuzz!!

Jada said...

Great post! You're a funny gal! I would've slapped your friend unconscious, too, for whining about turning 39! Sheesh! I have a back scratcher, too, in my bedroom. Not so much for my back. My lower legs itch in the winter! Drives me nuts! Itchers unite!

Cyndy said...

Okay...now I have the answer to what works best on an itchy back. Mine just drives me crazy in the winter....

....and speaking of winter, what ya got there my friend is some California snow. Yep it does snow here and that's usually what it looks like. Makes for great skiing! Okay, now that you've had your fun with it...we really need it back. I'll have to write Al a letter.

Betty said...

I have a group of friends like that too. It is THE best. I would be lost without them.
I liked your list! Funny stuff!

Tracie said...

Awesome sweatshirt!!!! I LOVE it!

Mocha with Linda said...

Maybe I should rethink that culture award... LOL!

How you can make this so hilarious is beyond me. If I wrote the same stuff, people would go "ewwww!"

I'll have to keep the back scratcher tip in mind. I get itches right in the spot I can't quite reach.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Never a dull moment in your life, is there? Thanks for sharing in posts. If it makes you feel any better, my 16, 18 & 19-y.o.'s think I'm nuts too. :)

Jen said...

Can't talk -- can't breathe -- laughing too hard.

You make me miss Hoosier living.

xox

Joanna said...

I wish I had friends like you. Who couldn't use a good whap every now and then? :)

Gwendolyn said...

I called my sister-in-law the other day to tell her that I had gas. I'm sure that she's SO glad to have married into this family! And also...I'm going to be 38 on Sunday, and was contemplating whining about it on my blog but now I'm afraid that you might hunt me down and beat me with your back-scratching stick, so I'll just whine to my poor husband instead. :o)

Chatty Kelly said...

Reagrding the gas...why didn't you blame it on Zoe? Isn't that what everyone else does? That's why I have a dog. LOL!

Laurie Ann said...

OH, I am rolling! Too funny! Thanks for stopping by yesterday. Today's post and last night's was total fluff. Nothing serious. Hah hah! The backscratcher remark cracked me up!

Kerri said...

Thanks for the coffee and the laughs this morning! I love getting together with girlfriends and it's such a blessing to get together with them for all events in life. My girlfriend Charlotte uses a pasta spoon for her back -- me, I use the corner of the wall, like an old bear!

Have a great weekend -- ps, you look wonderful in your picture!

Debbie said...

They are peddling that fiber stuff just like they are the exercise stuff. And I don't think either one of them are good for us:)

lmerie said...

First - fabulous fave list! too funny.

Second Gwendolyn - remember all the cool kids are born in January, and cool don't whine!! hehe

And if you do, it sounds like you should run real fast away from Linda!

Happy Friday!

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

It's THOSE kind of friends that I really don't think I could live without.

They love you when you look your best and they love you when you are in your bathrobe for the 3rd day while your garbage stinks (and THEY are the only ones you'll let in the door under such conditions!!)

Sigh. Now I miss my girl who's moved away. :(

Anywho...Your hair looks GREAT, LID! I love the picture of you catching snowflakes with your tongue!

You're awesome. :)

Paula (SweetPea) said...

You're a hoot, woman. I'd love for you to call me anytime with such said message as you did your girlfriend. I love losing it to laughter like that.

I can actually see the fuzz. I hope you don't mind I sent all the fuzzy snow from southern Indiana to northern Indiana.

That, Jorge's, you've gotta love him drinking out of said ugly mug.

You look great for 45 so don't worry about those whiners who are 39. I'm guessing this isn't the best time to tell you I'm not even 35 yet. Ha...one week exactly after the dread V-Day next month.

Ahh..sha zam...thanks for following me. How preshhh-uuusss to see you on my peeps following list.

marina said...

whinning at turning 40 I would trun 40 any day !!
I think its the cold wearther that we are itiching so much I itich everywhere even my eye lids itich..marina

Tammy said...

Linda, I am laughing SO hard right now...thank you, I needed that! :D
My girls came rushing over to me to ask what was so funny...in our house we say "poopy noise"...LOL

Oh yep...as someone about to turn...gulp...46 this month, I would slap any of my girlfriends complaining about being under 40 too!

But you know what? I met a gal in our home school group with a grade school boy and she is 53!!! Woohoo...made my day! :D

Rachel said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has issues with Fiber One!!!! :)

Brenda said...

I like your uses for a paint stick. Who knew they could be so handy?

Edie said...

I never thought about using the paint sticks! I have some of those that I will now keep in the truck at all times. I usually use a ruler. What is with all the itchy backs? Have a great weekend!

Chris said...

LOL!!! I love the "gas" admission! I wish I could call my girlfriends with this excuse when I'm super gassy....you and your friends ROCK!

Michelle said...

Always so nice to have a good friend or more.have a great day.

Tammy said...

Cute week in review.

Love the sweatshirt, but I'm sure there is somewhere written that Greek folks are out of luck.... due to last names are TOO long. :-)

Carmen Gamble said...

Really enjoy reading your posts! This one was especially entertaining to read. Especially your daughter's comeback...dontcha just love teenagers?

Susan said...

I love having people with whom I can let down my hair!! I've never tried scratching my back with them...but I might after this!

You crack me up...

Hugs,

Susan

Julie said...

What do you mean you look horrible in that picture? I was thinking how good you looked with your new haircut!!!!!

I love that you have a group like that... I am getting there with a group of gals... but here's the thing, they are all JUST starting their 30's.... and I'm 51!!!! At least they allow me to hang out with them!!

As far as the Fiber One Yogurt. THAT'S THE CULPRIT...I'm convinced of it. I used to buy those Fiber One granola bars until the kids begged me not to buy them anymore.... lol... Need I say more???

Loved this post. Could relate to much of it!

Willow said...

My kids knew better than to give me the opportunity to annoy them or embarrass them publicly because, well, I just can't resist poking at that teenage angst.

Great fave fives this week!

Kelly said...

I hear you on the Fiber One. With me its the bars. I have begun to refrain from eating them if I plan to leave the house at all.
What's the web address for those University shirts?