Mirth and Laughter


Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Teacher Humor

Dh teaches at one of the local universities -- he just forwarded this link to me. Check it out, it's pretty funny reading -- students' responses on different exams. Clearly, they're rebels like Lillian. LOL.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Worth Mentioning . . .

Tonight, my son announced:

When I grow up, I'm going to have pet kids.

LOLOL. My husband and I cracked up.
Also tonight, my alma mater won 1st place in the WCC conference. For those of you who might follow basketball, Gonzaga beat USD and is now assured a place at the big show -- March Madness NCAA playoffs. Yay! GO ZAGS!
In further news, at the National Governors' Association meeting today in Washington, DC, California Governor Schwarzenegger teamed up with governors from our state (Washington), Oregon, and New Mexico, to reduce greenhouse gases. Yay again!
That's all. Happy Tuesday. Any plans today?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Dh says I need REHAB

A rehab center for chocolate that is . . .

See, the whole family -- including my mom who is visiting this week -- went to an event at the middle school last night. As we're walking in talking to another family, the other Dad looks uncomfortable, turns red, and then finally clears his throat and says to me . . .

"Excuse me, but you have a candy bar wrapper stuck to your butt."

Yep. Time to start that diet and exercise program I have planned. The good news is, Mom and I both have things like this happen to us on a regular basis, so we've learned to laugh about it or we'd have to crawl in a hole and hide from the world. This will be laugh-fodder for days to come.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Hell in a Handbasket

Haven't we all heard that the world's going to hell in a handbasket? Especially where the youth are concerned?

Saturday, I spent the day at "Super Saturday" which is an event where kids from all over the region get together and meet instant challenges that we give them. It's sort of a cross between Beat The Clock (if you're old enough to remember that) and improv skits. The age groups were from 4th grade to 12th (my daughter's group is 6th grade). The kids work as teams and are judged on their team work, creativity, and success in the challenge.

I'm here to tell you that the world might be going to hell in a handbasket, but there are still some awesome kids in this world -- smart, creative, funny, full of energy, and damn nice.

It gives me hope. Really does. Have you had an opportunity to spend time with any of the kids getting ready to make their mark on the world?

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Cars and Guns

While driving down the road yesterday through the small little town where I live, my car's engine just went quiet and the car started floating instead of, well, driving. I quickly steered it into the nearest parking lot (we have 4 to choose from--feed store, post office, gas station, and gun store) and it came to a halt. Dead. Thank God it hadn't happened a few minutes earlier when I'd been on the highway. Enough about the damn car.

I took my 9 year old son inside the gun store, aka car magnet, to apologize for my car stuck in their lot, and got a whole lot more than expected. The store is apparently a hang out for gun connoisseurs -- there were five folks in there to entertain us.

Right off the bat, my son, with eyes as large as dinner plates, looks around at the many guns -- from hand guns and hunting rifles to AK47's -- and announces he's never seen a real gun before. Gee. Shucks. He was immediately steered to an impressive package that include a Red Ryder BB gun and all the accessories, including the bb's which can leave scars in your lower back (yes, I have one from my childhood).

I tried to explain that we don't own any guns, what with small kids, one of whom would surely find and shoot the gun the very first day, regardless of security measures -- the very kid gazing at the Red Ryder with lust in his young eyes. Now, I say, it's not that I'm against guns. My family in Michigan hunts and always had those sorts of guns around..but we don't hunt and we have KIDS around.

"Hmm," they seem to silently accuse "a bleeding heart liberal gun-shunner." Not far off the mark.

So, what does the very crafty, clever man do? He shows me the most beautiful 1850's flintlock dueling pistol -- just like what I'd researched for my Crimean War story! Suddenly, I had lust in my eyes. Then, just to make sure he drew me over to the dark side, he produces from the deep secret bowels of the store, an old eetsy beetsy Lady Derringer's pearl-handled Colt derringer. in its original felt-lined white box (with a picture of a lady on the lid).

OH. MY. GOD. I want that cute little gun. I could never shoot anyone. I wouldn't want the bullets or anything. But it was so CUTE. Am I sick and wrong?

Then dh showed up and shattered the moment, announced the car is in bad shape and will cost a freaking fortune to get repaired, and we moseyed on to our still gun-free home.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Name Tag, har har

Thank you Mel for the fun tag. It's all in the name:


Ellen (Endres) Peters

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first three letters of your name, plus izzle)


3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three of your last)

Epet (sounds like an online pet)

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color and fav animal)

Green Dog (yikes!)

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, Street you live on):

Marie Charles (not bad!)

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom’s maiden name)

Petelhus (hmm...sounds German)

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (favorite color, favorite drink)

Green Martini (now there's a crime fighter)

8. YOUR IRAQI NAME: (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, any letter of your middle name, 2nd letter of your moms maiden name, 3rd letter of your dad’s middle name, 1st letter of a sibling’s first name, last letter of your moms middle name)

Mel skipped this one -- I agree.

9. YOUR STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/body spray)

How about my newest lotion: Sweet Pea :)

10. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father’s middle name)

Anne James

I noticed Wolfie (K) and Lucy were already tagged, and K nailed Aura, Honey, and Pam T., so I'll tag Lillian, Marly, and Kim. *muwhahaha*