Thursday, July 24, 2014


I am sitting in the car place, waiting for the oil to be changed and the tires to be rotated and aligned on my little car. 

It is an assault on my senses, and I'm slowly going insane. 

ESPN SportsCenter is on for background noise. This is the least of my concerns as it sounds like I'm at home. 

There's a very overweight man sitting two seats down from me, who sounds like he's smoked 6 packs a day for the last 48 years. He's a mouth breather in a sleeveless shirt with hair coming out of the shirt around his neck. He's also angry because they ordered the wrong size tires and now he's going to have to come back. His muttering under his breath is like an elephant trying to sneeze quietly. Impossible. 

Across the way is a toddler who has shrieked about every 22 seconds for the last 30 minutes. 

There was a man directly across the waiting area from me who felt it necessary to play music from his phone without the benefit of headphones. He finally left. His seat and the one next to it have been refilled by a middle-aged woman and her older mother. The younger is showing the older what sounds like homemade movies on her phone. At top volume. 

I'm sitting next to the tire rack and it smells like my head is stuffed inside a tire. Eau de rubber has given me a massive headache. 

I'm thankful that I don't put many miles on my car and don't have to sit through this often. 


Gigi replaced her 10 year-old desktop computer with a sleek, big-screened all-in-one desktop. 

She got rid of all this nonsense:

to have faster, bigger, better with this:

No CPU, no speakers, no cords and wires connecting everything. Just a monitor, a slim little wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse. 

Technology is a wonderful thing in cases like this. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


We gambled on the weather today and won!  Mac, his friend, two cousins, Gigi and I went to the water park. We didn't intend to stay longer than 4 hours anyway but it looked doubtful on the drive there that we'd last 30 minutes. 

Mother Nature was on our side, though. Dark (DARK!) clouds were all around us but we only got about 6 raindrops and they never closed the park. We made our 4 hours and came home happy. 


Today I took Mac and two of his friends to a Charleston River Dogs baseball game. It must have been a rain make-up because who schedules baseball games for noon on a Monday?  

There was nobody at the game so we spread out and stretched out. 

I eventually moved up higher to get in the  shade. I halfway paid attention to the game and halfway paid attention to Facebook and emails. 

At some point, I noticed the mascot Charlie walking up the aisle towards me. 
He stopped right by me and motioned that he wanted to come past me on my row. So I stood up to let him pass by and he sat a seat or two down from me (with that green bag). 

I tried to make one-sided small talk with him but he was soon swarmed by children who were climbing on and around him. I imagine Big Bird has the same problem if he ever walks away from Sesame Street. At some point I noticed that the lady with the video camera was standing there. A lightbulb went on and I realized Charlie wasn't just hanging out in the shade to cool off. The children were trying to get into Charlie's green bag, but the camera lady told them to not touch it, that it was for a promotion. A big lightbulb went on then, but I couldn't excuse myself to go to the restroom without looking like a spoilsport. 

At the next inning change, I heard the announcer say "Now it's time for the Joann Fabric Sweetheart of the Game. Let's look for Charlie and see who he's chosen as his sweetheart."  

Oh Lord, help me. 

I didn't need to look for Charlie because he was sitting right next to me making beating heart hand gestures. So I made heart gestures back at him and he slid over and put his furry arm around me. I believe it was at this point that I realized the lady was filming and that we were on the big screen. It was also around this time that Mac realized it was me on the screen and he came running up the stands to say "Charlie, that's my mom!"  

So I came home with a goody bag from Joann's and the memory of making the Jumbotron. All the stuff in the bag screams middle-aged woman, which is why I'm sure I was selected. A younger woman wouldn't have been nearly as excited about the fabulous sewing kit as I was (really it's the most comprehensive sewing kit I've ever seen and sure beats my ziploc bag of sewing supplies) and an older woman would've been insulted that the yarn was "super value", ie not the best quality. 

It was a fun day!

Monday, July 21, 2014


Mac and I spent the afternoon with my college BFF and her family. It was a perfect and relaxing time of catching up and delicious food. So thankful we had this opportunity. 


Because every bow needs a quiver....
 Duck tape to the rescue!!  

It's perhaps not a great enough arrow-holding device for that fancy bow, but It gets the job done. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Mac and his grandfather built a homemade bow today. Mac loved doing the project and he loves the end result. Thanks Papa!