Lots of bidness today.
First of all...
Thank you to everyone who asked/prayed about how Mommy fared Hurricane Sandy. A couple of you even sent me personal emails asking how she was. She would LOVE to know that she is so cared about by people "from the internets", but I can't tell her because then she would know I talk about her. Anyway, thank you so much. She, Pop and Aunt Grace rode out the storm together on Long Island, and came out just fine, and luckily, their electricity came back on within 24 hours. A big tree blew over in the backyard, but thank God, didn't hit the house. Instead, it landed on top of the neighbor's above-ground pool and pretty much trashed it. We're hoping the insurance will take care of it.
Now, when I say that Mommy came through the ordeal just fine, I don't mean to say that she wasn't a total and complete nervous wreck, because she was. MUCH worrying and fretting and blaming and second-guessing. But hey, that's Mommy. Pop, the war vet, actually said to me "Gretch, it made me wish I was back in Korea." My b-i-l Tony and his wife, the Amazing Niki, STILL don't have electricity, and so are staying with Mommy and Pop. Now remember, I stay there for many weeks at a time every year, but Niki and Tony are locals and so have never experienced this joy. Niki called the other day, sounding like she was about to have a nervous breakdown, and told me that her esteem of me has risen tremendously. She's asked me to please say a novena that she survives the ordeal. It would be nice if all of you would join me.
I had the nicest visit on Friday with Aimee from AimeeWrites!!
She was down in LA from Seattle, visiting her sister, and so after years of an avid on-line friendship, we finally got to hang out. Actually, I picked her up at her sister's office, and gave her my ten cent tour of Hollywood, which consisted of driving around to all of the hotspots and pointing to them out the window while the two of us gabbed and gabbed about every damned thing under the sun! I mean, we never stopped talking! I don't think we finished a single subject, just kept tangenting from thought to thought. Never a dull moment. We did stop for lunch, where we were joined by Elizabeth...
I realize that I look exactly the same in all of these long-arm shots. I should really stop taking them. Or maybe do a series of them. Kind of a retrospective of unattractive long-arm shots of me with various friends.
Anyway, much fun was had by all. Aimee was just exactly what I thought she'd be like. Smart, funny, fun. Isn't that amazing? Every time I meet somebody I've only known through blogging, I'm never disappointed.
So if any of y'all are headed this way, let me know. I'm up for another ten cent tour if you are.
On Saturday, Jude FINALLY had his first swim meet. He did great! I realize that video of someone else's child's sporting event is exactly what all of you are dying to see, so I'd hate to disappoint. Here is Jude in the 50 yd. Freestyle...
That is me, hooting and hollering. And yes, he did win his heat by a LONG way, but unfortunately, it was a slow heat, and he didn't win a medal. But for a first time out, I think he did tremendously well.
For about 4 days this week, Jimmy and I BOTH kept forgetting to buy our little dog, Fancy, her food. She was completely out. I realize that we are just the WORST doggy parents! We kept going in to feed her and realizing that we still didn't have any food, but we were too tired and lazy to make a special trip to the store. It's pathetic. I kept feeling guilty and therefore filling her food bowl with her treats. Lots and lots of treats. And yesterday I found out that Jimmy had been giving her Honey Nut Cheerios!! Apparently, he would pour it into her bowl just like it was kibble, and she gobbled it up! This can not have been good for her, right? Feel free to chastise us both!
All the kids, and I do mean ALL the kids, at Jude's school are obsessed with this tremendously silly video...
Have any of you ever heard of it? It's a Korean pop star named Psy. I can't figure out if this is a world-wide phenomenon, or just Jude's school. His school is right in the middle of Koreatown, and we have lots of Korean students, but Jude has discovered all sorts of "Gangnam Style" parodies on the YouTube, so it must be popular elsewhere. Who knew? I apologize to all of you who just listened to this video, because you will now be singing this song for the rest of...your life. I can not get it out of my head. "Heeeeeeey, sexy la-dy!" ERghhhh.
Yesterday, when I finally got around to taking down the Halloween decorations, I discovered a large, creepy, real spider living on the fake spider webs I'd wrapped around the bushes in front of our house. And I couldn't figure out quite how I felt about the poor spider. Did he just happen upon this enormous web and think "Hmm, maybe, if I hang out here, the other spiders will think I made this myself and be terribly impressed." Or maybe he was just very confused, and thought that maybe he'd spun this huge web and forgotten, but decided to stay there anyway. Or maybe he was just extremely enterprising, and thought "I don't know why the hell some human hung this web here, but it's mine now!" What do y'all think?
Happy Tuesday. Again...
and then go see Stacy.