We are on Long Island visiting Mommy and Pop! Already much excitement! Yes, I realize that it is traditional to do a Top 10 list but we've only been here 3 days so 8's all I could come up with.
#8: Virgin America -
We always fly either American or Jet Blue, but I decided to give Virgin America a try because everybody keep telling about it and guess what? It was great. New plane. Extra leg room. Television in every seat. I'm recommending it.
#7: Highest 24-Hour Rainfall in New York State History -
This is not a "favorite" because it was a good thing, in fact it was a disaster. It's a "favorite" because it proves my point that EVERY time we visit the in-laws there is a major crisis. We landed on Tuesday at about 7:45 pm, and over Tuesday night, Long Island was flooded. Mommy and Pop fared well, but many of their friends had flooded basements. We're talking sinkholes and entire towns with four feet of water. Crazy! And the craziest thing of all is that we all completely slept through it! I got up and decided to go to the Dunkin Donuts for a coffee (Mommy only keeps the dreaded decaf in her house) and discovered chaos all around us!
#6: Jude Sets Aunt Grace Straight on Politics -
Our dear, beloved Aunt Grace is perfect in every way except for her obsessive right-wing leanings. Jude was sitting with her and Grandma and Grandpa watching Fox News and Grace was going on and on blaming Obama for everything from the Ukraine to Israel to Iraq to immigration to health care to the death of Robin Williams (okay, maybe not that one) and Jude proceeded to give them all a civics lesson on the system of checks and balances and the three branches of our government set up in the Constitution and how therefore no president would be blamed entirely for any US policy. I have to say, he was not at all rude, nor did he play politics (he criticized Jimmy equally for blaming George Bush for everything). They all stared at him with their mouths dropped, impressed. Hilarious.
#5: The Atlantic Ocean -
For the first time ever, Jimmy, Jude and I hit the beach on the East Coast as a family!
#4: Look Who Has Outgrown Mommy! -
#3: Jude and Pop Have Precious Moment -
During the aforementioned flood, the trunk of Pop's brand spanking new car (yes, the man is 85 and just bought a new car) filled with water. I mean to the brim. After much hysteria, and talk about calling the dealership Pop confessed to me that it just maaaaaay have been his fault and he maaaaay have left it a bit...open. But DON'T TELL MOMMY or she will crucify him! So I spent about an hour bailing and drying his trunk. After which, we had to leave the trunk open to air out, and Pop didn't want to just leave it out there like that, so he climbed inside and listened to his CDs. Jude decided to join him. So sweet. The two of them sat out there listening to Sinatra and Streisand and had a "talk about life" according to Jude. I have no idea what they talked about, but it was deep and meaningful. They also discussed modern music, and Pop was terribly impressed by Jude's insight. Loved.
#2: Mommy Gets Her Hands on Jude For the First Time This Year -
We walked in the door and within 30 seconds, this had happened...
#1: The Artificial Suntan Disaster -
Yesterday, when we were all at the beach, Jimmy sat down next to me in his swim trunks. "Hmm...that's odd," I thought. I leaned forward and inspected his legs/feet more closely. His lower legs appeared to be made of some sort of strange lizard skin, and all along his feet were weird streaks of brownish ick. "What the hell?" I said. Embarrassed, Jimmy hid his legs and squirmed. "What did you do to yourself?" I asked. Well...turns out, before we left LA, doofy Jimmy decided that due to his recent hospital stay, he was too white, and needed a bit of tanning. So he went to the drug store and bought some of that fake tan stuff. However, he is a poor direction follower, and so seems to have applied it EXTREMELY POORLY, and it looks like this...
He seems to have tried to spray it on his chest, but it all pooled inside his belly button so he has this weird brown hole in the middle of his belly.
I have been laughing ever since! I can't stop giggling. It's just so, so Jimmy! Only he would do this silly thing to himself. It's the funniest thing I've seen in ages. Thank you Jimmy for this silliness!!
So that's my summer vacation so far. More soon...
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