Monday, July 6, 2009

Random Tuesday - Americans, toques and mindless drivel. In that exact order.

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Happy belated Fourth of July you crazy Americans! I love you even though you shun the metric system, and the letter ‘u’ and the tasty goodness that is clamato juice. I hope you all had a blast with your giant trucks, bud light and apple pie. Or grits. What are grits, anyway? I’ve always thought they were some kind of potato concoction, but I’m not exactly sure about that.

Canada Day (our version of Independence Day) is July 1st, so last weekend we went for the obligatory celebrations in the park with over priced concessions, cover-bands and fireworks. I’m REALLY upset I didn’t bring my camera, because some of the people there were awesome. Who knew the Canadian flag made such a good toga?

My daughter is fifteen and desperately trying to find her ‘cool’. I’m usually just fine with this and stand by the motto that as long as she’s not dressed like a whore, she can wear whatever she wants. However, she has recently added a toque to her wardrobe repertoire (that’s a winter hat for all those south of the border). Yes, in JULY. I am usually good at biting my lip when she wears or does something I think is stupid provided it doesn’t cause harm. I shut it when she dyed her hair pumpkin orange. I kept it to my own self when she came home wearing 80’s style flashdance leg warmers. I even managed to let the phase that saw her wearing a skirt and jeans at the SAME TIME go by. However, I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut when she left to go to the mall this weekend in a skirt, tank top, flip flops and a wool hat. I knew the minute my ‘why in hell are you wearing a toque in July??’ comment came out of my mouth I had totally screwed myself. That stupid thing has been glued to her head every day since, and I predict will be well into August.

I REALLY need a pedicure.

I think I found an awesome deal for our vacation this year. We are really out of money (the Hubby doesn’t start working until September, so it’s been a little lean around the FoN household recently), but still really want to go somewhere for a holiday this summer. There is this super great used crap website for locals (sort of a Craig’s list type thing) that was advertising a free lakefront cabin about an hour out of town in exchange for someone to stay there and do some landscaping. Perfect!! I love this trade economy that has suddenly sprung up. The people with the cabin can afford to forgo rental income they would make on it, but have no time to deal with the yard work and upkeep. The Hubby has the whole summer off and a ton of free time, but subsequently we have no money to rent a cabin with. Sounds like a perfect match to me! Lakefront even! I have no follow up pithy comment for this, I’m just happy we figured out a way to have a vacation.

Hey – I wonder what kind of service I can offer to get a free pedicure? Surely I must have something to offer. If anyone out there hears of anyone who wants to trade a pedicure for a list of pointless observations and musings give them my email address, okay?

That’s enough from me. Go see Keely, our Captain O’ Captain of pointless observations and musings at the Unmom. She’ll hook you up with lots of drivel. It’s kind of her thing.

16 comments:

Keely said...

I'm...I'm...I'm going to take that as a compliment.

Did you mention the loads of yardwork to hubby yet??

Michele said...

Grits and polenta are one and the same. Just don't say that to a Southerner. They fight you to the death. It's all nasty in my book.

Jennifer said...

Grits are some kind of grain that you cook like oatmeal.

And about the hat, the other night I was watching So You Think You Can Dance and some kid sitting behind one of the choreographers had one of those on and I thought it was the stupidest looking thing ever. It must be some kind of stupid teenage fashion statement. She better be glad she doesn't live in Texas. I think her head would actually melt off of her shoulders it is so hot.

Sam said...

I live in the south and I'd rather eat toothpaste than grits. Just sayin'.

Raven said...

I'm the same way with my girls. As long as they don't look like they are leaving the house to sell their bodies on some dark street corner they can express themselves how they like. My mother is not so progressive though and freaked out when I let my youngest dye her hair black (as it's normally a dark brown it wasn't much of a change). Of course I had to make that worse and point out to my mom that if my daughter wanted a purple mohawk I wouldn't care. She had a stroke at the thought of it. I think sometimes I need to go a little easier on my mom. :-)

Ashlee said...

I'm close enough to the south to have tried grits and know what it is and I will not be eating it ever again. It's disgusting. They must have named it that to keep people from eating it!

kel said...

URgh, the hat in winter would drive me nuts!! But then again, I wore Doc Martens all summer when I was 15....

Jenni said...

so, exchanging their cabin for a week of landscaping? but what if you just didn't do the landscaping? what would happen then? not because I think YOU would not do the landscaping, but some people are assholes and might agree to do the landscaping, vacation at the cabin, and not do shit. probably that's just Americans.

Ms. Salti said...

I love the idea of staying at the cabin in exchange for yard care. Go for it! And take lots of pictures. It sounds like a blast. Happy to hear you enjoyed your Independence Day.

As for the hat thing, let her sweat her ass off... maybe she'll get rid of it sooner than later?!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Sounds like you scored with the cabin deal! Does your hubby know he's going to have to work for his vacation keep? ;)

I'm not looking forward to when Princess Nagger hits the teen years...I can see some bloody lips from me biting them hard for sure. ;)

I'm back from vacation in the sweltering boondocks with no internet and am happy to say they eat grits there but I politely declined. ;)

Happy RTT! :)

Kat said...

Very resourceful using a trade for vacation. I wish I could find something like that here in England. This country is so expensive.

Kat said...

Oh and grits are made of corn.

Shawna said...

I'm kinda glad leg warmers are back in. My daughter has several pair. I just wish I looked as good in them today as I did 20 years ago!

Frogs in my formula said...

My brother wears a hat in the summer too. It is asinine. I can see him sweating!!

I hope you don't mind, but I gave your email to someone. His name was Big Dick and he seemed really interested.

Casey said...

No way, so you're really going to stay there for free? Great find!

I live in FL and I remember going through a wool hat in winter phase when I was fifteen. I bought it at a hippie store and it was super cool. Shut up.

robin said...

Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by while I was away!
So glad to see you posting again... we've missed you! Keep it up! (Hint, hint!)