Friday, August 21, 2015

Fly on the Wall: You Picked Me What?

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. At the end of my post you’ll find links to this month’s other participants’ posts.

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Hubs: I cannot find my baseball glove anywhere.
Me: It's in the top of one of the lockers in the laundry room.
Hubs (coming out of the laundry room): Oh, I found it.
Me: Yeah, I'm sure it had nothing to do with me telling you where it is. What do you need it for, you haven't touched that thing since the kids stopped playing baseball.
Hubs: One of my clients asked if I want to join his league, it's just recreational softball, nothing too competitive. I thought I'd throw the ball around, see if I still have an arm. I know I can run the bases and I'm sure I can still hit a ball.
Me: Hit the ball? You won't be able to see it coming at you.
Hubs: What do you mean?
Me: Aren't you the same guy who was just holding  a paper up to the light bulb and squinting?
Hubs: Well, I could wear my glasses when I bat.
Me: Your reading glasses? Yeah, I'm sure that's gonna end well.
So what do you think the odds are that I'll be sitting in a hospital waiting room some time in the next month?

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PurDude was late coming home from work. It wasn't a big deal but I was curious as to why he was late.
Me: Why are you late?
PurDude: Well, I left work a little late and there was a problem on the way home.
PurDude is now in the bathroom with the door shut and I'm standing outside it with my heart in my throat yelling through the door.
Me: DO NOT do that to me. What happened? Are you OK?
PurDude comes out and hands me a piece of paper: This is partly my fault and partly a misunderstanding.
Me (reading): What part of a speeding ticket is a misunderstanding?
PurDude: Well, the speed limit was 40. I thought it was 45.
Me: But you were going 55.
PurDude: Yeah, that's the "my fault" part.

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 PurDude: That cop who gave me that ticket was a prick.
Me: No, honey, you were driving too fast and he gave you a ticket.
PurDude: He didn't just give me a ticket.
Me: What are you talking about?
PurDude: You know that lei I have hanging from my mirror? 
Me: Yes.
PurDude: He said it blocks my view and he gave me a warning.
Me: Well, he was right to mention it if he felt it was unsafe.
PurDude: He didn't mention it, he gave me a written warning. He gave me a ticket AND a written warning.
Me: Prick. 
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I was reading a friend's facebook status. She posted a picture of the beautiful bouquet of (weed) flowers her 4 year old daughter had picked for her. Awwww. So cute.
That afternoon the heat broke a bit and College Boy went for a walk. Not to be outdone, my son picked me a weed too.

You Picked Me What? | | Ditch Weed

Yeah, that's exactly what you think it is.

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So . . . speaking of my kid driving me nuts . . . guess who followed me on twitter this month . . .

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Taco Rice
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Suddenly, a week ago, it was the day before PurDude was going back to school. I'm not sure how a whole summer went by in the blink of an eye, but then I'm not sure how his whole childhood did either.

Me (looking him right in the face): See, I'm not crying.
PurDude: Yeah, we'll see how long that lasts. Yup, there you go. Good job, Mom, you lasted 3 whole seconds.
Me: No, I'm still not crying.
PurDude: Really? Why is your face wet between your eyes and your chin?
Me: Well, my eyes are leaking. That's totally not the same as me crying.

And that, my friends, is when I got my last eye roll of the summer from this particular kid.

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And then the day came to send PurDude off. Ten hours on the road and the end result is that I won't see my son for months. 

After about 9 of those endless hours, the road signs seem to be reading your mind.

Fly on the Wall: A ten hour drive to drop off Purdude. Hell is Real | | #humor #funny


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Luckily College boy, who's local, is still around rolling his eyes at me. And I'm stupid enough to be giving him more reasons. Like the other day when I was standing in the office waiting for a recipe to print.

College Boy: Mom, you've been just standing there looking in one spot for a while, are you ok?
Me: Yes, just waiting for the printer to come on and print a recipe idea I typed out.
College Boy: It doesn't take more than a second.
Me: I know, weird, huh?
College Boy: Just guessing here, but are you sure you clicked "print".

I walk nonchalantly (ie: run) back into the kitchen to check the laptop. Where the print screen is sitting open waiting for me to click "OK". I click the box and abracadabra the printer starts.

College Boy (walking away, rolling his eyes): I don't even want to think about how long you would have stood there . . .

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Hubs was outside doing some yard work. I generally let him do whatever he wants out in the yard, but I do have lilac shrubs growing along the side of our house and I'm very picky about anyone touching them. The one on the end gets more sun and tends to grow out of control.

So Hubs comes into the hallway from the garage with a giant pair of razor sharp clippers and yells to me in the den:

Hubs: Hey . . . OK if I clip your bush?

And I cannot tell you how happy I was to have had a pile of teenaged boys in the kitchen at the time.

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One of the perks of blogging that I never even imagined is the interactions I get on my Baking In A Tornado FB page both about my blog posts and just in general, like this one following last month's Fly on the Wall post mentioning Hubs' stop at the cell phone store to get his phone fixed (ie: turned back on):
Kelli: OMG! Your boys really know how to push buttons, don't they? One question about your husband, is he blind?
Well, I thought that was a strange and slightly insensitive thing to post, but I answered:
 Me: Ha, not blind, just severely tech impaired.
Kelli: I meant blonde. Damn autocorrect.
Me: LOL, actually he IS blonde.
Kelli: OK, that explains it.
Me:  LOL, one of my boys is blonde too.
Kelli: College Boy?
. . . and now I'm wondering if I actually do have a fly on the wall . . .

Now click on the links below for a peek into some other homes:

Taco Rice

Printable Recipe 

2 TBSP margarine
1/2 cup vermicelli, chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup salsa
1/2 cup cooked corn kernels
1 TBSP cilantro
1 1/2 cups instant rice 

*Melt the margarine in a pot. Once melted and hot add the vermicelli and onion. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the onion has softened and the vermicelli starts to brown.
*Stir in the chili powder and cumin just until incorporated. Then immediately add the chicken broth, salsa, corn and cilantro. Raise the heat slightly and bring to a boil.
*Stir in the rice. Cover and remove from the heat. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes until all of the liquid is incorporated into the rice. Stir before serving.


  1. What a thoughtful gift.

    And that rice looks amazing. I'm always so boring with the white rice. Maybe time to spice it up.

    1. I hope you try the rice, it's so easy and a great option to plain old white rice.

  2. clip your bush???? OMG...I can't stop laughing. Hope you don;'t end up in the hospital with hubby.

  3. Loved the blonde referral. I was really surprised you used margarine and instant rice in your recipe. You don't normally, do you?

    1. I often use both of those ingredients,a I'm not a foodie, just a mom. Sometimes quick and easy is what works best.

  4. I seriously was going to google a recipe for taco seasoning rice for tomorrow night.
    Your inspired Taco Rice recipe came just in time! Thank you!!
    I love your family!
    From the trimming of the bush to the weed bouquet, you are all absolutely priceless!

    1. Yeah, I have recipe ESP!
      And I love your family too, you guys have kept me laughing for years.

  5. I love writing these posts too, they're so much fun. I end up laughing at myself!

  6. At least you didn't yell back, "Don't you go near my bush with those things!"
    Love hearing about your family!

    1. LOL, I think I was too embarrassed say anything. And that doesn't happen often.

  7. Awww…my heart goes out to you about saying goodbye to your son. It's always so hard. And that road sign---OMG!!

  8. The ...uh, plant gift, reminds me of something long ago. We found a wild plant of that same type growing in our home garden. We ended up bartering it to someone (as neither my husband nor I use this plant) in return for a home repair. I enjoyed your road sign - so true, sometimes! Alana

    1. Darn, I wish I'd have thought to use it to barter. I missed out!

  9. I know it breaks your heart when PurDude goes off to school.
    Y'all crack me up.........

    1. Damn I wish they'd move that school closer. Of course I don't think PurDude necessarily wants that . . .

  10. So many laughs :-)
    Playing sports with glasses on is a bitch. Unfortunately I know. Good luck to your hubby, I think it's great he wants to get back in the saddle!
    Love PurDude's misunderstanding / taking the blame. It happens.
    You must be so proud College Boy picked you ahem, FLOWERS?

    1. Pot and speeding tickets. Oh, so proud. You can hear the sarcasm, right?

  11. Thanks for the read. My favorite one(s) are the cop ones. So totally something our oldest would have said to us. So glad to hear we are not alone. :)

  12. Aw, you ALWAYS get the good flowers! LOL. Awesome gift :)
    The "Clip your bush" line was just about as perfect of a fly on the wall post as one can get. LOVE THAT.
    I hope PerDude is settled in and that Thanksgiving break comes soon. I know you miss him already.

    1. I think maybe I should bake with my special flower, don't you?

  13. This post made me laugh and also I like the Taco Rice recipe. Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes link up

  14. I have lost count of the amount of times I have stood at a motionless printer waiting for it to print something I've not told it to print. It drives my manager mad because I waste so much time with this one. That makes it a win in my books. And where the heck did your son find weed? Can he share it with your friends?

    1. LOL, it's ditch weed and grows wild here. I don't think it's atny good to smoke, but then I wouldn't know . . .

    2. That's ok, I don't want to smoke it, I just want to scare the crap out of my mum. That'll learn her for jumping out at me as I'm exiting the bathroom...

  15. I'll be honest - I would have been the one busting out the "trim your bush" line. ;)

    1. LOL. It was less what he said and more who was around when he said it.

  16. Yes totally his fault 55...
    trim your bush????OMG I was rolling
    Great stuff this month! thanks I needed the laugh


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