Friday, October 03, 2014

7 Quick Takes (Volume 294)

Well I missed you all last Friday. I had one of those old person procedures whose prep knocked me for a loop. I can't remember the last time I felt so icky. Thank the good Lord that time passes and for creating drugs and food.

And now let's move on, shall we? Who wants to hear about my bodily functions? Kevin will accuse me of talking like an old person again. Nope. Not. Gonna. Happen.

In the last edition of Quick Takes I was whining about missing my kids. I finally got to see them and boy was I one happy mama! We had a lovely dinner together to celebrate Kevin's birthday. As soon as I saw them I just kept mauling hugging them saying, "It's so good to see. I missed you. How are you? I'm so glad to see you! This makes me so happy!" I must have been bad, because Princess Dawdle told me a few days later that Drummer Boy actually asked her, "Is Mom okay?!" Well I am now!

We stayed at the restaurant over 3 and half hours chatting it up and just being us. I loved it. I've got some great kids, I tell you.

Pardon me for a second as I leave a note for my children: Save your mother's sanity and come home now and then, okay? Love you guys!

On Husker home game Saturdays, we often watch Drama Queen's band rehearsal at Memorial Stadium. There's always a bunch of people there and we often wonder if she even knows we're in the stands until we meet up with her afterwards. She assured us she does.

Drama Queen: I can always find you in the stands. I tell my friends to look for the guy talking with his hands and it works every time. Even the ones who have never met you will be like, wait, is that your dad? And it always is.

Ha! Kevin's busted!

This last Saturday Ladies Man and The Girlfriend came along, as well as my nephew. We joined The Boyfriend and another friend of Drama Queen's to watch the rehearsal. It was so sweet seeing my nephew enjoying his spot between Ladies Man and The Boyfriend.

It was an awesome day hanging with my gang (although we missed Drummer Boy) and the weather was perfect. Sigh. Life can be really good, no?

Also I have to mention that if you haven't seen it yet, you've got to click on this link to see the highlight of the marching band show last Saturday night. We've got some creative band directors.

And I love whoever handles the Facebook page for the band because they post awesome pictures like this with my daughter in action!

Thank you Mr./Ms. Mystery Facebook Administrator of the UNL Bands Facebook page!

Kevin and I did a little shopping for his birthday. He was trying on a bunch of stuff and when we met up later he showed me why hanging out with him is so fun.

Me: So, find something?

Kevin: Yeah, I'll get these jeans. The other ones fit, but they had a little too much party in the back.

Which means there was more stuff on the pockets than he likes. This guy never ceases to make me laugh. Love you, babe!

Today would have been my dad's 73rd birthday. I'll never forget this week nine years ago when the oncologist left the room and Dad said to me, "Well, I think I'll make 64, but I don't know about 65." We never could have guessed he'd be gone in less than 6 weeks. The loss of my uncle and now this birthday has put Dad on my mind a lot lately. So on Wednesday I visited his grave and left him a Butterfinger bar, his favorite. I was shocked that the cashews I left him around Memorial Day WERE STILL THERE! I thought for sure a groundskeeper would have scooped them up and thrown them away with a scowl a long, long time ago. That cemetery is swarming with squirrels too. Wouldn't you think a bag of nuts would be an easy target? But there wasn't even a rip in the bag. Weird! While I was there, a flock of geese wandered through, and I mean a FLOCK. I bet there were twenty of them. How in the world have those cashews survived?

And how many times can I leave little things like that before the grounds crew gets annoyed? How many wrappers have to pile up on a grave before they're removed?

And what in the world is my problem that I take time to think about silly things like this? Oy!

Kevin and I were discussing a dear woman who's always had a gentle, calm way about her, like someone beyond her age.

Kevin: She's always seemed older than she is, you know?

Me: I know exactly what you mean.

Kevin: Yeah, like she'll be a really great elderly person.

Me: Yeah! She's gonna really come into her own when she turns 80.

Something about that just tickled me and depressed me at the same time. Who wants to wait to be 80 to reach their prime?!

We're looking at a busy, busy weekend with our clan scattered all over the place. Drama Queen leaves this morning for Michigan to play with the band at the Michigan State game. It's homecoming at our high school tonight. Tomorrow Drummer Boy accompanies the drum line he instructs to Iowa for a competition. We're attending Princess Dawdle's marching band competition in the morning and evening, and in between scrunching in the homecoming game and parent's day at Ladies Man's college where they'll be playing our alma mater. Sunday is SUNDAY at our house which means we spend most of it at church, but this week I'll be ducking out of a rehearsal or two to catch Ladies Man's concert. It should prove to be worth it as he warns me the band plays a piece involving a chain saw. A few weeks ago there was a youtube video of his band director in a lion suit singing, "If I Were King of the Forest," so who knows what the guy may have up his sleeve. I'm looking forward to it!

It just occurred to me this proves we are a family of band geeks. True story. And we love it.

And thus ends another edition of Quick Takes. I hope your weekend includes whatever you need and that you'll take in more Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.


Anonymous said...

Popping over from the 7qt linkup.
The marching band stuff looks so cool. 3 of my siblings were in high school marching band and the halftime show was the coolest part of the football games for me!

I miss my siblings since we all live in different places, so I think I can identify - in a different way - with your missing the kids. :)

Have a great weekend!

Deanna said...

I totally get the missing kid thing. My son is coming home today after being gone for 4 months. I get teary just thinking about it.

jen said...

I can totally identify with Kevin not liking the jeans because of too much "party in the back". I have the same problem!