Archive for the Current Events Category

As I was leaving McDonald’s today I saw a sign….

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by cwgala

GRIN # 344


I know, I know!!! I’m working on it!

Happy New Year!!

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2011 by cwgala

GRIN #442

Here’s to a happy, prosperous, safe and healthy 2011 for all GRIN readers!!

Balls dropping

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by cwgala

GRIN # 342

Ah, New Year’s Eve or, as Jerry and I like to call it, Amateur Night.

It’s when all the amateur drinkers go out, drive and get DUIs.

People, when the po-po tells you they’re gonna be out, believe it.

I’ve been keeping track of all the different balls dropping tonight:

New York: A 12,000 pound ball made of 2,500 Waterford crystals will drop in Times Square. Unfortunately, due to the snow they haven’t had trash pick-up in a week, so bring nose clips. Eww.

Atlanta: A Peach

Key West: A wench or a drag queen–a real live person–descends down a pole at the stroke of midnight.

Madison, WI: A giant cheese wedge (what else?).

Raleigh: We drop a 1,250-pound copper and metal acorn in the “City of Oaks.”

Mt. Olive: A giant illuminated pickle drops at 7 p.m.

Kure Beach: A beach ball

Clay County: A possum (eww, again).

And, finally, in the town of Eastover, NC, a 3-foot , 30-pound flea will descend at midnight. Constructed from fabric and wood by the town’s mayor, the flea is a memento of a few decades ago when the town was known mainly for its terrible flea infestation.

I’m thinking maybe Eastover needs a good PR person.

Be safe, ya’ll!!

Don’t pee on the seat and other stories

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by cwgala

GRIN # 341

I hate I’m writing about pee again. I bet if I did a word search on this blog, I’d be disgusted at theĀ  number of times pee and poo come up.

Anyway, I can totally live with guys forgetting to put the seat down. I have eyes and, frankly, I can see if it’s not down.

The problem in my house, with Tyler anyway, is that he never puts the seat UP.

And I HATE sitting in pee. I never even realize it until it’s too late. BLECH.


“It was a mergency, Mom.” Yeah. Every time is a mergency.

I swear I taught him better than that.

On another note, we went to Crabtree Valley Mall today so Tyler could spend a gift card that he got for Christmas from the Lego store.

I’d completely forgotten how crowded that mall is at Christmas. It was a madhouse and took us 20 minutes to park. When I saw someone at their car, I’d roll down my window and ask, “Are you coming or going?” Tyler thought that was rude.

After an hour or so in the mall, Tyler and I stopped by Brookstone. To sit in the massage chairs. God, I love doing that.

And all the seats were taken!!

One man totally monopolized the best chair the ENTIRE time we were in there.

Tyler was pretty pissed he wasn’t sharing.

“Tell him to move, Mom. He’s totally had his turn.”

“Now that would be rude,” I said.

Can you imagine the stories those salespeople have? Every time I go in there, people are all laid out, just like we were wanting to do.

We did get to try out the neck wraps.

I just hope I didn’t come home with bed bugs or lice.

That would be way worse than sitting in pee.

Forget jolly, sometimes Santa’s just scary…

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by cwgala

GRIN # 339

I know it’s three days past Christmas, but I had to post this picture.

My friend Michelle’s son was fine with Santa as long as he didn’t come too close. Being picked up by Santa was clearly a violation.

PS: This is no mall Santa…it’s his grandpa!

GRIN #6 or #337?

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2010 by cwgala

If I was really lazy I could have just posted “Refer to GRIN #6″ because it’s the same story: SNOW DAY!!

Six inches here in our neck of the woods.

What a treat–snow the day after Christmas!!

It was a gorgeous snow too….

But it stuck to Sister’s fur and formed snowballs. She cried when we tried to pull them off. So we just let them melt.

Tomorrow…the cleanup begins!


Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by cwgala

GRIN # 336

December 25th, 2010: The celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Hope you’re spending warm and happy times with family and eating too much!

I am.

Thought I would put Jerry’s gift-wrapping skills on display:)

Don’t look a gift fort in the mouth

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , on December 24, 2010 by cwgala

GRIN # 335

Forget blankets and chairs. Make a gift fort!

Merry Christmas EVE!

Santa Claus is already in town

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by cwgala

GRIN # 331

I don’t know what I’ve done to my son that he’s banned all mythical figures from his childhood: Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and, of course, Santa Claus. (“That beard! It just freaks me out!”)

BUT, in the event that your kids are normal and actually WANT to go sit on his lap and ask for their heart’s desires (who wouldn’t??), then I have good news for you.

You don’t have to go to the mall to see Santa.

Santa lives among us.

Specifically, he lives at 605 Longton Hall Court in Apex.

In his back yard is a 25-foot tall Christmas tree made of strings of lights. You can see it from Hwy. 55, it’s so tall.

The entire house is lit up. And from 7 to 9 pm every night from December 12 to December 23, the family opens their garage–outfitted with hearth, fireplace, Santa chair, trains, tv, presents–to the community. TheĀ  man dresses in a Santa suit with all the trimmings and sees the kids. His wife dresses as Mrs. Claus. It’s awesome.

Around the back of the house is more lights, including the giant Christmas tree you can see from the road. On your way out, grab a few candy canes and you’re done.

We checked it out last night and it was beautiful.

I don’t know the family, but they’ve got to be pretty special. We got there before 7 last night and the whole family was in the living room watching TV. They waved at us.

Freaky? A little. But special too.

Check it out.

Saturday Evening News

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , on December 18, 2010 by cwgala

GRIN # 329

Sitting here with the family watching the most depressing kid’s movie EVER: Wall-E.

I’m seriously hoping it gets better. It starts out with the world being trashed so badly by all the humans that they go to live in space while Wall-E robots clean it all up. Up in space, the humans are all grotesquely obese because they live in “hover” chairs and eat, eat, eat and buy, buy, buy. Nice.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten, but dang, I think the news is cheerier.

On another note, Jerry stunned me when he said he wanted all of us to “go shopping” today. That happens about once every 10 years or so. He wanted to look at some shoes at Kohl’s but said we all needed to “get out.” Hell, I’d been out. To basketball, the gym, the grocery store.

Still, I couldn’t resist. Jerry never goes shopping, and if I played my cards right I could slip in something for myself on his Kohl’s card.

It didn’t work out that way because he was too damn fast. We were gone a total of 40 minutes (driving included) and he got two pairs of shoes and Tyler got two pairs of shoes and three pairs of pants. I couldn’t even linger, let alone browse.

But I did get the Kohl’s cash coupons.

So Mama’s happy.


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