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Wish I’d thoughta that

Posted in Seriously? with tags , , , , , , , on January 27, 2011 by cwgala

GRIN # 368

Tyler came home yesterday, and I peppered him with questions like I usually do.

“Did you have a special?” I asked. (They call music, art and PE “specials.” I have no idea why).

“No. But we did have Pepi.”

“Oh, Pepi! Did you know I used to be a Pepi student?” I asked Tyler. “Let me see if I can guess what ya’ll played.”

“Okay,” agreed Tyler.

“Red Rover?”


“Simon says?”


“Uh…Duck, duck goose?” he shook his head. “Red light, green light?” Wrong again. “Mother May I??”

“No!” he yelled.

“Fine. I give up. What did you play?”

“Silent ball.”

“Silent ball?” I asked, smiling. “Seriously?”

Which of course is a catching game with all kinds of rules, of which the most important is to be silent.

It’s completely brilliant. I’m only sad I never thought of it twenty years ago when I was a high school Pepi student. And people talk trash about our youth. The most creative thing our Pepi group did was inadvertently moon the athletic director’s wife who was driving in the car behind us.

Well. The mooning wasn’t inadvertent, but we could have been a little smarter in choosing a recipient.

The point is, high schoolers love the Pepi program because they get to leave campus and teach little kids games. And leave campus. And hang out. And, yeah, the kids. But really the kids are kind of the fly in the ointment.

Ironically, the kids love the high schoolers a lot more than the games. They jabber on so. I remember they jabbered so much I had to actually pay attention to them.

But now there’s Silent Ball, the athletic equivalent of Quiet Time.

I love it.

The real question is, how can I apply this at home?

“Hey, wanna play Silent Grocery Store Trip?



Posted in Seriously? with tags , , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by cwgala

GRIN# 357

In my car, pointing at the tape deck (which had a tape sticking out):

“What is that?”

I felt like I was about 93 years old.

My last question

Posted in Seriously? with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by cwgala

GRIN # 356

A few months back I was interviewing a female physician for a story on women’s health. I can talk about this now since my piece has been published.

She was a great interview. She spent over an hour on the phone with me, and we talked about all kinds of things that concern women: heart health, hormones, menopause, fertility, diet, exercise, weight, osteoporosis…you get the idea.

Before I go on, let me just say that as a writer, my last question often yields the best or most surprising information, and this case was no exception.

My last question is usually something along the lines of….“Is there anything we haven’t talked about that you’d like to discuss?” or “What’s been the most surprising thing about______” or “What advice would you give to someone getting ready to do what you’re doing?”

Stuff like that.

My last question on this piece was: “What’s the one thing every woman should be doing to improve her health that she might not know about?” I figured she’d say “Take fish oil” or something like that.

Instead, she said, “If I tell you this, you have to promise not to make me sound like a freak.”

To which I said, “Uhhhh, okay.” Because, really, I don’t get that request a lot.

“Women should be having more sex.”

I started laughing. “Seriously? That’s the one thing we need to be doing more of?”

She went on to explain in all kinds of medical terms why this was so; citing basically a “use it or lose it” philosophy and that women have fewer health issues in that, uh, area if they’re, uh, more active. Whew. That was EMBARRASSING!

So that’s what I wrote, very tastefully of course.

Men: You’re welcome.

But, remember, you didn’t hear it from me.

Are we good parents?

Posted in Seriously? with tags , , , on January 14, 2011 by cwgala

GRIN # 355

I asked Jerry this question the other night and he said, “Eh…we’re okay.”

“Okay? Just okay?” I asked. “No way. We’re good. We’re great!”

“What about the cussing?” he asked. “We really have to stop that.”

“What cussing? We don’t cuss that much!”

We don’t, really. At least I didn’t think we did. So I asked Tyler.

“Do I cuss, Tyler?”


“What? No I don’t! When do I cuss?”

“The other day you called Dad an “A-double-S.”

“What?! No! I don’t remember that. Are you sure I wasn’t referring to something else?”

Or someone else?

Like it matters.

An ass is an ass.

Wash my mouth out!!

My first New Year’s resolution revealed.

The two things every 7-year-old needs in his room

Posted in Seriously? with tags , , , on January 10, 2011 by cwgala

GRIN # 352 A
disco ball and a lava lamp.
did you think I was going to say?
yes, ladies, that IS a lava lamp. Get your minds out of the gutter.
Although I have to admit, it gave me
pause when Tyler took it out of the box Christmas morning.

My new living room accessory

Posted in Seriously? with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by cwgala

GRIN # 346

What is that bag there? By the chair in my living room?

Can you see it (along with my dirty carpet)? It’s Cajun-flavored Trail Mix.

It should be in the pantry, but every time I put it there, the Tiger retrieves it and puts it by his chair.

I’ve given up.

Bagged tiger feed is my  new living room accessory.

Okay, I stole this but….

Posted in Seriously? with tags , on December 15, 2010 by cwgala

GRIN # 326

Had to share! Thanks April! View more at There are some really funny ones I couldn’t post….

That’s it, Steve. A little further back, a little further. Now crouch down. Perfect!” I think the ex-boyfriend may have been the photographer in this one.