Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Shakin' It Off

Daily Hoop Conversation:
(On the phone)
Hoop: I think we should avoid talking about anything negative.
Tink: Oh-kay. I guess work conversation is out then.
Hoop: Traffic too.
Tink: We can't talk about the house.
Hoop: So, what's that leave us with?
Tink: Um.
Hoop: I love you!
Tink: I love you too babe.
Hoop: Hm.
Tink: ...
Hoop: ...
Tink: ...
Hoop: See you at the house?
Tink: Sure!

Weekend Recap:
1. Friday night I rode out to my parents' for a little R&R.
2. You know things were bad if I considered a house full of six people, ten dogs, and three cats relaxing.
3. The boys (Hoop, Nash, and their Dad) had a much less relaxing night aboard a Casino Cruise.
4. I knew the losses were high when Hoop failed to call me that evening.
5. I will never understand how a FREE boat ride can cost someone $300.
6. Poor Hoop. I think he'll be sticking to $1 lotto tickets for awhile.
7. Saturday morning I went to Big Bit's baseball game.
8. He played so well I almost forgot I was watching a kid's sport.
9. Until the coach yelled, "Don't lose our only ball!"
10. You know funding for the area is low when both my brother's team and the rival one are wearing the same shirts.
11. A couple of times during the game I had to ask who was up. "Is that our blue and whites up to bat or the other blue and whites?"
12. At one point my Mom cheered for the wrong team.
13. After the game I went home to relax...
14. ...and revel in the fact that we now have doggie doors!
15. I think I was enjoying them more than the dogs. I made them run through them six or seven times before tiring out.
16. It's the little things in life folks.
17. After freshening up (and making the dogs run through the doors a few times more) I met up with the boys down town.
18. That night we drank...
19. ...and shot spit balls at a cockroach that was hanging out on the bar wall.
20. We even rescued a woman from catching an umbrella on fire.
21. Ok, everyone else rescued her. I just stared in fascination.
22. I'm sure I would have reacted eventually.
23. But seriously. Who puts an umbrella up around tiki torches? It's a once in a lifetime show!

In The Coffee News:
YOU'RE FIRED! Here's a guard dog that didn't last long in the job. Barney was supposed to be guarding the Teddy Bear Museum at Wooley Hole Caves in England, but instead of protecting the stuffed toys, he attacked them and shredded more than 100 of them. The most serious offense was chomping down on the head of an antique bear that once belonged to Elvis Presley. The owner of the teddy bear had loaned it to the museum just two days before Barney destroyed it. It was estimated to be worth $70,000. "He headed directly for the most unique teddy of all," lamented museum boss Daniel Medley.

Daily Hoop Conversation 2:
Tink: What time do you think you'll be home tomorrow?
Hoop: Hopefully by six. Why?
Tink: Because I have to leave a key under the mat for the termite guys. I wanted to make sure the person who's going to get home first has a key.
Hoop: Aren't you putting a key under the mat?
Tink: Yeah, but it's for the termite guys.
Hoop: Are they going to be keeping it?
Tink: They better not!
Hoop: Then it should still be there when we get home right?
Tink: Oh yeah!

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At 15 May, 2007, Blogger fiwa said...

"19. ...and shot spit balls at a cockroach that was hanging out on the bar wall."

Now that's my kind of bar!!

I like your resolution to stop talking about the negative. Back when I was going through my house blues, I kept a journal in which I made myself write down at least one positive thing that happened each day. The fact that you're trying is what will make it better.


At 15 May, 2007, Blogger Maggie said...

Hey, if the termite guys keep the key, just crawl through the doggie doors...right.

Casino ride sounds like those stupid free weekend getaways but first you have to listen to our speel, and then we're going to hard sell you...blah blah. At least he had fun losing his money. He did have fun right?

At 15 May, 2007, Blogger geenalyn said...

congrats on the new doggie doors sounds like YOU are putting them to good use LMAO

At 15 May, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

Doggie doors are one of the great inventions of all time. They make everybody's life better.

To bad the dogs can't just let the terminte guys in. But, I guess if they could they wouldn't need the doggie door would they?

A cock roach hanging out on the wall? That's my kind of bar. ;-)

At 15 May, 2007, Blogger Newt said...

Doggie doors? I'm so jealous. We can't do the doggie door thing at our house. Between the cats and the extreme cold. Sigh........Not to mention Max would bark his bloody head off all day long. And the neighbors would complain and the police would come, and then we'd have to lock him up anyway.


At 15 May, 2007, Blogger mrspao said...

I love Coffee News but I haven't seen it here for ages :)

Doggie doors are a great invention!

At 15 May, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

As long as YOU didn't go through the doggie doors, I think it's totally ok. And... did the termite guys remember to leave the key?! :)

At 15 May, 2007, Anonymous wordgirl said...

Sometimes I think that if I couldn't talk about negative things, I'd run out of stuff to say.

At 15 May, 2007, Blogger Mike Y said...

Funny how so much of our daily conversations are full of "schtuff" :)

And I have no idea who would use an umbrella around tiki torches. May be she just wanted someone to light her wick. Who knows?

Still glad you're having some wind-down time.

At 15 May, 2007, Blogger Foo said...

Casino night, eh? I've never understood the allure, myself. Aside from getting Turtle to say "I do", my luck is consistently bad. I'm far better off keeping the money in my pocket until I find a new bike jersey I want.

When we lived at the other house, our next-door lesbians put in a doggie door, which they were quite proud of but which their two guinea-pig-sized dogs refused to have anything to do with.

A family of skunks had no such reservations, however.

At 15 May, 2007, Blogger meno said...

I'm still stuck on the part where there are ten dogs. TEN DOGS?

At 15 May, 2007, Anonymous gawilli said...

You are right - the simple pleasures are the best!

Willi and I work in the same office. Sometimes we have to try really hard to find something to talk about that (1)doesn't involve work and (2)is positive in nature. It is possible, though. Really.

Elvis Presley's teddy bear was worth $70,000? Sheesh.

At 16 May, 2007, Anonymous Michelle said...

If the termite guys keep the key, you could fit through a doggie door, right? Or are the famed doors at your mom and dad's house?

At 16 May, 2007, Blogger captain corky said...

18. That night we drank...

Sounds like a great way to spend a night. It's how I've been spending my nights off and on for the past 20 years or so.

At 16 May, 2007, Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Tough to have an entire conversation without saying anything negative.

Especially if you are at work.

At 16 May, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Fiwa: Technically it was a "Palmetto Bug." Best said with your nose in the air. Which is really just a fancy way of saying "a really big cockroach."

Maggie: When I asked Hoop he said, "Not $300 worth of fun." So I guess it was a bit of a toss up.

Geenalyn: It's a great workout! :)

Jay: If we get one of those automatic feeders and I invent a petting machine, we could be set! But then we might forget we even have pets.

Newt: Another reason why you guys should move down here. ;)

MrsPao: I was surprised to see it was a national publication. It looks so dinky. But the articles are always good for a laugh.

Chris: The key was still there when I got home. Unfortunately, the termite guy forgot to show. *Sigh*

Wordgirl: We did... VERY quickly.

Mike Y: Maybe you don't need an excuse at a bar? I mean, it IS a bar. You can assume everyone there is drunk, or hoping they can find someone who is drunk. Hehe.

Foo: Skunks?! Oh great. That would be just my luck!

Meno: Yup, 10. My Mom used to be a Rat Terrier breeder. Now she's just a crazy dog lady. ;)

Gawilli: You work in the same office? That's awesome. Hoop and I met at work. I miss those days sometimes.

Michelle: I don't think I could fit my HEAD through one of those doors. I wasn't even sure our fattest dog could. *Snort*

Captain Corky: So what's your poison? Bud? Coors? Rum?

Sarah As you can see, it was a very short conversation. Any ideas for non-negative things to talk about?

At 16 May, 2007, Anonymous oddmix said...

I like the not talking about anything negative idea!

And I can definitely see how your mom's house would be relaxing!

At 16 May, 2007, Blogger Tory said...

You are so halarious! I love reading your blog.
Keep up the good work.

At 16 May, 2007, Blogger Chelle said...

Glad you were able to get some R&R. There is nothing like going "home" sometimes and just letting mom spoil you rotten.

At 16 May, 2007, Anonymous TB said...

I do the same thing with the cat doors. They make life sooo much easier, don't they? The only down side is that now they can bring in whatever they want from outside.
Glad you're feeling a bit better. Sometimes putting it out there and getting support can help a lot.

At 16 May, 2007, Blogger Gina said...

Can I confess that it putting an umbrella around tiki torches is something I might have done?

At 16 May, 2007, Blogger tkkerouac said...

love your posts and insights!


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