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I always buy whole grain bread. The other day while shopping, E wanted me to buy white bread. Her argument, “It’s more convenient. When you’re in a hurry to eat you can just mush it up into a ball and pop it in your mouth.”

Great. So healthy.

Sheesh…kids these days.

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E and the dogs were playing with her friends in the backyard and one of the kids inadvertently left the gate open. Uh oh. We know what happened next. The dogs escaped and started running around the neighborhood. Fortunately, the kids were quick and snagged the pooches before they got too far. After the incident, E emailed my sister (her aunt) and my sis shared the email with me:

“When I saw the gate was open, I started to shake. I knew Gus would run and run and wouldn’t come back. I knew Ridley would come back to the sound of mom’s voice, because to Ridley, hearing my mom’s voice was like the voice of a sweet angel calling to him!”

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Girl child was fooling around with the calculator… writing things upside down like ‘hello’ and ‘shelloil’; just one of the many ridiculous, useless things you learn when you’re younger. I stepped away for two seconds and heard her giggling. As I returned to see what was so amusing she looked at me with an evil grin and said, “This is where we live”…and proceeded to show me this:

Gah! She’s getting more and more like her momma every day.

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The 9 year old is quickly approaching 10, which in our little world = days full of smartassedness and snark.

Here is just a sampling of some of the comments she’s made over the last few weeks. I’ve got my hands full and can’t imagine what it will be like in a few more years. I may be sending out the smoke signals sooner than later.

  • After asking a question and me delaying a response she had this to say:

“My password journal responds faster than you do.” (And if you scream at me and throw me against the wall like you do with the journal…there’s going to be BIG trouble!)

  • In response to me saying that she argues about everything with me:

“Not everything, only 1/12th of everything.” (Damn her teacher for teaching her fractions!)

  • After discussing the fact that knee socks are worn in the fall/winter, not in July she says:

“Oh well, it’s a free country, and I’m wearing them.” (Have at it, sister; those shorts and tank top look splendid with knee socks.)

  • After spending the day at the girl’s program she’s in this summer and having to deal with a cranky, underachieving program director she had this to say:

“Ms. Xxxx wasn’t very nice today. She was a shit.”

Um, yeah, so if anyone is interested in borrowing an almost 10 year old for the next few years please let me know.

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Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to mmmmmeeeeee, Happy Birthday to me! Yes, another year has come and gone. But, hey, when you’re full of youth like me (heh) what’s one more year? I’m one of those gals that likes to make a big deal of the birthday…always have, always will. I’d spread it out for weeks if I could. This year I get to celebrate for a full 3 days. Woo hoo!

The festivites began last night when we met for our usual Wednesday night cocktails & conversation at the lake. Everyone did a great job of keeping the birthday bash hush, hush…even the daughter. As I was engrossed in conversation with friends the owner of the restaurant (where we get together) comes walking out with a HUGE cake and everyone starts singing. Yay me!

Then the cards and presents started flowing. A very, very dear friend had a ring made especially for my birthday :

Turquoise…my favorite, and my favorite color. Yipee for birthdays! Yes, I have long fingers…and fat knuckles so I need a BIG bonking ring.

More pressies:

YUM. The girl child got me this dark, delicious chocolate.

And my bestest friend, J, who is visiting from Florida got me a fine bottle of vino. I’ll (we’ll) be drinking that this evening.

Sis got me this fine cutting board along with a bag full o’ goodies that I didn’t take pics of. Love the bamboo. Folks, run out and get yourself bamboo utensils and a cutting board – they won’t stain, split, or get moldy. (How’s that for advertising?)

And then the cake (well, what’s left of it):

It was HUGE…and delicious! Thanks, Julie – you’re the best! And that is all that is left. Sorry, I didn’t save enough for everyone. That was it for the pre-birthday festivities. Oh, and then I came home and closed out the day by talking to my love. What could be better?

This morning my child served me breakfast in bed and then we all gathered at the lake for coffee. Now I’m headed to the pool for some birthday relaxation and tanning. Tomorrow evening is the girl’s night/birthday dinner celebration. We’ll be dining lake-side once again and will surely have a grand ol’ time.

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