Self, it’s taken you so long, so many decades of your life, but you have finally discovered the way to get on the good side of Dearest Mum:
Never, ever say no.
Last night, self and niece G and Dearest Mum and all the relatives within 50 miles were in Lobster Shack. Self splurged on a $30 bottle of Wild Horse Central Coast Chardonnay recommended by the waitress. Considering that self and niece had already had two beers apiece before dinner, by the end of the night we were both flyyying high! Telling stories about McCain, Tea Parties, niece’s dad, her roommates, you name it!
Today, self wondered whether she should give Dearest Mum a call. But no! She decided instead she would go to the Stanford Shopping Center and buy herself some Estee Lauder night cream! Then she decided to get an extra jar for Dearest Mum. Then, she just had time to drive home, and wrap up the cream in loads of gold tissue paper, before one of self’s aunts called (Dearest Mum has her own cell phone but she never, of course, deigns to use it, so it is always one of self’s aunts who calls and then passes on the phone to Dearest Mum)
Whacha doing, aunt inquires.
Aunt: Oh, ’cause your Mom wants to see you.
Self: Fine! I am doing absolutely nothing.
Aunt: So it’s OK for us to drop by?
Self: Of course! Anytime! I am absolutely available!
After aunt hung up, self went flap-flap-flap all over the house, sweeping, washing counter-tops, dumping buckets of water on plants, feeding li’l crits, combing her hair, changing into decent clothing, hiding the ugly sneakers she uses around the house, spritzing air freshener into all the bathrooms, etc etc etc
Self was just wrapping up watering the front lawn when aunt pulled up with Dearest Mum. Then we went inside.
“Want water?” self inquired. Turns out Dearest Mum had just treated all to the most humongous lunch of: grilled pompano; lumpia; fried rice; pinakbet; and so many other dishes that self could not remember them all. Where oh where was this fabulous repast? Self could not get an answer out of her aunt, her uncle, or Dearest Mum.
Anyhoo, Dearest Mum had bought self about 20 blouses from Nordstrom’s Rack, in the most fabulous colors: lime green, orange, yellow etc etc (Oh Dearest Mum, if you had dressed self before her reading last February, that blogger would not have said self looked like a “grandma”!!!). Normally, self would have resisted such clothing. Today, she finally applied her hard-won wisdom: Yes! Yes! More lime green! More orange! More yellow! More!
After Dearest Mum left, self tried to get back to her usual routine, but after a whirlwind like that (Self also just learned that on their first night in New York, she and Dearest Mum are attending a wedding reception — in Grand Central Station. What? Self never heard of a wedding reception in Grand Central before! Dearest Mum inquired: Do you have anything to wear? Self mumbled, Ah, a dress? Dearest Mum thought for a minute: “I seem to remember you have a pantsuit,” she remarked. “Yes … ” self replied. “In black?” Dearest Mum asked. “Yeeees,” self replied. “Good. Wear that.” Okey-dokey!)
Good thing, after hubby gets home, he starts watching something on the History Channel about snipers. Self watches while the Marines send two men to hunt and kill a vicous Viet Cong squad leader (a woman, it turns out), with code name “Apache.” Okay, after watching how the Marines hunt and kill this woman, hubby next turns to that edifice of tasteful programming, Spike TV. And here we are on a show called “1000 Ways to Die.”
Want to know what a Spanish Donkey is? It’s a method of torture devised in the Inquisition, which involves putting cannonballs on the victim’s feet (up to 400 lbs. worth of cannonball), and positioning the victim over a sharp wooden platform.
Ever heard of anyone being killed by a pigeon? After watching the show, you will say yes.
Ever known what happens when you drink denture cleaner?
Ever known what happens when you give mouth-to-mouth to a dead raccoon?
Dear blog readers, it has been such an entertaining day. Self believes she will land in New York bananas, absolutely bananas.