Field Tripping

Today was the day of BigBrother's(13) FFA contest that I had volunteered to be a taxi for. The entailed rising early while the sun was still asleep and making ourselves presentable. Can you tell that it was too freaking early for us to be posing for photos or did we pull it off? My eyes were still gummy when that photo was taken.

When BB is wearing his big boy shoes, he is as tall as me. I need to go crazy on him and beat him with a broom or something so he doesn't ever get the idea in his head that he could get the upper hand on me.

Tell me that he isn't shaping up to be a handsome fellow! Maybe I'm bit biased...

Getting Ready

His team didn't win so they don't get to go to the state championship. It's being held in Orlando and that's only a half hour away but the kids would get to stay in a hotel for 5 days and they were all really wanting to do that. This is evil, but a tiny part of me, like .02 percent is glad they didn't win because I would have been a chaperone for that trip and I don't know that I could handle being "on" for 5 days. Next year - we'll all be ready next year!

Have I mentioned that I don't like being around people? Today was a test. On every other field trip thing that I've been on, the kids have been doing something that the chaperones were a part of but today it wasn't like that.

There were 2 other moms that drove and I sat with them. One of the women walked up to me and said in a very chipper tone, "I know that you have no idea who I am but I know all about you!". Turns out that she is best friends with our neighbor. (The neighbors that leave their little dog tied up outside all day and wouldn't let us cut down the tree of doom.) The ladies were very nice but all the chit-chat made my head spin. I went to the bathroom a lot.

I have a cold or my sinuses are rebelling on me or something. I've had a nice, phlegmy sounding cough for a couple of days and I had to get up and leave the auditorium a few times so my hacking wouldn't be heard over the kids' doing their thing. I think I pulled a muscle or something coughing because now when I cough, it feels like I'm being stabbed right under my ribcage.

This same thing happened a few years ago when I was sick. At the time, Sweety had a wild hair up his ass and was going to school to be a fireman and had just gotten his Emergency Medical Technician certification and told me that maybe I had coughed until a rib was broken and it had punctured my lung. (umm, nevermind that he gave me that nugget of medical advice as he was groggily waking up in the middle of the night because I was having a coughing seizure.) I took that to heart and trotted to the emergency room at 2 a.m. to have the doctor look at me like I was a hypochondriatic nutjob.

I was so tired when I got home today that I passed out on the couch with a chihuahua snugged in each armpit and a basset hound between my knees. I woke 2 hours later because my right armpit was burning. It was burning because Tiny Dog had licked off my antiperspirant and the first 2 layers of skin. Have you ever tasted antiperspirant? It makes your mouth all numb. Why would she want to do that to herself? I think she has a problem and needs an intervention and a trip to rehab.


Anonymous said...

"I know that you have no idea who I am but I know all about you!" I thought that she was going to say that she read your blog. That would have made for some "interesting" chit chat during the field trip.

Sorry about BB not winning; but there is always next year.

Amy said...

You are such a good mom! Damn!! Look at you looking all "appropriate" and what-not. not that you don't look appropriate but I am trying to avoid saying "wow, you look like a soccer mom!" because I would TOTALLY take that as an insult myself.

Perhaps I should have said, "You clean up NICE!!!" But... eh... that sounds soooo cliche`

Oh my... I think I just had a mini breakdown on your blog. My bad!

Chickie said...

Midwestern City Boy - Sheesh, if it had even crossed my mind that she was talking about the blog I'd have fainted! I just thought she was some weirdo who thought I looked like someone she knew.

I told BB not to let losing get him down. His whole team was made up of 7th graders and they'll get to practice some more and kick some butt next year!

Amy - "soccer mom" in this instance is not an insult. After I pulled the tongue ring out and put on lipstick, I asked Sweety if I looked like a normal soccer mom!

So, thank you!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...That Tiny is a Sketch....I wonder if there is something in that stuff that she needs?? I mean, it is possible...Otherwise she is just a plain old Junky! Poor Sweetheart! Maybe she does need an intervention!

Cissy Strutt said...

You look so sweet - what a great mum. You look great together. You know this is the real stuff - doing all this for BB & LB, spending the day-to-day with them, you are forming two great men-of-the-future.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

BB looks so proud it breaks my heart.

Mike said...

BB is turning into a fine looking young man.

Let me know if you find a rehab center for chihuahuas with licking problems. Carmen will lick anything that will stand still. It is nerve-wracking.

moooooog35 said...

Eating deodorant.


Now I'm hungry.

Patti said...

You are so gorgeous Chickie and that boy is just too... pretty to be a boy LOL (don't repeat that to him I don't want to give him a complex). He is a very good-looking young man! I wish them luck next year. Yeah I dont' think i'd want to be chaperone for five days/nights either. I don't look forward to that crap with Madison cos' i'm not the happy/gossipy housewifey type either. My motto is "Leave Me Alone"

Thomas said...

I have a small dog that licks, but I am grateful that she has never inflicted the "Indian Tongue Burn of Death" on one of my pits.
It sounds damn painful and probably looks gross too


The Phosgene Kid said...

Coming awake being eaten alive by a chihuahua! How terrifying!

Kathleen Mortensen said...

Sorry your son didn't win. How did he take it?
I just voted for you! Now, when you get minute, can you vote for me? (I've only got 1 measly vote.) One of my editors nominated me last year and I just discovered myself there when I went to vote for you!
btw, I too thought you were going to say she read your blog. I commiserate with you on the neighbour thing too. We have one that chucks his little poodle out into the cold winter air at 10 p.m. every night. They are also the same family who freaked out when we added a bit of lattice to our side of the short chain fence to cover up the unsightly junk next to their shed. We now have a proper high wood fence, so we don't have to see it, we just have to hear the dog.

Chickie said...

Lady of the Hills - I don't know what's up with Tiny. Maybe she was doing it to wake me up? I'd rather have her try and lick my eyes.

Cissy Strutt - Thank you! One of the other moms commented on how well-mannered he was. I liked that.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - I really like that photo of him. He's getting to be so grown up!

Mike - If I find a rehab place, I'll see if I can snag a group rate.

Moooooog35 - Do you want fries with that?

Patti - He would've made a good girl with his eyes. I covet his perfectly arched eyebrows!

Hey! You stole my motto! :)

Thomas - Luckily, I can't bend well enough to see my mangled pit.

The Phosgene Kid - It was disturbing on so many levels. Therapy is needed.

Kat - He took the loss a lot better than I expected him too. I was really proud of how well he handled it.

Aren't neighbors just great?!

I'm off to vote for you now!