Tuesday, February 27, 2018

if backseat driving was an olympic sport, i'd win gold

Last Wednesday it was almost 80 degrees outside.  I smiled the minute I walked outside and pretty much didn't stop all afternoon.  I even took a nice long walk before dinner.  There is a 7:04 pm sunset in the 15 day forecast because we change the clocks soon and I feel like there is a light at the end of this long, winter tunnel.

Now, it's been rainy and gray since that glorious day last week and I'm pretty sure Don Henley was in Pennsylvania in February when he wrote Desperado for The Eagles because he was spot on in the verse: "Don't your feet get cold in the wintertime, the sky won't snow and the sun won't shine, it's hard to tell the nighttime from the day."


But despite the lousy weather as of late, there have been plenty of good things going on, starting with the Winter Olympics.  Matt and I had our traditional viewing of Cool Runnings, one of my very favorite movies of all time, and spent many nights on the couch stating we could "totally do that."  The other night during the snowboard half-pipe, Matt said, "I bet I could stand up right now and jump and do a 1440."

I think that's a case of, it's harder than it looks.

That also goes for ice skating.  The last time I was ice skating was about 4 years ago.  Matt and I went with my brother and sister-in-law, Alex.  Alex got right onto the ice and glided around like a graceful swan, Phil and Matt surprisingly have some skillz on the ice, and meanwhile I literally propelled myself by pulling myself along the boards.  I did not let go for one single second.  My brother said most people ice skate with their legs and I ice skate with my arms.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Also, I tweeted a post that apparently 266 people thought were funny.  It cracked me up because my tweets typically get anywhere from 0-2 likes, always from someone related or married to me.

Emily came home from college this weekend with her roommate.  I went to the mall with them on Sunday afternoon and I felt like I was transported back to middle school because we made stops at  The Icing, Bath and Body Works, and Auntie Anne's.  1999 called and wants their parachute pants back.

We also stopped at Primark where I shelled out eleven dollars of cold hard cash for this giant letter board.  I feel like the potential is endless.

Emily drove us to the mall because she got a new car this weekend.  Em has had her license for six years and she's driven me exactly zero times.  I ALWAYS offer to drive because, well, I like to.  The mall is a mile from my house and I sat in the backseat and gave instructions like "Watch those mirrors" and "Careful, this turn is a little tricky" and "People fly around this curve so be aware."

We had my dad's birthday lunch on Saturday and we all checked out Emily's new wheels.  Annie hopped right in, and despite the fact that the car was not even turned on, she buckled up.  She was so proud of herself.  You should have seen her face when she found the button to lower the window.

Also, she couldn't be more adorable.
In a final piece of breaking news around here, the Fig Twig has a leaf.  

I repeat, the fig twig has a leaf.  Send me all your best fig recipes.  It's okay if you need to dig deep in a recipe binder to find them, I probably won't be needing the for a solid two years.

Maybe I will have learned to ice skate by then.


Audrey Louise said...

THE FIG TREE HAS A LEAF! What a time to be alive!

Every once in a while a The Voice tweet or Bachelor tweet goes viral for me. But I typically have 0 likes on my tweets as well. Lol (It's exciting, though, isn't it?? Ha.)

We went to Jamaica a few years ago and on the bus that drove us from the airport to the resort they were playing Cool Runnings, lol.

Brianne said...

The fig tree knows you've been talking smack & is trying to show you it can be a real tree!

Kelly said...

Look at your fig tree coming along! ;-)
Cool Runnings! It's high time that I watch that one again.

Rebecca Jo said...

Be prepared - I've never seen Cool Runnings. RIGHT???
I had a tweet that got mentioned on something & got all sorts of likes & retweets - I felt so famous for like 2 days.
Target has letter board just like that I saw this weekend. I'm like, Do I get another one??? I cant get enough of them.

Andrea Nine said...

Whoop, whoop, I'm dancing a Fig Tree Dance over that sweet lil leaf!!!

rooth said...

Watch out - those figs are about to start overwhelming your household!

Faith said...

Such a deal on the letter board! And woohoo about the leaf, haha. It'll be huge before you know it!

Sarah said...

I love the size of your letterboard! I have a little square one and it's never big enough for everything I have to say. Did you know some craft stores sell fancy letters and words for it? I could some cursive words and was all excited to use them until I realized I got black words for my black board!

Michelle said...

I'm so excited to see what you put on your letterboard. I know it's going to be grand.


Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

Your posts never fail to crack me up. :) I am a terrible backseat driver, too.

Kristy Sayer-Jones @ Southern In Law said...

Better start designing that fig farm logo now, girl!!! Riches are coming!!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

The word twizzle was cracking me up!

Marie said...

Oh yay that the fig twig has a leaf. haha thats so funny. Isn't primark great? I love that store.

BLovedBoston said...

Literally bought the same board (smaller version) at primark today!! $9 you just can't beat it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Erica @ Whimsical September said...

CRACKING UP about the tweet thing! I am so not a Twitter user, so my automatic tweets with my blog posts always get one interaction at most. Ha. Soooo I would totally die if I had a bunch of likes and retweets like that! Ha!

julie @ a hopeful hood said...

You're twitter famous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting that you have a little fig leaf sprouting!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I miss the Olympics SO much already! Look at you go with that tweet, I felt so bad for them during that wardrobe malfunction. But how fabulous are they that they still pulled out a silver medal <3
Green Fashionista

sara [at] journey of doing said...

Was it #twigfig or #figtwig? I'm telling you... now that the Olympics is over, your ticket to twitter fame is one of those hashtags. ESPECIALLY since it has a leaf.

The possibilities of that letter board really are endless. Can you use it to send messages to the neighbor regarding pool watering? I'm thinking that might also be a thing.