Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Texas, Where I Ate A Whatnot

My baby refused to talk to me while I was gone. He gets all teenage-daughter on me when I leave him.

Avee licked my big toe when I got back. I might be embarrassed to admit that I'm related to someone who does stuff like that---but it's all part of the package. She's adorable and completely crazy. I actually had to say the words, "I can't let you down there looking at my toes if you are going to lick it again." The worst part of that was-- it was in public. I don't have any problem laughing at and being grossed out by my own kids. In the privacy of our own home. But when perfect strangers have to witness it? That's just wrong.

I focused on leaving "Mom" behind and living up the "Nobody" identity. Well, not really that identity. If you know my real name, you can replace it. I think I did a good job. Aside from the times I tried to comb Tori's hair and help her find her jammies. And then there was the time I tried to help No Cool Story find her mama. True story.

I had a wonderful time in Texas. I got to see my "old" friends and spend time with my more recent internet relationshipal friends. Relationshipal is too a word.

I stayed a night with this friend. And DUDE that girl can make me laugh. I enjoy every second I get to hang with her.

Then I walked over to this friend's house. She's on bed rest but the sweet girl moved to the living room just for me. I've known her for about 13 years and every time we get together, it's like we've never lived apart. I love having friends like that.

Then this friend joined us for pedis the next day. It was very fun. They asked Beckie uh, about 7 times if she wanted her eyebrows done. Weird thing is, her eyebrows really did look fine.

But that's okay, my pedicurist out of nowhere said to me, "I'm sorry we don't have any food for you." I guess my "resting face" is actually more of a "hungry face".

I had Pho. Best pho ever. Tori's a big vietnamese chicken and wouldn't try any. Ironically, she had the chicken. Okay, that's not ironic. And she's not vietnamese either.

We got lost a lot. The only two people in the world with a sense of direction as bad as mine, were with me, as we tried to find places and things and people. It was kind of funny sometimes. Other times, more nauseating. You never realize how hard on the stomach all that turning around can be. Until you live it. I.Lived.It.

I slept for 3 hours before I flew out Monday morning. I was really really tired at 1 AM but I just couldn't give it up. Going to sleep that early would just make the trip shorter. So I started talking. Nonstop. NCS humored me with sweet little responses now and then. "Oh that's hordeeble"
"It is." And whatnot.

Three. Hours. Later.
Tori woke up and said, "Are y'all still talking!?" When we said that we were, she yelled, "I AM the third wheel!" It was really funny. Because I'm not sure I've ever had a more drama-less, easygoing, pleasant, communion with two friends for 4 days, like what we experienced. I really tried to find a different word than communion, but that's all I could come up with. Anyway, I thought it was funny when she said that.

Then she joined the conversation and I promptly fell asleep. It was 5 am. I just couldn't help it.

After J picked me up at the KC airport (he and the kids stayed and played with our families) we headed back up to Iowa. My sister called me and after we talked for about 2 minutes (I was in a
drunken stupor from lack of sleep) she said, "Well, I guess if you aren't going to give me any details, I'm hanging up now." I suddenly realized I should be telling her about my trip.

But how does one glamorize "I ate, we talked, we got lost, we went back to our hotel room by 8 o'clock, we slept in and we ate and talked and ate and talked?"

I love Tori and NCS. They is good people. There was not one minute I didn't enjoy or wish I was somewhere else. I'm not sure they could say the same, but this is my story.

Sunday night, Tori's husband made dinner for us. He is every bit as wonderful as she writes that he is on her blog. And they are very cute together. But anyway, where was I? Oh yeah---I had gone about 4 days without doing anything for anyone but myself, so I offered to serve up her 5 year old's plate of food. I asked him every little thing he wanted and he told me and then when I put the plate down in front of him he said, "Uh, I didn't order this" pointing to a portion of food. I thought that was hilarious and then Tori said, "It's hard to get good service these days, isn't it Taj?"

You know those kind of homes you go into and you immediately feel comfortable? And when you were a kid, if you went into that home, you wanted to be adopted into the family? And if there was a kid your age in the family, you followed them around and stole sweaty clothing from their gym bags...oh just kidding.

Tori's home is like that. We immediately felt comfortable and welcomed, and NCS became Liv's new best friend. I was a rejected food server, but NCS was an immediate bff. Whatever. 'Sall good.

I won't bore you with the minutiae of my trip. I will say it was every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be, and I had very high hopes.

I've always wanted to use the word minutiae.

I'm thankful for good friends who brighten my days. And fill my nights, with song.

Thank you to my wonderful husband who did such a great job of keeping the kids alive and happy. Thank you to my mom who helped keep them fed. And thank you to my sister for letting them invade her house. That just isn't easily done when you are 9 months pregnant.

I have to go now. Avee just offered me "some hugs and kisses" if I help her make a fort.


Tori :) said...


Tori :) said...

YAY!!! I am first. I bet you're wondering where I came from...

Turn left, then left again, then left again, you are an idiot....

I am so glad you could come and I can't even begin to express how awesome I think you and NCS are. We are the weirdest set of triplets anyone has ever seen, but it's all good.


Heffalump said...

Sounds like a great time! It's nice to get a little break from the kids once in a while isn't it?

Klin said...

Yay for fun times with friends.

You are rejected server . . . that is so funny. It's okay though, Taj is cute.

I needs me some fun like that.

No Cool Story said...

We are awesome.

I know why Avee licked your big toe: She liiie dat flawah you ghaa.
She deeed.

I like the word communion (that's the word I'd have used too)
Also I'd try to use afoot somehow.

Howertons in Iowa said...

YAY!! Your Back!!!

Iowa folks missed you. Well, actually I can't really speak for everyone else, but I missed your perty little face.

SOOOO, where's my jar of warm, sunny, flip flop wearin, gotta wear my shades sunshiny Texas weather?

I know you haven't opened it yet- cause, well look outside.

No Cool Story said...

My real life is not as fun as my girls' weekend one.

ucmama said...

Well, I guess I can share you with NCS and Tori for a weekend or two. But I'm glad you're back. I had to restrain myself from texting you more than twice. I'm coming over later to lick your toe just so you know how much I missed you.

Rachelle said...

You are so freaking funny! I just love you, my favorite beautiful red-head on the face of the sounds like your cute friends are just as awesome as you are! glad you got so you time and had some fun! come make me laugh sometime...LOL!

Beckie said...

I don't think the eyebrow thing really bothered was the pointing at the claves and not being able to understand what they were talking about for 15 min and then have the manicurist be mad at me becasue I wouldn't order a drink and give it to here!!
So glad I got to play with you guys, y'all are a H00T!!

Suzanne said...

Woo hoo, you have the first post up! :) I'm glad you had so much fun with Tori and NCS. It's nice to have a getaway now and then.

You're right, Tori's home feels awesome. Not that I've been in her new home, but I'm sure the feeling goes with them wherever they go.

Good luck getting back into the swing of things. :)

Mrs. Organic said...

You make me wish I was there (so I could steal some sweaty gym clothes). Seriously sounds like you had a great trip.

Plain Jame said...

Awwwwwwwwwww, how fun. I love NCS pictures - they introduce you from a younger perspective.
(I'm the little kid that has to have pictures in a story to be able to follow it well. YES.)

I'm jealous of your kidless break with fun friends and food - especially food you did not have to cook yourself.

InkMom said...

I still don't know what a "whatnot" is and how one eats it because though you mentioned it outright in your title, you failed to even allude to it a little in your content.

And I read it twice just looking -- I was intrigued. So, please humor me.

Glad you had a great time.

megachick said...

so jealous of your "nobody" time with friends.

it's funny, when you were talking about talking all night i heard the spongebob narrator say, "three.hours.later."

Yvonne said...

I've read the posts of tori and ncs and now yours--sounds like you guys had a great time. (Not a surprise) You are all such great people.

Can I just say, none of my kids have EVER licked my big toe--I don't think I could even PAY THEM TO DO THAT!!!!

Mycurlyhairdays said...

Missed you! We almost walked over to your house a few times and then rememebered you were gone!
Welcome back and open that jar of sunshine soon!

aubrey said...

how fun! i'm just a tad bit jealous that tori and ncs got to bask in nobody's goodness.

Tori :) said...

Sometimes I come back and read this post because it makes me happy. <3