5.23.2012

5.22.2012

Nerdy, never scared...

Charlie Brown Musical Junior Year from left to right is Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, Snoopy {me!}, Lucy, Linus w/ the blanket, and Schroeder

This past weekend I went to my sister's high school graduation.
the walls of my high school seemed like strangers to me.
my locker was gone.
the cafeteria was completely different.
my band room was gone...
gone.
just completely gone 
with some other building partially covering the spot where it use to be.
so many of my high school memories where in that room...or I guess rooms would be more accurate.
maybe you didn't know this about me 
but in high school I was a nerd
drama club president
singer of the National Anthem,
pretend player of the piccolo,
drum line groupie,
 I say nerd proudly
drama club, chorus, band, musicals, plays
I was all about it
we had our own world in high school 
it's not like we were staring at the athletic kids in school thinking
why can't that be me????
my friends were interesting and different.
they enjoyed new things,
 and music, 
and debating, 
the band room was our Friend's coffee house, if you will
that was the place where I ate lunch, 
spent my study halls,
became best friends with my high school boyfriend...
it makes me sad to think that the place where I first heard Les Mis
is just gone

but it got me thinking about Charlie
my baby, not the comic book character picture above : )

We come from a small town
soon we will live in an even smaller town
sports are everything
my husband was kind of a high school sports stud
football,
basketball,
track,
he played them all
everyone keeps on trying to predict what sports Charlie is going to play
but I just stay quiet
and let them speculate
but inside sometimes I think
what if she takes after me?!?
will people be disappointed
or try to change her mind
because I am just one person
how much influence will I really have
and I don't want to be the mom forcing her own likes on her child
but deep down
part of me wants her to be a nerd
like me
I think most parents want that 
at least a little bit, deep down inside
and nerds are strong
they learn to be different and to be ok with that
nerdy, never scared.
that's my motto {stolen from my sister}
nerds tend to wait on the more adult things like sex
and drinking
it's a little more sheltered existence  
nerds more prone to nights of playing Super Smash Brothers
and watching old episodes of SNL
then breaking curfew 
or other kinds of debauchery 
I think what I want most for Charlie to know
is that it's ok
whatever she chooses to be
it will be ok
that high school is just one part of life
nerd
or 
athlete
it doesn't really matter
I just want her to be a good person
to treat people, even those different then her, with kindness
and respect
and if she just so happens to do so while singing Annie
then that's just a bonus

*This is a story for those of you who went to high school with me & ryan:  

One day I was looking for something in my basement when I came across something unusual.  It was a large wooden bat.  It was from the Charlie Brown musical which was especially peculiar because Ryan didn't even see the musical in high school {yeah he was one of those that got someone else to sign his program for the extra credit- YES THEY GAVE EXTRA CREDIT TO SEE PLAYS AND MUSICALS- don't even get me started on that one.  Give me some freakin' extra credit to watch a freakin' basketball game then...} anyways, I walk upstairs with the bat and this conversation takes place

Ryan looks at it and exclaims

"do you know what that is?!"

I look at Ryan

"do YOU know what this is???"

"yeah it's a bat we stole to use to paddle the freshman football players!"

me
"......"

me again
"It's the BASEBALL bat from one of my scenes in the Charlie Brown Musical."

Ryan
"haha, oh yeah we stole it from back stage."

Me
"I can't believe I married you."




5.17.2012

I use to have a green couch...


And it was glorious
well to me at least
to Ryan
not
so
much
and so sadly my beautiful green couch had to be sold
and that was 4 years ago
and I still regret not keeping it and telling my husband to suck it up

......

I am a wiser, more cunning woman
and I have more storage space
so when the next couch comes along
I'll be prepared

So watch out husband, watch out
jk
not really...
seriously watch out


Do you have a piece of furniture that your husband just hates or that you had to get rid of???

5.15.2012

I want a summer house...


I bet you had no idea we were that fancy huh?
Well...
we're not.
But a girl can dream, right?

Daydream with me...

All I want is a little place
where we can just get away for the weekend
My favorite memories
from when I was little
are going camping with my family

Camping- It's genius!  Cheap and fun- let's go with this idea...

My Grandma turned camping into an art
It was all about the food and lodging
Her camper was always clean- down to the last nook and cranny
and the food- oh the food!
I would love for Charlie to grow up with memories like I had
Hanging out with all of her family
laughing around a fire
eating yummy food
catching lightening bugs and riding bikes till it was so dark
and she is so tired she can't go on

But I am not about to "rough it"
I want glamping if you will
Glamping.
Sounds ridiculous in theory
but 
who doesn't want a good thread count and AC when you experience the great outdoors???
Who has two thumbs and princess and the pea syndrome?  This girl.  
I'm delicate and I need a good nights sleep
and nothing scares me more then the thought of sleeping in a tent
waking up hot and damp at the crack of dawn
no thank you

I need a toilet that flushes
and a shower that has no spiders
I need comfy cozy bed
and a functioning kitchen
I guess you could say I need a Bed and Breakfast on wheels

So I am gonna make that happen.
How? You ask.  
I thought you would never ask.
It's very simple really
I am going to buy an old camper
and then I am gonna turn it into something like this...













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