Pull Up a Chair

I’ve got shopping on the brain today; we’re going in to Waterloo to buy a birthday present for a birthday party at the end of the week. Steve needs new shoes, and I need to hit the makeup counter for a cleanser/moisturizer refill, if we have time. So today, we’re stopping for a brief chat in the Mall Food Court. Not the best place to talk, since it’s so loud, but with a smorgasbord of goodies and stores all around, there really is no reason to leave! So grab a cup of Starbucks to go with your Taco Bell and Cinnabon (the bathroom’s in the corner when you need it), have a seat and ‘let’s dish’.

Rules are the same – pretty much anything goes, but be nice. And if you’re mean, we tie you to a chair in the Department Store Perfume Section, and leave you at the mercy of the Sample Snipers.

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19 Responses to Pull Up a Chair

  1. Jason says:

    I know I do not frequent these posts but today feels alittle different, I start another 12-week quarter of college. This means two things 12 more weeks until i’m done with another quarter of schooling, and twelve more long weeks until a much needed vacation. Ahhhhh, I cannot wait to do little else besides eat fresh seafood, stroll on the beach with my wife and son, catching up with family, and maybe get a little saltwater fishing in with my dad and brother.

    • Jenny says:

      which means I’ll have peace and quiet again while I’m watching “my” shows at night! Instead of “UGH are you really gonna watch this??!! Don’t you want to watch a movie instead?” LOL….

    • Joy says:

      Good luck Jason. I’ll bet you miss your family. Fresh seafood??? YUM!

  2. SKL says:

    Hello, hope everyone had a good weekend! Right now it’s super windy out here, and cold, but since I’m inside, it’s not bothering me.

    I mentioned on the sit-relax-share how my Saturday went. We had a great evening of cultural performances. I always love that and it’s definitely rubbing off on my kids.

    I’m waiting on a call from my sister about Wee Baby. Still lots of ups and downs, but from the tidbits I’m getting, it seems to be more on the “ups” side.

    So today I got a brief lesson in humility. As I was driving my kids home from church, they asked me to give them something they’d dropped in an odd spot in the car. Of course I should have said “not while I’m driving,” but I thought, heck, I’ll give it a try, I’ll be super careful. I got it, no problem. Then since there was a red light not far ahead, I went to brake, but floored the gas instead. Scared the crap out of me. Luckily I wasn’t close behind anyone. The reason this was a lesson in humility: I’ve recently been involved in an online argument saying that I’m a careful enough driver to have a low risk of at-fault accidents. Well . . . me and my big mouth. It also gave me an opportunity to talk to my girls about humility and how we should remember that we all make mistakes, so we should be understanding of others’. (And also, a chance to reinforce just why distracting the driver is usually a bad idea.)

    Onward and upward – or so we hope!

  3. SKL says:

    Oh yeah, I just remembered today that tax day is less than 2 weeks away. (Or did I read that we have a little extra time this year?) I always extend mine (though I have to pay on time, ugh), but I have to do my sister’s and parents’. Not sure when we’ll get this done. I think I’ll do my sister’s next Sunday since she’ll be here anyway. Maybe I’ll have my parents extend theirs, since they are retired and shouldn’t owe anything. Or maybe I can get my parents to send their papers with my sister next Sunday, or fax them to me.

    The other thing is Easter . . . when the heck is Easter? I seem to recall that it’s after tax day this year. I guess I’d better check and make sure.

    Apparently I still need to clear the fog out of my brain.

  4. Ellen says:

    Last week we had a lot on our mind. We received some money from my father in law and because one of my sister back in Holland is very sick we decided to let me go there during my spring break. We first verified with my brother in law if that would be okay and he said it was a great plan. So we bought the ticket and told a few ones I would come to Holland but my sick sister and my sons do not know. I hope they like the surprise when I show up unexpectedly.
    This weekend was a bit different than planned because the kids at school had given me another cold. Yuck! Sore throat, running nose and out of breath. Bah!! Saturday morning, I tried to catch more sleep and then the day went by with lots of sneezing and coughing. Unfortunately I had to work in the hospital that evening but it went pretty good. This morning I slept in till 10.00 AM, that always says enough: I have something under the water! Dan had to finish the taxes and after our weekly barbecue, we went to do some groceries and got a nice new suitcase (4 wheels, so cool!). That is about it. I wish you all a wonderful week!

  5. Sue says:

    Funny you should say lets meet at the mall! I took Trinity shopping today for new shoes and some new clothes. If you can believe it, she was actually asking to go home by hour #2! We did get some good deals so that was great 🙂

    Waterloo, huh?! I have relatives there!!!! Apparently, they are making arrangements for another family reunion in July, but the date seems to be a debate yet. Last time I was in Waterloo I was pregnant with Christopher and it was hotter than blazes! Have fun 🙂

  6. SKL says:

    Just talked to my sister about the babe. Still sounds like two steps forward, one step back. But that’s better than the other way around. Sis also tried to do too much and hurt herself. I know it’s early, but I hope things get better soon. Gosh. I always wondered how the heck moms in this type of situation do it. I guess the answer is: they just do. Anyhoo, we thank God to have the privilege of caring for the babe.

    • Laura says:

      I don’t know how moms do it, but I can tell you how wives do it… one minute at a time. If everything is good, in this minute, then you are thankful for it. You don’t look ahead to the next minute, because that’s when the worrying begins, and your brain is only to happy to paint the worst possible picture with that. So you stay right here in the moment, and nowhere else. I suspect that moms do much the same thing. I hope I never, ever have to find out.

  7. Laura says:

    Knock wood, I think things are calming down a bit for a while. I still have to finish up the taxes, and there are still Den Meetings to assemble, but the major planning is done for them. This weekend was a whirlwind, between TKD practice, a wedding, shopping, and the school play, but we’ve survived. When we returned home from the play, I discovered about six horses in my back pasture. Apparently, they’re ‘temping’ here until they’re shipped to another farm in town sometime this week.

    I’m told we’ll have some more permanent (for the summer) residents in a week or two, and Josh is just thrilled by that – his old buddy Cookie is among those coming to stay.

    I have a quiet week coming up (knock wood again), so hopefully, I can find some good topics and take some of the pressure off of Joy around here. Thanks for covering for me during the last couple of meltdown-worthy weeks!!

  8. Laura says:

    PS…I’m completely addicted to the Eagle Cam. Two babies have hatched, and we’re waiting for the third. Dad has been bringing in food (first a rabbit, then a fish and now a crow), and even killed something near the nest yesterday, ’cause it got too close!

    • Jenny says:

      I’m totally addicted to it too!! So its a crow that was dead? We were wondering what kind of bird that was dead in the nest. Couldn’t really tell what it was. I just find it so cool to watch. I love when they’re both at the nest. So glad you posted that!!!

  9. Nikki says:

    Nothing is new with me. Just visiting a lot with my sister. Talking about a lot of things I normally don’t talk about, but it’s okay…if it helps her, then fine. I like to just keep the past in the past, especially about how we grew up, but she likes to talk about it. I think she likes to talk in general. lol

    We’re heading into St.Paul tomorrow. I think we’re going to the Children’s Museum, if it’s not packed. Bailey wants to check out the Capital building, and whatever other historical buildings are down there. It’s supposed to be nice weather so hopefully we can get out and walk around.

    My sister goes home Thursday, and kids go back to school Monday. The only reason I am looking forward to that is that means we can start baseball practice. Jenny mentioned on FB that she has tulips coming up so I went and checked out the ones I planted last Fall. So far, nothing. I hope I didn’t kill them!

    Anyways…have a great Monday. 🙂 I’ll try to come back, but when my sister is up and around I feel bad for sitting on the computer.

    • Jenny says:

      I only see tulips coming up in one spot… I know I planted more else where but those aren’t coming up yet. I’m sure you didn’t kill them, kinda hard to kill those I think!!

    • Joy says:

      It’s pretty hard to kill tulips. If you put them in I’m sure they’ll come up sooner or later. If they’re in the sun they’ll come up a lot earlier. I don’t see any of them coming up but I see some lilies that we must have missed and I have iris’s coming up around the bird bath in the backyard.

  10. Joy says:

    I’m not doing too much today. I have a few loads of laundry I “could” do but I’m happy enjoying my quiet time. We had a good weekend. We went to a birthday party on Sat over at Vicki’s and it was fun to see everyone. It makes you realize how long the winter’s been. Then on Sunday Paul got all the Christmas figures put in the barn and I cleaned up inside. It’s SO muddy here. Every time Ella comes in she makes a mess so I’ve tried to keep her by the front door until she dries off.

    My mom starts her chemo tomorrow and I’m praying she won’t get sick. It’s going to take a long time so I’m not sure if I’ll read or bring my laptop. I’m sure they have wireless there. It’s a really beautiful setting they have for it. It overlooks the Mississippi river and it’s peaceful. Or, I may go shopping or wander around town. 3 hours is a long time to just sit there. I’m going to take along a couple of movies. They have tv’s, dvd and vcr’s available for each person so they have really tried to make it nice. I have to admit, if it were me I’d be really happy with this place. They even have food and drinks for everyone.

    I just talked to the flooring people and they are hoping to start here Thurs or Fri morning. So that means one more week of living with all our stuff all over the place. It’s nice to be almost done though.

    Have a great day all.

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