Saturday, May 12, 2012

Ordinary evenings

I'd like to say that every day is an adventure to blog about, but some days are just filled with the sweet, familiar ordinary. Last night I went on a spontaneous bike ride.  It was going to be great...I just got my bike fixed and I was going to ride along the trail...between the canal and the river (one of my favorite spots to bike ride)....

 The sun was setting, the weather was nice, and when I got down to the river, I was suddenly surrounded by friends....well, that would have been great, but really they were un-wanted friends....gnats....a bazillion of them - seriously one ba-zillion of them.  I had wondered why there were barely any runners or bike-riders on the trail on such a lovely evening...I decided to tough it out and deal with the gnats because look, it was so pretty out:

I literally rode the whole way with one hand steering the bike and the other covering my face and swatting at the little guys as they flew straight into my mouth and eyes....which sorta ruined my scenic route.  I rode pretty far down the trail, then decided to turn back because I thought maybe they wouldn't be so bad if I rode away from the water.  So I made my way back to town and came across this little carnival....and the SCARIEST RIDE IN THE WORLD.  I used to be able to ride all kinds of roller coasters and carnival brave, but NEVER the pirate ship ride.  I remember riding it once and laying in my bed that night feeling like I was still swaying back and forth....I don't know why, but I just can't take this ride...I'd rather bungie-jump, or even skydive, than ride the dreaded swinging pirate ship! stomach jumps just looking at it!

I sang at Ladies Night - with my dear friend, Kathy - at church tonight and when I came home, I was so hungry.  When I saw the pizza stone in the sink, I was hoping there would be some leftovers for me. I was delighted when I opened the fridge to find two pieces of pizza with these sticky notes on them:

"Mushroom and Onion"
"you don't want this"

My parents had been kind enough to warn me not to eat the piece that, I'm sure, my Dad piled with anchovies and God knows what other kinds of little hairy fish!!! It made me laugh a little that they labeled it, "you don't want this," instead of just "anchovies" :-)

I like to be old-fashioned and my Grandmother told me that, back then, they used to tie their hair in rags and sleep in them for a nice, wavy look in the morning!  I decided to try an updated version of this...with socks.  I saw it on youtube (which is not so old-fashioned :-) You just tie your wet hair up in socks, sleep on it, untie the socks, take them out...and vuwalah....perfect hairdo....right? not so much.
Sometimes it turns out more like Medusa snake hair :-/

I was trying to take a picture to show you my crazy Tina Turner, sock hair.... after I cropped out the rest of the frizzy nest, and then changed it to black and white...I felt artsy so I thought I'd share my wannabe artsy-ness with you....

I call it Cousin It: a self portrait :-)

Well, don't worry - I'm fully expecting the next few days to be an UNBELIEVABLE adventure of AMAZING, blog-worthy experiences....If not, then I guess I'll have to video myself sky-diving or something...oh gosh OR I could make a promise to document myself riding the dreaded pirate ship if nothing else incredible happens?
Oh Lord, please...please send something.

Much love and ordinary evenings,


  1. Jules...There's NOTHING ordinary about you!!! I loved this blog....loved the pics...totally relate to stomach-wrenching carnival pirate swings...ARG... (but the photo was great!) and gnat-attack bike rides (hah...and those pics looked so much for imagery!) Thanks for being by my side last night....just felt so right having you right there. After all... you are the Girl Of My Heart! oh....and the black and white photo of Tina? v. artsy indeed!

  2. Jules -- Great blog! I never liked the Pirate ship either! Especially when one of your friends sits on the opposite end and spits in the air, and there is nothing you can do except head straight for it. That is hilarious about the post-it notes on the pizzas. I can't even imagine what Dad had piled on his one. If the pizza gets cold, don't worry about it, just put your lips on it and blow and it will warm it right up. Just like getting fresh baked oven pizza!

    1. Thanks for the comment, bro. Lol....exactly. Dad's little trick works for all of your oven-baked needs when you are ovenless :-)

  3. Hey Juls- I loved this blog. Funny you mention the pirate ship ride cause the fair just came through town two weeks ago and they had the pirate ship. Landon really wanted to ride it, but daddy's that love their kids don't put them on huge pirate ship rides that take 3 hours to setup and take down... I'm with you, I'd rather eat pizza with anchovies than ride that thing....although I have to admit... It would be neat to have something like that in your backyard.

  4. If I hadn't read the story of the black and white curls, I'd have thought it was an award-winning 'do'.
    I remember a time when the first three were young: we lived by a swamp. When we walked down the trails, biting flies would be around us in a cloud--in our mouths and eyes, just like your gnats.
    It was dreadfully annoying.
    I like to go for long rides on my bike too! But I have to be going somewhere to accomplish something or it's boring. When I was your age that probably wasn't true. There was always the possibility of meeting Mr. Right. tee hee.