My Mom used to teach at a school. One day, she slipped and fell in the parking lot. A group of boy students ran over to rescue her. One of the boys didn’t realize that she was a teacher and tried to help her up. Mom was super embarrassed and started laughing so hard that she started crying but the kids didn’t realize that she wasn’t actually hurt. Things got more ridiculous when some tiny tangerine oranges started rolling away from her bag. The same boy that tried to help her get up was now chasing mini oranges and catching them. That made Mom laugh even more and she couldn’t get up because she was laughing so hard. I’m sure the kids thought she was weird!
When my Mom first got her current car in 2005, she would drive her car back to the dealership to ask questions about her car. Most times, they thought it was cute but one time, they laughed at her dumb question!
A few years ago, Mom had to drop off my Dad at work. When she went back to her car, the steering wheel had locked but she didn’t know at the time what had happened. She was too embarrassed to ask anyone around for help so she pulled out the manual from her glove compartment. After some time and some flipping of pages, she finally figured it out! She thinks no one in the parking lot noticed! Ha ha.
I think Dad’s Infiniti thinks Mom is a kid. Sometimes, the air bag light on the passenger side doesn’t go on for her. Dad thinks it depends on how fast the car is moving. This doesn’t seem to happen with other passengers that weigh more.
A couple of years ago, my Mom went into a store to develop some pictures. While she was waiting, a super old guy came up to her and said, “I’m the candy man. If you let me hold your hand, I’ll give you some candy.” It was super creepy and my Mom ran away.
About eight years ago, Mom was driving and was stopped at a traffic light. The guy in the car next to her took out his cell phone and started taking pictures of her! She quickly covered her face with her hands. Go away, Mr. Creepy guy!
One time, when my Mom was a kid, she went shopping with her Mom (my Grandma). They stopped by a big shoe sale and purchased a bunch of stuff. Grandma was in a hurry since the deals were so amazing and she only tried on one shoe on some of the sale stuff. When Mom and Grandma returned home, they discovered that one pair had two right shoes instead of a left one and right one. That’s right, two right shoes in the box! Mom and Grandma could NOT stop laughing, it was so funny! They laughed and laughed until their tummies hurt. They went back to the store to return the shoes and laughed some more. The cashier processing the refund also had a good laugh. To this day, when Mom goes shoes shopping, she tries on both shoes, walks around in them to check for walkability (he he, is that even a word?!) and comfort. Most importantly, she makes sure that both shoes are the same size and that there is a left shoe and a right shoe!
As for this little doggie, I refuse to wear shoes. Mom tried to buy me some little baby bootie sock shoes. Cute ones, I tell you, but even the cuteness won’t make me change my mind. No way, Jose! They stay on my feet for about half a minute before they fall off. Even the smallest size (see the blue ones in the above picture) is too big for my tiny paw paws. Wearing sock bootie shoes makes me walk very funny, kind of like a waddle. This little doggie refuses to wear shoes! I’ll leave the shoe wearing for my Mom! I have much more important things to think about besides shoes!
So there you have it, brilliant shoe shopping advice from this little doggie! Over and out! Ta ta for now!
Last week, my BB Gang friends (Maddie, Cam, Biscuit, & Bella) and I were considering buying Celine Dion’s mansion! This was our conversation:
What’s Your Name Again?
One summer during college, my Mom taught some music theory lessons to a high school boy. She’s usually very good with names of people but not with this guy. For some reason, she never caught his name. It didn’t help that the boy’s Mom would refer to him as “her son” or that the check was in the Mom’s name. It was a very awkward one month of lessons.
You Gotta Watch What You Say!
One time, at a wedding, my Mom sat with some girls at her dinner table. She didn’t know them but when they started talking about someone she knew, she blurted out, “Oh, I know him, he’s my friend!” at the same time that one of the girls said, “What a jerk!” *cue incredibly awkward moment of silence*
When Your Mistake Affects Someone Else…oops!
One time, in college, my Mom was using the laundry room in her dorm. She put coins in the wrong washer and ended up rewashing some random guy’s clothes again (his wash load had just finished). Since there were no refunds and the door had locked, Mom ended up having to use more coins in the correct washing machine! When the guy showed up to move his clothes to the dryer, he was really puzzled as to why the washing machine was only just starting. Mom tried really hard to pretend that she didn’t have anything to do with it. It was so hard to not burst out giggling. Hey, at least his clothes were extra clean!
When my Mom was in grade 8, she ended up on the evening news in Canada. One of the local stations was doing a feature on kids that weren’t properly dressed for the cold winter weather. Mom and her friend were outside walking on the sidewalk by her school during the lunchtime break. I think they were walking to the nearby mall or 7/11. She had on a ski jacket but it wasn’t zipped up. Ironically, Mom is now very afraid of cold weather but that day, she did not have on a scarf, a toque*, mittens, warm socks, snow boots or even warm shoes. She had on thin dress shoes with very thin socks. She’s not even sure if she was wearing pants, it may have been a dress. I’m guessing young people are not afraid of cold weather?! The cameras recorded the two girls walking around for quite some time. It never occurred to Mom to ask the camera crew why the cameras were on her! That night, the phone at Mom’s house started to ring. Grandma’s friends were calling! At first, Grandma was super excited that Mom was on TV but that quickly changed! Grandma was slightly horrified!
Dear College Student,
it’s that time of the year! College is back in session. My Mom has some very interesting stories about some of her college roommates. Here is some advice she has for those of you that might be meeting your new roommate(s) soon.
The first thing is to have a house meeting as early as possible. As soon as you meet your new roomies, it’s best to schedule a time to sit down and discuss house or room rules. The sooner the better.
This meeting is not the time to be a pushover. See, everyone is new and you don’t know each other well enough to personally offend each other. Be clear about your boundaries and expectations. Talk about things like sleep requirements, lights out, schedules, study hours, quiet hours, music/tv hours, cleaning schedules, visitors, household/room supplies, bill payments if applicable, borrowing/sharing items, and anything else you can think of.
Of course, there might be some compromise but hopefully, everyone will want a home environment where studying can happen. Get things in writing and post this somewhere visible. Most dorms or university apartments have resident advisors (RA) who can help with issues that might come up during the year. This first meeting can help avoid many potential problems down the road. When my Mom was at USC, she lived in a school apartment off-campus. Her RA met with all the different apartments in the building and discussed house rules at the very beginning of the semester. There was a form that the RA filled out.
This first meeting is especially important if you move off-campus because there might not be a resident advisor around. Even if you end up living with friends and you guys know each other well, you probably haven’t lived together before and if you say something earlier rather than later, it’s less likely to be offensive. Don’t wait until it is too late!
Here is an example of why you should be upfront with your roomie right away instead of waiting to say something. One time, my Mom had a roommate who called her the wrong name. During the first week, Mom wrote her new roomie a note telling her that she was going out and when she’d be back. The roommate couldn’t quite read Mom’s messy handwriting and got her name wrong. Mom tried to print her name more clearly in future notes but this tactic didn’t quite work. She should have said something right away but then it got too late to say anything! Sometimes, Mom would forget her other name and accidentally ignore her roommate. Mom had to constantly remind herself what her name was at home. It definitely pays to say something earlier rather than wait!
This little doggie hopes all the college students out there have a fantastic fall semester! Ta ta for now!
Today, I have a tip that will help you reuse something and make doggie potty matters a little less smelly. Instead of throwing out used dryer sheets, use them along with plastic bags. When you take your doggie out for a walk and he/she goes potty #2, you can line your hand with the plastic bag AND use the dryer sheet to wrap the stuff up. This may sound weird but this way, it’s less stinky to be carrying the bag until you find a garbage bin or get home. Sometimes, you just don’t find a garbage bin right away. You never know when you and your human might run into someone cool! Also, you were going to throw away that used dryer sheet anyways so why not reuse it? So there you have it, a way for your human to carry a less stinky potty bag on the next walk.
My Mom is such an amazing cook that she’s managed to get tomato sauce on the kitchen ceilings of two different places! Isn’t that impressive? It’s a good thing that she doesn’t cook my doggie food! I’d have to make polite excuses as to why I can’t eat her food! Good night, everyone!