Monday, June 18, 2012

The Day I Realized My Full Potential

This is an epic story.  So please, sit back, relax, and get ready for a journey into my soul.

If you read my last post, then you know that a couple Saturdays ago I went boating with some of my awesome friends. What I didn't tell you is that I didn't put sunscreen on.  Well, I put in on everywhere but my legs.  I thought to myself, "Oh, they won't get burned..."

Tip for the future:  If you EVER think those words to yourself, don't listen!  You're lying!  Just put the sunscreen on!

After boating, I felt fine all day.  But the trouble came when I put on my jeggings that night.  

Oh jeggings, why do you have to be so comfortable, but oh so constricting?

I went up to my friend Meika's, and my legs started BURNING.  We were going to go watch some fireworks that night, but I seriously didn't know how I was going to make it through the night with my legs feeling the way they were. We were trying to decide whether to actually go to fireworks or not, when our friend called and said that we could just go over to his apartment and watch a movie.  So we decided that sounded like fun, except for the fact they my legs still felt like they had molten lava running through them. 

So, I ask my friends if we can stop off at Walmart before going to our friend's, so I can get some loosey goosey lounge pants that will help my legs breathe a little.  When we pulled into the Walmart parking lot, we made a joke about me putting on the pants in the store, and then just wearing the pants as I pay for them, and just giving the cashier the price tag.  I have to admit, it sounded pretty enticing.  Nothing sounded better than getting those pants on as soon as possible.  But I am just not the type of person to do that.  I follow rules.  Rules state that you must purchase something before using it.

We find the lounge pants section of Walmart, and I was walking like a crazy person because my legs were hurting so much.  We find a pair that I like, and I go to the dressing room to try them on.  I was seriously considering wearing them out of the store, but really afraid that the dressing room police would arrest me as soon as I stepped out of the room with the unpaid-for pants on.  So I made Meika come in with me.  I take of the jeggings (oh sweet glory) and put on the lounge pants.  It was like taking a breath of fresh air after being locked in a porta-potty.  I knew there was no way I was putting those jeggings back on.  But I was still afraid of wearing them out of the room.  That's where Meika comes in.  She just ripped off the tag and gave it to me.   So I stuffed the jeggings in my purse, and sneak out of the dressing room so the girl (who looked about 14 years old) wouldn't tackle me and make me take off the pants.

So I get to a check out lane, and Heather and Bryn are nowhere to be found.  I knew Heather had to be there for my checking out experience, so I called her up.  She answered, "So is this your one phone call from prison?"

Witty, she is.

I tell her to hurry to the checkstand.  I'm sitting there holding the tag, not knowing whether to actually put it on the conveyor belt or not.  Also, I'm scoping out the cashier wondering if she's going to chew me out, look at me like I'm a freak, or just play it cool.  The man in front of me finishes paying for his items (he wasn't wearing any of his purchases...) and I hand the tag to the cashier.  I said, "... I'm wearing the pants.  Here's the tag."

I don't know what I was expecting: sirens or SWAT team to come in to lock me up for the rest of my life.  But, shocker, it didn't happen.  She just took the tag, acting like this happened 7 times a day.

She handed me the receipt, and I felt like a new woman.  I felt invincible.  I had just bought pants while wearing them.  I felt like a whole new world was open to me and I was finally ready to take it on.

Guys, do not underestimate the power of Walmart lounge pants.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Kick-Off

Can I just tell you that I am loving my life right now?

I used to hate it when people would say that, and let's face it, it's because I was jealous.  I wasn't happy with my situation in life, so I just didn't love reading how happy everyone else was.  I know a lot of it, well, most of it, has to do with your attitude and perspective, but when you're in a bad situation, it's hard to reach your full potential of happiness.

Did that make any sense at all?  No?  Oh well.  Let me just tell you about my week last week.

So it was my last day of school (with the kids) on Tuesday.  We had tons of fun signing yearbooks, watching a slideshow, having a dance party, and playing kickball.  The bell was about to ring to let the kids out for their coveted summer vacation, but we still had about 5 minutes left.  I asked the kids what they wanted to do for the last 5 minutes of school.  I told them we could read, dance, watch 5 minutes of Arthur...  My kids said, "Let's have a group hug!"  And they all ran up to me and we had a class group hug.  It was the cutest thing.  A great way to end my year.

So I had to go back to school on Wednesday to finish everything up with my classroom and say goodbye, and then I was also free for the summer!  It's only been a week since I've been out, but let me tell you, this has been the best week.  Let me take you through it:


It started with Wednesday night.  My friends and I have a game night each Wednesday that rocks.  It's basically the highlight of my week.  Like, I'm going to see Celine Dion next week in concert, and I'm disappointed that I'm going to be missing game night.  That's how cool it is.  So, of course, it was a great way to kick off summer vacation.


The next day, my friends and I worked on a surprise for our friends all day.  Heather and I started Monopoltopia this summer.  We play Monopoly every week, and we've been trying to play a different themed Monopoly game each time.  So far we've played Spiderman, Horseopoly, Lord of the Rings, and the Original.  A couple weeks ago, we realized we didn't have a new Monopoly game to play.  After walking around our neighborhood and knocking on doors hoping for someone to have a Monopoly game for us, we decided that maybe we should create our own.  We decided to make one based on our friends, the Junkyard Kids, and basically make it about all of our inside jokes.  So on Thursday, that's what we did.  We re-named all of the properties to be fun things we've done together or fun places we've been.  Park Place and Boardwalk are now St. George and Disneyland.  And we re-made all of the Chance and Community Chest cards (now Group Five and For Camelot!) to be funny things we've done and said together, complete with our own pictures on the cards.  And, of course, we re-named the game Junkyardopoly and created our own logo, which totally rocks.  

So we worked on this game for 6 hours straight, and told our friends we have a surprise for them, and that they needed to meet us that night.  All of them were in, except one:  Jared.  We begged him to come, and told him it was essential that he be there.  He is leaving next week to New York, so we made this game early enough so he could play it before he left.  We talked him in to coming for just 30 minutes.  Now here's the great part.  We kept the box the same, so our master plan was to unveil the Monopoly box, and just tell them that we're playing Monopoltopia tonight.  And then we'd surprise them by taking the game out of the box.

So we get to Eric's apartment, with the game covered in a beach towel.  When all of our friends arrived, we had them sit down, and then we unveiled the Monopoly game, telling them that we were playing Monopoltopia!  We had a range of different reactions from really, really excited (Eric) to "I don't get it" (Jared).  We told them they have to play with us, and we opened the game to set it out.  Then our friends saw how cool we actually are and got more excited about it.  Then we played an awesome game of Junkyardopoly, laughing at our stupid jokes, with Brandyn trumping us all.

Then, Heather and I went up with Meika to her house for a sleepover.  We watched She's the Man (well, Heather did anyway, I made it to the part where she decided to pose as her brother).  And then we fell asleep.


The next morning, we made pancakes, had a shaving party (don't worry, we were clothed), and headed off to the Parade of Homes.  We had a great time looking at the awesome houses and, more importantly, stepping on the bubbles in the carpet lining.  

After Parade of Homes, we went shopping for my Jen Quit Her Job party that night.  Part of our shopping experience was buying floppy hats.  We had jokingly tried some on a couple of weeks ago, but then realized how much fun they are, so we actually bought them.  Girls, if you have ever thought about buying a floppy hat, but have been too afraid or self-conscious, don't think twice, just do it!  Best purchase I've made this summer.  

My friends came over, and we drove up to my aunt's house to have a bbq and swim in her pool.  After taking some classy pictures in our hats, we played king of the tube, murderer in the dark, and sharks and minnows.  Then when it was dark enough (and freezing enough) we watched a movie in the pool.


On Saturday we got up bright and early to go boating.  We got to the lake and wakeboarded (Eric and Brandyn were awesome).  I tried to get up, but just couldn't seem to get it.  And then we went tubing.  Heather has this awesome tube that's flat, but big enough for more than one person, so you can do tricks like switching spots, and then try to push people off.  It was awesome.  I went with Eric and Lindsay and there was one time were I literally fell off the tube, but Eric grabbed my lifejacket and pulled me back up.  It was amazing.  He did that probably 3 more times on that ride, and then we took one turn, and I looked around and I was the only person on the tube.  I have no idea what happened, but I was King of the Tube!  Anyway, after tubing we stopped on the lake to each lunch.  Literally as soon as we finished lunch, the wind came.  It just came out of nowhere so we decided to head back, but the waves just got bigger and bigger.  Meika and I were sitting in the front of the boat.  At first, we were just getting little sprays of water, but eventually water was just dumping on us, and we were drenched by the time we pulled into the dock.
We successfully pulled the boat in (after Brandyn almost submerged the car in the lake) and drove home.

Whew, what an awesome weekend.  Saturday night was an experience all in itself, so I'll save that for another post.  But if this weekend was any clue to how my summer is going to be, then I am totes looking forward to it!