January 17, 2010

Today's Take: Good to be, Sucks to be

Sucked to be my elder boys this morning. They were camping with Boy Scouts, earning their engineering badge while camping on secured property owned by an aerospace firm some 10 miles in the swamp from here. It started to rain HARD as they broke down their tent sites.

Good to be my elder boys this weekend as they had a fantastic time and got to see some cool 'machinery'.

I'm perpetually amazed at how much my boys have learned in leadership and life skillz.

Give my boys a budget, the number of people, and what meals need to be planned and they can do it all... including the cooking. The boys in their Troop love when my boys cook. It's not junk out of a bag, but shrimp scampi and the likes. (Shrimp Scampi on the menu means cuts elsewhere to stay in budget. Cereal and milk for breakfast instead of omelettes will mostly offset said cost.)

Mr. T won 2nd place in a cook off at this Camp out with at least 10 other Troops in competition. He was beside himself pleased.

Sucks to be me as on Friday I must attend a gala with my husband, in which I will know NO ONE. It is in support of a friend of my husband's... a friend and client. I know it will be wonderfully done, but that whole, 'walking in a room and not knowing a soul other than my spouse' gig always puts me on edge. I'm not so trusting... in particular as the last time I did this I had some nasty old bat make a cutting remark.

We won't revisit that.

Good to be me today as I was afraid the gown of choice would not fit as I've been rather sluggish and not exercising, and have not quite cut back the caloric intake. Tried on the gown... and it fit... fit well in all the right places. My favorite gown to boot as it is black velvet with a high neck, appearing so very conservative, yet there is NO back. Much lower in the back and I'd be showing parts that shouldn't be shown in public. With my hair up and good earrings, I will actually feel pretty for once... which is a huge rarity for me since I'm not all into the 'girl thing'. I'm almost daring some nasty old woman to say something.


I take that back, I will know two people at the gala, soon to be Eagle Scouts in our Boy Scout Troop. Their mother is helping to put the gala on. I don't think they're going to recognize me and I can't hang with them as it would be odd to have a 44 year old woman only hanging with two 16 year old boys. (Twins.) So essentially I'll know... no one.

Speaking of the twins, I am the badge counselor for Family Life in our Troop and this was the last Eagle badge the boys needed before sitting for their Eagle Board of Review. They called me last week to make sure they could sit with me for sign off, a list of questions they had to answer.

To them both I said, "Read your book, prepare yourself, because the last question is regarding the purpose of a Father in the family and if you come to me and say, "He earns money so we can have a place to live and food to eat", I'm going to fail you."

They did as told and came with a list of what a Father brings to the table, but I added to it... of course... telling them that their Father was their first role model on how to treat a mate, that if their Father beat their mother, that is what they'd know, following in his footsteps or breaking the trend... either one... it would be what they knew, and likewise, their sister would seek out men like their father. Smart boys, we discussed this at great length... and it made them think. They're good kids... I strongly suspect they are going to do VERY well in life.

VERY well.

If you ask my eldest this same question, he is in the process of earning the same badge so we've been having discussions, he thinks the most important role of the father is 'options'.

'Options?" I queried.

"Yeah, because if you say no, you won't drive me somewhere, maybe Dad will...", came the reply.

There is that.

Sucks to be USC, but they don't know it yet. They have that dirtbag Lane Kiffin and don't realize what a lying, cheating, SOB they have on their payroll. They get what they deserve, BTW.

Good to be UT, but they don't know it yet. The best thing that could happen to them is getting rid of Lane Kiffin. Until the end, I don't think they realized what a lying, cheating SOB they had on payroll. Now they know. There's no where to go but... UP. It may be a rebuilding year, but I think they'll be just fine. And I'll root for them too this year, except for when they play UF. Every Game.

I guess that'll do for randomness... galas, scouts, SEC ball. Oh and our closets are cleaned to ship the clothes off to Haiti. So I got Natural Disaster in that too.

Posted by Boudicca at January 17, 2010 03:10 PM

I can relate to the good side/bad side mentality. Like today. The good news... I'm running away from home. The bad news... I'm taking the kids with me... :)

Posted by: Lemon Stand at January 18, 2010 10:12 AM

Totally get you on the gala thing. Have to do those with my hub as times too. And I HATE them.

Posted by: patti at January 18, 2010 11:49 AM

LemonStand- Exactly!!! If I run away... man, I want to go ALONE!

Patti- If I knew scads of people, it would be totally different. And I can be anything anyone wants me to be for a few hours, but that doesn't mean I'm going to enjoy it. I'm sure there will be good food. Bonus for this... I'm sure the dessert will be EXCELLENT!

Posted by: Bou at January 18, 2010 11:52 AM

You mean you're not going to hang with the twins? Play the cougar since it seems to be the 'in' thing right now? C'mon...you should at least try to see how long it takes for them to recognize you.

And good on all y'all for the clothes going to Haiti. God bless those people, they need all the help they can get. (Starting with a completely new government!!!)

Posted by: Mrs. Who at January 18, 2010 04:15 PM

UT? Oh, that's right. There is that other school that didn't lose the national championship game to 'Bama.

Posted by: Bob at January 18, 2010 06:19 PM

Wow. Between you and Eric The Blade, I almost have the urge to drive out to L.A. and find Lane Kiffin just to 'pants' him!

Posted by: El Capitan at January 19, 2010 03:46 PM