I Shine On and I Laugh

I wasn’t shootin for a Beatles theme this week, but here we are, A Day In The Life — or a week o’ mine.

The Mister began, “Taylor Swift passed,”
We all stared at him with wide eyes.
“Whitney Houston in the number of …”
“Unfortunate pause.”
“Yeah, really not a good place for a comma.”
“Right? I was like, what the hell happened?”
“Killed like Caesar, all her ex-boyfriends took turns stabbing her.”
“Jesus! She’d be minced if that were the case!”


My husband brought me a huge bouquet of flowers. Gotta take the lilies out special, cause pets. Lilies shine on their own, too.


Y’all, last Saturday, five of us Motterns went to my office and we hustled files like it ain’t no thang. We boxed and stored and slipped into shred and although we did some sweating, (except Moo, she merely glistens) it was actually fun. The Mister said, “That was so good family time.” I had to agree. I think, sadly, it had been too long since we all worked on one task together. While I had suggested the boy one be paid as he cannot be arsed to work without monetary compensation, we all received overpayment for our services, which tickled the young people senseless. One of my bosses said she would have had to pay professionals more and it would have taken longer. True. Also true? I REALLY wanted it done. (ie, I would have paid Bubba!)

On Sunday night the carpets were cleaned and on Monday I walked into my office of no files looming over my head and I smiled. Briefly. Heh.

There comes a time when you have worked and coffeed and you are hangry and you will cut a bitch if you don’t eat your lunch and that time is 3:28pm. So help me, I will answer the phone with a glob of PBJ in my cheek. I do not give a fuck. Bitches gotta eat. Do y’all read her?

I forgot Papa’s birthday. He’s 79 now. Seventy-niiiine. And in EXCELLENT health. He forgives me. He’s got love in his heart.

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I miss my parents. All of them.

Finally one of the sick people came back Wednesday and when I arrived and saw her car I praised the Lord. She’d be all, “Sorry to bother you…” and I’d be all, “No, no, how can I help?” anything for youuu! What she accomplished on Wednesday allowed me to accomplish so much more and the heavens opened up and the angels sang and when I left Wednesday night, my desk was clear.


Then I found out we get a new hire in next week. Sweet relief!


Just like that, all the tension left my body and the anxiety frequency slowed to a hum.

I drove home singing Skunk Anansie like Pavarotti invited me to.


Unfortunately, we decided to eat Taco Hell for the first time in ten years. One half star, Do not recommend. Cherry Pepsi still yum.

My new shoes arrived. They’re comfortable. No one cares.

Moo announced, “I got good use out of my shaved legs!”
This makes me laugh uproariously still.
“They work whether you shave them or not, right?”
“I wore my shorts!”


For new adventures in volunteering, The Mister got certified to drive the multi-use bus. The Short Bus. This has provided us tremendous joke opportunities, but this is still my favorite:
“You gotta pick me up.”
“No. Daddy can bring you home on the short bus.”
“No. You gotta pick me up.”
“No. You will ride the short bus with Daddy.

My husband filled Blanche up for me.

My husband changed his schedule. He goes in later. This makes him a nicer person. In my bed.

“Are you coming home now?”
“Not going to the store?”
“For what?”
“I dunno. Fings we said we needed.”
“Like what?”
“Dog biscuits, trash bags, croutons, somethin else.”
“If you don’t remember, how am I supposed to remember?”
“I dunno. Be a woman. You remember most of it and then you just send your husband back for what you forgot.”
“I see.”

I asked Sassy if she remembered.



“I had to run a 4:30 to get a B. But first, some back story.”
> insert the long tale of a questionable apple and a subsequent rash <
“So did you run a 4:30?”
“Oh no, what did you run?”

On Thursday, I didn’t have time to door, but I did make time for ice cream.


Happy Friday Everyone!

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Neurotic Bitch, Mother, Wife, Writer, Word Whore, Foodie and General Go-To-Girl
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49 Responses to I Shine On and I Laugh

  1. Dan Antion says:

    In the midst of everything crazy, there has to be room for ice cream. When I go to the store, I’ll ask my wife if she needs anything. She always says yes, but never says what she needs. She says “there must be something” and I usually don’t try to guess.I figure I get credit for asking. At first I thought you were breaking news about Ms Swift, but then I realized Facebook would have exploded, and I had been there earlier.

    Have a good Friday and I hope it ushers in a great weekend.

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  2. Bill says:

    That sounds like a great week. It’s been a cool week with lots of rain and clouds. The sun worshipers are depressed. Poor them. They’ve opened flood gates on some dams, so the dried up lakes must be fillin’ back up. Have a wunnerful Friday.

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  3. Benson says:

    You had a wonderful week. Mine was positively sedentary compared to yours. All I accomplished was cooking some cool stuff and discovered a magnificent torta roll. I just hope it wasn’t a fluke because if I go back and it isn’t the same it will surely break my heart. Good Friday to you too, and my best to your lovely family.

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  4. loisajay says:

    You look good in green. Shine on, Joey! FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Sounds like a great week. I’m hoping to get a break around the office soon. It looks like I’m going to have to be the one to get it done though. Normal situation, but maybe November will have some calm.

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    • joey says:

      I sure hope you get some sweet relief soon. “Do the work of three people for two weeks?” “Well, okay, but umm…” — turnin into the red stapler guy! lol Don’t be the red stapler guy!

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  6. I’m exhausted from reading this, but I bet you’re stress reduced this weekend. πŸ™‚ The grocery list or lack of made me smile. I wasn’t here when my husband unloaded his grocery pickup so when I went two days later in my head we were still needing coffee. Now I have a shelf full of coffee. Good thing we drink a lot of it. πŸ™‚ Happy weekend.

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    • joey says:

      Oh my goodness, that coffee thing is real, lol! We tend to do that with butter and eggs. We get to where I’m like, “Don’t anyone let me buy butter til Christmas!” and “Lawd, I need to make egg salad, and a frittata…” P
      Happy weekend, Judy!

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  7. J-Dub says:

    This post made me smile. All of it but the highlights are:

    Happy 79th birthday to Papa !! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

    β€œBitch gotta eat”

    And re: comfy shoes I CARE πŸ˜‚

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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  8. Sue says:

    Hubby bought you flowers…he’s a keeper!! Kids helped out at the office – keep them too!!!πŸ˜† Life is good! Happy Friday πŸ€—

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    Of all the topics in this post the one that resonated with me the most is the fact that your husband gassed your car for you. That is what I call true love. Nothing better than to get into your vehicle and find that the tank has miraculously been filled. Good man you married there.

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  10. I got an offspring who thinks Taco Hell is the bees knees. I’m with you…would rather eat packing peanuts.

    Made it through another week!

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  11. JT Twissel says:

    Lovely picture of your dad! Doesn’t look nearly that old. Nothing like shaved legs, ice cream and taco hell to keep a week lively. Happy weekend!

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  12. John Holton says:

    Always must make time for ice cream. It’s the law.

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  13. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lordy I need a good sit-down and a few deep breaths after reading this. Glad you found time to slow down and enjoy ice cream though, ’cause priorities πŸ™‚
    We don’t have Taco Hell here in Quebec…I’ve tried it elsewhere though. I think your half star rating is generous: “ewww” with a serious scrunchy face and a quick head-shake and shudder for emphasis.
    And a Happy Birthday to Dad too.

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  14. Anxious Mom says:

    Your family makes me laugh so hard. I wanna start saying, “I don’t remember because it didn’t matter to me” to people.

    Glad things went better after Tuesday!

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  15. scr4pl80 says:

    Your eyes match your sweater so well. Happy 79th and Yay for good health – was in the ER last night with my 95 year old mom. She’s okay but…scary. Ice cream is good and so is PB&J make mine blackberry jam please. Have a terrific weekend!

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  16. markbialczak says:

    You had one heck of a week, Joey. Congrats on the family accomplishment at the office. Sweet that is!
    I’m getting ready to meet the kids at our Triple-A baseball team’s β€œgarage sale” because this week they changed the name from the Chiefs to the Mets. This should be interesting. My daughter says they’re going to sell the turnstiles. I don’t know what that has to do with the name change, but I can’t figure out any need for a turnstile at the house anyway. Maybe I’ll buy a shirt or cap with the old name on it for posterity or maybe not, being sensitive to the Native American side of the team name matter. I do want to see what a sports team garage sale looks like though.


  17. Prajakta says:

    Given how I plan my wardrobe around my shaved legs πŸ˜€ Moo has a point. Loved reading tidbits of your family… Happy Birthday to your Papa!

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  18. Sounds like lots of good stuff happening in your neck of the woods. Makes me happy to read. Hope Saturday was good for you and Sunday even better! I worked yesterday, today, and will work tomorrow afternoon/evening, so the weekend time-off-part is kind of missing. But that’s OK. I’m raking in the money. Not. πŸ™‚


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  19. Prior... says:

    loved the taco hell- also
    smooth use of gifs, images and the ending Skunk Anansie video –
    all masterful….you are funny

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  20. bikerchick57 says:

    Happy Sunday Joey! A couple of quick comments here: 1) YAY for the new hired help and a clean desk! YAY! 2) The last time I ate at Taco Hell, they gave me the gift of food poisoning. So, no Taco Hell. Not ever.

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  21. Joanne Sisco says:

    Although I’m reading your Happy Friday on a Monday, it all sounds good and I’m sure you had a good weekend because of it. Especially the ice cream. Ice cream is always good.

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  22. Amy says:

    Sounds like a busy…but productive!…time! I’m trying to remember how I’ve filled my time because my days seem to keep flying by. I have forced a stopping point each day for a walk in the woods to enjoy the fall colors. I haven’t timed it for good lighting…yet. So up until now, I’ve just enjoyed it and shared a few snaps on my Instagram stories. The question of shaved legs is one of the things I loved about cold weather. Did I shave my legs or didn’t I? Nobody knows! πŸ™‚

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