Monday, June 25, 2007

Well I swear your perfume babe
Is made out of turnip greens
Well every time I kiss you girl it tastes like pork and beans
Even though you're wearing those uptown high heels
I can tell from your giant step you've been walking through the cotton fields
Ohhhhhh, you're so down homegirl
Old Crow Medicine Show --"Down Home Girl"

You can take the girl out of Southwest Virginia...
Last Wednesday Tracy and I and two other couples traveled "across the bay" (Eastern Shore slang for Norfolk or Va Beach) to see Old Crow Medicine Show. It was great! They are a "newgrass" band with a sense of humor and fantastic musicianship. The photo above is my new bumper sticker; it's my own little way of coolin' up the grocery getter. We've been fans of OCMS for a while and especially enjoy some of the more locally-themed songwriting, like "James River Blues" and "Virginia Creeper". You can check them out at: Enjoy!

After we all recovered from arriving home at 12:30am (I'm just to old for that), we got busy attending several parties, heading to the beach, and generally enjoying our summer. The Short People are loving the weather and the almost daily playdates with friends, but are suffering a bit from the lack of structure. Let's just say I would make a great referee for the World Wrestling Federation.

One of the most difficult aspects of having the girls home every day is grocery shopping. They ride in the cart until it is too full, then I ask them to get out and walk. Their idea of walking is to hang on to either side of the cart for dear life, occasionally letting go to grab something inappropriate and beg for it. This means that our combined mass is almost as wide as an aisle. This also means that we bump into everyone and everything in reach. I spend most of the time hissing "LET GO OF THE CART!" in my trying-to-discipline-on-the-sly voice.
Last week the nice checkout lady gave them each a balloon, and on the way home India asked "Mommy, will you sing the balloon song please?". Well, I wracked my brain trying to figure out what she was talking about. Exasperated, India said "You know, Mommy...balloon, despair, and agony on me; whhhooaaa!" On the next grocery trip India and Kate were on the hunt for spare change (faithful readers will remember that this is a favorite Short People past-time); they were so disappointed at checkout when there was not a penny in sight. The woman in front of me secretly dropped two pennies on the ground for the girls to "find". I think since I've become a parent I see so much more of people's generous side.

I am on a pre-op Prednisone high and taking advantage of this energy burst to get a few things done before my sinus surgery on July 3rd. Today I scrubbed and polished the antique marble sinktops upstairs that are such a pain to clean, organized the Short People's many hair accessories, ran several errands, caught up on laundry, wrote some thank you notes for the Hospital Auxiliary , and completed some correspondence regarding the Hospice fundraiser I am co-chairing. Whew! But it's time to make hay while the sun shines, as the Southwestern Virginia saying goes. I'm such a down home girl.


Deana said...

I love that song! I actually burned that from iTunes to a CD a few months back when I was trying to find some "new" stuff. Someone told me I'd like The Old Crow Medicine Show. I bet that was a great show. Nothing wrong with leaving a little country in you girl!

Annie said...

Ooooh a blow up slide. I SO want one of those :) School holidays have just started down here so my girls will be home for the next 2 weeks. Slave labour for 2 whole weeks. Wheeeeee!

Tiffany said...

Great pictures! I bet the girls have so much fun on that slide! Boy what I wouldnt give to have one of those when I was a kid! Here via michele. PS tell the girls to check the couch for spare change :)

Madame Courtney Whiny Complainy Pants, Esq. said...

Greetings from Michele's place.

Annie said...

Michele sent me this time Amy to remind you to send me a blow up slide for christmas or earlier if you feel compelled :)

Hope everything goes well next week. I'll be thinking of you.

Carmi said...

I had to laugh when I read your grocery-shopping-with-kids experience. I thought we were the only ones who had to contend with hangers-on.

On the plus side, it helps me build muscle in my otherwise underdeveloped upper body.

On the down side, grocery shopping with the munchkins can get really expensive.

Deana said...

Just checking in on ya! I figure you guys are vacating and having summer fun with no time for blogging. I haven't posted hardly anything either but I wanted to make sure you were okay.