Even though practically paralyzed with crustacean fever, I am writing lest I lose my readership and my fellow travelers think I did not have a fabulous time on the shores of Lake Chelan. We leave for China in 26 hours and there are still last minute errands to run. It is hard to be chipper and cheerful at this point. There is a fine line between sharing the fun and sharing the angst of the last week. Most people want to read about fun, even if they get jealous, than about debilitating frustration and explosive tempers. Well, at least I do, but I am having a hard time writing about it due to adrenaline charged, overloaded brain cells. But here is a vignette of fun from last weekend. The angst will be arriving via 767 next week for those in the latter camp.
There is nothing I like better than a party favor (premio – Spanish for prize – in our family) and they were de rigeur at Lake Chelan this past weekend for the Five Family gathering. I brought beaded Brazil/USA Havaianas for the ladies. Princess Ai Lin imported cool-ie-o dragon t-shirts from China for the little boys. Wild Bill, searching for beer cozies, ventured forth to the Variety Store, located across the street from Campbell’s Resort. He did not find said cozies but, not one to come home empty handed, instead sprung for mood rings, conveniently located near the cash register, for the ladies. I could write an entire post on the mood rings but since my children occasionally read the blog, commenters will have to share their feelings/moods in a censored fashion. Mr. Nuts-n-Bolts (formerly Prince Duder) has been spotted wearing his wife’s, however, so the rings must have a certain cache.
On a quest to find a pair of flip flops for Thing 2, I myself ventured into the Variety Store where I found the beer cozies at the display end of an aisle next to the flip flops, beach towels, and sunscreen, pretty much exactly where your average woman would have thought to look for them. Naturally, I had to have an even dozen, Corona for the women (the official beer of the ex-Mexican expat princess) and sloganed cozies for the men.
Herewith a sampling of proverbial wisdom stamped onto plastic foam:
I don’t need the internet. My wife knows everything. (Recipient = Uncle Duncan)
Married men don’t live longer. It just seems like they do. (Recipient = Lab Rat)
He can clean fish but can he clean house? (Recipient = Wild Bill)
Lab Rat offered up this phrase for the beer cozy manufacturers: They have an antidote to sex – wedding cake.
There was some debate as to the pronunciation of beer cozy(ie – alternate spelling). Princess Ai Lin pronounced it coo-sie, rhyming with cootie. I say koh-zee. Ai Lin’s argument was that her pronunciation came from Michigan. Since when does Michigan pronunciation trump the local version? SmartalecAngela and SmartalecShub, former residents of Kalamazoo, will you please clarify? In any event, my research reveals yet another alternate spelling at least:koozie. This may lend credibility to the Michigan version, which is an extreme perversion of a perfectly good word. Go to http://www.myscienceproject.org/beer to read about the thermal dynamics of beer cozies.
My favorite part of the trip was the All Girl Float, an hour in the lake on inflatables, beer in hand, discussing the merits of husbands who babysit, houseclean, cook, pay bills, and remember important dates. Thing 2/Cabana Boy ferried out fresh beer to the Ladies of the Lake, using his father’s Reef flip flop with built-in bottle opener to open the beverages. It was a tender moment and the best party favor of them all.
I am off to wake up the troops. The recycling center opens in an hour and we need to be there. The sun is shining, the bay is glassy, and a robin is eating a worm on the deck, averting his head so I won’t watch him eat his breakfast. The Bear, in a parting favor, has generously offered to service our vehicle, thus sparing me the ordeal of waiting for a QuikLube. I am trying not to cry. My mood ring says green.
Belated Birthday Greetings to Southern Belle (7/28) on her milestone birthday and Maria (7/29)! Maria also celebrated (?) 20 years of wedded bliss with Fernando on (7/27).