Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fourth Grade

There are amazing things to learn in fourth grade, I am discovering, courtesy of Ajers. Like this news:

"Mom, did you know there's a fourth grade curse?"

"What is it?"

"It's the 'Curse of the Second Urinal' and if you pee in the second urinal bad things will happen to you for like two weeks."

For instance, this one kid dropped his origami bookmark they made in class into the urinal RIGHT after he peed! How's that for bad luck! Just goes to show you not to pee and read. Dangerous.

This just totally cracks me up. Who comes up with this shit, and does the principal know of the curse, or has he been pissing in Urinal #2 all this time? And how is it that you only learn this curse when you get into fourth grade? Weird stuff in elementary school, I tell ya.

In other news... I feel like I have hit the "Mom's Summer Vacation" jackpot. I now get three full hours DAILY to myself. I walked my four-mile route yesterday and DID NOT DIE! I also managed a yoga class today, and lunch with Homecoming Queen. I'm living the high life, let me tell you!

And tomorrow, I am meeting up with a new bunch of girls to get cranking on my next novel-project, which Swishy (who has very cute healed lobes!) will be very happy to know I have written one or two sentences recently. Maybe I'll share an excerpt here.

Oh, more stuff: I went looking for the Zac Efron Rolling Stone and by the time I got to it, Maroon Five had turned up on the cover. Anyone willing to spare me their copy? If you send it to me, I'll send it back. Or, I guess I could do something crazy maybe, like GO TO THE LIBRARY TO READ IT. Duh.

Oh, and a quick shout-out and thanks to March to the Sea who sent me an AWESOME, AWESOME comic strip on the gloriousness that will be my 20th high school reunion! I'm thinking March may have that copy of Rolling Stone for me... hint, hint! After all, he may be the #1 male fan of HSM! Ya think?

And lastly, here's a picture taken from the top of the ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago:

I forgot we also took a picture of the cute Asian couple completely making out in the ... what would you call a ferris wheel container thing... a car? A cart? Anyway, they were making out in the ferris wheel cage right behind us, and of course, I had to take a photo or two!

*Confirmed: According to the Navy Pier website, it is called a GONDOLA. Who knew?

Peace UP!

31 comments:

Swishy said...

YAY for sentence-writing!

OK. I have a copy of that HOT HOT HOT Zac Efron Rolling Stone, and I also happen to know that they're still selling it here. So maybe, just maybe, if Manic is a good little girl, I will get her a piece of almost-underage goodness.

Manic Mom said...

"Almost-underage goodness" !!!!

I love it.

And this is why you are an exquisite writer, dearest BBFF!

(Who I owe an itunes card to for guessing Anthony Michael Hall, cuz I'm pretty sure you don't want a starbucks card)...

And btw, your ears look delightful! I think PATIENT wants to lick 'em! (Who the hell is that guy anyway? I can't get into his blog without registering!)

March to the Sea said...

Thanks for the shout out! If Swishy doesn't have the RStone..lemme know and I'll get ya the hook up.

-march

Manic Mom said...

Is it cool, or completely utterly sad, that I've got 'connections' like a drug dealer for a Rolling Stone mag???

Jenster said...

I would have called it a bucket. Don't know why, but there it is.

LOL about the Curse of the Second Urinal. I see a kids' book here.

Great photo. Very nice. Why didn't you post the picture of the makeout couple??

Jenster said...

almost-underage goodness

Almost is only good in government and horse shoes. So Manic's lust is totally legal!

Patti said...

i so want to see the make-out pic in the gondola...

Kristabella said...

If I had the Zac Efron Rolling Stone, I would totally trade you for Maroon 5. Because then I could take Adam Levine home with me and sleep with him on my pillow.

Swoon.

Manic Mom said...

Kristabella, but is that dude gay? He looks kinda gay, but maybe he's just metro?

Patricia said...

I'm looking for a Zac Efron shirt, I'd love to wear it to my daughter's school, LOL!
I love the urinal story....so much better than the things my son is hearing and learning in 8th grade :-)

Manic Mom said...

Patricia--check Disney store or Kohl's for a Zac Efron shirt. Can you imagine a mom wearing a ZE shirt to school. You'd be SOOO POPULAR!

And I'm really starting to think about this "The Curse of the Second Urinal" for a middle grade book!

Matt said...

reading is only for pooping.

or, if it's a really good book, sit-down peeing.

Manic Mom said...

Matt, I'm going to tell you this right now, just only because your comment arrived at the exact moment I began considering pooping.

AGH! I did not just admit that.

Yes everybody, Manic poops.

Oh jeeze. I think I've just shot my image all to hell now.

Andrea said...

I definitely think The Curse of the Second Urinal would be a great kids book! It may have to be changed to the second Stall, though, because some people are weirded-out by the word Urinal.

Jenster said...

WRITE IT!! LOL I would buy it, even though my kids will be too old for it. I won't be, though!

Manic Mom said...

An idea--it is a-brewing!

Matt said...

LMAO!!!!
It is a perfect title.

Colorado Writer said...

If ONLY I could have a couple of hours in the afternoon to myself. BUT NO, my 2 yo will not poop in the potty. No preschool for us!

As for word count. I'm going for 1200 words per day EVERY DAY in September (which I renamed Steph-tember)!

Kim Stagliano said...

I smell an Arthur epidsode!!

Monnik said...

It does sound like an Arthur episode!

Manic, just for you... I watched HSM (The first one) on Sunday night. TiVo thought I might like it and started to record it, so I watched it. (and, scheduled TiVo to record HSM2 when it comes on next week)

I really liked it and can totally see the appeal. For the show, but not necessarily for Zac. I guess I'll take my 'almost-underage lusting' in the bad-boy variety (i.e. Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights)

Manic Mom said...

Hey, can I join Steph-tember? Only chicks named Steph can play, right?

Totally sounds like an Aurthur episode!

Monnik--Zac doesn't achieve his hotness status till HSM2 so you'll just have to watch that one. I am shaking my head over the obsession with him... he's a little boy, but when I recall my past, man 19-year-old boys could *BLLLEEEEEEEP!*

Colorado Writer said...

Hell ya, MM

See you in STEPH-TEMBER

kim said...

School doesn't start until Tuesday here. 2nd grade killed off Barney and Dora, "barbecued their heads" is how the song went. Not sure what 3rd grade will bring.

FYI manic, check out my most recent blog post, the lady does parties in your area if you are looking for cool birthday ideas, LMK and I'll get her web site info for you.

Manic Mom said...

Kim--they flushed 'em down the toilet too... Barney and Dora!!

eatmisery said...

A gondola? I guess I've learned something new today, Manic!

la bellina mammina said...

Sorry - but, what's a second urinal?!

la bellina mammina said...

LOL Manic! It's night time here!

XYZinn said...

OMG! Just looking at those pictures and thinking that someone was actually up that high makes me sick. I spun my 2 year old around last night like 5 times and I was sick for the rest of the night. I have such a weak stomach!
Great job on the walking and yoga. Man oh man, I can't wait until my kids are in school and I will have some free time like that.
PS I thought I heard Zac Efron was gay??

Manic Mom said...

Zinn. You ruined my whole day with that gay Zac comment... wahhhhhh!

Not true! Not true! But then again, Tom Cruise isn't gay either... bwahahahahaha!

Katirocks said...

I have a copy of the Rolling Stone Mag too! I actually just took a pic of the cover with my phone & put it on the wallpaper of my phone! I know I'm in love with a tweener! I just pretend he's 10 years older (at least) & 6'3"!!! Is it bad I keep that cover next to my bed?
Let me know if you still need a copy. I'd be HAPPY to send it your way!!
- Kate

Katirocks said...

Okay I was just going to say to tell Patricia, they have I LOVE TROY shirts at Target! (I know I'm way lame)
And...don't worry he's not gay. He is prettier than his girlfriend, but he's not gay!
Love ya - Kate