Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Niceness of People. **UPDATED!**

People are so nice! In the past two weeks, I have received Starbucks cards from Colorado Writer and Rusty Nails. I have received thank you notes from those of you who have won stuff, and just kind emails and it’s just really nice to feel happy and to make someone else happy, if only for a few minutes. Life is crazy, so you gotta take that happy and grab it and roll around in it and just BE HAPPY when the happy fairy comes your way.

**OH MY GOSH, HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN SWEET Ramblin' Rose, WHO SENT ME TIM TAMS, ONLY THE GREATEST CHOCOLATEY-EST, YUMMIEST AUSTRALIAN COOKIES EVER... and not only did she send me a care package once from Australia, she sent me ANOTHER PACKAGE LATER!!!

And, an update to Rusty Nails: I am currently enjoying my icedventinonfatsugarfreevanillalattewithEZwhip with the gift card you bought me from the FIRST EVER STARBUCKS IN THE WORLD! I even told Shannon, my barista (see I know them all by name!) that it was a very special original card! And I celebrated by getting a venti!!!

And continuing to be happy, today I open my mailbox to find care package from BBFF Swishy with two awesome CDs – yes, I got her Grey’s Anatomy Mixes, Volume I and Volume II. And, she included some ORBIT Bubblemint gum that I have been blowing mad bubbles with, as has Swishy. We IM each other WHILE blowing mad bubbles. Are we weird or what? Don’t answer.

I challenege you; Beat this bubble-blowin' babe:




I know some people might not understand the connection you can make through blogging, but I have met some really terrific people online and in real life because of this blog. It’s an amazing little community and it’s been so fun to pop over to other blogs and comment, only to see that I know the other commentors! It’s fun to check in and see what’s going on in others’ lives, and to know that in all my crazed days, I’m nowhere near being alone. And that is a really great feeling.

And to all of you who wished Mr. Manic and me a Happy Anniversary, we thank you, even though Mr. Manic still barely knows this blog exists and I've been Manic for two-and-a-half years! We’ve yet to have a minute alone to open the cards we bought one another – they are still on our bathroom counter top. Now that’s pathetic.

And speaking of pathetic, author Tyeese Gaines Reid has chosen the winner of the Get A Life contest. Now, before I reveal the winner, I want you to know this does not mean this person is really, really pathetic. It might just mean she / he needs a little down-time, me-time, alone time. You are not a loser! You are worthy of great things! You just need to find the time and the ways to discover those great things!

Drumroll please….

Colorado Writer is our grand prize How Pathetic Are You Loser… oops, I mean WINNER!

And if Colorado Writer is unable to meet the requirements of being the How Pathetic Are You Loser, then the runner-up is Rhonda!

Thanks for participating, and Colorado Writer, you will be receiving an autographed copy of The Get A Life Campaign book by Tyeese Gaines Reid, and I might just send ya some ice cream too! Rhonda, since you’re just a little bit of a pathetic loser, if you email me your address, I will send you some ice cream too!

And for those of you just not pathetic enough to win, well, that’s great news, isn’t it?!?! So, maybe you’re not that pathetic after all, but if you do need some help you can always order a copy of The Get A Life Campaign.

In other Manic News, my body is not a temple. Oh wait, yes it is! It is the Temple of Doom!

(I'll give you all a minute to clean up the beverage you just splurted onto your computer screen because I'm just so damn funny tonight!)

You would not believe how much I walked in the past 10 days. Let me do the math, because I am just neurotic and dorky enough to have a spreadsheet calendar where I record what type of daily exercise I do…

In 10 days, I have walked forty freaking miles. FOUR-OH! 4-T! Can you believe that? And this rebellious Temple of Doom body of mine has done nothing to thank me for it. Aren’t I being good to my body? Am I not doing what I am supposed to be doing? I am also trying to eat something for breakfast each morning because I am fearing my metabolism has up and left the freaking building.

It’s so frustrating, I am even considering going to some sort of Weight Control doctor. WTF?

But,

OH MY GOD… Ajers just scared the absolute crap out of me. I was in a typing maniac zone and I think I was talking what I was writing and saying the words aloud as I typed and all of a sudden I look up and there’s Ajers peeking over the cabinet door. And now here is Diva. Which brings me to what I was going to say next.

Tomorrow, believe it or not is the start of
S U M M E R V A C A T I O N.

Am I happy about this? I am not sure. We’ve got some plans: the first ever Manic-Disney trip will commence this summer. We’ll also be heading to Ohio to celebrate my Little Granny’s 95th birthday. And God love her, she is as sharp as a tack, and cute as a button. She used to call me Schnicklepuss when I was little, so now I call her that anytime we talk on the phone. I can’t wait to see her and squeeze the bajeezes out of her!

And later in the summer, we will be seeing THE AMERICAN IDOL TOUR! EIGHTH ROW! And yes, I am very excited to be going. The Manic Kids do not know yet that we are going. I don’t know how I will be able to keep it a secret from them. I can’t wait to make my signs:

Blake, Will You Have My Babies!?

Sanjaya, Don’t Come Near My Diva!

So anyway, rambled on long enough I think. But I do want to say to all of you, thanks for reading Manic Mom’s Mental Myriads. It’s a little secret world that not everyone in my life knows about, and it’s just fun to connect with all of you and I really enjoy your comments and thoughts. They do make my days brighter!

Peace UP!
MM

32 comments:

Slackermommy said...

What a sweet post spreadin' all that love around. Maybe if I did that I would have a bunch of prizes in my mailbox. Love the American Idol sign ideas. I may have to steal them.

Swishy said...

Oh, my gosh, that is the biggest bubble ever!!! THAT'S AWESOME!

You are the best BBFF a girl could have and you deserve all the happiness you can possibly roll around in!

Monnik said...

That is a huge bubble! And 40 miles?!? You're a stud!

I love that you call your granny schnicklepuss.

I get to see my grandma and grandpa this weekend too, at my cousin's wedding. I'm so excited to see them, they are the sweetest couple ever.

My grandma always calls me Nicodemus. My 'real' name is Monica, but my mom and family always called me 'Niki' (hence the brilliant Monnik alias). So grandma called me Nicodemus. Cracks me up still...

anyway, HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Colorado Writer said...

Holy shit that is a big ass bubble!

I won? You like me, you really like me?

Oh that's right. I won because I am pathetic. I'd lik to thank my husband, my children and my no-good friends for my pathetic life!

Are you sure you don't want to give the prize to Jenster?

My grandpa used to call my Penelope. Don't know why. My grandma called me a tramp once.

Jenster said...

I've driven 40 miles in the last 10 days. Does that count for anything??

Huge bubble! I'm impressed. :o)

Enjoy your granny! That's awesome.

My kids still have two weeks of school left. Yea for me. :o)

Have a fantastic weekend!!! Lots of cyber hugs and love to you!!

Trish Ryan said...

Heee...I can see you and the Manic fam in the eighth row at the AI tour show, waving your signs...good stuff!

And don't worry about the lack of bodily feedback on your 40 miles...give it another week or two. I once did 40 pushups a day for 40 days and my arms looked EXACTLY the same afterwards as when I'd started. But a few weeks later, it was like they were toned & trim overnight. Bizarre, but it gives you hope that not all that effort was wasted! Walk on, Manic Mom :)

Patti said...

i just received two packages from peeps i met here in internetsland, and they both made me very happy...and they both included candy. i think that may be the key.

happy summertime to you!

Manic Mom said...

Do I know how to blow 'em or do I know how to blow 'em? Just ask Mr. Manic--hee hee!

Slacker--feel free to steal my Idol signs! I think I may seriously have to make them!

Swish--BBFF--need I say more!?

Monnik--Hug your grandp's extra hard. Nicodemus is hilarious--sounds like a disease... isn't there something called nickodermus?

Col--so funny your grandma called you a tramp! For real?

Jennster--I would suggest napping these next two weeks while the kids are still at school! And thanks for the cyber hugs!

Trish--I love the Walk On mantra. I will keep doing it!

Now, however, I am off to the bus stop--the kids only had to go to school till 10 AM!!! I am bringing donut holes, juice boxes and a pitcher of MIMOSAS for us hard-workin' mamas!

Colorado Writer said...

Yes, for real. She died from dementia, so I think she confused me with my mother a lot.(long story)

Of course, my grandpa did say that the men in my life were a revolving door. (I was in my 20's)

HEY!

"In other Manic News, my body is not a temple. Oh wait, yes it is! It is the Temple of Doom!"

That was really damn funny. Don't you love it when you write something funny and it keeps making you giggle for the rest of the day?

Alicia said...

40 miles?
Good for you, sistah!
Keep it up, you'll reap the benefits sooner or later... hopefully sooner.
If anything you are doing your body good by exercizing. It's good for your lungs and heart and your metabolism!

Kirsten said...

no, no, blake is going to have MY babies. Jealous you're going to the tour. it's not coming anywhere close around here. Here's to surviving summer vacation!

mcewen said...

If you'd told me 6 months ago [when I started] that I would have made the connections that I have, I would have laughed - there again I wouldn't have understood what I was laughing at either.
Cheers

Patti said...

omg! mimosas at the bus stop? why wasn't i alerted?!

Jennifer Talty said...

send those nice people my way.

Rusty Nails said...

Hey, you keeping forcing that body into compliance! Forty miles in 10 days is an outstanding achievement; that and the fact you get up so early to do it. Great job!

Enjoy your summer vacation to Disney. Mrs. Nails hints periodically that we ought to do that. I so hate crowds though.

BTW, great bubble! Orbit doesn't stick right? Remember blowing bubbles with, like, Bubble Yum? It would get in hair and stick to you. Ah, the childhood memories!

Tena said...

Jeez, and I thought I was busy... Your blog (s) is (are) impressive!

You are so right, Manic Mom, about meeting the nicest people on blogs. Thanks for stopping by mine.

Best,

Tena who also reads the Chicago Tribune

Matt said...

rolling in happiness is good. don't forget to add that on your spreadsheet.
:)

Eileen said...

You realize of course you leave yourself open to comments like "my goodness you really can blow." with those kind of pictures. Not that I would sink that low- but yanno someone could.

DJ Kirkby said...

Tims Tams!!! (Yay, big fun!) Ever bit off a corner at opposite ends and then dunked one end in tea or coffee and sucked till the hot liguid reaches your motuth before popping the whole Tim Tam in your mouth? Nooo? Try it, it is so delish! No honest, it really is. Really juvenile but FUN!

Manic Mom said...

DJ--of course you are referring to the TIM TAM SLAM!!! Love it!

Jenster said...

So how many pieces of gum was that bubble??

Manic Mom said...

Jenster--three!

XYZinn said...

I was chomping and blowing bubbles on some green apple Extra gum today while I was shopping. I felt like the biggest teenie bopper.
Congrats on walking that far! I just keep telling myself that the reason I haven't lost any weight is because I am gaining muscle. It doesn't work.
By the way, my husband LOVES tim tams! He was just talking about them today. Do you know where to get some? Have you ever done the tim tam slam with some Milo?

DJ Kirkby said...

xyzinn... what is Milo?

yvette said...

Wow, you're funny. I'm glad I found you. And darn you made me hungry for cookies!

The Anti-Wife said...

I prefer the Extra sugarfree Classic Bubble. It makes really huge bubbles. If we ever meet, we'll have a bubble blowing contest cause I can blow em really big too!

40 miles! Good on ya! Keep it up because when you get to be my age, you'll need all the leverage you can get just to keep your pharmacy bills to a minimum!

Great post BTW. Glad to be back from NYC to the calm of the Pacific NW and have time to check in.

Manic Mom said...

Anti-wife--you're on! Hey, maybe I will do a bubble blowing contest next--I think you've just given me a great idea!

Yeah, XYZ--WHAT IS A MILO!?!?

I'm sick. Going back to bed. Like, sick-sick, not hangover sick.

XYZinn said...

It is a chocolate Australian drink. It comes in a soda can. I haven't seen any here, but people drink it with tim tams and call it a tim tam slam. They actually use the tim tam as a straw and suck the Milo through the cookie, as the cookie implodes, you pop it all in your mouth for a chocolately treat of happiness (this is how my husband explains it).

Beth said...

god, I love your blog! You are so funny! and so right about making such good freinds through blogging. some people just don't get it.

Jenster said...

I hope you're feeling better. :o(

Guess where I'm going right now! Well almost right now. Right now as soon as I finish posting this comment. COLD STONE!! Go Me!!

I'll be taking pictues so you can see what I got. :o)

Manic Mom said...

Beth--thank you! And Jenster--Ice cream would make me feel so much better! Enjoy!

Senor Beavis said...

Yeah, I TOTALLY agree about blogger friends. Yeah, I'm not really adding anything here. But it can't be repeated enough. I mean, friends have met just through my tiny little blog and that warms my heart.

I'm not sending you a Starbucks card (yet), but Saturday free drinks at Wrightwood and Racine remains an open invite.

Oh, and next time ask for some Toohy's Old along with the Tim Tams. Yummmmmmm!