Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I was watching people at the kids' school yesterday during the book fair and saw several women with multicolored streaks in their hair. Not highlights, but blue, pink, red, purple. Rainbow streaks, you would call it. And they were not the sort of women who really needed to be calling attention to themselves, you see. If you saw them on the street with plain hair they might not catch your eye, but with the hair it was "HEY! LOOKY HERE! I AM MIGHTY VISUALLY UNAPPEALING AND THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE IT WORSE BY GIVING MYSELF FRUIT STRIPE HAIR!" I just didn't get it.

Why is it that the freezer door never gets left open just an inch when it's stocked with things like cheap popsicles, white bread for communion or the 20 boxes of girl scout cookies you're hiding from the kids? No, it's when you have a stash of halibut fillets, or there was a great sale on sirloin burger or premium ice cream and the freezer is stocked with great stuff that something blocks the door open just enough to send it all into meltdown. And half the time it's when you are gone for a few days to boot.

I never realized how much of a redneck my in-laws thought I was until S.P. and I played "the Newlywed Game" at the wedding we went to last month. One of the questions was "what is his favorite home-cooked meal?" I said "porcupines", which most people know are the rice-speckled meatballs cooked in tomato sauce. After the game several of the extended family gathered around me to marvel, "do you REALLY eat PORCUPINES?" Hand to Heaven, they truly thought we eat porkies at our house. I wonder if they think we have an outhouse and a still in the backyard too....


  1. I've never heard of porcupines but they sound good (and hilarious). Leaving the freezer door open is the worst, sorry you lost good stuff in there. Our garage fridge never seals right and the drinks out there are always warm. I guess we're cooling the neighborhood too, I should probably check on that.

  2. i love the multi coloured streaks that people put in their hair- visually unappealing to you may be someone elses new lease of life- who knows !

    we too are lovers of the porcupines- meatballs and rice in a tomoato sauce- a certain favourite !

    Lisa xx

  3. Maybe porcupines are a Washington thing. My mom used to make them (I think I've made them once or twice).

    I totally get the freezer thing. Murphy's Law. Not only do the kids have to check to make sure the freezer door is closed, we have a heavy bucket that we push against the door. Just in case.

    "Fruit Stripe hair". LOL!!!

  4. Wow, people will believe anything! I like messin' with them about just having electricity installed in my igloo because I'm from CAnada.

  5. Reminds me of how I always thought when my Dad was eating "Welsh Rarebit", which he loved, it was "Welsh RABBIT". Took me the longest time to figure out if was just cheese.

  6. Never assume, I know, but since they are all cousins and my mom-in-law cooked it they would have eaten it before too.

    Our old freezer had a lock-thing made of a bungee cord around the handle that attached to a screw drilled into the side. Oh, I just read back over that and now can see WHY some folks might think we are a bit hick-like... but we got the freezer second-hand from my dad! The hick doesn't fall far from the tree I guess.