Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I Don't Need No Stinking French Fries!

So, yesterday I was reading Magical Mystical MiMi's post about her husband's plans to take her to Italy.  Must say, I was a little envious, but I'll try not to dwell on the fact that I've never been anywhere.   At least not anywhere like . . . ITALY!!!!!   Her post DID bring back memories, though.  You know my mind works in strange weird ways.  I thought of a restaurant that friends and I used to go to when I was still single and living in California.  It was an Italian restaurant, in Anaheim, I think.  They had the best spaghetti.  I know.  You can make spaghetti at home, why order it when you go out?  That was my thought, too.  But, it was THE best spaghetti . . . AND . . . they served french fries with it!  Why, I don't know.  But it was a big huge plate of french fries.   THE best french fries.  I could never quite get the connection, though, between spaghetti and french fries.   But I guess I never really cared, cuz it was so good.

So, thinking about the spaghetti and french fries made me think about this weekend, and the wonderful, amazing, delicious, fat-filled, artery blocking fried foods that will permeate the air at our annual balloon stampede! 

And then I thought about a conversation I had with my sister yesterday - she and her husband are spending Mother's Day weekend in Las Vegas . . . just hanging out, going to movies (not shows, but movies), going to the all-you-can-eat at the Rio (my favorite), and just being together.   That was her Mother's Day wish.   And, again, I was a little envious. 

But then I remembered that today is my son's 23rd birthday.  And I thought about 23 years ago, at 1:15 p.m. (pacific time), and the way my life changed.  And all of a sudden I didn't need Italy, or spaghetti and french fries, or Las Vegas.   I remembered how perfectly blessed I am with a perfectly imperfect family who loves each other.   And nothing is better than that!  

Arrivederci Italy!   Au revoir, french fries!   No te necessito!

Happy Birthday TBL!!


25 comments:

  1. What is it with Italy and FRENCH Fries? When we were there, I went out with a group of friends and we ordered pizza. By the way, when you do go to Italy, make sure you know the size of the pizza they serve. There they order individual pizzas the size of a large pizza that serves our whole family of four here at home. (But not in Pisa where they're used to ripping off tourists.) So my friend asks if I want fries, I say sure, why not (this is before I see the pizza the size of a car wheel on each individual plate). When they finally bring out my pizza, the french fries, were baked into the pizza. It was ...different. But definitely way yummy!

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    1. If I ever get to Italy, I'll remember that! The size of a car wheel, huh?!

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  2. WAY TO GO GIRL YOU JUST STAY ON THAT POSITIVE PATH AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR HANDSOME SON :)
    I THINK I MIGHT MAKE SPAGHETTI TONIGHT JUST TO GET MYSELF OVER NOT GETING TO GO TO ITALY EITHER!

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  3. There you go, focusing on what's important. Good work.

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  4. Good looking son! Happy Birthday - to all of you! :)

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  5. Vegas is so overrated. And Italy? I can make Italian food at home.
    Your son is so handsome. Happy Birthday to him!

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  6. Not only were you blessed with a son, but a really nice looking one at that. I need your positive attitude...sometimes I am too busy counting other's blessings and forget about my own, thanks for reminding me!!

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  7. Happy Birthday to your son!!!!! :D And hey, it's getting too hot in Vegas this time of year anyway.

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  8. What a cute post! Way to go, happy birthday to him!

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  9. Is this son single, or is he the married one? I have a darling 23 year old daughter.Just sayin'.

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    1. Sorry, Tammy - he got married last October :). I have a very handsome 21 year old as well - he's single :)

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    2. 21 and 23 aren't that far apart. She turns 24 in October this year. I'm exactly 2 1/2 years older than Pat. She has her BS in psychology and is debt free. She's a psych tech at the state mental hospital in Provo. She has her own car that will soon be paid for. She would kill me deader than dead if she knew I was doing this. I'm sure your son is perfectly able to find his own sweetheart without any interference from a meddling friend of yours. I just couldn't resist.

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    3. You are so funny! My son will be 22 in feb next year, so does that mean your daughter is 3 1/2 years older? No biggie - I am 9 years older than my husband :). He currently has a girlfriend whom we love. He IS quite a catch :). I am sure both our children would die if they knew we were talking about this - haha!

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  10. A very happy birthday!! You are right - who needs french fries... (I will try to remember my 2 beautiful adult children next time I think I "need" something.) xo

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  11. Happy birthday to your son, Judy.

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  12. Happy birthday, Trevor!!! :) xoxox see you at the Stampede! :)

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  13. Happy birthday to your son! Fine looking man! wishing him a great day and a fantastic year ahead!

    How interesting french fries with spaghetti; never heard of the two together, but I can see it working somehow :)

    betty

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  14. French fries with a plate of spaghetti is pretty strange, but no stranger than the flyer we got in the mail last week. It was from a Chinese restaurant. All of their meal specials include the entree, rice, egg roll and ... French fries. (What's this world coming to???)

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    1. apparently it's all about the french fries! haha

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  15. given a choice between spaghetti and fries I would go with rice .. happy birthday to your son .. and happy mother's day (you deserve to hear on every child's birthday as well as the 'official' mother's day)

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  16. Loved the posting and the balloon stampede sounds like an awesome event, and Happy B Day to your son and an early Happy Mother's Day to you.

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  17. Sooo true! I just became a mother as of February 15, and I totally get this. It all changed that moment I heard her little cry. Wonderful post!

    New follower, too :-) Thank you for following me!

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    2. Well, Congrats and Happy Mother's Day!! February 15 is an awesome day - my other son was born on February 15 - 21 years ago!

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  18. I absolutely love this post, it was just what I needed to read today. My kids are my everything,and as long as I have them, nothing else matters in this whole crazy world. I hope your son had a wonderful birthday, and a very happy Mothers Day to you ( a little early, but everyday should be Mothers Day anyway)....

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