This morning, I was doing double-duty, trying to get ready for work while trying to get JJ ready for playschool. So, while I had JJ in the tub, I was putting on a little makeup. JJ watched me very intently for a minute before he asked, "Mommy gonna be a tiger?"
My friend Tracey's son Brandon turned three yesterday, and JJ and I went to his birthday party today. It was quite an extravagant circus-themed adventure, complete with Sunshine the Clown, a magic show, balloon animals, face painting, and games. Now, JJ is very clown-shy, won't let anybody get anywhere near him with face paint, and just isn't quite of the age for group games yet. So, I was a little concerned about how today was going to play out.
Imagine my surprise when JJ marched right up to Sunshine for a balloon, and, after seeing a little girl get her face painted as a cat, declared that he wanted to be a tiger! My surprise continued as JJ sat still as a statue while his face was completely painted. He was an angel... right up until the time Sunshine brought out the mirror. Upon seeing his face, JJ immediately freaked out and planted his little tiger face right into my shoulder, sobbing, "No more tiger, Mommy! No more tiger!" In order to pacify him, I told him that I would wipe off the tiger. With a baby wipe, I removed the paint around his mouth - which he had already smeared mercilessly on my shoulder anyway. I then told him that he wasn't a tiger anymore, and he was perfectly content to wander around as you see him (devouring a chip) above. Luckily, nobody showed him another mirror.
As for the games, JJ really had no interest. But I got a huge kick out of Tracey directing children in playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey without a blindfold. "Close your eyes," she said, "Now don't peek... Santa's watching you."
As part of the Pay It Forward project, Kelly sent me this beautiful bookmark that she made! It's girly and fun, and I am thrilled to not only have such a sweet and useful keepsake, but also to have such a thoughtful friend. Thanks, Kelly!
For the past few months, John has been working as a bouncer at a local restaurant and bar. The night of April 10, an extremely drunk man punch a woman, so John told the man it was time for him to leave. John followed the guy to the bar where the guy paid his bill and threw his change at the bartender's face. Then, John walked the guy outside. The guy turned around and head-butted John. John punched the guy in the neck. (It's tough to aim in a reactionary situation.) The guy then called the cops and pressed charges against John. He was served with papers on April 21 for two felony counts of assault and reckless endangerment, which carry up to a $7,500 fine and/or a 15-year prison sentence.
He took the papers to the General Manager of the bar, who said (something to the effect of), "Wow, that sucks, dude." and refused to back John up legally. He then sent John a text suggesting he also file charges against the guy to see if it will go away. Needless to say, John doesn't work there anymore.
On April 22, John went and filed charges against the guy, and we waited... and waited... and waited. After a couple of conversations with the State's Attorney, we received word Wednesday that the charges had been dropped. Today, we received the paperwork. That chapter is now over. Thank God!
Somebody, somewhere came up with a cool idea of posting a Haiku a day on Facebook. A friend of mine stole that idea. And now, I have stolen it from her... and transfered it here. I can offer no guarantee that you'll get one every day, but you'll get one... often. Fair enough?