The best April Fool’s Day prank and it will never be topped.

My father passed away several years ago but he was one of the funniest people I have ever known.  He would joke around with everybody he met and he would make up words that forever stuck in your head.

Once when we were kids, we stopped at the local Sonic on our weekly trip to my Grandparent’s Lake house.  The Sonic used to put these plastic things on the rim of their cups.

Sonic Aminals

I’m kind of pissed I never got a mermaid…

My dad called them aminals because they weren’t real animals but plastic ones.  To this day if I see a chachki or a stuffed animal or anything really that resembles an animal but isn’t, it’s an aminal.

My father was a mechanic by trade and once when I needed a car he gave me an old Oldsmobile that someone probably dumped off at his shop and decided it wasn’t worth fixing.  I was glad to have a car but imagine how embarrassed I was when I had to rub two wires together to start it.   My dad said if it was still working there was no point in buying more parts.

Do you know how hard it is to make sure no one is watching while you hot wire your car in a mall parking lot?

britney bitchOne time I had to take my boss home and I’m pretty sure she thought I stole the car.  I could have died from embarrassment.   Anyway, as I mentioned, my dad was a mechanic.

When I was in grade school, I don’t remember what grade but I do remember it was on March 31st, my Mom picked me up from school and told me we had to go to the hospital.  She said my dad had hoisted an engine and it had fallen on his foot.  She also told us that the hospital mentioned that he would lose some toes.

whatI just remember asking all kinds of questions.

“Is it his big toe?”  “Will he still be able to walk?”  “How long will he be in the hospital?”  “Will he get presents and can we have some of them?”

I might have been a little bratty back in the day.

But back to the story.  Luckily my dad came home that same night and while he could only limp the first few days, he only lost the ends of two toes and it never affected his walking.  Nothing major.  My dad certainly wasn’t concerned about it so life went on.

I went to school the very next day and proceeded to tell all of my teachers and friends that my father cut his toes off and NO ONE BELIEVED ME.  Why?  Because it was April Fool’s Day. Despite all my efforts to bring in photographic evidence, have my mom call the school or actually bring my dad’s toes in for show and tell, no one believed me.

I did however become known as the best prankster on April Fool’s Day and since I have never in my life been able to top that feat, that is why I never prank on April Fool’s Day.

Now, tell me the worst prank anyone has ever pulled on you?

Also does your family have any pet names for things, like Aminal, that you want to share? 

Happy Cards, Flowers and Gifts Day

Happy Valentines Day or as it’s better known to most men, Happy make all the card and flower shop owners rich today day.

Let’s be honest here, this is how MacGyver and I feel about it:

walking dead

Anybody else feeling me?


Any how, I just got back last night.  I was in Tennessee.  I know I said I’d update earlier in the week.  Newsflash, I lied.  Not on purpose but I was with my family and family is first so that’s how that went but I’m back at work today and so I can update because priorities.

So in case you’re wondering, I flew up to see the family and drove back with my mom.  We bought her old car and she got a new one.  I’m not exactly sure why we need 4 cars instead of two really good ones but you just don’t question MacGyver and the truth is, I like having a small car to wheel around in.

I’m a bit tired today because we drove for over 12 hours yesterday and got in pretty late so you’ll forgive me if I put off another update until tomorrow.  In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak of some of the fun we had:

Are you celebrating Valentines Day?

Two things Tuesday

Yesterday I walked 4 miles in the morning.  I wasn’t really sure if I would get out and walk or not because let’s be honest, I’ve been kind of cranky since my shin started acting up again, but I need exercise.  It soothes my soul.

It also pads my bank account sometimes.

free moneyI FOUND MONEY!

Well, to be honest, it was after my 4 mile walk and during my 1 mile walk with Hank so it still counts.  It was four dollars just laying in a bush near the sidewalk.


Did she mention that I found it? She didn’t did she? Well it was ALL ME.  I found it.

Okay, he’s right, it was Hank who actually found it but he doesn’t have hands so I picked it up.  Also, he doesn’t really understand money and since I buy everything he could ever want, I got to keep it.

Something happened over the weekend that I forgot to tell you about.  It happened on Saturday night.

MacGyver and I were watching TV, as usual, and our ring doorbell alert went off for our Nokomis house.  We looked at the camera but all we could see was darkness and then we heard some older kids laughing.  It was raining in Clearwater so we thought maybe the rain had triggered an alert but then we couldn’t explain the laughing and unfortunately our inside security camera wasn’t working.

So, MacGyver turned the speaker on and tried talking into it to see if anyone would answer.  We didn’t see anyone but the laughter got really loud and it sounded like a bunch of people running away.  Then we heard something that sounded like it was being moved around.  I don’t know why but I convinced myself that they were inside our house and stealing things.  And apparently I’m quite persuasive because I convinced MacGyver too.

So I called the police in Venice and explained that my ring doorbell went off and I could hear something that sounded like teenagers laughing and I didn’t know if they were in the house and could they drive by.  The dispatcher started asking me tons of questions, like, how many kids are there, are they on drugs, do they have any weapons?  And I was like, ‘I can only hear them, I’m not really sure what’s happening.’

And I started to think maybe I shouldn’t have called….

overreactAnd then MacGyver yelled, “I can see something on the camera” and honestly I was actually glad that maybe I didn’t overreact.  But, what he saw were deputies with flashlights milling around the front of the house and the headlights from four of the six squad cars that showed up literally 2 minutes after I called.

And then my phone rang and the deputy informed me that the only thing happening in the neighborhood was a little party with 4 or 5 kids playing in the street and he assured me that my house was completely safe and secure.   And then he politely told me that I might want to get some additional lighting for the front yard and fix my inside camera or wait til I actually see something before calling.

MacGyver and I learned two valuable lessons from this experience.  One, the police will probably never come to our house again and two, we do watch too much TV and we definitely need to get out more.

Have you ever overreacted to an alert from your Ring Doorbell or another security system?