Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Odds and ends

First off, thanks to the lovely Claire for doing a post on this blog, in her "I love your blog" series! She gave me all kinds of compliments I paid her to say.

As an aside, I've been feeling rather old lately. I bought some wine for a gift yesterday and was thrilled to be carded!

The clerk looked at me like I was some kind of freak.

"Mostly people give me dirty looks. No one ever thanks me," she said.

Then I come home to find out a cousin I haven't seen since he was in grade school is getting married. Another cousin I have never even met (we have a HUGE extended family - I have 25 first cousins - and I'm not particularly close to anyone on that side of the family) sent me an invitation to his wedding. Is it me, or is it weird to invite people (or show up!) when you've never met the person?

Speaking of old, my little brother is 17 tomorrow. YIKES. There is nothing like the thought that someone you saw through diapers will soon be legally adult. I sent him a card that looked like this:

Inside I wrote, "Sending you a card that is equivalent to your maturity level." Hopefully he'll forgive me, because he got a good present (Netflix.)

It's also my great aunt's birthday tomorrow. I won't tell you what I got her because she might be reading this. This is the awesome great aunt that I only got to know recently. So glad I did! She also swears and tells it like it is. I knew there was a genetic link somewhere.

Speaking of family , I am going to visit the family this weekend. It's about time. I haven't seen my parents or my little sister for a year and a half. I was supposed to see them last June, but I was too sick to go anywhere for awhile.

Whenever my dad forgets something, he says, "FOA!" Which is his joke for "Fucking Old Age." I forgot to tell him something the other day and wrote, "FOA!"

To which he replied, "You are still young, so it can't be FOA. It's a fuck up."

I wrote back, "So I should have said it was my FU?"

The apple doesn't fall that far from the tree!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Genetics will always out. Or perhaps I should say "fuckin' genetics will always out."

Cperz said...

I love the FOA joke. I might have to start using that. I am already old but so far I haven't pointed it out to anyone...on purpose that is.

I am so glad you have a chance to go see your family. Have a great trip!

Elephant's Child said...

I suffer from CRAFT syndrome. (Cant Remember A Fucking Thing) And somedays that includes what craft syndrome is. Sigh.
In my case, I really, really hope that the apple rolls quite a long way from the tree. There are relatives I do not want to resemble in any way. Ever.

Rock Chef said...

I know how it is with younger siblings - my "little brother" is 40 this year!

G. B. Miller said...

I know how you feel. I'm going through the same thing on Facebook.

I'm friending people who were born about the time I graduated high school (1983) or a few years later.

wigsf3 said...

Where I come from wedding invites are just fancy ways to beg for money.

Granny Annie said...

I believe of your and all your readers, I am probably the most qualified to blame FOA! Well and FU for that matter.

Charles Gramlich said...

I now have to smile indulgently at my younger self thinking I was getting old. Little did I know.

rockygrace said...

What wigsf3 said. They probably don't want you to actually show up; they just want a gift. Preferably cash.

Lynn said...

Now that is odd - that you would be invited to a wedding for someone you haven't met.

I'm forgetting so much lately that I need to be yelling FOA!

Riot Kitty said...

D: Exactly!
C: From the way you write, I doubt that you are old. And thanks!
TEC: I have an entire side of the gene pool like that.
RC: My other "little" brother is going to be 34.
GB: Kind of like walking into a store and seeing that people who were born the year you graduated from high school can now buy cigarettes.
WIGSF: I should have been so clever. We didn't invite anyone to our wedding except immediate family.
GA: HAHA! Not sure if that second sentence was meant to have a double meaning, but excellent!
CG: Tell me about it!
RG: Hmm, probably. They're religious. I'll just send a Bible.
Lynn: I thought it was weird too!

Full-On-Forward said...

Gotta Love family...because it's illegal to kill them in most States!

Hope you have a great visit!


Claire said...

I am so using FOA! Thank you for doing the email interview, you're a gem!

A Beer for the Shower said...

I love getting carded. Anyone who can mistake me for 21 is okay by me.

Also, just to let you know, FOA has now been stolen and added to my everyday vocabulary.

Introverted Art said...

OMG, I suffer from CRAFT syndrome too. Yesterday I was talking to a neighbor and mentioned today was my birthday... he asked if I was turning 15... and I wasn't sure if I should kiss him or punch him...

Riot Kitty said...

John: Excellent!
C: Thank you for doing it!
ABFTS: My dad will be proud.
IA: Hmm. What does he look like?

LL Cool Joe said...

I had to look up what carded meant. That was a cool compliment for someone of your age! Joking! I think FOA is definitely going to take off. Have fun with your family!

Riot Kitty said...

Thanks Joey!