Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday Sound Out

From Chicago, home of the Chicago Cubs (who won tonight, oh yes they did!), it's your host, the woman who braved 93 degree heat and a billion percent humidity just to hang with 2 million of her closest friends in welcoming the Hawks home, Dawn Meehan!

It has been crazy-busy around here, but the kids are all out of school now hooray!
There was the 8th grade dance...
And the 8th grade graduation that Savannah almost missed. I promise, Savannah! One day you'll look back and laugh about that. (every time I tell her that, she shoots me with death rays from her eyes.)
The parade which was very cool. I mean, as in it was fun! Not actually cool. Because it wasn't cool in that respect. It was at least 200 degrees. And humid. And at least 30% of those 2 million people hadn't showered.)
Yep. Crazy.
The highlight of the day wasn't the parade or taking the chocolate tasting tour with my bff Jen (although we did learn that it is indeed possible to eat too much chocolate. I know! I never would've guessed either!) The highlight was the hurricane shrimp po' boy from Heaven on Seven. De-lish!
There was something disturbing about the fountain being dyed red.
But now they're all home. All day. Every day. Let the lazy days of summer begin!

And now to answer this week's viewer mail...

Ok, this has nothing to do with your post, but I wanted to say that you look awesome in your pic on your facebook badge. It's beautiful. You look like a teenager! Love it, love it, love it!
OK, so I know this isn't technically a question, but it made my day so obviously I needed to repeat it here. They said "teenager"! Oh yes, they did! TEENAGER! (My teens are rolling their eyes at me right now, but I don't care. I can live on this for a month!)

Where do you find the time for jogging and gym memberships? You have easily dropped 30 pounds, and I am both jealous and ..nah! just jealous!
Actually, I lost 200 pounds of stupid weight. It's amazing how much better I feel now!

I admire you Dawn - I know I don't have the patience for 1 kid, let alone 6! I can't believe you're still so positive after everything with Joe (how's that going by the way), the books and being a mum.
You wouldn't believe all that Joe's doing if I told you, but he's not worth talking about here.

Do you do Brooklyn's hair yourself? I still haven't learned to braid my girls' hair -- is it difficult? How do you keep her still to do it??
No, I have a special team of hairdressers come in and do it for her every day. Of course I do it. She sits still because she likes for me to "give her pretty hair". Well, that and the fact that I set her in front of the TV when I braid her hair.

SSO: Did Jackson forgive you yet? I mean, since the Blackhawks won last night? :-) Oh yeah! He's good. And still wearing that stinkin' (literally) shirt!

And then there were like a hundred emails like these -

You and the father of 6 ought to hook up - then you'd have twelve...
Uhh yeah. Six plus six would be twelve. Thanks for the math lesson.

Then that dad and you should totally get together and swap stories. He is hilarious!!
Actually, I wrote and told him the other day that I'd taken my kids to a friend's graduation party. I drove halfway there before I realized that I'd forgotten to pick up Lexi from her friend's house. Once we got there, I learned that Brooklyn wasn't wearing shoes. Normal people would've thought I was a pretty bad mom. He said, "5 out of 6 is pretty darn good!" He gets it.

You should totally hook up with Spuds and have the Brady Bunch!!
Ummm, the Brady Bunch had 6 kids. That would be the Brady Bunch on steroids.

and you have definitely found your match - talk about great blog material if you two hooked up ;)

OH, marry Spuds, and you can be just like the movie, "Parenthood" !

Single dad with six kids? Hmm...could it be fate calling?

Ok, now you guys are just being ridiculous. Besides, his kids do crazy things like getting into paint (BTW, that post should totally have been titled Caught Red-Handed. Just sayin') and my kids would never do anything like that! And he thinks Sarah Palin is hot. I could never get together with someone who has such a warped viewpoint.

Wait... they sell rum at the grocery store?!? What store are you shopping at? I wanna go there!!!
Don't all grocery stores sell rum? I'm confused.

Well, where did you go? How did you get there? Did the kids have fun? Were they surprised? Did they behave themselves? How many more times did they ask you where you were going? Did I ask enough questions????
I'm not going to answer the dozens of comments that asked this question just to be mean because that wasn't the point of the story! Now go back and read it again before Monday. You can turn in a written summary for half-credit.

I know I have a ton of readers who are moms! And more specifically, moms who own cute adorable little kids! I thought I'd pass this contest along to you guys! Johnson’s Big Bubblin’ Stars Contest is back! From June 1 – July 6, they’ll be accepting submissions at the Johnson’s Baby YouTube Channel.

Just like last year, parents, with kids 6 months to 4 years old, need to shoot an under 3-minute bath time fun video and upload it to the channel. Approved videos will be featured on their YouTube channel and after the submission period ends a panel of judges will pick the top nine finalists and then site visitors will vote to choose the winners!

New this year is their charity element. For every video submitted, they are making a donation to March of Dimes. As far as the prizes: One Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000.The first place winner will receive $3,000, and one second place winner will win $1,000. In addition to that, the top nine finalists will receive a special prize pack with Johnson’s products and Crayola Beginnings Tadoodles in the Tub toys.

That is all. Now go forth and have a delightful week!


Rachel E. said...

Savannah looks SO beautiful in her 8th grade dance dress! And congratulations to her on graduating from 8th grade!

Shelley said...

In Colorado, they actually don't sell rum at the grocery store. You have to go to an actual liquor store to get it. Every time the grocery stores petition to sell alcohol, the liquor store owners get their panties in a wad, because they think they will go out of business. Anyway, I was pretty surprised that there wasn't any liquor in grocery stores when I moved here. In AZ, liquor is in ALL grocery stores.

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

You look awesome in that photo!!! Do your kid's friends or friend's parents know that you have a blog? Is that why you don't talk about the top two as much as the bottom four? Or is it that they are never home to do anything goofy?

sharalyns said...

Regarding the rum: No, many states don't allow grocery stores to sell anything harder than beer or wine. You have to go to a state run liquor store for your rum, which isn't open on Sundays, and closes at 9 p.m. on weekends and 8 p.m. on weekdays. There are only two of them in our community of 30+K people.

Pam said...

Hello from the bible belt where grocery stores do NOT sell rum - a HUGE surprise when I moved here from California.....

Every town & county have different laws.... my town prohibits the selling of anything above about 14%.... meaning you can't even get a good hearty zin at the grocery store!

Who knew? Apparently, not me!

e.m. said...

Hey Dawn! In response to the Rum at the Grocery, not all grocery stores sell Rum. When I lived in Southern California, all grocery stores had a liquor department that sold all liquor type stuff (i.e. Wine, Beer, Hard Liquor, mixers, etc). I recently moved to New York, then subsequently Connecticut (aka the most boring state in the country) and in both states, grocery stores can sell beer and mixers (without alcohol) but you have to go to a liquor store for hard liquor and wine. Not to mention, in CT, it is illegal for grocery/liquor stores to sell any kind of alcohol after 9pm Monday - Saturday and can't sell any alcohol on Sundays. It is highly annoying. If it weren't for my fiancee just buying a house here and me already going through a lengthy transfer process with my work, I would probably move back to SoCal based solely on this fact (well, that and, you know, the weather sucks.) I wish I would have known this BEFORE I moved here. :) So, no, not all states allow rum to be sold in the grocery stores.

Anonymous said...

In Washington you have to buy your rum at the liqour store, they don't sell anything outside of beer and wine ( and wine cooler type drinks) at the grocery store.

Nate said...

Some states (South Carolina for example) can't sell liquor in grocery stores, just beer and wine. Liquor has to be purchased at liquor stores.

Robin said...

1. Savannah's dress is gorgeous! She is one beautiful girl.

2. You look very much like you're enjoying that drink! Good for you!!

3. And yes, that red fountain is disturbing!

Hope you have a great week!

Que said...

That's some funny stuff!

I would also like to be the voice of reason on some of those emails telling you to hook up with Spuds just because he has 6 kids, too. That makes about as much sense as hooking up with a car dealer just because he owns a car.

You both have 6 kids and completely know that putting 12 kids in the same place at the same time wouldn't leave ANY getting to know you time for the parents of said 12 kids.

So I would propose that maybe you two get to know each other better because of what you said... He gets it (sometimes). And I'm not campaigning for this because I want to make a road trip to the Windy City. The thought never crossed my mind! But since you brought it up...

Spuds said...

It seems your readers have very good taste! (Grinning!) And to be honest, how many people can say 5 out of 6 is a bad average! I say once you drop below 4 out of 5 you need to re-evaluate your efforts. And I never said I'd vote for Palin for office... hmmm... but then again I guess she could be the "Babe in Chief"! Thanks for the mention, by the way! I do have to bow to your mad blogging and momming skills! I'm saluting you with a two big, meaty thumbs up!

Regina said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the parade- although I was hoping for one here in Philly!
You do look beautiful in your photo too!

The Mommy said...

Wait. I thought that facebook photo WAS from when you were a teen. NO?!?!

And I'm glad Chicago won. Because I'm a Penguins fan and I HATE the Flyers (although Philly in itself is a kinda OK place).

The Mommy said...

And all of this "rum" talk is cracking me up! In Pennsylvania, you can't buy any alcohol AT ALL in a grocery store (yes, you read that correctly). Beer is at one type of "store" and wine and hard liquor is at a different one (a state store).

Dana Lynne said...

In Ontario we go to The Beer Store to buy most types of - wait for it - beer and the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) for all other types of alchohol, such as rum. And no, we can't buy any of it at the grocery store!

janetcc said...

Hey no fair, you look kinda sexy and tousled after the parade, I looked like a drowned rat!

Can I steal a copy of your pic of Neimi - mine came out quite blurry. It actually looks almost exactly like your's (except blurry). I was at Franklin & Washington, south side, where were you?

Tiff said...

WooHoo! My comment made the SSO! Anywhoo, we can only buy rum at a liquor store. Grocery stores in Washington only sell beer and wine. And in our town, it was just in the last year that we could actually buy any alcohol on Sundays. Even restaurants and convenience stores didn't allow beer and wine sales on Sundays. It really stunk to send the kids away to Grandma's house after church and have to go to the next town to buy a bottle of wine to celebrate. Luckily, that just changed, but we still can't buy hard alcohol anywhere but a state-run liquor store.

Kathy at Wellness Roadtrip said...

I feel your joy with the Hawks win. Just wait until Stanley comes to town. I hope you get to have your picture with it. Here in Pittsburgh the team was very generous getting it out to the public! Enjoy the victory.

Cheryl said...

I live in PA. No alcohol of any kind in the grocery stores. Sucks for me.

Anonymous said...

I live in MI. All alcohol is available in grocery stores, except no sales before noon on Sundays. I can live with that. I used to live in CT, and as one other reader noted, no sales after 9 pm. So I can go to a bar and get schnockered and drive myself home, but I can't buy any alcohol to consume in my own home, if it's after 9? Twisted and stupid, I say. I never did get the logic of that one.

Why oh why, when I get wet do I look and smell like a drowned dog, but when you do you look smokin' hot? What's up with that? No fair!!!!

And congratulations to super cute Savannah! Two in high school now? Woo Hoo!!!! Will Austin be in 10th grade next year? And does Brooklyn start Pre-K or anything like that?

-Beth in MI

Ellobie said...

Hey Dawn! The fountain was dyed red for the Turkish festival that was in Daley Plaza a few weeks ago. The fest was pretty cool, with Turkish food and whirling dervishes on a stage. Their flag is white with a red symbol, hence the red dye.

But yeah, it's really gross, especially WEEKS later. Hopefully they'll change out the water before I head over for Thursday's Farmer's Market!

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