My sister the Thrifting Queen

My sister Megan is the Queen of Goodwill. That’s a fact.

Abba even did a song about her:

 

Ooooo she’s a Thrifting Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen*,

Thrifting Queen, feel the beat from the tambourine (oh yeaaaaahhhh)

You can shop, you can buy, having the time of your life, (oooooo ooooo oooo)

See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Thrifting Queen.” **

 
*The song was written a few years ago, she’s not 17 anymore. 
** These might not be exactly the lyrics to the song. But they should be. 

 

And now hopefully you have that extremely catchy tune stuck in your head. You’re welcome.

Lauren and Megan

Lauren and Megan, back in the day. In addition to sharing genetic material, we share smiles and a taste for Minnie Mouse apparel. 

 

She took part in the Something to be Found blog’s  March Reader Thrift Challenge. Check out her entry, and then vote for your favorite! (Which is #4, Megan. Obviously.)

Here are a couple pictures of her entry:

Something to be Found blog March Thrift Challenge

Here it is! Her masterpiece! A 3-tiered stand, with a wedding theme. All thrifted. And that’s our backyard! Yay!

Something to be Found March thrift challenge

Another view, this time in the front yard. Still looks sweet. The tray, not the yard. Though the yard is nice too.

And here is the link:

March {Reader} Thrift Challenge REVEAL: DIY 3-Tiered Stands

 

Vote for Megan!

Cause she’s awesome and finds cool junk at Goodwill and makes it look pretty!

Which does indeed take some skill, let me tell you.

Meg, you rock!

 

 

 

Christmas time is nearly here

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Christmas time is nearly here

Give a shout, hooray!

It’s time to be with those held dear,

To frolic, sing and play.

 

Christmas 1951

But behave yourself, the warning goes,

To kids, both naughty and nice

See, Santa Claus, he always knows,

Every kindness and every vice.

 

Smith cousins Christmas

Still, I’ve never met a kid who hates

The Christmas season time,

For parents though that love abates

With all the Christmas whine.

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So give a hug to one you love

And go romp in the snow,

But don’t forget when push comes to shove,

It’s Christmas time you know!

 

sledding in Boulder Colorado

I wish you happiness, I wish you cheer,

This glorious Christmas time,

I wish you joy, with loved ones near,

Enjoy my Christmas rhyme.

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Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue Fundraiser

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue Fundraiser

Hey everyone~

As you might have known from my previous post Max Seigal Photography, I’m good friends (I’d even go as far as to say best friends) with Max Seigal, who takes epic pictures. Seriously, they’re epic– check them out.

If you’d like:

1) the chance to honor Max’s mom Alice, a veterinarian in Boulder, Colorado and all-around amazing woman, who passed away in October,

2) to support the Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue,  and specifically a dog named Coco Puff who needs cataract surgery, and

3) the chance to win one of Max’s pictures (makes the perfect Christmas present!), then check out this Facebook link:

 

Post by Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue.

For only $10 you can be entered into a drawing to win one of Max’s pictures. There’s no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. The RMCR is trying to raise $4,000 to pay for cataract surgery for one of their dogs, Coco Puff.
(Click on the link, or the picture of CoCo Puff below to read more about him). 

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue

To purchase tickets, write a check payable to:

RMCR, c/o Shannon Matthews, 2138 Doris Court, Loveland CO 80537.

You will be sent a receipt with your ticket(s).The winner will be announced Sunday, December 8th via email, and also posted on the RMCR Facebook page and RMCR website. Said lucky winner will receive a promo code to use on Max’s site for the 20×30 print of their choice, on either paper or metal (go for the metal– they look fantastic, don’t need to be framed, are much lighter than a traditionally framed picture of that size– no glass!, and are quite durable and easy to clean).

If you need any help selecting your photo, I’d be happy to make recommendations. My first recommendation is this: buy a couple tickets, and then go over to his site and buy a few pictures. One Max Seigal photograph is pretty sweet, but two (or more!) is even better.

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I stay a little longer

Good-night! good-night! As we so oft have said

Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days

That are no more, and shall no more return.

Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;

I stay a little longer, as one stays

To cover up the embers that still burn.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

from Three Friends of Mine

I see you there, in your fleece zippered robe, bare feet, smile. We sit at the computer, watching a television show, giggling and exclaiming together. Three of us, brought together by your love. They laugh, secure in knowing they were chosen, they are treasured, the daughters of your heart. You keep asking if you can adopt me too, and I grin and say yes. First to bed, first to rise, you usually head upstairs before we do. They have school tomorrow, so we won’t be up late. I will ride with you, and after the school run we take the dogs for a walk before going for coffee. We will meet the guys at the coffee shop. We do this almost every school day; a routine, a ritual.

Now we are left, loving echoes and memories. We listen for your voice on the stairs.

NIght-night honey buns! I hear you say. I love you!

Love you Mom! Night Mom, love you!

Goodnight, I say. See you in the morning.

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Alice Seigal

January 14, 1957- October 23, 2013

Things My Brother Says

In honor of my little brother’s birthday yesterday (22, you’re making me feel old here Eric!), here are of some of his more recent quotes– as in, these are the only ones I can remember off the top of my head. I could write a pretty good series of Things Eric Says, and I’m fairly certain one of these days that will probably happen. So perhaps consider this a preview of epic works to come. They say that as a writer you should mine your family life for material. Pretty sure I’m set for writing material for the rest of my life. For a kid with selective mutism he sure has a lot to say when no one else is around, and most of it is hilarious.

Selective mutism is defined (by Wikipedia) as “… a psychiatric disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations or to specific people. …. Children and adults with selective mutism are fully capable of speech and understanding language but fail to speak in certain situations, though speech is expected of them. The behaviour may be perceived as shyness or rudeness by others. A child with selective mutism may be completely silent at school for years but speak quite freely or even excessively at home.” This describes Eric to a T. It can be a challenge, but hey, we’ve all got our issues. Some are just more obvious than others. I’m sure some of his teachers, who I don’t think he ever spoke to during his 4 years of high school, would be astounded at at the Chatty Cathy he turns into as soon as he gets home. One never knows exactly what will emit from his vocal cords, so it’s never boring (see below).

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Things My Brother Says

 

  • “I’ll bet this metal pole would float.”

 

The King of Drama hiking in Death Canyon.

The King of Drama after a mile or two of hiking in Death Canyon.

 

 

Dad: “Are you in shape yet?”
Eric: “No.”
Dad: “Well then we better keep biking until you are.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • “Don’t make me turn on my synthetic lightning.”

 

Bison at Yellowstone

Bison in Yellowstone National Park, July 2013, just chillin’ like a villin.

 

 

Mom: “The bison like those dry spots to hang out in.”

Eric: “They should try my lips, they’re pretty dry.”

 

 

 

 

  • “Look at that wad of goats over there.”

 

  • After farting in the kitchen directly in front of me, just before leaving the room: “Here’s your gift of Christmas stench.”

 

  • As we approach a waterfall on a hike: “I hear the pitter-patter of falling water. Or 100 mountain goats peeing at the same time.”
Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park.

Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park.

  • “I think my ass geyser just exploded.”

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Happy Birthday Eric! You’re the best little brother I’ve ever had, and I can’t imagine how boringly-normal my life would be without you. You are one of the most righteous dudes I’ve ever met, and I’m so proud of you.

Rock on, bro.

 

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

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This one is for you, my Mother Dearest,

A mother of three, whom we all both love and fearest!

Today’s a day of thanks for my lovely Mom,

Like every mother, she’s def da bomb!

She cooks, she cleans, she sweeps, she sews,

And whenever I am bad, she somehow always knows!

She’s a band director, the finest teacher of music,

Somehow listening to 5th grade clarinets doesn’t make her lose it!

She teaches kids who aren’t her own

How to play the tuba, flute, or saxophone.

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Bravely leading her students around the subway system of New York City, and somehow ending up in Brooklyn.

I don’t know how she does it, her patience is legendary

Except for when it comes to bad tuning, then she gets scary.

She marches, she copies, she fixes, she files,

And she does it all with (mostly) real smiles.

I’ve always admired your passion and drive,

To be like you is for what I strive.

You’re the bestest Mom I’ve ever had,

Without you my life would sure be sad.

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You meeting Dad sure was fateful,

You gave me life, for which I’m grateful.

I love you mom, I hope you know that,

I may journey far, but home is where the heart’s at.

I love you deep, I’ll love you long,

I love you sure, I love you strong.

So Happy Mother’s Day Mommy Dearest,

To my heart you will always be nearest.

With lots of love from your most favorite eldest daughter, who didn’t know that there was a MCB Clarinet website, and that both our pictures are on it. Interesting things can be found when one searches for your name on Google. 

And Happy Mother’s Day also to my mother’s mother, my grandma Elvera, whom I love dearly and who prints out all my blog posts and puts them in a three-ring binder. Everything I write, I write for you.  

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Love you much!

Happy Birthday Dad!

For my Dad, one of the many Mike Smiths that exist in the world, but definitely the most important (at least in my life). You’ve taught me just about everything important in life, like how to eat pizza, play euchre and softball, how to stack firewood and how to go on long walks in the woods. You’ve taught me how to “walk it off,” to be a team player, how to be committed and a hard worker, how to laugh at corny jokes. You taught me to take advantage of opportunities, and how to be a good person. You taught me to appreciate the “classical” music of Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and the rest. 

Four years ago I graduated college on your birthday, something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to top as a birthday present. You paid for four years of education at a private, liberal-arts college, and I wrote you this poem. I don’t know if I’ll ever really be able to tell you how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me, and how much I love you. 

Thanks Dad, for everything. 

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And thanks for letting me wear your woolen winter hat all the time. Glad that phase didn’t last too long.

In honor of your birthday Dad I wrote for you this po-em

For though I may be far away, today I wish I was ho-me.

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Learning from the best.

The world is great, but can’t compare

To you, my Father Extraordinaire.

You taught me how to drive a car,

Which let me leave and go quite far.

That same skill though is what brings me back

‘Cause throughout the world, my family is what I lack.

Awkward Family Photos

This is how the Smith family celebrates Easter.

It’s from you I think that I’m low key,

One of the things I like the most ’bout me.

From you I got my temperament,

Way of looking at the world unbent.

 

Watching TV with Dad

Like father, like daughter.

Because of you Dad, for my best I strive,

And without you Dad, I’d not be alive.

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Dads make the best jungle gyms.

You’re my mountain, my sturdy base,

As necessary as the nose upon my face.

Your beard might now be a little more gray,

But to me you’re always going to be more than just okay!

 

Lauren and Dad at Andy's wedding

If you can’t tell Dad, I think you’re the best

A man above all others, better than the rest!

 

Yellowstone National Par

Good to see that our family portraits have gotten substantially less awkward.

I love you Dad!

Happy Birthday!