Most recently, however, I was surprised Friday night when I thought I was going to dinner at a friend's house and walked into a room full of people. There were black balloons claiming "Over The Hill" messages and shouts of "Surprise!" that emanated from the family room as I rounded the corner.
A surprise birthday party. This time there was (thankfully) no Steve, and I already stood by my favorite person and father of my real children. I stared in amazement at the small crowd gathered in the room, but ultimately fell on the real shocker: my friends who had FLOWN IN from Idaho and Montana to be there.
I'm not sure what Jill was so surprised about, but I'm not surprised that her mouth is this big:
I wasn't surprised to get an "Old Fart" pen as a gift from a friend who affectionately greets me as "Butthead" or "Dork" when she sees me, or to witness Jill forcing Ganelle and Lorie to sing a song about my favorite things. However, I was a little surprised with my new, pink Snuggie from Ali. (With a bonus night light!) I have longed for the Snuggie for years, never imagining that my dreams would ultimately be realized. But look! I decided to pose next to the official Snuggie girl just to show that the infomercials are SO. TRUE.
YOU CAN WEAR IT WHILE WATCHING TV!
YOU CAN TALK ON THE PHONE AND STAY WARM AT THE SAME TIME!
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN COLD WHILE SITTING ON THE COUCH AND READING A BOOK? NOT ANYMORE! THE SNUGGIE KEEPS YOU SO WARM YOU'LL SMILE LIKE PAULA DEEN AT A BUTTER CONVENTION.
SPEAKING OF BOOKS, VERN HERE IS READING ONE THAT HER S.I.L. GAVE HER FAMILY LAST YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS.