So there we were, stumbling across frozen ground in the darkness carrying a powerful flashlight and a digging fork… and Hubby turns to me and says, “This is going to be a blog post, isn’t it?”
Yes; yes it is.
Why were we apparently robbing graves in the dark of night, you ask? Well, I’m pretty sure it’s my dad’s fault.
He loved potatoes, and we had them for nearly every meal. Every now and then my mom would sneak in a bit of rice or pasta; but as my dad tactfully explained, “That was okay, but I wouldn’t want it every year.” I love potatoes, too, and most of our meals include the humble spud.
But the other night Hubby came into the kitchen where I was making gravy and announced, “You know we’re out of potatoes, right?”
My jaw dropped in horror. What?
We had roast beef. With gravy. And NO POTATOES? I turned off the heat under the gravy pot and marched toward the door.
“Please tell me we’re not going out to the garden,” he said.
“Of course we are. We have gravy. We need potatoes.”
“It’s pitch dark, and the ground is starting to freeze.”
“I don’t care. We need potatoes.”
Which led to the aforementioned jacklighting of potatoes. As it turned out, it was remarkably similar to grave robbing since some of the hills were a little on the rotten side; but we did end up with enough good potatoes to soak up our gravy. Whew. Crisis averted.
Later in the week I was waiting my turn in the insurance office, playing Scrabble on my phone to pass the time. It’s a point of pride for me to win – in all the time I’ve had it, the app has only beaten me once.
I was down to three tiles, so I knew the game was almost over. I hadn’t seen the Q (worth 10 points) yet, which meant the app had it. By then there was no way the app could win – I was already beating it by nearly a hundred points. But I really wanted to stick it with that Q.
I had three letters left, and there was only one place where I could unload them all at once.
But I hesitated. The available letter on the board was C.
And I had U, N, and T.
I was in public. And it was a really rude word.
It wasn’t as though I was going to stand up and yell it out at the top of my lungs, but still. My Canadian conditioning runs deep.
I stared at the board.
Sneaked a surreptitious glance around the waiting room to make sure nobody could see my screen.
Then I snickered inwardly and unloaded the dirty word that ended the game. But I felt as though I should apologize to the little old lady beside me, just in case she’d seen it.
…But then again, if she was as Canadian as I was, theoretically her private vocabulary was just as colourful as mine.
Any dubious victories in your world this week?