Monday, April 17, 2006

Mirabilia Report

I had a horrid Easter. My younger brother, “The King” came to visit Mom with very little warning. I think it’s because she’s been writing him almost every day about god knows what. Probably all bad stuff about us. I know she never misses a beat now to say something bad about my son, which is so sad because they used to get along so well. Anyway, we (son and I) were NOT INVITED to the family Easter dinner, ouch! We haven’t done anything wrong. Aren’t families the best? I ate McD’s alone in the car while watching the waves in the big lake. It was soothing. And I brought son home some too once I’d calmed myself down enough. That was our Easter dinner.

Guess I was SO naive to fall for the one-big-happy family myth once again (of living together as an extended family) and buy my Mom's ploy to trick us into taking care of her. She never had time for me when I was a child, I barely knew her until my Dad died when her sharp tongue was somewhat muted. You'd think I would have been cured of all of that wishful thinking a long time ago. And to rub salt into our wounds, the only thing my Mom has been talking about since is how wonderful The King and his family are, the food, the decorations, the kids, etc. The only thing good about Easter this year is that it is over--oh, and that I didn't have to cook Easter dinner for all those people! They went out to my Mom's old house (that The King had bought from her). Hope your Easter was a lot better! Enough of that.

From my E-mail: Something cool to pass along…

(Mirabilia n. eccentric enchantments, unplanned jubilations, sudden
deliverance from boring evils; from the Latin mirabilia, "marvels.")

* "The average river requires a million years to move a grain of sand 100
miles," says science writer James Trefil.

* Clown fish can alter their gender as their social status rises.

* When she is born, a baby girl has all the ova she will ever have.

* Bluebirds cannot see the color blue.

* Kind people are more likely than mean people to yawn when someone
near them does.

* There are always so many fragments of spider legs floating in the air
that you are constantly inhaling them wherever you go.

* Gregorian chants can cure dyslexia.

* Scientists in Antarctica have photographed whales farting.

* To keep from digesting itself, your stomach generates a fresh layer of
mucus every two weeks.

* Bob Hope donated half a million jokes to the Library of Congress.

* Bees perform a valuable service for the flowers from which they steal.

* All the gold ever mined could be molded into a 60-foot bust of your

* The moon smells like exploded firecrackers.

* Physicists in Tennessee coaxed electric signals to travel through coaxial
cable at four times the speed of light, even though the equipment they
used was cheap stuff from Radio Shack.

* Revlon makes 177 different shades of lipstick.

* Your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body.

* The most frequently shoplifted book in America is the Bible.

* Copper, iodine, alcohol, iron, sunshine, sodium, and cholesterol are
harmful to you in large amounts, but good for you in small quantities.

* "I always turn to the sports page first," said Earl Warren, former Chief
Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. "It records people's accomplishments;
the front page, nothing but man's failure."

* "Leafing through *Forbes* or *Fortune* magazine is like reading the
operating manual of a strangely sanctimonious pirate ship," wrote Adam
Gopnik in *The New Yorker.*

TO READ More excerpts from the book, go here:

I wonder if all of that is true? May you have many Mirabilia!


Blogger Aims said...

oh PBS, that sounds like a horrible Easter, poor you. I hope things improve.

I always yawn when I see someone else yawn - even talking about it makes me yawn!! I must be kind. Woohoo.
Take care x

5:59 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Mothers can be cruel. My mother idolises my younger brother and stops at nothing to let me know. My mother is a bitter woman who could of had so much more (family wise) but chose not to. I can relate to what you're going through PBS. Remember, you're a much better person than your mum.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear you had a bad Easter. Our family wasn't all together either...and weren't getting a long all that well. The PK and I and some others went out to eat (which was FINE by cooking!!! YAY!) but the family was still you're not alone there!

And um...I could've done without knowing about those spider leg fragments! Ewww.....

7:09 AM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

OH PBS that is so bad, AND cruel. Did your Mum go and look at those two apartments?
what about suggesting she move back into her old house !! lol

look after yourself.
Thinking about you

7:09 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

You deserve better. I hope that you can settle into a happy situation before long.

11:01 AM  
Blogger katie said...

Sorry your easter was a bit of a downer.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh dear, I really felt for you, when I read what happened with your Mum over this Easter. I can't understand the mentality behind you not being invited to family Easter dinner. That's so nasty.

I hope at some stage you manage to move away from such a negative energy that seems to continue to make the most of knocking you and your son down.

That spider legs thing made me choke lol but how fascinating

And I read the tongue one out to Cameron, and he was like "Well that makes sense, it's the only muscle that can support itself and move freely about." Sometimes I just wanna smack that kid for being such a know-it-all lol

8:49 PM  
Blogger Magicfingers said...

So sorry PBS. Parents can be trying sometimes, just like children. Just remember she is your only Mama. Patience is a virtue.
My Easter was good, but my x daughter in law left her Easter dinner in tears. So I guess it could have been worse.
Bless you PBS, your time is coming.

9:02 PM  
Blogger That Girl said...

i'm so sorry to hear you had a crappy easter.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Magpie said...

sorry you had a bad time, families are just the worst at holidays...i hope you had a huge chocolate egg to make you feel better...


2:44 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

So sorry that it turned out badly for you and your son. To heck with Grandma...if she's going to be like that...she can go live with the perfect son and family. And just how long do you think THAT would last. I think she'd do the same with them too. They'll beg you to take her back.

3:08 AM  
Blogger Useless Man said...

"Gregorian chants can cure dyslexia" ...

They can also cure insomnia. They do nothing for a sore throat though...

1:45 PM  

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