Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wacky Wednesday Writers Guest Post By: Home On Deranged


    My special WWW guest today is the lovely and talented Melissa Swedoski of  Home On Deranged! LOVE her blog name!!! Melissa writes an entertaining family lifestyle blog that has a little bit of everything in the mix. Along with her humorous tales and photos on her site, Melissa also shares family tips, advise, giveaways and reviews. She is a contributing author to the hilarious Mother Of All Meltdowns book and has a featured story in the upcoming Motherhood: May Cause Drowsiness book.

     I met Melissa while working on the MOAM book together and was impressed not only with her talented writing skills, but her sweet nature and support of fellow bloggers. I wish I could bottle the energy of this busy writer and mom of two! I'm honored that she let me feature her here today. Please welcome Melissa to Meno Mama's site with lots of comment love. Enjoy!




THE KEY TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE?  LAUGH AT EACH OTHER


Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time considering the state of my marriage, especially as we approach our 10th anniversary this December. I think we’re doing pretty good, even if our bank balance indicates otherwise. But we are for the most part, happy.

So I pondered why. And I’ve decided it’s because we laugh at each other. A lot.

Recently, my bestie of many years was staying for the weekend, and at 2 a.m., we three found ourselves on the back porch, indulging in adult beverages. We spied an armadillo on the porch of the shed. And then my husband commenced a 5 minute Keystone Cops routine in attempting to chase it down.

Luckily (!) our daughters’ practice soccer goal was in the yard. So he scooped it up with that. And if you don’t think I was laughing my ass off the entire time, then you’ve clearly never laughed at your sweaty, panting husband who just got his monthly exercise. Like I have.

But never fear, there’s plenty of laughs at my misfortune. Like the time I did something stupid....it's called skiing. We were on our honeymoon, and went to the Heavenly Ski Resort on the California side of Lake Tahoe.  I did something dumb....I put the skis on.

I couldn't walk quite right, which did not bode well for the future. The skis were a bit unwieldy, since I was wearing a down jacket, ski pants and thermal pants, t-shirt and thermal shirt, hat and gloves. Like the little kid from A Christmas Story.

We went to the learning course, and this is where I knew, I had to turn back. There was a pulley thingie (sorry, don't know technical terms) that is on constant rotation. You grab hold at the appropriate interval and it takes you to the top of the training hill. I had trouble hanging onto the pulley thingie.

I had trouble getting started going downhill because for some reason, I couldn't get the momentum to go quite right. Then I'd have to go through the embarrassment of grabbing the pulley thingie again, as the instructor shot me numerous dirty looks.

But then there was more. I could get on the ski lift, just couldn't get off it. The lift slows down just enough that you just glide off on your skis. Uh-huh. One time I fell down, one time I face planted and the seat went over my body, and one time my husband and the lift worker had to pull me out of harm's way.

Then the bunny course, where, unfortunately, there are other people, kind of like Grand Freakin' Central Station. I kid you not, one of the (many) times that I fell, there was a log jam of people behind me, because they couldn't get around me. My ass hurt from so many falls. I was hoping I had lost some of it.

I decided to head back to the resort. Just for good measure, however, I face planted one more time getting off the lift. With a very angry lift operator to help.  Try to imagine getting up from a seated position from a moving chair, with 6 foot boards strapped to your feet, in less than a second. Kudos if you can.

That's not the stupidest thing I've ever done for love and marriage. But it's the stupidest thing I've ever done to try and look cool. Ah, the power of laughter. 



BIO:

After a career as a newspaper reporter and editor, Melissa thought she was well-informed on the chaos of everyday life. Then she married a man thirteen years her junior and later became a stay-at-home-mom to two toddler girls. Now she's mumbling through the mayhem of marriage and motherhood in a small Texas town. She's been in a couple of books, and is "Tech Mom" on the Dallas TV show, "The Broadcast." You can keep up with her antics on her blog,Home on Deranged, or find her doing silly stuff on social media at Facebook and Twitter or compiling lists of stuff onPinterest she might one day try.





21 comments:

  1. Melissa, this was funny... this would be me, lol. I tried skies and thankfully they were cross country skis.. not sure how many people I would have hurt going down a hill, lol... lucky for them I never tried. Kudos to you for trying and laughing about it later... ;)

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    1. Thanks! I told my husband if we ever go again that I'm going to do snowboarding instead. Because it should be a lot easier with just one board. Right?

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  2. I agree wholeheartedly. Laughter is the key ingredient to happiness overall!

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    1. The best is when you are fighting, and then one of you gets the giggles. It works!

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  3. That is hilarious!

    Strangely enough, I am a klutz on my feet, but I can ski. Or I could. It's been a while. I don't want to break a hip or anything.

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    1. You know, I used to be amazing at ice skating. But I bet if I tried today, it'd be a much different story. I still fear someone will cut off my finger if I fall down!

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  4. Great post! I love the humor I find here!

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  5. Given my lack of balance and coordination I suspect I'd be similarly inept on the ski slopes. But I agree, being able to laugh together, and at each other, is a glue that maintains a relationship - I've been together with my lady for over 33 years so I think I'm qualified to comment! I enjoyed your post.

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    1. Oh my, 33 years! Congratulations to you! I've been amazed how quickly 10 years have rolled right on by!

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  6. There aren't many things in life worth more than laughter and happiness. Wonderful humor here. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Totally agree! Which is why we had kids. So. many. laughs.

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  7. Laughter is the best medicine! Great post! :)

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    1. Crystal, you are too sweet. Thank you for taking time out to visit. As a fellow lady married to a younger man, I know you get me. :)

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  8. Laughter is a must! Especially laughing at ourselves.

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    1. definitely! when we take ourselves too seriously, someone should laugh at us! :)

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  9. I completely agree! Whenever my husband and I are sitting around, laughing at something, or even poking fun at each other, I am reminded that THIS is the important stuff. Enjoying each other's company and not taking anything too seriously.

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  10. Very funny! And I agree, laughter helps so much in a marriage!

    P.S. The only part of skiing I like is the warm beverage in the lodge by a fireplace. I just do that part and leave the flinging of oneself off a mountain strapped to popsicle sticks to the hubby.

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  11. Wow. Gee, how long does a woman git menopawse? God must stop the menstral cycle at some point. Fight-on, girl. This finite existence doesn't last. THANK GOD!!!!!

    Not sure if we're on the same page if you saw what I saw… Greetings, earthling. Because I was an actual NDE on the outskirts of the Great Beyond at 15 yet wasn’t allowed in, lemme share with you what I actually know Seventh-Heaven’s Big-Bang’s gonna be like for us if ya believe: meet this ultra-bombastic, ex-mortal-Upstairs for the most-extra-blatant-and-groovy, pleasure-beyond-measure, Ultra-Yummy-Reality-Addiction in the Great Beyond for a BIG-ol, kick-ass, robust-N-risqué, party-hardy, eternal-warp-drive you DO NOT wanna miss the sink-your-teeth-in-the-smmmokin’-hot-deal. YES! For God, anything and everything and more! is possible!! Meet me Upstairs. Cya soon...

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