Beware of Strangers bearing Vegemite.

Blah Blah Blah (It's raining.)
Blah Blah Blah (Like, really raining.)
Blah Blah Blah (It's been raining for two full days now.)
Blah Blah Blah (I forgot to move the bunnies cages under cover.)
Blah Blah Blah (They both officially think I suck.)
Blah Blah Blah (It's been a long time since it has rained like this.)
Blah Blah Blah (People have subsequently forgotten how to drive in the rain.)
Blah Blah Blah (This disturbs me greatly.)
Blah Blah Blah (Have I mentioned that it's raining?)

Today was a perfectly horrendous yet picture perfect winters day. An overcast sky, icy cold wind and pelting rain that lasted from the time I woke up right through until now, twelve hours later. It's also the second day running that my kidlets have been holed up inside the classrooms at school because it was too wet to have lunch outside; fun times, eh? This miserable weather is enough to make anyone want to leave the country . . . well doesn't that lead nicely into my next point?

Yes, my globetrotting parents are off on their USA vacation, spending some quality time together for the next month or so. (And I just got an alarmingly graphic image of the foilks having 'quality time' in an airplane bathroom, shit, where did that come from? Apparently I need help, and fast.) They get to zoom on through LAX airport and experience the beautiful warm California weather, and I get left to house/pet/brother-sit for them, all the while hoping that the wind doesn't blow any trees through the windows or something. Oh, they definitely got the raw end of the deal, didn't they?

They're heading along Route 66 again, with lots of goodies in hand; so if you live nearby and happen to see a sort of strange ridiculously good looking middle-aged couple wearing Mustang t-shirts and handing out Australian themed goodies, be sure to say hello and give them a big high five. (Because they're friendly, and they are loaded with Caramello Koalas which are the BEST kind of Aussie chocolate, seriously. Yum.)

And hey! I just realised this is the first paragraph where I haven't ended with a question mark. Perhaps the grammar police better add that to their list too, before someone gets hurt.

(And possibly brackets too. Can one use too many brackets?)

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Virginia Gal said...

A tree actually fell on my parents house while they were out of the country. Luckily it didn't do too much damage (just banged up a gutter) because it squished another tree first before resting gently on the house.

But I did get the fun of calling overseas to ask "Did you leave a tree on the house and not tell me?", and then dealing with the insurance agent to get it cleaned up. Good times.

Laurel said...

Darn, I am nowhere near Route 66. I love koala anything and chocolate anything, so I'm really missing out!

I want Aly to come to the U S of A.

Audrey said...

One day my dad was standing on his deck and watched the tree in their back yard break and fall over in the wind. Luckily it fell AWAY from the deck and didn't smush him.

Hope your parents have fun! And I agree with Laurel -- you should be the one coming here!

Carrie said...

How dare they leave you. The weather is beautiful right now.

Slinger said...

"happen to see a sort of strange ridiculously good looking middle-aged couple wearing Mustang t-shirts...."

This sentence had me laughing so hard.

julie said...



heidikins said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better, it's supposedly the middle of the summer here in SLC, and we got snow and frost this week. That's right, frost and 90 degree weather in one week. Freaking ridiculous!

Lara said...

don't you mean parentheses, not brackets?

Marianne said...

I personally think that creative punctuation is a good thing, Aly! (I'm so late, but I just read that review of your website. At least they said you're spunky.) So, no - there can never be too many brackets.

Susan C said...

Do your kids cheer when admin declare its a "wet day" and they will have to stay inside at lunch? Ours do - its bizarre behaviour.

One can never have too many brackets - nor dashes.

B said...

I wish it would rain here. It hasn't rained in weeks. We are 15" under our yearly total.

I hope your parents are having fun. I know mine are and I am tired of house, pet and now sister sitting. Why didn't I take the week off and go to Las Vegas?

Because I wasn't invited. That's why.

Teacher A said...

San Diego drivers, having so little experience with it, are completely horrible in the rain. As soon as a couple of drops fall from the sky the freeways stop.

Melanie Harris said...

I bet they are going to have the time of thier life.

Hope the rain stops soon for you.

Viviane said...

Oh Caramello Koalas, yummmmm. I haven't had those in forever!

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