December 9, 2011

leading by example


Today is day five of my self-imposed house arrest. My goal was to not leave the house for any reason this week, and with the exception of one trip to the mailbox, I achieved that goal.

No hair-dos, no make-up, no denim. Sweats only.

It's been a beautiful thing.

My hubby made it all possible by going to the grocery store three times, and Costco twice. He even made a special stop to pick up more glue sticks for me, so I could continue my crafting uninterrupted.

The man is a keeper, that's for sure.


The ankle bracelet is coming off tomorrow though. For good reason.

I'm going to the airport to pick up one of my sweet friends, and shortly after we get home, three more friends will pull into the driveway and that will be the official beginning of what has long been known as a blob.


It started out years ago as a blob day. When my kids were little, my girlfriends and I started weekly get togethers as a survival tactic. The pc term is probably something along the lines of a mental health day. The kids all played outside, and weren't allowed in unless they could show us blood. (Sounds heartless, I know, but our kids all turned out just fine and pretty tough as a result.) We rotated houses and all brought snacks and our current magazines and catalogs and did nothing but sit around and blob.

I can't remember who coined the name blob, but it's stuck for all these years.

On rare occasions, we were able to pull off blob weekend getaways and to this day, they are some of my best girlfriend memories of all time.


Now, of course, all our kids are grown and we can blob pretty much any time we want. But there is a whole new generation of up and coming blobbers in need of training.

Back in those glory blob days, I worked with my church youth group. My bff was the youth pastor's wife and a group of those high school girls became a huge part of our lives. Tomorrow's airport pick-up is one of those girls. She is now a mother of two....a rambunctious toddler and a two month old baby boy.

Girlfriend needs a blob weekend.

She's bringing the baby and I can't wait to get my hands on him when he wakes up each morning. As soon as he's fed, I will snatch him away and his mama can take her sweet time emerging from the guest room.

There will be five of us this weekend....three seasoned blobbing veterans, and two of the younger generation.

We'll teach them the rules.

Sweats or pajamas only.
Shower if you must, but don't even think about doing your hair or make-up.
Eat often, and nothing too healthy.
Watch at least three chick flicks a day.
Bribe teenage boys to go to the grocery store for you. (That option wasn't available to us back in the old days.)

I just realized the blob rules perfectly describe my everyday life.

My life is one big blob.

I have truly arrived.


And lo, the older women shall teach the younger in the ways that they shall go.

Amen.

44 comments:

  1. Amen indeed.

    I think I need to start this tradition in my little corner of the world. I'm kind of in-between in age, but I do have four kids 10 and under and plenty of friends with the same.

    I went on a crafting retreat in October during which I wore no denim and did little more than shower in the way of personal hygiene. It was so relaxing, and I couldn't believe all the stuff I made!

    Have a wonderful blob. :)

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  2. This sounds amazing. Hope you have a wonderful & relaxing time! ~Sal

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  3. I wanna be a part of the blob-ness of it all.
    I'm sort of having a day like that. Sweats, hair up, no make up, only left to pick up my kindergartener, and wore slippers! But I didn't have to get out of the car, so no one saw.
    Enjoy every sweet second!

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  4. I want to blob! It sounds perfect. :)

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  5. Oh, man! You are living life right. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Hello!

    Your blob event sound loads of fun. I absolutely delight in my Saturday s because that is the day I can lounge around in my pajamas to my heart’s content! I am a homebody through and through.

    You have the most wonderful photos…I still want to get back to this blog with my cup of coffee, but for now all I have time for is reading this one post.

    Happy Friday!
    ☺ Hope

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  7. I LOVE this idea! Lol - thanks for teaching us "newer" moms!

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  8. Oh now I know what I am, but I guess I could be considered a working blob! Great pictures of beautiful ornaments!! Have fun.......

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  9. I'm packing my bags and booking a flight! I'll be there as soon as I can! Oh, wait... I don't know where you live, what you look like, or what you drive. I'll be there in spirit with you.

    Amen.

    Becca
    becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com

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  10. I could sure use a blob weekend. Or 30 minutes even. Sounds like the perfect detoxing time prior to the holidays. Enjoy!

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  11. Sounds like a great weekend! I love my "blob" days as well!

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  12. How vey delightful... What a wonderrful post!! I long to blob too & then be all energized for what lies ahead . Maybe il be able to sneak in some blobbing with my blogging! You KNOW you've spread that term & it will be the new IN thing!

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  13. I need one of these blob weekends. I will have to tell my girlfriends about this since we all have kids 6 and under

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  14. I'm a new reader, lurking for a bit, but have to say that this is probably my favorite post so far! LOVE that you are sharing your life lessons with the younger moms. It is SO important for them to learn early to take care of themselves!!

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  15. What a fun tradition to pass on to the youngsters. Sounds like a great way to spend time with girlfriends. Have fun and carry on!
    Annette

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  16. Love that last line! You crack me up! I totally want to start "blobbing" with my girlfriends. I'm gonna plan one. Let me know if you are up for a trip to Pa!

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  17. Power to the Blobs!! I hope you have a super duper weekend with all your friends. Sounds so freakin' awesome! :)

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  18. Ah, tradition.

    This blob talk reminds me of the time my girlfriend & I visited her mother and brought along girlfriend's four-year-old who was more than happy to travel downstairs to Grandma (we were very busy playing cards in her childhood bedroom) while wearing a note we pinned to his shirt that said "Please make sandwiches." I think we might have been blob early adopters. Nice to know it has an official name.

    Crafting? Glue sticks?

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  19. I'm definitely loving your philosophy for life.
    Have a beautiful blob!

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  20. Your vintage ornaments are gorgeous . . . I want to have each and every ONE OF THEM!

    . . . and I also want to be a "blobber" with you . . . I could be the OLD one!
    I have comfy sweats . . . does that count?

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  21. Hi,

    I enjoyed this post so much. I posted about your “blob weekend” on my blog. I hope that is okay.

    ~ Hope

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  22. Awww.... True love. He is a keeper!

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  23. It's like you grounded yourself! Isn't it a treat just to stay home!

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  24. Amen! Love your blob days idea. We should all do that A LOT.

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  25. I think you just became my newest role model. Thank you. ;)

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  26. What a glorious idea, it should become an official National Blob Day for Mummys of the world Have a great time!

    xxxx
    Denise

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  27. I'm not sure which I covet most. . .the blob or the beautiful ornaments!
    Hope you girls enjoy yourselves!
    Happy Holidays!

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  28. Oh how I yearn....

    I like blobbing with you. I recently had the memory of having you as a guest at my home and informing you that I was going to go take my Sunday nap. What the???? Was that okay? What came over me? I'm the worst hostess ever. I'm a blob when it's not even cool to be a blob.

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  29. I just caught up on all the posts that came in the window and it was pure fun. I love your sense of humor and your love of chocolate chip cookies, ice cream and aqua things. We have a LOT in common. I also got the big LC "French" oven in Mediterranean turquoise and I also got the 2 baking pans.. I've been able to find uses for them, but they are small. OH.. brownies work well in them. Biscuits too. Hope you visit my blog sometime.
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  30. Haha! I love this idea. Since we moved into our first home last week & I'm unemployed I've been out shopping, browsing, etc. But we have spent a lot of money on gas, so I'm going to try not to leave the house unless I have to - I'm def. down for trying this. The idea of wearing PJ's for a week straight is kinda awesome too! :)

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  31. The bandwagon wants to come to your blob weekend and I want to jump on that bandwagon. Love your vintage ornaments, your words, and your personality. Your style, your photographs!!, and your sense of humor.

    Have a great time, and someone above said it...it will be the new catchword and event theme.

    Have a globby, blobby Christmas.

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  32. This sounds like a wonderful idea!! I am off to look at past posts of yours...I am your newest follower.

    I would love it if you visited me and became a follower of my blog too!

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  33. Oh I hear you sister! We raised our kids in a wonderful cul-de-sac and often we "blob" moms would also lock our kids out. ha ha. Latte's and movies and a lot of laughing:) Great memories. I too am in that "mentoring" stage...and its awesome. My mom always said "you are too old to have sleepovers with your girlfriends..you have kids and are married" Oh, did she miss out! I think girlfriends are the secret to a happy life...and a happy wife! ha ha. ENJOY. and Merry Christmas!!

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  34. Good Morning! Just found your beautiful blog and lovely photos...your writing is a joy to read! You have a wonderful sense of humor, and fun topics to keep me coming back for many visits. Patty in Kansas

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  35. Can I come blob with you?! Sounds like so much fun, Teresa!

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  36. If there were no blobing...there would be no moming. We'd all run and hide. I just know it. Blob is a great term. It's what held my early motherhood days together...the thread that kept me from splitting at the seams. Wanna know what is kinda sad? I once again am a new momma...I have a wee one in the house. But...my old blob friends have moved on. They are school age moms now. They have filled their days with other, more adult like activities...real paying jobs. It is one of the bitter sweet parts of being this family's mom. I chose to go down a slightly different path than my dearest blob pals. Do I regret it....no. Does it make me sad on cabin fever days...yes. I love living a life that is me, not that of others around me. Maybe that is what I shall wish for Christmas this year...a new blobby to blob with!

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  37. Just found your blog...could you be any funnier! Will be following-often.

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  38. Ha ha ha, what a funny way to begin my day! I love your term for it, "BLOB"! Blob day! Blobbers. I have a name for it now! btw your photos are very nice.

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