I thought "Update" sounded a little boring for a title.
It's been quite a week around these parts... winning Hall of Fame has created quite a lot of spectacle for someone who usually avoids spectacle at all costs. I broke down and listened to the audio tape on CK's website—the one where they tricked me and told me at the end of the conversation that they'd taped it—and cannot believe that I said Matt got ribbons for showing up. He was very gracious about the whole thing, probably because he's known me for some time now, and that when I get nervous all sorts of wacko things come out of my mouth. Here is my statement on the record: Matt works very hard in the Air Force, and has earned every honor he's received : ) I've listened to the other phone calls now, too, and here's a big surprise: they made me teary. (OK, so maybe this isn't such a big surprise, seeing as how I often get teary over COMMERCIALS.) I'm so looking forward to getting to know this wonderful, talented bunch of women.
Perhaps the best part of the whole week, though, is the surprise I received on Friday morning when my friends threw a surprise party for me all around the world. You can imagine what this gesture of kindness and friendship did to me... sniff sniff sniff. I am a very lucky girl. Thank you to all of you who came to the party... I won't soon forget it. Especially since I am planning on framing your party hat photos for my craft room : )
We went to the zoo today, as it was a gorgeous day and we haven't been for a while—about six weeks! The last time we were there the mama gorilla hadn't yet had her baby, and now he's five weeks old. The mama rejected him, so Plan B was launched. This little baby gorilla is held 24 hours a day by zoo staff, who plan on beginning to introduce him to the gorilla family sometime between three and five months of age. Our neighbor is a sales representative for Enfamil, and is supplying the zoo with the special protein-allergy formula the baby needs right now (very rare for a gorilla to have this type of allergy!) and he is much stronger than he was in the first few weeks of life. Maddie was totally enthralled while watching him sit on the zookeeper's lap and gnaw on a carrot (he already has two teeth!)
And here is a photo to illustrate how different Gracie-feeding-giraffes-at-15-months is from how Maddie-feeding-giraffes-at-15-months was:
Gracie actually went through with it. A few times. Maddie used to hold out the cracker, and then proceed to throw it in a panic at the giraffe's face just at the moment he would lean in to accept it. I can only describe it as a game of "PSYCH!"
Hordes of Shrieking 3 1/2 Year Olds
Tomorrow I am taking Maddie to the Disney Princess Ice Skating Show at World Arena. Wish me luck.
Trash-Talking Little Sisters
Katherine called me tonight, to TRASH-TALK. This is even stranger to me than this conversation from last year. Anyway, UCLA beat Memphis tonight. Which means I am out, O U T, of both my NCAA pools, much to Katherine's obnoxious joy : )
To alleviate my injured pride, I will tell you that the reason why this picture is entitled "Sister Gracie of the Order of the Holy Panties" is because some 24 years ago, Katherine founded the Order of the Holy Panties by wearing underwear on her head, on purpose, and that's what we called her: Sister Katherine of the Order of the Holy Panties. Now that I type that out, I'm not sure that's doing anything for my pride but rather just making us Willis folks seem that much more kooky. Ah well. Such is life.
Sister Gracie of the Order of the Holy Panties, and yes, she put those there herself.
And that concludes my update for now. Have a lovely weekend.