Totally Random Friday: Evening Edition

So all of a sudden, in the last 24 hours, I am taking a quickie weekend trip to the Homecoming concert in Asheville, NC, which is why that lengthy, thought-provoking-possibly-Pulitzer-Prize-winning post I was *going to* write about college night at Madi’s school got delayed. (BTW– college night ? Is kinda disturbing.) But since I love you like crazy, I am going to attempt to cobble together a crappy delightfully spontaneous last-minute post about, um… OK, not sure yet, but let’s soldier on, shall we?

Let’s see, here’s something we can talk about– I think the light fixture/chandelier thingy in my bedroom is defunct. WEEKS ago when I turned it on it made a POP noise and then  a weird smell and it hasn’t worked since. And yes, I said weeks ago. Have I mentioned I am married to a musician? Here’s how handy Russ is: I say, “Hey Russ, our chandelier thingy made a POP noise and then a weird smell while you were gone last weekend and it hasn’t worked since.” And he goes, “Really? Huh. Wonder what that is. Maybe you ought to call somebody.” And I say, “I went to the fuse box and flipped everything, but it still didn’t come on. Do you think we need to like, replace the wall switch thingy or something?” (I am using technical terms here that the typical layman might not understand. Try to keep up.) And he says, “Yeah. Maybe.” Annnnnd nothing’s happened since. Luckily we have a lot of lamps in there. In a related note, does anybody know a good handyman in the greater Nashville area?

Hmmm, what else?… Wanna hear my to-do list for tonight? Because you know, I live the glamorous life of an international supermodel and all. OK, I’ve still got a load of laundry to do so I can pack my good underwear, then I need to change the fish tank because the water is getting a little greenish and the guppies are starting to look at me with disdain, then I need to see if our printer is working so I can print off my boarding pass, then I need to leave a note for Bridget the Wonder Sitter And Friend so that she knows where to take Charlotte for that birthday party she’s going to tomorrow AND she knows where to find the crapload of food I bought at Costco that ought to last them until I get home. And then I might get all crazy and shave my legs and paint my toenails because HOO-EEE I’m a girl and I’m leaving town for the weekend!

This is the only other thing I can possible think of to share with you guys… (And yes, I’ve been saving it for just such an occasion as this):

**A real photo of a real car (via a Twitter friend.) Apparently, the driver had some family issues as well as a wee bit of an axe to grind, and possibly needs to take some resentment management classes. She may not be the forgiving sort, but she CAN probably hook you up with some Skin So Soft.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll try to take lots of pictures in Asheville!

32 Responses

  1. LindaB

    Oh my! Fresh shaved legs and the good underwear! PARTY TIME!!! LOL (Did I say that out loud??? For shame.)

    Don’t ya hate it when you mention to your significant other that something is broke and he acts like HE’S the woman and says, “Oh no! What shall we do?” when you fully expect him to jump up and say, “Where IS it, Darlin’? I can fix that for you right now! And then I’ll take your car and get the oil changed for ya! And rotate your tires! Let me get my tool box!!” Boy, those were the good old days! My dishwasher has been broke for two weeks and Mr. I-can-fix-anything-that-you-can-break hasn’t lifted a finger to fix it, and I KNOW he can! I’m getting dishpan hands! (Is this the “for better or worse” part I opted for?) Are you all feeling sorry for me yet? I think you should. I’ve gotta go get some more lotion.

    But I have learned one thing——-I can do ANY kitchen chore or project on paper plates now! It’s an art.

  2. LindaB

    Maybe I’ll write my sad broken dishwasher story on the window of my van!!!

  3. Laura Plott

    Have a great time

    Linda, can you please teach me that trick? I don’t have a dishwasher and I would really enjoy doing less doing them! LOL
    In His Love

  4. LindaB

    Sure, Laura! I’ll teach ya everything I know…… 3 seconds?

    Tori, I see that most everyone is busy today and haven’t had time to comment here (except for you, Laura!). I hope you are having fun mingling with gospel music greats, chatting it up with Bill and Gloria G., enjoying the company of some of America’s most accomplished artists (I always feel a little uppity calling them “artists”. “Artists” paint pictures or sculpt stuff. Those are singers, if you ask me. But you didn’t. And that’s what Gloria calls them. Enough said.) Oh, and being with your super-singing hubby. I was thinking about you tonight living it up in Asheville while I was cleaning out my refrigerator (I think I’ve rediscovered penicillan!). Then I bagged all the empty soda bottles to take back to Walmart to get the refund. To round out the evening, I took all the shoestrings out of our tennis shoes and bleached them. I was going to change the furnace filter, but I didn’t want to do all the fun things tonight and then have nothing to do tomorrow. I trust you are having a great time……I know I am. Looking forward to some great pictures. I’d take some of my very clean fridge, but I can’t find my camera. Love you!

  5. rockin robyn

    Tori – the chandelier thingy… you’ll find it’s a ballist that needs replaced… they tend to give out a “rotten egg” odor when they die

  6. Eldonna

    Hope your weekend was great, Tori. Your light fixture story reminded me of when some relatives were visiting from out of state and decided to help me out by hanging my ceiling fan. At the end of the weekend my plain, but previously working, light fixture was replaced by—–wires hanging out of the ceiling! At least your chandelier thingy still LOOKS good. :)
    Have a wonderful week.

  7. delightedabroad

    Sorry I didn’t react – I tried hard to get into “French-thinking” again because we had a test today. Unfortunately it didn’t really help…I’m quite sure we have to do it again :-/.
    Anyway, YOU hopefully had a good time, Tori!?

  8. Janice

    t is great to be back and to get acquainted with all of you. How is Betty doing? I haven’t had a chance to talk to you all because we are trying to sell our house and we are doing some fixing up. (Oh, the agony!)

    Chandeliers! My husband, David, and I put up our chandelier. It actually works, but we forgot to shorten the wires and the chain before hanging it. It looks funky, but it works!

    David, the love of my life and bane of my existence, is a computer guy, not a handyman. My father had three daughters, so we learned early in life to do simple household and car repairs. My hubby can’t locate the oil dipstick in the car.(Ha!) But we love them anyway, rght ladies?
    You all have a good day and keep safe.

  9. jonny

    Mercy! TWO sister-in-laws AND a wife with an attitude!! I guess I’ll just have to start prayin’ for brother David ASAP like!! ; )

  10. delightedabroad

    “a wife with an attitude” – what does that mean???

  11. ibclcisme

    Love the picture of the van. Around here (New Orleans) we see a lot of interesting RIP items — shirts are a favorite of mine. I have told my husband over and over again that when he passes on, I will have tees made up for the entire family to wear, with a huge picture of his face, preferably with him making some sort of gang or peace sign, with lots of glitter and gems and of course his name, birth and death date, and some saying such as “Sunrise, sunset, Paul be here but now he dead” (yes. I saw this on a tee shirt once. Eloquence runs rampant here.)

  12. jonny

    Well, delighted, it was an attempt to loving say ‘a wife with an attitude problem’. I don’t know her situation to know if there are some real issues that require some outside help, but I wasn’t sure at the time how else to discribe a wife who would come to a rather public forum and in a martyr-ish sort of vibe diss her husband by name, 1st name anyway. Then, rally all us girls to the cause, so to speak. The way I see it, no one is a picnic to live with 24-7, male or female, and making public some things that may bother you about another borderlines bad form to me, especially if those you are making it public to are not directly involved in the situation. Then it may lean more towards gossip, which like money, is basically the root of many evils. I may be taking this to an extreme, though.

  13. auntie

    Hi Tori,

    I’m new here. I’ve enjoyed your husband’s music over the years, and it’s been fun to read your blog.

    Funny story – When I was in college in the late 80’s, I saw Russ on tour with David Meece. I think it was the “Medals” tour? Anyway, my sister was an usher at the venue, which was in the round. They had every type of artist imaginable through the place, from country to metal to 50’s to musical theater. She had seen it all.

    Anyway, after the show, we found her, and she was rubbing her ears. She said “All of the ushers agreed – that was the loudest, longest show we have ever been to!” All I can think was, those 80’s Christian acts knew how to rock! :-)

    P.S. There have been a lot of robberies in my area lately. I would be careful posting on the internet when you are away.

  14. tori

    LindaB– OK, the idea of you writing your dishwasher story on your van window cracked me the heck up!

    Laura Plott– Well, I DO have a dishwasher and it works, but half the time I wash them by hand anyway and use the dishwasher as a drying rack– what’s wrong with me?!

    LindaB– I would actually love to see a picture at your clean refrigerator…

    rockin’ robin– I totally wrote that ballist thing down to show to the electrician– but actually, it wasn’t so much a rotten egg smell, more like something kinda scorchy…

    Eldonna– HA! Yeah, nothng like *helpful* relatives!

    delightedabroad– BOY HOWDY, you have a lot of tests! My brain would be fried!

    Janice– HEY, welcome back! Betty is home, and recovering, trying to get stronger and still on dialysis. PLEASE keep praying for her. I totally get the whole ‘computer guy/not a handyman thing! My dad could always fix anything, I thought ALL guys could until I married a singer! I have learned to do a lot of things around here, too– but then, I can’t sing like Russ, so we can call it even!

    jonny– Oh honey, that’s not attitude, that’s just stating the facts!

    ibclcisme– THAT is hilarious! I want that t-shirt!

    jonny– Yep, you’re out there in extreme-land, sweet silly boy– you know we would never SERIOUSLY diss anybody around here!

    auntie– LOVE that! Yeah, every time the girls make fun of Russ for saying, “What?” he says, “Too many years of loud music…” (And don’t worry, I NEVER leave this house unattended when I travel– we have a full-time house sitter AND a security system!)

  15. LindaB

    “….we have a full-time house sitter AND a security system!”– Tori

    Rats! There goes my plans for summer vacation and R.T. memorabilia collecting.

    “The way I see it, no one is a picnic to live with 24-7, male or female” — Jonny

    Well, you’re wrong, Jonny. All modesty aside, I AM a picnic to live with. And anybody that tells you differently will get their face taken off!

  16. jonny

    Probably, but was bringing up the poor guy’s name necessary??

    And sorry if I soiled the mood. It was originally intended as a joke of sorts, then when explaining was requested it got more serious. I guess it’s an extremely sensitive area for me as well. I’ve had a whole childhood of our mom diss-ing my dad when I was with her and her friends, making many personal, private things public, with her slant on it, and herself being responsible for damage my brother, sister and myself are STILL uncovering, meanwhile those outside the family usually think of her as a martyr/saint, the saviour of our family. But, the one most people believe to be the devil incarnate, especially if they’ve been listening to her stories over the years, is the one God has clearly used to keep their marriage, as well as our family, together. Faults and all. Go figure.

    Also, I just had to listen to a childhood friend of mine give me back some propaganda I wasn’t aware his family got from our mom back in the day. I didn’t want to diss her, have get back to his family, then in some way back to my mom, so I let it go. Honoring parents and all that.

    Interestingly enough, my dad can fix almost anything, including things for my mom’s two sisters, AND he’s been into computers since the mid-60’s. Apparently, that’s not good enough either, though. LOL! = )

  17. jonny

    Former, I KNOW you would be a picnic to live with 24-7, I KNOW!! BUT, you are a taken woman!! T-A-K-E-N W-O-M-A-M !!! Why do you torture me so, reminding me over AND over AND over again of what I can’t, and NEVER, N-E-V-E-R will be able TO have!! I think I’m just going to have to stay home in bed all day. Oh wait, I have a stomach flu and have to stay home anyway. Well, I guess I can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, staying good in bed today! = ) Yeah productive me!!

    Oh, FWIW, I know a thing or two about computers, can fix MANY things, AND I’ve been told I sing like an Angel, and that I’m more than handsome!! So, WHY AM I STILL SINGLE!?!?! Argh!!!!! Oh, could be because of my distrust of women, and fear of what they would saw behind my back, especially after getting to know me better… ; )

    (OK, half serious on that last one)

  18. LindaB

    Jonny! I am sorry about the hurts from your past dysfunctional (can I say that?) family life. That does seem to haunt a person for a life time, doesn’t it? And, on the other hand, I’m very glad you were “born” into God’s family and that He is able to heal all the hurts and brokenness from the past. I know it’s a process and doesn’t often happen overnight, but you are making good progress by being able to talk about it and make some sense of it now in hindsight. And we are praying for you, Brother! My pastor’s wife always says heartaches in this life either make you “better” or “bitter”! I think you are getting better, Jonny! Good job!

    And seriously, all joking aside, if you knew me well, and you had to chose between me and the stomach flu…….you’d chose the flu in a nano second. Trust me. LOL

  19. delightedabroad

    I’ll certainly keep on praying for Betty!

    Just to make things more understandable (and I’m totally aware of the fact that it has nothing to do with your post, Tori!): I DID in fact pass my finals in English successfully, yes BUT French is still going on. At least till long vacation. So I will have some tests to do and given I’m good enough written exams will start on 14 june…

  20. delightedabroad

    jonny, I didn’t mean to hit a sore point, I’m so sorry!


    As usual – AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So, we all now know what your next blog will be – instructions for repairing chandelier! What? No pics of the toes? I sent YOU one!
    LindaB – I’ve got 3 sec to learn – but would still have to take notes on that stuff! jonny and LindaB – y’all need to have a sitcom! Too funny! LindaB – your comebacks are GREAT!

    Auntie – Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeey there! You are amongst the greatest thinkers world-wide! Definitely the funniest, absolutely the most loving!

  22. jonny

    Thanks LB!! I just hope I haven’t scared off Janice, especially since she was brave enough to come back again in the first place!! REALLY sorry if I offended you J!! It truly started out as a bit of good, clean fun!! Had no idea at the time there where a few demons in the lurking!!

    And LB, maybe that’s why our little affair has lasted so long… We’ve never met!! = )

    Oh, and D, after being away awhile, Red is back at work again! It looks as tho she’s also been ‘promoted’ and is working full time. AND, last night, shortly before I left the little store, she flashed a quick little smile at me!! = )

    OK, back to pining after LB and enjoying my stomach flu, at the same time!! And, again, sorry Janice for dropping a rotten egg on your much appreciated coming back moment!!



  23. Janice

    Jonny, I am sorry if I sounded like I was bad-mouthing my hubby. I love the man extremely! I waited 37 years for God to bring the right man into my life and He did a fantastic job! We will be celegrating our 13th anniversary in May, and I love him more every day. My husband had a heart attack 2 months ago and it really scared me. I can’t imagine my life without him. We are totally opposite, but we complete each other. I would never disrespect him. I spoil him rotten.

    I’m glad Betty is doing better. Prayers will continue on her behalf.
    Jonny, don’t get discouraged, my 37 year wait was worth it.

  24. jonny

    Cool. Thanks for leting me off the hook on that one, Janice = ) Well, I’ve been waiting 46 years now, so I wonder if the longer you wait, the better the pay-off!! = ) Of course if I let go of my married, on-line, older women obsession it probably wouldn’t be taking this long… = /

    Really good to read you two complete each other, and sorry to read about the scare two months ago. Hopefully things are much better with his health already!!

  25. tori

    I just love all of you guys.

  26. GRITSinNC

    Wow! I didn’t know we had a new blog entry. Not really new though since it’s obviously been here since Friday.

    Enjoyable as usual, Tori. The “Say its” are always very entertaining also. Most of your friends have such keen senses of humor…love the comments.

    My ex and my son can fix anything (change that to ex COULD). When my son was a child, he could take something apart, put it back together with pieces left over but it still worked. Still works that way today…always has parts left over but things get fixed, including cars. :) As a divorcee most of my life, I got quite handy myself. I’ve even put in dimmer switches, put in new porch lights, etc. I could probably fix your chandelier, Tori, except that I’d now get dizzy and fall off the ladder.

    Sounds like a wonderful time in Asheville for Bill’s birthday. Saw the picture Russ shared on Twitter. George Beverly Shea is totally amazing.

    Though I couldn’t make it to the Asheville concert, I had the next best thing…wonderful concert in Asheboro with Ivan Parker, the Greenes, the Hoppers, the Anchormen, Brian Free & Assurance. Praise & worship to bring the house down. Only thing missing was you and Russ. And GVB. And…just everyone else!

    Praying for Betty. She’s blessed to have so many who love her praying for her, and many who don’t even know her.



    Hey, jonny – go get ‘em, buddy! Sing her a song!
    Tori – maybe i need to go ahead and send you the graduation invite? we will be past pacies and i will be told to see the music! (got to pick on you a little – since you do NOTHING ALL DAY BUT EAT BONBONS! AND PLAY W/ LITTLE DOGGIES!)


    Yall really do know that I was picking on her, right?

    GRITS!!!!!! WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO YOUR COURTHOUSE? ITS ALL OVER THE NEWS TODAY! Do you live near there? They’re finding dead women’s bodies around in my county! (Edgecombe) Now the total is 4, w/ the most recent being found last night – a 40 year old black woman. Once upon a time – it coulda been me, as many cars as I used to foolishly jump in – not knowing the person from Adam! Glory to Jesus for this victory and deliverance! peace


    I’m at the beginnings of paranoia here. Where’d everyone go? I know y’all can’t smell my breath – and I promise I took a shower this morning. What happened to everyone?

  30. delightedabroad

    Don’t panic, Delivered, they certainly will “re-appear” :-/
    and I’m full of French “stuff” and soooo tired – it’s 11.26pm here.
    So have a good night ‘over there’ :-)

  31. jonny

    Well, I just discovered Michael English through a an interview Russ did with him on YouTube. Been spending over two hours now watching/listening to him sing and checking out other interviews.

  32. phwd737

    Wished we lived closer, Tori! My hubby, Joseph, (Joe Appler), is a fantastic handyman! Like our girls used to say when they were little, (and actually still do), “My daddy can fix anything!” And he usually can! Quite amazing!

    I wasn’t used to this since my dad, (a doctor), couldn’t fix much around the house, but he was great at getting people healthy!


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