Summer is winding down for us here. My year goes on the school year and has for some 30 years. My kids went to school, I worked as a paraprofessional for 15 years, my daughter is a teacher, and my grandson is going into 5th grade. So no January to December for us!
Next week the daughter goes back to work and the grandson to school on the 15th. Now my life is never one of just relaxing and doing what I want - sometimes I admit I wish for that and at other times I am happy to be running around.
Things will shift from running around and doing things with the daughter and GS - my daughter has a hard time staying home and enjoying being home - but she is young - so she likes to enlist me. It's stressful at times. However now that school is starting up - it will be stressful too - but in a whole different way.
I am Chatty Cathy, Crazy Cathy, and mixed up Cathy too sometimes - I need to find a happy medium - lol - and it's hard.
So to splurge the last weekend of summer - Linda my dear A La Carte friend - told me she and her daughter went to a taping of the Family Feud with Steve Harvey.
If you live in Georgia or near Georgia here is the web site to get tickets:
and I have no idea why I can't get it to come up as an email address - you will have to copy and paste - sorry.
I guess it was being taped somewhere else - but Steve Harvey lives in GA and wanted it taped here - so they are taping it at the Atlanta Civic Center.
Of course - we can't go to the taping without eating at my daughter's favorite restaurant - the Cheesecake Factory.
Okay you know the quote - the road to h--- is paved with good intentions?
Well we did order salads...
Kind of a pretty restaurant - really big.
Tall enormous ceilings.
This is my creme stealer.
This is how my creme stealer eats his cheesecake - notice the middle missing. He doesn't like the oreo's - can you imagine that?
He ate the middle out of it.
Put it on a spoon and ate it like a sucker - meal time with him is always an adventure.
Now look at that two pages of cheesecakes - and my daughter and I didn't get a piece!
If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn! Okay I cannot tell a lie - a piece of Chocolate Raspberry Truffle AND a piece of Red Velvet - well we did leave some . . . they looked OD on sugar don't they?
On to the Civic Center and to the two o'clock taping of Family Feud. We were supposed to get there at 2 pm.
Okay okay - this is where Chatty is good and bad. I knew it was for 16 and older. With that in mind Linda said she saw some other younger folks there. So this was my deal - if they let us in great and if they didn't - not great - but okay. We were standing waiting in the 100 degree heat and as they started to line us up a gal came to me and asked how old he was. I said ten. She said well you have to be 16 - I said I know, but another gal (thanks Linda) told me she had seen other young ones in there. So then the gal said, "Well just know he swears a lot." I leaned over and covered my mouth with paper so the others around me couldn't hear - and I said, "So does his grandpa!" She laughed her head off and let us in.
Okay we get in and you know he swears less than grandpa. And they very definitely sit you by demographics. They picked young couples for the front rows and everyone else in the back. Now we were heading towards the front row - but with the GS was pulled to sit in the back - which with us was okay - the pressure was off. We were right by the car.
It is going to be shown in mid- September - our 15 minutes of fame. It was with the Rose family - who were roller derby gals! They came in on skates.
We had fun and they offered to let us do it again later that day - but sitting for one was good for us.
Now this is funny - you have to know my daughter - she is shy. I am getting her into more pictures and blogs she ever dreamed possible. Now a good blogger is always ready to take a picture. And on our way home we saw a policemen on his Thing A Ma Jig - remember Mall Cop - what was it that he rode in the mall? So I threw the camera to her and said, "Take a picture." She panicked because he was looking straight at her - so she turned and took this. I'll get her trained yet!
So for good and bad . . . and I have been learning some personal lessons lately - believe me.
"What matters most is that we learn from living."
~ Doris Lessing
So what is your favorite flavor of cheesecake?