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Score one for Team Alicia!

Called mother and got the machine!  Woo-hoo!  I did my due diligence (doesn't that give just give y'all warm fuzzies when used to describe familial matters?) and am officially off the hook for the year.  I'll try to call my sister in July for her birthday, but she always seems to be conveniently asleep/in the shower/out when I call.  Not sure if that's mother intercepting the calls to try to keep us from talking, or if Steph has just developed the same dread of talking on the phone that I have.

Well, she's chatty enough on FB, so that works, too.

My high school friend Diane pointed out that mother shares a birthday with Alison Arngrim, most famous for playing Nellie on "Little House on the Prarie."  Bless her heart, she said "Isn't it funny that your mom shares a birthday with someone who used to play someone we wanted to slap when we were growing up?"


Unfortunately, Di is one of my friends who buys mom's act.  It's almost like I have two sets of friends:  the ones who see her facade, and the ones who know what she's really like.  And Di has managed to cling to a sort of innocence that makes me loath to disabuse her of the notion that I have the second best mother in the world (next to hers, of course).

So...I decided to skip the re-watch of 'Gypsy' and have settled in with a couple of episodes of Little House.  The Hallmark channel has oblidged me by running the very first episodes,

I'm just sitting here, wanting to slap Nellie.  Happy birthday, mother.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 18th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
I am so there with you on due diligence, when it comes to my Dad. *fistbump*
Jan. 19th, 2016 08:55 am (UTC)
Jan. 18th, 2016 10:48 pm (UTC)
Did you know Alison Arngrim titled her memoirs "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" ?
Jan. 19th, 2016 08:54 am (UTC)
Yes! I really want to read that.
Jan. 19th, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
I have read it, and it's great. HUGE trigger warning for abuse, however. Still worth the read, but just so you know.
Jan. 19th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Good to know.
Jan. 18th, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
Happy you got the machine!
Jan. 19th, 2016 06:03 am (UTC)
"Slap Nellie Olsen Day"? I LIKE IT!!!
Jan. 19th, 2016 08:56 am (UTC)
I think it needs to be a national holiday.

Actually, I think I'm just going to declare it one. :)
Jan. 19th, 2016 10:36 am (UTC)
Glad you got the machine. Sometimes that is a relief.
Jan. 19th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
My dad has several people to whom he ONLY shows his best side - he has the ability to be amazingly charming when he chooses to be. Never speak ill of him to his older sister - she will not believe a word of it. (10 years older, not raised together, never ever spend any extended time together...much like Di and your mom. do not bother trying to convince her - she will not get it)
Jan. 19th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
re: your sister? One way to find out - pm her on Facebook and ask her if your mother has been passing on the messages when you call. It took 10 years, and my sister in law forcing my brother to look up my number in the phone book and call me directly, to find out that my mother had been feeding both of us a line of shit to keep us from speaking. The reason SIL forced the issue? My mother told her I'd declined the invitation to my nephew's baby shower - the invitation my mother tossed in the garbage rather than give to me with the rest of my mail. Within 2 hours of receiving that call, my brother showed up at my front door and drove me off to the shower and to meet my nephew - who my mother had not told me had been born yet.
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