Thursday, April 9, 2009

practicing to be 70

Tuesday night I got to go with some friends to a Bingo and Basket night on post. It's where you and 100 of your closest competitors get out your daubers and pray that nobody shouts BINGO before you. (I should mention that I'm too cheap to spend $1 on a dauber and just used a lame marker.) I never thought I'd get so into it. My extroverted self, honestly, went mostly to be social. But when that man started yelling out numbers, the blood started to rush.

Did you know there's a whole Bingo culture? This isn't just the run-of-the-mill try to get a line straight across or diagonal. There's X's, Frames, 9-Squares, Crosses, I's, Total Blackout. People can be intense! And then when you add door prizes on top of it? There are chances to win everywhere.
me & Elizabeth
The big prizes of the night were Longaberger baskets filled with goodies. Now I'm not really into these baskets - like I said, I just went for fun. But I still would have jumped to the sky if I'd called BINGO and taken one of these sweet over-priced puppies home.

But I didn't get to call BINGO. I got close once. And a few at our table won. I was a little jealous.

But I did win a door prize. In fact, the best door prize of the night. Thanks to the generous folks at USAA, they called my name I skipped my way up to the front to receive my $100 Visa card!


That's not really the best part of the night. This is:You know how sometimes you're innocently posing for a "look how much fun we're having" picture and the microphone makes one of those loud noises that scares the living daylights out of you? And somehow you're the only one that reacts while everyone else knows to keep smiling prettily? And this is the picture that comes out? And then you feel stupid, but you can't stop laughing as everyone passes the camera around to show what an idiot you look like?

Well, this is that picture for me. But unfortunately it wasn't taken on my camera so when I came home I could only tell Jim about it... but really couldn't because I was laughing so hard and crossing my legs trying not to pee myself (thank you for that, pregnancy!). And Jim just looked at me like I had 3 eyes coming out of my head. Which made me laugh more. And then the tears came. And, well, maybe you had to be there.

Or maybe you should just click on the picture and zoom in on my head because it is that darn funny.


Megan said...

Laughing pretty hard at that picture! I love that you posted it!
How are you going to spend your gift card - investing in a shuffleboard set or maybe a set of daubers?

mrsbuckett said...

Thanks for updating us on your life again with your blog. I always enjoy hearing about what you're up to.

I didn't get a chance to post a comment on your quilt blog post so I will remember this time and say WOW! You did an awesome job. What's your secret to such a great binding around the edges? I stink at it.

Can't wait to see what you have up your project sleeve for your little man. :)

Rebecca said...

That is a very funny picture. You've brought this very grumpy frumpy girl a bit of laughter today!

Congrats on the gift card...I'm pretty sure I would prefer one of those over the basket thing myself.

And, you're simply glowing, dear. Just glowing.

Muthering Heights said...

I had no idea that Bingo was so intense!

Goofy face or not, you are looking adorable these days! I'm jealous that you do not have a big, fat face right can bet that I do!! :P

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Christie said...

ahhh, now you're the marathon quilting bingo maven grublet mama! Wondered what you had been up to lately...duh, now I remember you had told me the circus was coming to town! FYI, I like bingo and for future reference, bunco too! :-D

Cindy said...

OK I just caught up on all my reading about Karen's life and I can't stop laughing at Bingo night! You are to cute about the picture and I am totally loving that you posted the picture. I miss you!

Laurie said...

I featured your Baby Shower on Tip Junkie today. Thank you so much for the inspriation!

Shawna said...

Miss you Stella! Want you to post more!

Momma B. said...

I came back to look at your fabulous pic today....I needed a little laugh. Thanks for the pick me up!