Skip to main content

Ten Things of Thankful: Let's Laugh Edition

John takes a selfie with a statue of an alligator, which is on a brick wall in Baker City, Oregon

I love to laugh. Humor has always provided relief from stressful times. During my 3rd pregnancy, I spent the six weeks prior to my son's birth in the hospital, in an effort to prevent an extremely early delivery. (He managed to wait until 30 weeks--still very early, but much better than 24.)  Every night, I would be hooked up to a fetal monitor to see how he was doing. I would use that time to watch sit-coms on TV. More than one time, the nurse would come into my room to make sure everything was OK, because my laughter was causing the monitor to read strangely. I tried to sit still and behave, but I also welcomed the emotional relief that laughter brought to my situation.

Collectively, we are experiencing some stressful times right now, but there are many individuals who are helping--in lots of ways, including comic relief. I thought it might be fun for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post for me to share some funny sites/posts/clips I've seen recently, as well as some old favorites.  I'm thankful for all these examples of humor:
  • The Instagram posts of Subpar Parks. She takes real one-star reviews of National Parks and turns them into beautiful posters. One of my favorites is her poster of Arches National Park. Her caption? "Nothing like the license plates" 
  • The Twitter feed of the National Cowboy Museum. Tim, head of security at the museum, has been in charge of the twitter feed since mid-March. From the #Hashtags to the "Thanks, Tim" sign-off of his posts, he brings a smile to my face. 
  • Carol Burnett's toilet paper sketch. Need I say more?

  • Parody songs, like this one:


  • A flyer that I found on my front door. I know what it meant, but I laugh thinking about me bouncing in a jump house as a way to relax. 

A flyer for Kangaroo Zoo, a bounce house, which reads, "Let's Bounce! A Gift from me to you to help you relax. . ."
  • A sign I saw months ago in a restroom. I thought it was funny; John thought it made perfect sense to explain to tourists from Asia how to properly use western toilets. However, I'm not sure that commas are used with kanji, so that's a little funny too, right?
A sign that reads "For Safety and Maintenance Reasons, Please Do Not Stand on the Toilet Seats"
  • This is an oldie, but just watching the enthusiasm with which this dog plows into the pile of leaves makes me laugh every time.
  • This is an even older video, but it reminds me of my oldest son when he was about that same age, except he was laughing hard not at a paper ripping, but at John swinging a stick at a golf ball we found in the park.  I dare you not to laugh!
  • Speaking of babies, my baby brother is having a birthday! In his honor, my mom put this photo (and others) on Facebook. I was so excited to realize that we had a photo with the pet ferret we had! We didn't have it for long, but it sure made me laugh, and seeing a photo of me holding it also made me laugh.
My mom sits on a floral couch and holds my baby brother, while my sister and I sit on either side of them. I am holding a ferret.
  • I smile and laugh often with John. I don't think I mentioned it before, but one of the last things we did before everything shut down was we went curling! Let me tell you, I have a new respect for those Olympic curlers! First of all, the length of the rink is a LOT longer than it looks on TV. Secondly, it is NOT EASY to put one foot on the starting block, the other on a piece of Teflon (that the instructor told us is "slicker than snot"), then push off, all while trying to stay upright in a crouched position while pushing and aiming a 42-pound stone! Quite frankly, I couldn't do it, and I have bruises on my knees to prove it. The instructor sweetly asked if I wanted to try "the other way". And that is how I got to just push the stone with my broom, as I slowly walked down the ice. I felt like I was bowling with bumpers, but I didn't care. Anyway, I'll end my list with a short video of John demonstrating how curling is actually supposed to be done. 

 So, what things are you thankful for this week? What has made you laugh lately? Have you ever gone curling, and if so, how in the world did you manage to keep your foot on that slippery piece of Teflon?

Joining me at the blog hop:
The Prolific Pulse
MessyMimi's Meanderings
A Season and a Time
the Wakefield Doctrine
Carin's Gratitude
Recording Life Under the Radar
Backsies Is What There Is Not

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Comments

  1. Laugh away, it's helping us all. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am going to have to find another Dan Mazz parody. He has a good voice too.
    Thanks for the laughter.
    John looked like he was really enjoying the curling!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. John loved curling! When the rink opens up again, I wouldn't be surprised if we went again.

      Delete
  3. Excellent Six, truly 'the best medicine'.
    That dog-and-pile-of-leaves clip. That is part of why I like to look to dogs as role models. After the age of seven, how many of us are capable of giving ourselves over to the moment and enjoy something with so little self-consciousness and joyful abandon.*

    Thanks again for keeping the light on.

    *ok, we are talking about dogs, the epitome of in the moment, lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, people could learn much from dogs about living in the moment and enjoying life to the fullest.

      Delete
  4. Wonderful post today! As we all agree, laughter is indeed the best medicine. The baby clip was so adorable and definitely made me laugh :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't think of an easier way to laugh than to hear a baby belly=laugh like that!

      Delete
  5. Ok i believe this is 5 or 6 comments....havent gone through...testing...testing....

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great list! Your cousin's son has a terrific voice! Love the enthusiasm of the dog jumping into leaves. That baby's belly laughs can't help but make a person smile - my husband could hear it from across the room, and he sat there grinning about those giggles! I WANT TO TRY CURLING! I feel pretty sure I would fall down, but I want to try it, anyway!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. To be clear, I got that video from YouTube--it isn't my cousin's son, but he does have a great voice. :=) After this coronavirus is a thing of the past, come to Utah and I'll take you curling!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Even in Times of Uncertainty

  A railroad switch point on the tracks at the Golden Spike National Historic Park There is a lot I don't know. I don't know who will lead the United States for the next four years (at the time I'm composing this post, that hasn't been determined yet.) I don't know when covid cases will stop rising in my state and start decreasing. I don't know how challenging situations will turn out. There is much uncertainty in life. Living in limbo-land is hard. It's emotionally exhausting. It can be immobilizing. My body seems to think chocolate is the answer, but I know that isn't a long-term solution. What do I need in times like these? I need to REMEMBER . 1. R esilience. People are resilient. I am resilient. I'm thankful for resilience. 2. " E ach Life That Touches Ours for Good." So many people, both those I know in "real life," and those I have only met virtually, have taught me, encouraged me, and been examples to me. I'm thankful

Ten Things of Thankful: Another Trip Around the Sun

  A mixed bouquet of pink and purple flowers sits on a round table Last weekend, I celebrated another birthday. I think the earth moves around the sun faster and faster each year, but I can't prove it. Before another minute goes by, let me share my Ten Things of Thankful list for this week. I'm thankful for family: A birthday dinner with my daughter Birthday calls/texts from family members Beautiful flowers from my children A Facetime call with grandchildren. (My grandson repeated three words the entire time: "I am three!" At one point, I told him I would call him Groot.😉)  Drexel and his laid-back nature (The following video shows Drexel on the floor, while the robotic vacuum repeatedly runs into him and starts up his hind leg and tail. Drexel never gets up.) John and his engineering skills. Yesterday, the bishopric of our ward (church congregation) drove around the neighborhood and (taking care to observe covid recommendations) passed out doughnuts to everyone. Eac

Ten Things of Thankful: Last Two Weeks

  Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, as viewed from an overlook I apologize for not commenting on your blog posts this past week; John and I took a vacation to Yellowstone National Park, leaving behind our computers and, to a large extent, cell phone service. We escaped the outside world and just spent time in nature. Though we have friends near Yellowstone (who we love to visit) we made this trip just about us, so please forgive us if we were nearby and didn't stop by. The crowds were minimal (though we did mask up whenever we passed someone on the trails) and we spent our days hiking, taking photos, and watching geysers erupt. Today, we are back home and back to work, and, in the case of my computer, back to old shenanigans like not letting me import my photos. (I was able to add the above photo by using blogger on my phone, but that isn't my preferred method.) I want to write about Yellowstone and have photos I want to share, but will leave that for another