Yesterday I made a batch of brownies. I've made more brownies this year than in my entire life combined hence. As I was gathering the ingredients, I quickly realized that I was going to use up both the sugar and the cocoa, so I got out my running grocery list and added them so I wouldn't forget.
And as I wrote these items down on the "Sugar Daddy" paper (thank you, Target "Dollar Spot"!), I had a realization that perhaps I do things a little differently than others - but maybe not. So I'm going to ask all of you reading this blog entry - when making out your grocery list, do you write things normally, or do you try to make yourself laugh? Is this an odd question?
I really never made grocery lists when I worked full-time; I just ran in, grabbed what I thought I needed and left. When I began really taking inventory, clipping coupons and writing thorough lists, I just started writing things in a "Mel" way. My first thought was that if I dropped my list or accidentally left it anywhere, maybe somehow it would make its way into the "Found" series of books or on the blog. Or the person who discovered it would think me a total freak. Either way, the idea was intriguing. After a while, though, I just started writing the lists my way because I enjoy laughing. Shocker.
Some of the "odd" things I write are on the lists in the pictures. For example, "Team Coco" in this case reminds me I need to pick up cocoa; it's not a reference to my allegiance to Conan O'Brien. When I see "Anton Chigurh" (pronounced "shi-GUR"), I know that sugar is on my list and not that Javier Bardem was awesome in the aforementioned role in "No Country for Old Men" (if that's not your cup of tea, perhaps you'd like "Suge Knight" better).
As you can see, I also enjoy saying things twice, like "crabby-crab" and "sour creamy-cream" and "coffee-coff". These things make me laugh. Try it - isn't it totally fun saying "crabby-crab"? And you can't just say it in your normal voice, either; shake it up a bit. See? Did you make yourself laugh?
I'm sure a lot of you have kids in your life. My inspirations are my "smooshers" Nat and Mia (my sister Jen's kids) and Brian's niece and nephew Josh and Sydney. Because of them, I will never say "chocolate" unless I'm out with people who don't know me very well - in my world, the word is actually chockit because that's what Nat called it. "Noodles" is for suckers; the REAL word is noonles, which is what Josh called them and is infinitely more fun to say.
Also, foreign accents and pronounciations make their way into my list. My friend Chad took Spanish for years in high school and college, and he used to crack me up by over-emphasizing the difficult "dth" sound which native Spanish-speakers can do with ease. So, from now on, it's enchiladtha ingredients on my list, which of course I sort of whisper to myself when I'm writing because it's so fun to say. Conversely, and this may be un-PC, my favorite breakfast staple will forever be known to me as Engrish muffins. Sorry, but that makes me laugh. A couple of times I almost got caught saying this in a restaurant as I was ordering breakfast, though. Oopsy.
Of course, all of these things are said out loud as well - I'm not going to confine them to just my lists! If someone were to ever bug our house, I wonder if Brian and I would be committed (those of you who know Brian may think he's not silly. Au contraire! You just don't have the great fortune of experiencing it like I do).
I guess my point to this entry, besides exposing one of the odder parts of my psyche to you, is that there are ways of making your world a little more fun and interesting. Don't enjoy a task? Then put a spin on it! If you hate mowing the lawn, try writing a song about how much you hate mowing the lawn, and then singing that song to yourself while you're doing it. Come on, you know you'll chuckle a couple times - how can you not? You wrote it!
Your assignment is to try and make yourself laugh today. Try a new accent when answering the phone at work (if someone calls you on it, just say you have a cold). Think of your favorite Seinfeld-ism when you're in the bathroom and then try not to laugh so people think you're insane. Come on, there are a zillion things you can do. But I guarantee it'll make your day a little more interesting. :D