Plus, I am surrounded by people who just love to remind me of the errors of my ways.
Meet my sisters:
Cindy (above) and Rhonda (below)
(faces changed to protect the guilty)
I think these pictures duly capture the very essence of my slightly-short-of-sainthood siblings who presented me with a Christmas gift (in front of God and everyone) that is the basis for my New Year's Resolution:
NEVER TELL YOUR SISTERS ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT REPEATED
It all started in September when the family was gathered around Dad in the hospital. We've all been there, right? Not knowing exactly what's wrong - waiting for test results - praying everything will be okay. You know how easy it is be become a bit distracted when there's so much to think about.
In the process of waiting and wondering, I tried to lighten things up a bit with "true confessions" after a quick trip to the bathroom.
"Don't ever try to use one of these to dry your hands because they aren't very absorbent," said I.
"You don't know the difference between toilet seat covers and paper towels?????" they howled!
"Of course I know the difference between toilet seat covers and paper towels, I'm just telling you, don't 'accidently' grab one of them instead of a paper towel because they aren't very absorbent."
They found that little comment hilarious too. I thought they were going to get us kicked out of the hospital the way they were laughing and carrying on.
In my defense, I truthfully told them the bathroom was very small, the seat covers were in close proximity to the sink, and the paper towels were on a side wall. I just logically grabbed the nearest paper product to dry my hands.
They just wouldn't let it go.
Seriously, on the way home from the hospital I sneezed in the car and Rhonda (a little too quickly) said, "Oh! Oh! Here's a tissue!"
She darn near went off the road trying to fish a toilet seat cover out from under her seat.
She was mainical!
Okay, so it was a good thing she grabbed a few because those two about peed their pants laughing about their forward thinking and ability to wait for an opportune moment to rub it in!
Fast forward to Christmas and the "surprise" that was hauled up from the basement.
A Christmas wreath made from toilet seat covers.
And yes, they had to repeat the whole sordid tale to EVERYONE.
So, what's your reasonable New Year's Resolution?