Funk & Flash

Found on my mom's bookshelf!

Found on my mom’s bookshelf!

Good morning, Vietnam! We’re back in business – thanks for your patience and kind words over the last two weeks – they’ve really carried me through. I’ve also been self-medicating with Idina Menzel’s acoustic rendition of this song from Rent, which has helped with the sadsies (that’s totally the medical term for being unable to get out of your pajamas for 3 days straight and a general malaise toward eating anything with actual nutritional value). I’ll tell you one good thing that has come from all of this – I discovered that I can get away without brushing my hair for several days if I wear a sock bun. The sock bun is my savior, and I’m going to build it a church.

I learned a lot of things from my mom in her final years living with cancer, but above all, it was that we can handle anything and can do it with humor. So, in that vein, I thought we could all share a laugh over some of the hilarious things my sister and I found when packing up my mom’s house (photos below).

  1. Partial instructions for how to grow a Star of David in water. Pretty sure that’s how you get into heaven.
  2. Random autographed head shot of Candice Bergen.
  3. A lot of money in currencies that no longer exist. (We also found some 5-dollar bills and spent them at Chili’s on a chocolate chip cookie skillet. It’s what Mom would have wanted.)
  4. A Parking Buddha (the parking meter head is my favorite touch) – this little dashboard talisman brought my family good parking spots for many years.
  5. Fillo dough and cleaning supplies – my mom loved both in abundance.
  6. Stop smoking therapy tapes. (They didn’t work. Probably too late to get our money back.¬† 1989, you owe me.)
  7. A pot smoker’s activity book followed, naturally, by #8.
  8. Liberal propaganda (this, in and of itself, is not so funny – but the fact that, in her final days, she kept this bumper sticker and button right by her side sort of is).
  9. Sweatin’ to the Oldies with Richard Simmons – UNRATED!
  10. A complete set of Tony Robbins’ Personal Power motivational series. (I’m concerned that my parents were taking advice from a guy who hadn’t yet grown facial hair. He was really working that power posture though.)
  11. The Funk and Flash book featured above. Luckily I never had to see my mom wearing any jeans like that.

What’s the funniest thing your parents own?

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