What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

If Disaster Strikes, I Am Ready

Saturday, The Bean and I went to the Home Safety Show.  It was geared towards Home Safety aspects like tornado shelters, filtering your own drinking water (from rain or ponds), drying your own food, being self reliant in a crisis and other slightly terrifying things.  I'm not one of those Doomsday believers, so I don't think I need to prepare for the end of the world, but it would be nice to have a storm shelter and some food packed in in just in case we had a storm.  We learned about lightening strikes and CPR and other important things.

Having said that, so I sound like a responsible adult wanting the best for my family and their safety.......I really only went for one reason.  And one reason alone.  

To get me some Survivor Colby Donaldson eye candy.  Mmmmmmm.....Mmmmmm he is delish.  When I walked up to him, he smiled and shook my hand and introduced himself, "Hi!  I'm Colby!  And you are?????"  And I replied, "Hi Colby.  I am Shara.  Nice to meet you."  But it came out HIcolbyIAMsharaNICEtoMEETyou all in one sentence and it might have sounded like a mixture of Minnie Mouse and James Earl Jones too.  Good to know I can keep my cool when I meet celebrities.  Actually, celebrities don't thrill me.  But Colby, well, he was just too damn handsome for his own good.  Yummy.  As much as I like Colby, well, my Mom loves him more.  A lot more.  In her words, "That boy can wear a pair of jeans."  I wanted to tell him that, but I couldn't decide if that would make him laugh or mortify him.  Besides, he didn't appear to understand my Minnie Mouse chatter anyway.  I did get it together enough to tell him my Mom's name so he could sign her a photo and to tell him how much my Stepdad likes Top Shot.  He understood that, because he told me "Good - good - glad he's watching and he likes it!"  Later in the day, Colby walked past me and sneezed.  I gave him a "Bless you" as he passed.  Now, today, my head is all congested and I think I am getting sick.  So, my story is that Colby gave me a cold.  I've never been prouder!

*I took a lot of photos, but the iphone didn't do as well as I hoped.  I din't have the sense to take a photo of him and The Bean for his "Famous Folks I Have Met" Wall. 

Not that the $6.00 admission for me wasn't completely worth it just to meet Colby, we received goodie bags chock full of freebies including pens, flashlights, t-shirts, a gigantic roll of duct tape (I mean HUGE) and other things PLUS I won one of the door prizes which was this giant set of loppers for trimming trees.  Oh yea, I also won a $10.00 Home Depot Gift Card.  Not bad for $6.00!


  1. I met him one time at Ikea.

  2. LOVE your mom's description of a handsome man......I'll have to use it sometime - either with my girlfriends - or maybe my dear husband!

  3. We like Colby, too. He's a Texan, so we kind of have to! But he is cute. That tree trimming tool looks better than the one I have. We aren't exactly "doomsday" people, but we do have a few days worth of food & water put away along with first aid and misc. stuff. We have had, ever since our first year in the Tulsa area and had to learn about spring storms the hard way.


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