While You Were Out


Actually, I am the one who has been out of the blogo-mundo for the past couple of weeks.  

And boy have I missed you all!  

I have managed to sneak off here and there to read some of your posts but mostly, I have been going NON-STOP, like a chicken with her head still on…going from activity to activity to more activity, in preparation for my daughter’s high school graduation.

Here is what I have been up to:

1.  Preparing  my house for the arrival of Mama Brickhouse and her handsome husband of three years who arrived for the graduation festivities.  They are here for the week.

2.  Planning and coordinating an overnight party for the entire graduating class.  This entailed threatening begging parents to volunteer to chaperone the party at God-awful hours of the night as well as buying decorations, snacks and games for this big event.


The way it works is that every year the senior class has an all-night party right after graduation in an indoor arena where tents are pitched (literally and figuratively), there is a dj and dance floor, tattoo artists, bounce houses (none of them flew away, thankfully), games, photo booths, etc.  I was this year’s lucky parent who chaired and coördinated this entertainment committee.  Ay, Dios Mio!  It was a lot of work.  I also got to chaperone between 10:00 pm and 2:30 am.

Try chaperoning 150 kids who are ready to party, including your daughter who does not want you to be there, while trying to make yourself somewhat invisible, yet guarding the “glowing” tents as  kids try to sneak a joint or four as a plume of cannabis spreads over the arena.  Not to mention the couples who were hoping to mess around without being seen.  Fortunately, it was a huge success, the kids had fun, no one got hurt and no one got arrested. Phew.


3.  Watching my husband work tirelessly in the yard for the past month and supervising him from inside the house as he plants flowers, gardens, grass and spreads mucho mulch.  I obviously did not supervise him enough because the day before Mama Brickhouse was to arrive, he decides to have a humongous pile of MANURE-COMPOST delivered right to our driveway.  A mountain of CACA for all guests to see and smell.  It is still there, untouched.   Needless to say, Mama Brickhouse took offense to the pile of shit that awaited her.  What was he thinking?


4.  Helping plan another graduation party for my daughter and three of her best friends, for 100 guests.


5.  Attending an award ceremony for seniors where my daughter received 4 awards including 2 scholarships!  YAHOO!  🙂

6.  This was of course, the best part:  Attending my beautiful daughter’s High School graduation where I got to proudly watch her shake her principal’s hand and accept her graduation certificate.  

Daughter Brickhouse & Mama Brickhouse

Daughter-Brickhouse & Mama-Brickhouse

7.  Drinking lot’s of vino in order to survive said activities.

8.  Putting my aching, sexy and exquisite bunion-filled feet up and wrapping them in ice until they are numb and completely frozen.


Hi Bob, my foot fetish friend! 🙂

The festivities are not over until this weekend when I plan on doing this for the rest of the summer:




Have you attended any fun festivities lately?

46 thoughts on “While You Were Out

  1. It’s crazy that you’ve survived all that…dude I’m just exhausted hearing about all that. Dude! Parties are definitely fun, but planning and preparing for one is totally stressful. I raise a nice glass of red in your honor chica. Salud! And what a nice pic of Lil’ Brickhouse and Mama Brickhouse. Good looking ladies you got there…it’s no wonder that your eyeball is so beautiful 🙂 You’re all hot looking. 🙂 Enjoy the festivities chica 🙂

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    1. Como estas, mi amiga?? I am heading your way to catch up on what you have been up to now that your chocolate extravaganza is over! LOL on my eyeball being beautiful. No one has ever said those words to me before. 🙂


    1. It was crazy busy, and I have consumed mucho alcohol in order to make it through. My mom is still here visiting and we have a family party two hours away tomorrow night. I could use a little ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz


  2. Wow the fact you survived that crazy party organizing I am in awe! The manure story is so funny. My husband would be exactly the same lol. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter.

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    1. I just don’t get why men do that. When my mom was going into labor with me, my dad had just decided to organize his sock drawer and would not take her to the hospital until the socks were in order. HUH? Thanks for the re-tweet. 🙂


      1. Oh my goodness how bizarre. I heard Jamie Oliver went back home from hospital to sort the chicken out. I think he got back there in time. Weird!


    1. Ha! It was so tough to get people to volunteer, I don’t think they felt too lucky to have me – more like happy to avoid me as I was the face of guilt and persuasion! 🙂 In the end parents stepped up and were a great help. I’m just glad it’s over. The scholarship is wonderful – every little bit helps! Thanks for stopping by again. 🙂


    1. That’s exciting! I can’t believe I have no more to go. 😦 I’ve got quite the mixed emotions. To me, as long as the kids are happy and adjusting well to “life” then I am ok.


  3. Oh Maria, this brings it all back for me when my eldest son graduated (the only of my three who had an American high school graduation) with the parties, awards ceremonies, everything. You are one busy brickhousemomma….! I love the cake, it’s beautiful. Also the photo of your daughter and mom, gorgeous. And congratulations on your daughter’s scholarships and awards!! This is an exhausting time, no doubt about it, but I hope you really do get to relax this summer after all the festivities 😀 😎

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    1. Exhausting but so exciting and momentous. She worked so hard in high school so it’s nice to see her reap some rewards. 🙂 The baker of this cake is amazing. I have gotten all the cakes for our family from him since the kids were little. DELISH! It’s been wonderful having my mom here for the week, she leaves on Saturday and I won’t see her again until Thanksgiving. The kids love when she’s around and we all love her husband. 🙂


  4. What a fantastic photo of your mother and daughter, Maria! Thanks for sharing all the happening going on in the Brickhouse. Sounds exhausting, but fun! Congratulations to your daughter! I know you’re so proud. 🙂

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    1. I also love that photo of the two of them. They are so cute together and love hanging out together. I am slowly recovering but boy did it take a lot out of me! I plan on relaxing and enjoying the rest of the summer. 🙂


  5. My, my, how I’ve missed this busy Mrs. B. Your world has been in some state, I see. I knew of the graduation, and the visit from Mama Mrs. B., but the party for every graduating senior? The first person who came up with that idea should be sent across town lines. Forever. I mean, insanity for the hosting couple, indeed. I hope you and the real Mr. B never find out what went on when the graduates succeeded in slipping away. And Mr. B, a pile of CaCa? Did you do that on purpose? You can tell me. I’ll keep the secret between two Mr. B’s. Mrs. B, get those feet up and enjoy the summer, finally and at last. You deserve it. And as far as fun festivities, my dear wife Karen and I are in Cape Cod, mid-vacation week. I’ve posted every day. We’ve brought the dog. Wahoooo!

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    1. Ha,ha,ha! Mark, you crack me up! I am so glad I do not have any other children in high school because it was so stressful to be part of the committee for the all-nighter. In the past, parents of juniors planned the whole thing leaving the senior parents to worry only about graduation festivities, but they soon bailed out and now senior parents have to. Ugh! The important thing is that the kids had fun…I guess. 🙂

      As to the Caca in my driveway, it is still there. At this point, it does not matter because everyone has been blessed with its aroma and sight. 🙂

      So glad you and the real Mrs. B are having fun at the Cape!


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