"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Home is not where you live, but where they understand you." - Christion Morgenstern
"There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them." -J.K. Rowling

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Epic Ending of the Great Prank War

If you all would just take a minute and look through the Blog Archives, you will find that the last move made in the Prank War was by the girls. You will also notice that it was posted on May 28th of LAST FREAKIN YEAR. The rules clearly state that a white flag of surrender must be hung from the losing party's base house. Katie and I - and Ryan's parents - agreed that, since it had been almost a WHOLE year without any kind of retaliation, the boys had pretty much surrendered, without actually doing it. Being the great friends that we are, Katie and I were more than willing to help them out.
To hang a flag of shame you only really need two things: a flag, and some trusty old duct tape. Katie and I embellished the flag with a huge marker so that it read "We, Ryan and Tanner, succumb to the superiority of Paige and Katie. SHAME SHAME SHAME on us :(" According to the rules, we had to hang it from their base house - Ryan's - for them, so we headed on over, not knowing where Tanner was, and knowing that Ryan would be stuck at a choir festival for the next four hours - unable to interrupt us like he did on the last one.
We arrived at the Ditty household, sheet and tape in hand. Mama saw the sheet in my hands, the tape in Katie's, that look in our eye, and clapped and laughed like a giddy schoolgirl, saying, "Oh, you guys are FINALLY going to do it! YES YES YES YES!!!"
Naturally, we asked if it was alright if we used duct tape on her roof, to which she said, "Oh, of course!"
Kate and I took to the roof, and Grace took the camera. In a matter on minutes, their banner of shame was hung, for the entire neighborhood to see. Kate had plans for later in the night, so, after we sent the tell-tale text, we left. While we were out and about, we received a text from Mama Ditty which said the following:
"It fell down. . .so Andrew (Papa Ditty) just nailed it to the roof :D I WILL get a picture with the boys by it before the night is over. . .!"
To sum the rest of the story up, after Kate left me, I returned to the Ditty house because I just couldn't resist the opportunity to see Ryan's first hand reaction. By the time he got home, it was much to dark to see the banner, but Mama had Papa go out and hook up a flood light so he would be able to see. How much cooler could those guys get, honestly? Needless to say, the boys were not happy, but they had their chance. The Great Prank War has come to a close without a white flag of shame. . . um, I mean, surrender, hanging from our base. Boys, you told us to bring it, and, apparently, it looks like we brought a little too much! I think we all knew the girls would come out on top ;D This is just our proof!
Moments Like These

One HUGE post!!!

So. . . we haven't posted in ages. Seriously. The last post was in February, before Tanner's birthday, but after our Family Christmas. So, in all reality we just suck at posting. To be honest, I can't really remember too much about Christmas, so most of this is coming from Kate's personal blog, because apparently THAT one is important enough to update, but this one isn't. Haha, just kidding, Kate :D.
We gathered at Katie's house with our gifts for one another, and the mandatory bubbly with which to toast to another wonderful year - which is funny because as Ryan said, "We were in the same spot last year and we all hated each other!" You guys would be surprised at how true that is. Anywho, we all love each other now, thank heaven. We poured the bubbly, and exchanged gifts.
I got Ryan the leather bound collection of Ray Bradbury books, Tanner the button key from his FAVORITE movie - Coraline - and the guys and I chipped in to get Kate a Dogeared necklace.
Ryan and Tanner chipped in and got me a star - which has been named Amity. They both have a rather odd obsession with rings, so they each just bought each other a ring that they knew the other wanted.
Kate gave Tanner an Express shirt, because we ALL agree that Tanner+Express= HOTTNESS. It's just a fact. She gave Ryan a 'Never Shout Never' shirt, and she gave me an awesome apron - in honor of the culinary field that has eaten my life - and a leather bound edition of Treasure Island. Pictures follow, but first, an explanation. See, when it's just the four of us, it's super hard to get all four of us in the picture. Ryan tried his hand at the whole camera thing, and we mocked him relentlessly because, well . . . he and the camera didn't get along. So Kate took a lot of pictures. She was there though :D

Ok, so after this all happened, we went back to our busy lives. Tanner is a full-time supervisor at the Megaplex at Thanksgiving Point and his major in Deaf Studies at UVU, Kate with her driver job at Jimmy John's and her, FINALLY ended, hunt for her extern, Ryan with his dedication - or lack thereof - to school, and me to my management job at Jimmy John's and the Mountainland Grill at the MATC. Tanner's life hasn't changed much, Kate's still at Jimmy John's and is now working at a hospital for her extern so that she can finally be done with her MA training. Ry has everything in order, and is busting his butt at a daily rehearsal for Pippin - his senior play. I've since quit Jimmy John's because the GM I started with got fired, and was replaced by someone who really didn't - and still doesn't - know what's going on. We didn't get along very well, so I left for a better job at Applebee's. I'm a chef on the line in the back, I get paid a dollar more than my MANAGEMENT job, and it's a FULL TIME job. Again, as Ryan so eloquently said, "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SUCK IT BENJAMIN SUCK IT!!"
Luckily, we were all able to find time to gather for Tanner's birthday. It was quite the eventful day. We bowled at Jack and Jill's in Lehi - I think there is a picture of the scores, I'm telling you now that I lost. Bowling and me don't get along - I love it, but I'm known as Queen of the Gutterballs for a reason. After we were done there, we stopped by Zupa's to pick up some food - as is the tradition for Tanner's birthday - and headed to my house where we ate - and toasted with the mandatory bubbly - and tie-dyed shirts. Then we did the presents. Katie got him a green shirt from J-Crew (if I remember correctly), I gave him a book by Edward Gorey - the guy who inspired Tim Burton - called the Gashlycrumb Tinnies - it's pretty much the alphabet of death - and Ryan took the cake with this one by getting him the ridiculously huge Coraline collection. It has a name that escapes me, I'm sure Tanner will be able to tell you. . .
Anyway, that's what the Family was up to for the long space of time where the blog was ignored. There are still. . . .
Moments Like These