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In which Lynn is a specimen … tree

The other day Kevin and I were having a conversation on sanity and trying to figure out how you tell if someone is sane or insane.


Me:                  I think I might be the sanest person I know.


Kevin:             Insane people always think they’re sane.


Me:                  Yeah, I know, bipolar people always think they’re right because when they’re in their maniacal stage they think they have all the answers.


Kevin:             Exactly


Me:                  But even though I’m bipolar that’s not true of me because I actually have a good perspective on my craziness.


Kevin:             You keep telling yourself that Lynn…



Me:                  No really!  I have a pretty clear picture on my strengths and weaknesses.  I always admit to my faults therefore I know I’m sane.


Kevin:             Rightttttt….


Me:                  Why? Where do you think I fall?


Kevin:             Well, here’s SANITY (and he takes his hand and raises it into the air about a foot)


Me:                  yeah and …


Kevin:             … and here’s INSANITY (and he takes his other hand and holds it up about six inches below the other hand … are you with me so far?)


Me:                  … and where am I?

Kevin:             … You’re right up here on the Sanity Plateau but you’re just teetering on the edge there.


Me:                  (pause) so those are The Cliffs of Insanity?


And then we crack up because we’re huge Princess Bride fans and if you haven’t seen that movie you should and you probably won’t even like this conversation.  But if you have seen this movie than yeah, you get it; The Cliffs of Insanity.


So we’re laughing and laughing because honestly, Kevin didn’t even realize that he was going there when he was giving his example but it was JUST PERFECT.


So I’m sane, but barely.  Now you know.   What you mostly know is that Kevin and I are endlessly laughing about stupid stuff and we can entertain ourselves for hours.


Why just yesterday we were lounging around in the pool and Kevin looked and we had the following conversation:


Kevin:             That corkscrew willow (at the end of our driveway) looks horrible.


Me:                  Yeah, we should cut it down.


Kevin:             All those storms have destroyed it and there are dead branches everywhere.


Me:                  I know… it looks horrible.  We should cut it down.


Kevin:             We should…


Me:                  hmmm


Kevin:             We should probably put a specimen tree in its place.


Me:                  Nah, that’d cost too much money.  I’ll do it.


Kevin:             Do what?


Me:                  I’ll just stand there and be a specimen.


Kevin:             Like just stand there at the end of the driveway?


Me:                  Yep!  Can you imagine?  People will just drive up and say, “What the hell is Lynn doing standing there at the end of the driveway?”


Kevin:             hahahaha


Me:                  …  and you’ll say.  We wanted a specimen tree but it was too damn expensive so we decided that a specimen would do just as well.


Kevin:             We have the dumbest conversations ever


Me:                  (laughing) yep


Kevin:             It could be a blog post


(Seriously, at this point…what isn’t?)


Me:                  We could call it “in which Lynn is a specimen … tree”


Kevin:             Perfect.  Will you remember this conversation?


Me:                  Probably not


But I did…


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  1. RCB
    June 9, 2011

    Sane equals normal, normal equals what the majority think is OK or good or absurd (the list is endless) – given that definition of sanity, we don’t want to be sane, now do we, Lynn? You just go and be that tree.


    Randy from just across the Atlantic

    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      See? you get me…i like being just how i am and honestly, so does my family so i’m not changing anytime soon.

  2. Katja Brown
    June 9, 2011

    I think it was in your Washington DC post that your daughter said to you “Mom, does everything (or every conversation) have to be a blog post for you?” Your conversation with Kevin is a perfect example of it! Love the specimen tree comment. Let me know how that works out for you!

    BTW, I would LOVE to know where the picture of the cliffs was taken!

    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      yeah, my kids hate my blog…that picture was the actual place where they shot the princess bride…if you google Cliffs of Insanity on Google images you can find it

  3. Casey Freeland
    June 9, 2011

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    One of our most favorite family films. I may watch it tonight.

    And I’d love to see your specimen tree impression. Pictures please.

    Even though I don’t know what a specimen tree is. Sounds dirty.



    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011’s like a special japanese maple or something fancy…we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Princess Bride

  4. Mandi
    June 9, 2011

    Wow! First time reader of your blog and I could swear we’re living the same (almost) life. My boyfriend and I have conversations like yours all the time. It’s the best relationship I’ve had EVER. We’re total fans of the Princess Bride and are constantly applying quotes from that movie in everyday life. I’m so glad I found this blog!

    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      Well, if you enjoy random, inane conversations you have definitely come to the right place. Also, I’ve been married 25 years (I think) and if you can be silly with your significant other, you’ll have a great relationship. That’s my opinion at least!!

  5. Mandi
    June 9, 2011

    I’ve been in this relationship since last August. We’re always laughing which is a welcome change. Random, inane conversations are my life.

    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      I hear ya…you and me both

  6. Lady Estrogen
    June 9, 2011

    That’s great. I think I could be one of those, but I couldn’t just stand there – give me a damn couch & you’d soon start seeing roots growing out my ass.
    I’d be sure to wave as you drove by.
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    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      Hahaha…like I’m ever gonna be driving by somewhere in Canada

  7. Alison@Mama Wants This
    June 10, 2011

    Hahaha! You guys are hilarious! Secret to a good marriage then? :)

    • Lynn
      June 10, 2011

      well, certainly i our case it is. Kevin told me that he only stays with me because i’m funny and no matter how bad the day is at work, i can cheer him up…so yep

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