It goes back to an old family story involving Poppy's woefully misguided (according to Grandma) purchase of a pick-up truck. Grandma took one look at the truck in her driveway, and asked Poppy -- with great dollops of unapologetic, snarky snobbery -- if he planned to carry his "beau-ling bahllll" around in it.
(I think Poppy ended up returning the truck.)
And so we all pronounce it this way, and are sure to give Grandma a call when we have a chance to go "beau-ling."
This weekend it was the Eldest Girl-Next-Door's 10th birthday party at Lucky Strike.
(What's with all these 10th birthdays anyway? As if it's 'the thing to do,' this turning 10 nonsense: "But mah-ahm! Ah-ahl the cooooool kids are turning 10..." Hmph.)
Next-Door Mama hand-painted the super-cool tees, and made the yummy mini-cupcakes.
Sadly, the fantastic photo-booth at Lucky Strike has been replaced with a digital fauxto booth. Still, there was boothing (happy, sad, silly [with-bonus-'Turtle Face'], asleep).
It probably ought to be mentioned that Ander also attended a roller-skating 10th birthday party yesterday.
It might therefore be prudent to state for the record that Ander has never been to a roller-rink, and as far as we can remember has never roller-skated.
(Yeah, I know. But there are an insane number of driveways in our neighborhood. And crazy ficus-root-tectonics.)
This is likely also a good place to confess that the last time I was personally wearing lace-up shoe-skates I was also wearing rainbow suspenders, stripey toe-socks, and Dittos, and sporting a Dorothy Hamill "wedge".
This may actually have been at a friend's 10th birthday party.
So you can imagine the grace and decorum Ander and I exhibited on the small, crowded, but utterly charming rink at Moonlight Rollerway.
Let's just say there might have been some wall-hugging, snort-laughing, uber-cool skating-with-a-purse-over-the-shoulder, and even a smattering of crawling worked into our skating programme.
But as there is no photo evidence, I'm going to say that last sentence describes only Ander's trip around the rink.