Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Monday, July 4, 2011

What is the strangest thing you've ever seen in the water?

I don't know if this is so much strange as it is scary.

While Stud and I were in Italy, we decided to swim WAY out, away from shore. He was only 8 the year we went, so he wasn't the strongest swimmer. He was actually holding onto my shoulders, sort of lying on my back, while I swam. We were swimming along, enjoying ourselves, when I saw what I thought was a plastic bag float to the surface about 3 feet in front and to the right of me. It took about 3.6 seconds for me to realize that, no, it WASN'T a plastic bag, it was a freakin' jellyfish!!! I did an immediate 360, spinning so fast that Stud's hands were still clasped around my neck, but we were now face to face. I swam my ass off, while literally pushing him in front of me. Naturally, you don't really have any idea how far from shore you actually are until you turn around to head back. Well, it looked like we were a mile away, but I managed to get us back to shore in what felt like 4 strokes! Even now, as I type this, my heart is pounding, just from the memory. Yikes!

I hope you all have some fun plans for today to celebrate our country's freedom. We're supposed to have gorgeous weather here today. Yesterday was perfect, mostly in the 70s, which is about my limit. I was outside at about 7:30 this morning watering my flowers and it was just beautiful. Let's see what happens once the sun is up high.

Stud is very excited because his father bought him 2 huge bags of fireworks for today. He has been working on his plan of attack for days now. I just hope an injury is not part of that plan!

Have a Happy 4th of July!

7 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

Jelly fish scare the beejessus out of me too.
Enjoy the day; injury free!!!

angie said...

Happy 4th!

tell Stud to be safe!

jo.irish.rose said...

cheech!!! i am here in your city right now!! call my sister and she will tell you where i am at, well...i'm at a holiday inn in tinley...don't know how far that is from you. was hoping we could have a cuppa jojo!! i got in later than i thought. i will be up late, so call me, C has me number to call me. k? i would post it but then SUZ would call....hahahaha!! lol just kidding!! love you suz xoxoxoxox i will be up but was too tuckered out for another eight hours!! can you believe i'm here in your town!! call me if you want to!!

jo.irish.rose said...

no matter what time, C said to call her, and me too, no matter what time, i don't care...even if it's 3am, we can go to breakfast if you want. only if it's not too far away. i am in the holiday inn in tinley park center. wherever the heck that is. off I-80. i am planning on leaving in the morning after a quickie bite. so, if you want to, lemme know.

Mama Spaghetti said...

I hope you had an awesome 4th of July.

I love jelly fish...in aquariums. I don't even know what I'd do if I came across one in real life. Yikes!

Mark said...

Love the story.
We spent the weekend in the ocean trying to get away from those creatures.
I'm trying to catch up now. I hope that you had a great day! m.

karen gerstenberger said...

I hope you had a happy 4th with your Stud. xoxo