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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

At No Time Did We Discuss Anything of Consequence


Maryna thinks Erin really should try some lipstick.

We are four, maybe five drinks into the afternoon when she decides this.

“Why you don’t wear leepsteek?  You have beautiful leeps.  Pearl, look me and tell me truthfully:  does Erin have beautiful leeps?”

Erin grins at me from across the booth. 

Galentine’s Day, 2013.  Sixteen women, sixteen cash cards.

I grin back at Erin.  “Erin’s leeps – hic! – lips are like curvaceous little –“  I pause and forget to start up again.  I am looking for something to convey the curving, plumpness of her lips but the only words that spring to mind are “gummi worms” and “kiss cushions”. 

This will not do.

I laugh to myself.

“I’ve tried wearing lipstick,” Erin says to the booth at large.  “It always gets on my teeth.  I just pretty much stick to gloss.”

“You,” I say, cleverly pointing out the obvious and chuckling to myself, “have to stop – hic! – applying it to your teeth.  ’snot teethstick!”

Maryna regards me patiently.  “No, my dear,” she says, “ees not teethsteek.”  She and Erin share a smile, and I blink heavily.  Perhaps I should order a water…

Erin shakes a vigorous finger at me.  “You,” she says.

Maryna and I both stop what we’re doing and stare.

“That’s all,” Erin says, waving her hand dismissively.  “Just YOU.”

These things are funny to us.

Maryna finishes applying the first color to Erin’s lips.  “You like?”

Erin pulls a compact from her purse, examines her lips in the tiny mirror.  “Wow.  I love this.  Pearl, do you love this color?”

I, too, love the color, and signify so by nodding drunkenly.

“Ees official,” Maryna says.  “We loff first color.  Mebbe we smoke now, come back and try another color?”

And this is funny to us, too.

And you know why?

Because Happy Galentine’s Day, that’s why.



36 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Happy Galentine's Day is good 'nuff for me. Sounds like you had a smashing time!

Shelly said...

Galentine's Day needs to be an official holiday with it's own associated music, cards, and traditions.

I think you've already hit on one great tradition- the applying of a new lipstick color you've never tried.

Does it have to be an even 16 for the number of friends? Can it be on odd number and officially still be Galentine's?

Pearl said...

Jacqueline, a good time was, as they say, had by all!

Shelly, oh, no. Any number of people can have a happy galentine's day. :-) There should, however, be lipstick.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That's exactly what you should discuss after 5 drinks. And laugh a lot.

Pearl said...

Green Girl, :-) My thoughts exactly.

Eva Gallant said...

Laughter with gal friends is the best!!!! Happy Galentines Day!

Susan Kane said...

The beret and lipstick, with sassy earrings are excellent! 5 drinks? Not so much. Lots of giggles--a wonderful event.

TexWisGirl said...

i can just imagine... :)

Douglas said...

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Laugh drunkenly and the world laughs at you but you rarely get the joke. Nothing quite tops 16 drunken women. Drunk guys laugh a lot too but aren't as good company.

Happy Galentine's Day.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Both sets of lips looking very pretty. Am curious at there being more than one colour available for experiment... But then I'm the no makeup (deal with it) kinda face.

It sounds as though Pearl's lips may have been getting their colour from the inside "you -" &>

Geo. said...

I don't get it. So, there was like a Saint Galentine? Fun post!

jenny_o said...

Galentine's Day ... what a great name and concept!

I love your last two lines. That is the essence of the silliness that happens when good-natured people get together for fun.

Glad you had a happy Galentine's Day!

Esther Montgomery said...

I reckon (and I will be outnumbered by ten thousand million, I know) . . . if you have beautiful lips, you don't need lipstick.

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Sounds like a good *hic* party! I'm on my way over, lipstick in hand!

Linda O'Connell said...

I can't live without my lipstick, and I can only imagine how much fun you gals had on Galentine's day.

EC Stilson said...

I LOVE this. “gummi worms” and “kiss cushions” I laughed out loud when I read this because it reminds me so much of something I'd think of :) Awesome post!

Roses said...

Hey, where's my marguerita?

Trick to avoid getting teethstick.

Apply lipstick.

Put index finger in mouth, purse lips around finger, pull finger out of mouth. Wipe excess lipstick of finger. Repeat if necessary.

You're welcome.

bill lisleman said...

Don't you just hate it when the others can't seem to join in on your little conversation going on with your drink.

Powdered Toast Man said...

they should have a label on lipstick that says "do not apply to teeth, nose or forehead".

Birdie said...

I want to celebrate Galentine's Day!

Juli said...

Um, why have I never heard of Galentine's Day? It really needs to be on the calendar or something...

Brilliant.

Belle said...

A good lipstick makes one feel pretty. Happy Galentine's Day.

Michele Eigler said...

I'm so glad I came here. I needed this just now.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

"I pause and forget to start up again." Love this. I wish I'd been there, with my lipstick and Marna's cash card.

xoRobyn

Gigi said...

Well now really....when else are you going to try a new lipstick, if not after a few drinks. Which may explain how it ends up on the teeth.....

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

The question is, "how was the day after Galentine's day?"

Daisy said...

The line“gummi worms” and “kiss cushions” made me laugh. :D

Girls just wanna have fun.

HermanTurnip said...

"’snot teethstick!"

Heh! Well, I *was* have a dour day until I read this line. Thanks for the laugh!

River said...

I know how to prevent lipstick getting on the teeth.

Tempo said...

Drunken women are one of my favourites...just listening to them is a joy and OH so funny. Drink up and have another Pearl.

R. Jacob said...

I volunteer to be the "official" lipstick on the lips taste tester!

Pat Tillett said...

There are too many great lines here to single out just one. I've had lipstick on my teeth, but I didn't know whose it was or how it got there...

Rose L said...

I am surprised that the lipstick was only on the lips!!!

Roshni AaMom said...

"YOU"!! I like that! So many possibilities!!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Sounds like a great time was hard and as for lipstick on the teeth well I have never had that problem ever...........

chlost said...

Nowdays, 5 drinks and I wouldn't be able to see her "leeps" let alone give an opinion on them. The gals in my bunch are silly at 2 drnks, then we go home to sleep it off, Still as much fun though!