The Zany Happenings of Zaino

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Do you want to go to Dairy Queen?

For as long as I can remember my dad and I have gone to Dairy Queen every Sunday during the summer. It is a tradition that I look forward to every summer! We usually walk to DQ and have our talks and joke around as we eat our ice cream.

Anyway, yesterday we made our regular walk to DQ (after much discussion about either walking or driving! Zaino said it was too hot to walk and that the ice cream would melt if we walked, but he didn’t want to drive! haha) and we discovered it was closed!!! We were both shocked and it is closed tomorrow (Labor Day)….another bummer!!! We decided to go to McDonald’s for ice cream. As we drove to McDonald’s Zaino decided that we should actually go to Jewel (right by McDonald’s) and just buy the ice cream that we want, since we couldn’t buy what we actually wanted, DQ!

So, we walked into Jewel and went straight to the ice cream aisle. We started looking at the ice cream and I think I visibly saw droll at the corner of Zaino’s mouth. He loves ice cream with candy in it and he had found the mother load! Twix, Snickers, Reese, etc. He kept saying, “How am I going to choose!” He looked over his shoulder and told me to go get a cart and he started laughing. Little did I know he was serious because he said it again. So, I went and got a cart. When I got back with the cart, I went to go get a box of waffle cones around the corner. When I returned the cart was filled with two large cartons and one small carton of ice cream. Haha, he moves fast!

When I chose my ice cream, we started to make our way to the check-out line. But, Zaino started looking at the candy ice-cream again and I made a comment that I love Klondike bars (I had pointed out the Klondike candy ice cream). Zaino then suggested that we get the Klondike bars. So, at this point we have 3 large cartons, 2 small cartons (yes he somehow got another one in the cart), waffle cones, and a 6 pack of Klondike bars.

When we were checking out, one of the Jewel workers said, “I know where we are going! To their house–they are having an ice cream social!” Oh my gosh, we probably looked ridiculous! You can be the judge!

Picture here! This is kind of embarrassing…(not including the waffle cones)

On our drive home, Zaino and I had our usual quips back and forth, laughing and giggling. I seriously live for these experiences! I love hanging out with Zaino!

As soon as we got home, Zaino went straight to work making his bowl of ice cream (using every single flavor he picked out!) He of course loved it, I don’t think my mom was as thrilled with the four flavors in her one ice cream bowl. 🙂

As summer comes to a close, our summer tradition will soon come to a close. But I know next year our tradition will continue, and we will also check the store hours on Labor Day weekend! 🙂


Happy Birthday Zaino!

Last week was Zaino’s birthday!  Happy 26th Birthday Zaino!

Last year we were at our favorite restaurant….Ted Montana’s.  We were sitting in our usual spot–at the bar right by the kitchen (so we can see everything being cooked!).  I said to my dad, “I feel like I am 25!”  His response, “I feel like I am 25 too!”  Of course we both started laughing!  So, this year on our drive to Ted Montana’s for his birthday dinner I asked him, “Dad are you still 25?”  “No of course not!  I am one year older!  I am 26!”  I know you can imagine what happened next.  Yes more laughing.

On a serious note, (I know these don’t come along often when it comes to Zaino) I really love how young and good spirited my dad is.  When people say, “I am 57 years young.”  I now know what they mean!  My dad is so young at heart and really living life to the fullest.  He is such a role model for me; to not take life for granted and to appreciate the little things in life.

Anyway, his birthday was a particularly fun night and full of Zaino gems!

On our way to Ted Montana’s I asked him if he knew what he was going to get.  He said, “I don’t know!  I haven’t been there in a while.  They changed their menu.”  Shocked, I asked, “Really?”  Zaino’s response, “How am I supposed to know!”  WHAT?!?!?!

One of the funniest things that happened was when I asked my brother’s girlfriend, Amanda, to take a picture of Zaino and I.  We were laughing and goofing around, when we should have been posing for the picture.  Little did we know Amanda was taking our pictures.  Here is what that looked like!

 This is us being “powerful”!  I don’t know!  Jadd, my brother, said those are the moves of powerful people.  I think you can tell at this point we were just having a blast!

Below I think is the best picture we got!  🙂

Overall, we had a fantastic time for Zaino’s birthday!  I wish I could remember all of the funny things we talked about that night!  I think I need to start recording our conversations!  🙂

Zaino’s Cave…Or Is It?

I still live at home with my mom and dad and needless to say, I could probably move into my own house just based solely on the amount of “stuff” I have. Don’t get me into my “stuff” right now…I’m sure my dad’s response to my “stuff” will be another post at some point. Anyway, my room was very cluttered with my bed, multiple dressers, bookshelves, a desk, etc. My Nanny was in town for two months and she is known for rearranging furniture and redecorating. With her encouragement and my mom’s green light, I nervously asked Zaino, my initially resisted nickname for my dad, if I could move my office into his dun dun…..the cave in the basement. His initial response was, “WHAT????” However, after further discussion and coaxing he allowed me to move my desk, two bookshelves, and a dresser into his man cave. I should say that my Nanny was elated that I was going to have my own workspace, and she thought it was hilarious that he was going to have to share the cave with me. She named the cave, kahf (كهف), which is Arabic for cave. She dubbed us kahf-mates. He was pleased (this statement is dripping with sarcasm if you couldn’t tell).

There were some guidelines for me to be down in the kahf, don’t get me wrong! The rules according to Zaino for being in the kahf:

1. You can’t be down there when I am.

2. If you have to come down into the cave, DO NOT talk to me!

3. DO NOT touch my things.

4. DO NOT come on my side of cave.

During the initial move-in, there were some to be expected encounters.

  • He placed a bookcase jutting out from the wall, so that there would be a “partition”. (This was later changed by my mom–she did not like it!)
  • I went downstairs to get a pen and I just said hi. I received a glare and was asked, “Why are you talking to me?”
  • I brought home my class fish (a third kahf-mate-dubbed by Nanny) and I was told that there was no more space for him.

The general happenings in the kahf, will most likely be separate blog posts, just like the latest from yesterday…

I coach swimming, as most of you know, and I had all 10 coaches coming to my house yesterday to work on fun awards for all of our swimmers. The logical place to have that many people working is in the basement right? So, I go down into the basement and tell my dad that the girls will be coming over to work. The exchange:

Me: “Dad, the coaches are going to be coming over today to work on awards. We are going to be in the basement.”

Zaino: “What?!? When? Why?” (In rapid succession)

Me: “Soon. Dad, we are working on awards.”

Zaino: “What? Why do you have to do this here?”

Me: “Where would you want me to do it?”

Zaino: “At the pool!”

Me: “Dad, that doesn’t really work. We have computers, paper, and it is windy out.”

Zaino: “Ugh okay.”

Using the cave went well and he was fine….he survived! 🙂

Here is a picture of our cave! My desk is on the right and my dad’s desk is in the back on the left.

Later that evening, we were talking about the kahf. And let’s just say, I do NOT say it correctly and I get reminded of this often. So, Zaino was trying to teach me how to say it. Basically, you have to use the back of throat. Listen here! Anyway, after several attempts and still failing. He just told me to choke myself and say it!


We died laughing for a good 5 minutes!

This is my life with Zaino! It is fun, enlightening, hilarious, and definitely zany! I would not change anything about him or our relationship! This will be the blog of the zany happenings of Zaino, so that hopefully you can all join in on the zany fun!