Ding Dong

10 Sep

In the mornings, I migrate to a cozy, overstuffed, leather chair in a corner of the living room. I sit with the laptop and read, watch the morning news, sip coffee, and watch the hummingbirds at the back porch.

Very peaceful.

I am such a sweet dog. The next part of this post is a lie.

I am such a sweet dog. The next part of this post is a lie.

But one morning last week, our Jack Russell terrier saw the hummingbirds. And in the amazement of seeing something smaller and faster than herself, she jumped on the coffee table and vaulted 4 feet throught the air, and landed smack in my lap, knocking the laptop to the floor and sending my coffee cup flying. All the while, she barked furiously and spun in circles.

Of course, in the middle of this, the doorbell started to ring.

Ding Dong.

It’s 8:15 in the morning.

Ding Dong.

I am covered in coffee, still with my hair in a pony tail, wearing sweats.

Ding Dong.

I frantically extricated myself from the whirling, barking dervish, and rushed to the door.

Ding Dong.

I yelled, “I’m coming, stop ringing the bell!!!” But the doorbell was insistent.

Ding Dong.

I finally got there and threw open the door, bot no one was there. So I walked outside, calling “is anyone there? I’m here!”

No one there, although the neighbor across the street was staring curiously. I waved and went back inside, confused.

And then, I heard a little chime on my iPhone, signaling that I have a new message. It’s from a former neighbor, who is so precious that when she moved, I set a custom ring tone for her.  When she called, I wanted it to feel like she was just stopping by to chat.

So when she calls, my phone rings. In doorbell chimes.

Ding Dong.

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9 Responses to “Ding Dong”

  1. RJ Flamingo September 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    And that is why I won’t set custom ringtones on my cell phone that actually sound like other things. I would do exactly that. 🙂

  2. kathygee1 September 10, 2009 at 11:46 pm #

    LOL Sounds like something I would do.

  3. Elle September 11, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    Would’ve loved to see that. lmao!

  4. ingrid September 11, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    LOL, I need some custom ringtones. Maybe then I’ll actually hear, notice my phone ringing. I will of course learn from your mistake and NOT set it to ring as the door bell. 🙂
    ~ingrid

  5. Toni September 11, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    The ding-dong is the worst ringtone because not only can you confuse it with the actual doorbell, but it also blends in very well with music if you have your radio turned up loud in the car so you always miss your call.

  6. dawn September 11, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    as I’ve said before, a jack russell terrier is a HANDFUL.
    god bless you woman

  7. Cindy September 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that does stuff like that. I’m my own best entertainment. I figure if I can’t laugh at myself, I have no right to laugh at others – and I laugh at others all the time…

  8. Beth September 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    Laughed my you-know-what off at this post. Your writing was great — I could picture you every minute. Thanks for the giggle.

  9. Katie Gianotti September 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Hilarious! Wonderfully descriptive too!

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