This book has recently been seen all over my house. At any given moment, at least one of my siblings is likely to be found hiding in a corner, giggling over the very thought of the hijinks to be found within its pages. Even my brother, who never reads by choice, was found reading it:
In reality, we don't need a Guide to Mischief in our house. It seems to happen all on its own. In honor of revived interest in this long-treasured volume, I thought I'd take a walk down memory lane when it comes to moments of mischief we've acheived in our several decades of life:
*Note: Angel banned me from telling you most work-related pranks, but to give you some kind of idea, his manager signed his birthday card this year with: "Please no pranks today Angel." and when I met some of his coworkers, the first thing they asked me was "How do you live with him?" and the second thing they did was tell me that they were very proud of themselves for scaring him one time by tricking him into going into a dark closet and jumping out at him.
-- Taping a black sock to the wall and tricking me into thinking it was a bat. (see video and story here).
--Greeting me at the airport wearing a baseball cap and a shirt I'd never seen before because he knew I wouldn't be able to recognize him from a distance in that disguise.
-- Tricking me into thinking that a tomato stem on the floor was a spider (many of his pranks rely on my short-sightedness).
--Answering the phone: "This is Thor, God of Thunder, how may I assist you?"
-- Answering the phone in either a really high-pitched or a really low-pitched voice.
--Wrapping up random stuff we already had and giving it to me for my birthday (evil husband award).
--Turning off all the lights in the house when I go to the bathroom at night and hiding under the table, jumping out and grabbing my legs when I walk out.
--Taped his brothers' favorite toys to the ceiling.
--Taped the Korean drama my mom was in the middle of watching to her bedroom ceiling (post here).
--Wrote "Not Working" on pieces of paper and taped them to doors and the time card machine at work.
--Wearing the Bear Costume randomly.
--Wrote fake letters from a secret admirer and sent them to my sister (tutorial here).
--TP-ed friends' cars (twice)
--Chinese fire drills (twice)
--Pretended that I can't speak English in public situations.
--Pushed all of the floor buttons on an elevator in a 7 story building as I was leaving (sorry).
--Helped coordinate dumping several buckets of water on a youth pastor while he was praying.
--Told my Dad 6 hours into a roadtrip that we forgot his suitcase at home. (I was just lying).
--Wrote this blog post last April Fool's Day.
--Coordinated several surprise birthday parties.
--Hid my favorite food so that Angel won't eat it.
--Hid Angel's iPod.
--Played hide and seek in the dark inside a locked building on my college campus.
--Sent anonymous letters to our cousins and signed them "Stud Muffin and Apple Cakes"
--Played a card game with a group of friends (Munchkins, for those who know the game), until I abruptly announced that I had to leave as soon as my turn was over, played the most evil card in the whole game on a cute guy, causing severe damage to his chances of winning, and left immediately claiming that my curfew was calling so that I didn't have to face consequences. (I think you know who the cute guy was.)
This is a mischief-friendly home, though I don't support any type of pranking that is cruel or hurts or damages people or property. Mischief should be lighthearted and should not torture anyone involved...and in case you're worried, the worst of those pranks took place way back in high school. We're a little better behaved now. The Rachel of today would say that Chinese Fire Drills are way too dangerous and that pushing elevator buttons is probably evil. Unless the people in the elevator were my friends, then I would still do it. To show my love and affection for them.
What mischief have you created in a lifetime? Tell me a story. Make it good.