Friday, December 19, 2008

7 Quick Takes Friday

Quick takes are right up my alley this week. I've been burning the candle at both ends and guess what happens? I burn out faster. In fact, I may not even have enough juice left in me for seven, but I'll give it my best shot.

1. When I told Sally that I needed to trim her bangs, she threw such a fit that you would have thought I had cheerfully suggested she go out back and cut a switch with which I could beat her. Seriously, the screaming was twice as long as the actual event. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a toddler meltdown.

2. I picked up some Lindt truffles on sale this week. I was adding a few to various teachers' gifts, and never having had one, I thought I'd give one a little taste. A half a bag later, I realized that one lonely truffle sitting on top of a teacher's gift bag wouldn't cut it. So I ate it. I apologize profusely to all my children's teachers.

3. My shopping is far from finished and now I am getting just plain panicky about it all. We are supposed to get a snow storm overnight and another this weekend, so I have no idea when I'll be able to get out to buy something for Rob and 1/2 of my children. I won't lie - I'm a little stressed.

4. On the bright side, the children who have no presents are the ones who have the least idea of what is supposed to happen. I could wrap up the remote control for Bun and he would have a field day. Actually, forget the remote control -- he just wants the paper.

5. We went to Fiver's school Christmas program where Fiver sang a solo line from the Chipmunks Christmas song (Me, I want a hula hoop!). Is it possible to continue living after your heart has burst? Because I think I have.

(And, for the record, I generally avoid all things Chipmunk when it comes to musical entertainment, but just try to keep from smiling when a bunch of 5 and 6 year old children sing a Chipmunks song. They sound like the real deal!)

6. For those who may be familiar with the PBS lineup: Sally has discovered Caillou. Is it me, or does Caillou's voice make you want to puncture your own eardrums? All he does is whine, and all his parents do is totally cave! And why does he have no hair? Man, he gets under my skin. He's right up there with Barney on my list.

It's time to find our Christmas videos . . . Charlie Brown, where art thou?

7. I've discovered a hidden benefit to Francie's piano lessons: She is now at the point where I can set my choir music in front of her and she can play my alto part. This is a huge help to me and I'm sure it's a tender mercy to all those who sit near me in the choir.

Whew, I made it to seven and they didn't come out quite as grinchy as I feared they would. But just to be safe, I think tonight is the perfect night for watching It's a Wonderful Life in a living room lit only by the twinkling Christmas tree. That's the best way to watch it, you know.

Christmas will be here in less than a week, whether I am ready or not. And thank God for that.

Enjoy the weekend, my friends.

(visit Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes. And I hope they are more Christmas-y than mine!)


  1. Oh, I liked reading your list. :) Here's to turning OFF Caillou. I truly dislike that show. Bah Humbug!

    It's a Wonderful Life, on the other hand... awesome.

  2. I grew up on Lindt truffles. My parents ADORED them! In fact, one year my dad got the bright idea to decorate the Christmas tree in them. It looked lovely...until the side facing the window began melting and all the balls had to be quickly removed. Which my dad didn't mind at all, he just ate them!

    Sorry you are so stressed, I totally understand and all but about two things are finished on my list! Hope you get it all done!

  3. Maybe I should try a 7 quick takes today since I've neglected my blog so much. This was a fun and quick read... perfect for how busy we all are right now.

    And would you believe I used to work a mere 10 minutes from a Lindt factory. Where they sell seconds. Yeah, it's a very good thing that I'm not much of a chocoholic.

  4. I'm with you on the baby gift thing- Bubba's favorite toys right now are the baking pans (he loves to sit in my lasagna pan) and diaper boxes. I seriously considered wrapping an empty diaper box, but figured his sister might have something to say about it. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. Thanks for sharing your quick takes. I loved them! I laughed out loud several times.

    Caillou whines! Whining drives me crazy! What on PBS drives me crazier? One little girl character's voice on Sid the Science Kid. Whew...

    Merry Christmas! :)

  6. Caillou makes me crazy too. All he does is whine. We don't watch it. I love the Lindt milk chocolate truffles. Yummy! Isn't it silly that we buy presents for babies? I tell myself it is b/c the bigger kids would wonder why Santa did not bring gifts for her. But I just like an excuse to buy stuff for her. I hope your stress level is lowered with your quiet night.

  7. Oh cute Fiver got a solo! I would have cried.
    I love Caillou. I do. And yes he whines and is mysteriously bald. I don't like his parents though. I think they are weird cultist hippies. But there's something sweet about Caillou. Totally agree with you on Barney though. And what's with Yo Gabba Gabba? I've banned that show.

  8. I'm apparently not up on my PBS daytime shows... Christmas Eve on Sesame Street on the other hand, I'm right there

    See you tomorrow!!!

  9. Anonymous9:15 PM

    I love #2 with the candy!

    As for the Chipmunks, I have them on a Christmas CD right after the "Hippopotamus" song. 2 guesses as to the only 2 songs I am allowed to play in the car! :)

    I hope I can get Fiver to sing the line for me!


  10. THANK YOU for your comment about Caillou. I now live with TWO fans and while I can't stand his voice, the fact that the boys LOVE the show gives me a chance to accomplish something so I am tolerant of him... But he is NO Charlie Brown even with that chrome dome... Also, his parents look almost identical which I find creepy. BTW, I have no shopping done so I feel your stress!!

  11. I don't write LOL unless I actually LOL...and I did!! The part where you eat the teacher gifts...doesn't that seem like an I Love Lucy episode?
    Are you too young to know those?
    Anyhow....I love these does my A.D.D. side.

  12. Anonymous9:49 PM

    Right there with you on Caillou!
    Mirabella MOM


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