Can You Guess?

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Whose feet are these you ask? Well, I'll give you a couple of clues and see if you can guess...

1. She's a crazy Momma
2. She LOVES flip flops-proof positive right here in pink and white!
3. When she showed up on my doorstep wearing her cute little toed socks with flip-flops to go to a local pool...if I had been drinking milk, it would've coming flying out my nose! I still giggle every time I look at this picture!

and I think that's enough...I'll update at the end of the day ;0)

Update: They are none other than my fabulous and festive flip-flop friend's feet...Momma K! Any excuse to wear them ;0) Thanks for playing!

The Christmas Letter

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Thirteen Things about Christmas Letters

Did you write one? I did for the first time EVER! It was actually kind of fun. After blogging, pretty easy too! For those of you who may not know, the writing of a Christmas letter serves many purposes. To catch distant relatives and faraway friends up on your lastest going's on. To brag (these are actually quite humorous with the whole one-upmanship thing). Or, for me, to reflect on the important milestones of your families' past year and to record them for posterior sake...I mean for posterity ;0)

I have found that these letters sometimes bring news of sadness in someone's passing, excitement of a new job and sheer amazement of the growth of children. They also bring some serious sarcasm, cloaking and bitterness, in some cases. All of which I've received this year. Some of the things are just not things I would share with people close to me!

Here are 13 of the most interesting and their subsequent translations.
(Names have been changed to protect the stupid)

1."Thad is doing very well in school and likes to stay very busy. "

Translation: Thad can't sit still in school, is always dropping his star, is falling behind in reading because his teacher is an incompetent idiot and we can't stand her! We have to pick up the slack at home and actually spend time with our son who is starving for attention because we work 24/7!

2. "We continue to work on the house. We have most of the first floor done and are now working on the kitchen/family room area. My husbands' talents never cease to amaze me."

Translation: Our house is still torn up after a year and a half and we've just taken out a second mortgage against our kids college funds to finish the rest. My husband is so damn slow we could've had a house built in the time it's taken him to re do these rooms! I'm sick of living on sub floor!

3. "She's a bit bohemian, don't ya know"

Translation: My daughter is a fat cow and will never be a dancer. (heard these words straight from the horses mouth btw)

4. "Joe is a 6th grade student, vertically challenged, still loves weapons and I think Santa was a little perplexed when he asked for a two headed axe. He plays at skateboarding, and is a serious little wrestler, although this year he is spending most of his time on his back counting ceiling lights."

Translation: My son is the shortest kid in the sixth grade, is obsessed with all things pointy and sharp and I'm worried about it. He sucks at wrestling and can't skateboard to save his life. What is a mother to do?

5. "Fanny made a bad choice lately..."

Translation: My loverly daughter decided to take advantage of her freedom and go smoke pot with the local "Derilict- Expelled " down the street. Expelled by the way, for taking a pack of Dramamine and going to school high as a kite, but he's just misunderstood, so I just let him hang out with my beautiful 15 year old daughter because she will be a good influence on him and "change" him. Yeah right...

6. "Fred and the other animals: In the doghouse where they belong (joke)"

Translation: Not really a joke. My husband's an ass who gambled away $300,000 of my money in an offshore gambling facility and lost it all, all the while cheating on me with "multiple" women and leaving me stranded with 4 kids, three dogs, two cats and a mortgage in a pear tree. Thanks...

7. "So after enduring an evening in a 5x8 bathroom with 9 people and 140+ winds, we emerged to find our lovely resort destroyed, but our spirits intact"

Translation: My husband ran around screaming at everyone he could find demanding that we get a ride to the airport and when no one would help us we bribed the local machete men to get a van and take as many people as they could fit to the airport before we were all washed away and dead from scurvy.

7. What an amazing experience traveling abroad with 7 middle-aged women!

Translation: We had to do something...more than half of us are 50!

8. We have 3 dogs, one who recently endeared herself to the neighbors by blitzing the rabbit hutch and murdering their rabbit by breaking her neck.

Translation: translation necessary here me thinks!

9. Mentioning your very HIGH VISA bill...10 times in two pages.

Translation: Coming from a family who took ELEVEN vacations last year...uhhh...sorry...not feeling sorry for you.

10. "Mom, is Santa or his elves watching me when I get dressed?" (She hates wearing underwear)

NOT something I would choose to share about my 3rd grader with ANYONE!

Okay, and I'm cheating for the last 3. Things I LOVED about the letters...

11. Pictures of all my friends, family and their kids.
12. The ones with all the vacation and true family news and updates.
13. Hearing at least once a year from people we would really like to keep in touch with but just live too far away to see often.

Maybe it's not such a good idea to send letters of this sort to the people in your life who really know what's going on!

Any exciting Christmas letter news you'd like to share?

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It's Official....

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I'm relaxed. We had a most wonderful Christmas...home alone...just the four of us for the first time in ...well ever. Last year there were 25 people here not including our 4. Years prior were spent switching holidays between my family and the hubs, but since his mom passed away a couple of years ago, his sister and her husband spend their Christmas feeding the hungry and elderly people in their community. We will celebrate with them the weekend after New Year's.

My brother and his daughter are close by and my sister and her family are in CO so we coordinate accordingly. This year everyone stayed home or went to visit their significant other's families. Next year we'll all be together again.

Our day was spent opening presents in shifts..after the J-Team came in at 6:45 and announced "It's almost light out! Get up!" We came down to remote control heaven (or hell as some might say!) We had gone to church the evening before so no need to get dressed. We played games, watched Christmas movies, made a fire, and munched all day. So much so that we didn't eat our Christmas dinner until yesterday because we weren't hungry!

Neighbors spent the day coming by sharing well wishes and food! Cookies mostly..yummy! We gave out bottles of wine this year. Usually I make some kind of signage or ornament with each families name on it..but no time this year. Next year on Christmas Eve I would like our family to exchange homemade gifts. I think it foster's creativity and really brings out the true meaning of Christmas, giving something of yourself that may not always be so easy.

We try not to hype up the present thing too much, and listen to our kids. They really only asked "Santa" for one thing each. We gave them four. I set a limit for each child moneywise this year and did not go over it. They cleaned out all of their "gently used" toys and gave them to the homeless shelter and their broken one were either fixed or thrown away. They each bought a toy for "Toys for Tots" and put it in the box at the local post office. And I think they both had a great Christmas. The pressure is off to be "good" for Santa and they have angels ever since.

Hope you all had a very peaceful and happy day. What was your favorite memory of the day?

Oh I Want A Strange Disease for Christmas....

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Home again, home again jiggity-jig. Well, you ready for my lengthy description? Of course you are!!! This was my week...long...cause it's a whole week in one on if you care to ;0)

7:30...leave house with little J and head to school to get the Parent breakfast set up...Hot Cider was a hit by the way and very simple

1/2 cup brown sugar
6 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp allspice
1 gallon apple juice
Mix in a crockpot and leave it on low. Done.

The Parish hall was a mess so we had to clean it all up first then set up our own stuff.
9:10 Kids start to come in. Get them ready with halos and shepards costumes for our Christmas pageant.
10-10:30 Pageant...worked out beautifully considering a bunch of 2,3, 4 and 5 year olds were involved and they only practiced once, without costumes because of the ice storm last week.
10:30-10:45 parents bring in wonderful gifts, kids give them theirs ...everyone goes home!

11:00 run off to J-man's school to do the Holiday Shoppe that was scheduled and cancelled the previous TH and F because of the ice storm and try to figure out how to send 700 kids through in a 7 hour period in a room that about 20x20.

2:45 With the help of some amazing people we actually did it!! We got all the kids through...they had a blast and left with surprise gifts for all of their family members. *Note to this waaaayyyy earlier next year and allow at least 2 days...whewww!!

At this point I'm a little warm and my back is killing me. I felt a bit queasy but attributed it to PMS. I blame everything on for me!

By 3:30 I'm packing up what's leftover from the sale and not feeling the least bit happy. My friend Cheri offers to come over and help me count everything, tally and add invoices and box it up for shipment the next day. Great! I head to the principal's office ...I'm literally feeling delirious at this point and can't focus. Very strange...she give's me 3 advil and I head home with my boxes.

Cheri shows up at about 8 and we count and box the time she leaves I"m shivering so hard I can barely walk. I'm certain I have a fever at this point. Drag out the thermometer...real live glass one at that...nothing. Completely normal.

I take some Cold meds..attribute my shakes to doing waaaay too much in too little time and my body just telling me to stop...sounds reasonable enough right?


Spent the WHOLE night shivering in and out of delirium...took my temp at about 3 in the morning and about bit the end off the thermometer...103. Took 4 Advil...went back to bed.

Woke up and felt like a truck had run over me.
Drug myself to school loaded with Advil. Put the boxes in the office for UPS pickup...took Little J back home and fell asleep on the couch for 4 hours...well as much sleep as you can get with a 3 year old driving trucks up and down your head and legs and "tucking you in" and bring you a drink, and playing dr. and asking if you're still sick....

Mom and Dad came over around 2 to show me their new truck...very nice fully loaded Chevy 1500 with extended cab. I want to retire...

Stated feeling much better...fever was gone. I felt normal, but a little tired. I decided to keep my plans to go to my Christmas party that night..had a great time came home about 10 went to bed.

Woke up in a panic because today I had 15 kids and their moms coming over for a cookie decorating party and I had NO COOKIES made. J-man's Holiday Choral Concert, that was yet again, cancelled due the ice storm, had been rescheduled to 10 a.m. THIS MORNING...we found out YESTERDAY at 3:00! One more monkey wrench...

Guess how many roll-out-cut-out sugar cookies you can make in one hour? Go on guess??? 4 dozen! Rolled, cut, baked, cooled and covered. Am I good or what?? AND I managed to clean my house in between timers...(picked everything up and threw it in a room upstairs and closed the door) vaccuumed, mopped the floor, cleaned the bathroom. Made it to school by 9:30 picked up the check to mail for the Holiday Shoppe, saw my son sing proudly "Bah Humbug, The Christmas Grump" and kept a quivering smile the whole time! He was beautiful ...if I can figure out how to get a bit of video posted I'll show you a little bit next week.

Left school, went to Food Lion to get drinks and glue. Ran back home, finished cleaning, and started setting up tables and food. Friends and kids started arriving about 12:30 and boys headed straight for the Playstation...

Oh well, the girls had a great time making ornaments and decoration cookies. Everyone left about 3-4 pm and Momma K graciously stayed to help me clean up. I'm really glad, because we didn't really have a chance to catch up in 4 hours she was there.

By the end of the evening, I was tired, but fine and hadn't taken any advil all fever...although my glands were a little swollen. biggie. I snuggled with the boys on the couch and watched The Grinch. Hubs worked late because of the show earlier. Nice day.

Woke up feeling not so nice. Took more Advil. Better. Ran all kinds of errands and by 2 p.m. my throat felt like I had swallowed razor blades. Is this what Strep feels like? I don't know ...never had it...that's right folks...I have never in my life had Strep...I was told as a kid that I can carry the bacteria, but for whatever reason it doesn't affect me. I was certain that that wasn't the case. But, it's definately something. Called the hubs and asked if he would call the DR. and see if I could piggy back on his appt. just in case. Last thing I wanted was to give the kids something like that for Christmas.

My Brother comes over to drop his dog off because he's going out of town...he informs me that he and his daughter (whom we spent last Sunday with ) have been sick with Strep all week. Hmmmmm.....maybe...nope ...I'm 38 years old...never had it ...can't get it....

went to the Dr. Drum roll please.....

I HAVE FREAKIN: STREP THROAT!!!!! Arghhh...antibiotics are my friend.

And ya know what? I can get strep..obviously. I feel horrible being around everyone all week and pray that no one else gets it. Bleh... Anyway...feeling much better now and I have...

OFFICIALLY finished all my Christmas cards. This is the absolute closest I've ever come to Christmas before getting them out. Lots of firsts for me this week.

Thanks for reading...mmmmwahhhh!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone ;0)

I'm Sick...

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I have a fever again from Monday...103. Will post more when I can hold my eyes open long enough. Dr. appt. tomorrow.


Some Things You Should Know

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  • Farts are not funny. Although in a house full of boys, this seems to be a losing battle. The dog is a girl, but when she farts she jumps sky high and acts like she has no idea where they came from. Wimp.
  • I've solved the Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays dilemma....these people have waaaaay too much time on their hands. I've said Merry Christmas to about a gazillion people this past month and only one has said "I don't celebrate Christmas, we're Jewish" which I perkily responded "Oh excuse me...Happy Hannukah." and they immediately said "Thank you and and Merry Christmas to you." To me that was a completely respectful and politically correct exchange of "Holiday Wishes". Don't cha think?? And it took oh about 15 seconds to figure out....problem solved.
  • The plural of "reindeer" "reindeer" not "reindeers" really it is! I'm NOT JOKING!!

Have a great day!

Dear Santa...I Want It All!

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Ain't it the truth? Actually, the hubs asked me last night what I wanted for kids to stop fighting?...a date with the hubby...a Nikkon D70s with wide angle and zoom lens??? I dunno ;0) I like giving more than getting. I would much rather get a note from a friend I haven't heard from in a long time or "time" to spend with someone special. I can 'buy" my own things...and usually it involves chocolate!

But I found this while looking through my baby book with my kids. I was the same age as my oldest son is now and apparently Mom sent my letter into the newspaper. I thought I'd share ... Happy Last Minute Shopping! We're off to celebrate with my parents and brother this I'll see you all on Monday!

"Dear Santa,

I WIll Leave some COOKIES.

and MIlk for you. and some

carrots for the reineerders.

Iv,e ben a good girl This


Works for me....

Snow Days....

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Thirteen Things about J&J's Mom's House on a Snow Day
1. We get to sleep in.
2. Kid's never sleep in.
3. A cooked breakfast.
4. Kid's don't like cooked breakfasts...they'd rather eat cookies and drink coke because it's a "special occasion".
5. I don't have to deal with volunteers showing up for our Holiday Shoppe at school.
6. We have to cram 700 through the Holiday Shoppe in one day...I need to call them and see if I can extend our sale and not get charged for it!
7. Good news we're extended til Monday...hear that Momma K??.... you'll be partied out by Monday won't you?
8. The snow and ice didn't start til almost noon so I got some serious shopping for the angel tree...Christmas party on Monday...Our annual cookie party...big mess...lots of fun!
9. Home to spend more time with my kids catching up on stuff...
10. More time to listen to them fight...let's clog the toilet with a "big poop" and not tell
10. Time to wrap all the teacher gifts for next week...address Christmas cards...I totoally cheated this year. I ordered one of the premade photo cards from Sam's club...printed my stamps...printed my return address...and may print my address too...hey...their getting a family photo and a card at least!!
11. The guy my husband replaced retired. The hubs got a Christmas card from him. When he opened it, the guy had sent him a card he received last year, crossed all the writing out and signed it with this sentiment..."Money's tight life is's your damn Christmas card! ...Merry Christmas." Dave ;0) Totally kinding of course...we laughed ourselves silly.
12. I'm doing this instead of my Christmas cards.
13. The dog stinks...I think I'll go give her a bath...then do my cards...maybe.
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Ho! Ho! Ho! Who Wouldn't Go...

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to the mall to visit Santa??? ME!! We went to the festival of lights called Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland and Santa was there!! Yay! The kids got to visit, we were able to enjoy the lights and a chilly walk after a HUGE dinner with the 'rents and it really

was a "Winter Wonderland" because of the snow from a couple of days ago!There were houses decorated with all kinds of chatch in the yard and on their houses directly across from the may seem gaudy but I loved it. I can't imagine their electric bill!

We ended the evening with J-man saying:

"Mom...even if Santa wasn't there...I would definately sit on Mrs. Clauses' lap!"

Hooo doggies...I'm in trouble!

Christmas Songs Have a Purpose

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For me, shopping for Christmas gifts is all in the spirit of the season. I spend months attempting (agonizing) to find the perfect gift for each family member and/or friend. I don't want lists. I don't make lists. I'm not a lister (nor a list maker) you get the point. I pay attention throughout the year and aim to buy (within reason) what someone would like and wouldn't necessarily buy themselves. Socks and underwear are not gifts people! They are neccessities! Unless, of course, you are my brother who actually ASKS for socks...but that's neither here nor there.

I would hope that, this would in turn, be reciprocated. I put my tree up day after Thanksgiving and don't take it down until the snow melts which usually is sometime in January...or when I'm tired of it. I decorate for "winter" for the most part and the Christmas related stuff comes down with the tree so the rest is seasonal.

I enjoy "the hustle and the bustle" of the season. BUT there are those who don't. And there are TIMES I don't, and that's why I think Christmas carols were invented. EVERY SINGLE TIME I hear a Christmas song, I feel better. I am reminded why everyone and their mother is cussing and swearing and frustrated and driving like a maniac ...

...and I slow down. It's not my problem (unless of course they crash into me) and I'm not going to take it personally. My favorite Christmas song of all time is Carol of the Bells. Christmas music makes me happy. It brings back childhood memories of shopping all day with my mom and dad and then getting special treats or going out to eat. Then we'd come home and have marathon wrapping session the next day. Dad always made eggnog and we eat cookies til we were sick. Then we'd sit around and watch movies like AChristmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, The Grinch.

I think Christmas Carol's were invented to make people happy, to remember what Christmas was all about.

That's why what follows is so funny. We were listening to a homemade CD from a friend. It had Shrek's Christmas, 12 Days of Christmas, All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, I Want a Hippopotomus for Christmas and everyone's favorite....

Yogi Bear's Christmas...It goes a little something like this...

I know a bear that you wont know, Yogi, Yogi,
I know a bear that you wont know, Yogi Yogi bear.
Yogi Yogi bear!! Yogi Yogi bear!!
I know a bear that you wont know, Yogi Yogi bear.

Yogi's got a girlfriend bear, Suzie, Suzie,

Yogi's got a girlfriend bear, Suzie Suzie bear.
Suzie Suzie bear!! Suzie Suzie bear!!
Yogi's got a girlfriend bear, Suzie Suzie bear.

Suzie she likes whips and chains, kinky, kinky,
Suzie she likes whips and chains, she's kinky bear.
Shes's kinky bear!! she's kinky bear!!
Suzie likes whips and chains, she's kinky bear.

Suzie shaves her pubic hairs, grizzly, grizzly,
Suzie shaves her pubic hairs, she's a grizzly bear.
She's a grizzly bear!! She's a grizzly bear!!
Suzie shaves her pubic hairs, she's a grizzly bear.

Oops! It only get raunchier from there... I think someone didn't quite listen to all of the dowloaded songs closely. Thank God we caught it in time before the kids realized what was going on. Ha! Yogi has had an interesting Christmas.

I'm late as per usual...but here are the

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Thirteen Things that erroneously ended up in J&J's Mom's post today.

My world is full of contradictions. So, I've decided to give you my top 13 things that I love and hate all at the same time and why. Let's start with bad and end on a positive note shall we?

1. My children sleeping...because they are growing and dreaming of a life that's to come, a life that doesn't include me everyday. Good for all the same reasons.
2. Walks with my dog in the morning after it's morning, it's damp and everything smells that way, mud puddles, muddy feet/paws. Good for all the same reasons.

3. Large Dunkin' Donuts coffee with 3 creams and 3 sugars...molten hot, 7000 calories and tastes too good not to drink. Good for all the same reasons.

4. Hub's out of town... kids running, screaming, fighting, playing 24/7. No break until they go to bed and then I end up watching t.v. or reading blogs til one in the morning. Good for all the same reasons. Are you getting the idea here?

5. Thomas the Tank Engine, Caillou, Blues Clues, Dora etc...on t.v. every chance they get! It's all my kids want to watch! Good for the same reason.

6. My house consistently looks as if a tornado hit it....I can't clean it as often as I would like because I'm running kids here and there, cooking dinner, doing homework, they've drug out toys to play trucks together for the millionth time. Good for all the same reasons.

7. Getting my haircut and highlighted...I have to make the appt 3 months in advance, then drive 250 miles to stay with my friend and ask her to watch my boys while I spend 3 hours getting my hair done. Good for all the same reasons ;0)

8. Watching the news... I know what's going on in the world, I have to watch my children like a hawk and make sure they know what's going on too. They can't live in a bubble as much as I would like them too. There are people in this world who are just bad and there is no other explanation, all we can do is pray that justice prevails and what goes around comes around. Good for all the same reasons.

9. We own our own home... we're always fixing, adding or ripping out something. Always spending the extra money we have on something for the house; furniture, fencing, pool toys etc. Having to have get togethers here because we live so far from our friends, and having to defend my messy house because people have a tendancy to "drop by" out of the blue. Good for all the same reasons!

10. Christmas hustle and bustle, buying that perfect gift for someone, decorating, spending way too much money, cold air and crazy crowds at the mall. Good for all the same reasons!

11. Writing Christmas cards and handwriting each card with everything that's been going on for the past year with our now 5 member family. Good for all the same reasons.

12. Snow...need I say more?

13. Sharing all these things with you so that I can wait with baited breath for you to share yours with me! Okay, just your top 2. So there's no bad to this one, and I probably won't hold my breath for obvious reasons, but I would be interested to know. Please share!

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And I'm a Morning Person!

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Let It Snow...Let It Snow...Let It Snow!!

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First decent snow fall of the year and me with out my camera! I left it at school..ooops! The kids have been outside since 8 a.m. Perfect snow play day...warm in the sunshine but temperatures hovering around freezing so not a lot melting and me with a day off unexpectedly! I plan to get all this loverly decorating finished and clean my house...of course it's 10 a.m. and I'm sitting here on the computer waiting for the coffee to finish... not in a big hurry. I've had 3 phone calls from people already this morning asking me to watch their kids. I have a tendency not to answer when these folks call because they are of the group that only call or speak to us when they want something. Normally I am a generous person and would happily do what I can for my fellow neighbor, but if that's the ONLY time you intend to speak to me and even worse don't even attempt to reciprocate...not gonna happen. Usually I don't even answer the phone when these certain someone's call, but I have a very capable six year old who fortunately and not so fortunately let me sleep in this morning, made himself and his brother breakfast, played games with his younger sibling and ...answers the phone. Oh well, can't have it all I 'spose. Guess I'd better not make a liar out of myself and try to get something done. Have a great day!

Word to the Wise: Don't eat yellow snow.

Crazy Christmas Weekend

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Well, the parades are finished, shopping is done. All in all the choas we call Christmas this time of the month was pretty bearable. I hit Walmart on a Saturday afternoon and came out in 15 mins unscathed! Walmart is the best invention on the planet... regardless of what you're looking for, if they have it, it's cheaper than anywhere else, toys, food, necessities...sometimes clothing, but I'm a little pickier in that dept. do I say this....I like to shop at Walmart but I don't want to look like I shop at Walmart. Get it?

I even got a primo spot right up front! Mom and I went to the outlet mall to look for a leather coat for me..I ended up with 2 for the price of one! The same coat was full price at the non-outlet sista and hour south of here. Whoda Thunk? I also bought the most beautiful purple leather purse and wallet and told the hubs he didn't have to buy me anything from the boys ;0) All in two hours time. Well worth it.

The parade yesterday was a bit more was really cold and long but all in all a good least until we saw the carriage carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus carreening down mainstreet while being pulled by four runaway Clydesdales.

Apparently all that came out of my mouth was "omigodomigodomygodgohelp!!" The Hubs jumped out of the van as the back left horse fell and skidded up underneath the carriage, all I could think of was that the carriage and all it's precious cargo were about to go flipping and flying down the road. My friend Erin was on the other side of the road calling 911 and yelled for me to drive over to the fire dept to get help...bunch of good ol' boys sitting around..."Well, why don't we go take a lookie and see what we got..."

Here let me light a fire under your ass to give you a jump start...price you pay for living in Podunkdom...I 'spose. Thank God none of the flipping and flying happened only skidding and stopping. The Clauses were fine...just a little freaked and the horse...was a bit scratched up but as far as we know fine as well.

Made for an exciting day.

Now I just have to wrap everything...bleh.

Momentary Lapse of Reasoning

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Thirteen Things that erroneously ended up in J&J's Mom's post today.

1… Okay...sorry about that. Aliens have temporarily taken over my body.

2. This whole week has been a frenzy of disorganization. I totally flew by the seat of my pants this week at school...I had no plans, and just went with it. It worked!~! I plan to do exactly that from now on. I'm wingin' it. My plan is that I have no plan.

3. I'm not closing up shop, I will keep all situations hypothetical and if someone takes offense, well then maybe that's a good thing.

4. Introspection is good for the soul every once in a while.

5. My posts may be sporadic but I will not let more that two days go by without saying something. You all are so good for my brain...and it's also nice to know I'm not the only one feeling like this.

6. I'm off to join the craziness that is Christmas shopping tomorrow and I still need to bake a decorate 3 dozen cookies for a wine and cheese party/cookie exchange Saturday afternoon. J-man has a parade earlier in the day and it's supposed to snow. Should be interesting!!

7. Christmas cards? What are they?

8. I heard from my third grade teacher..she sends my boys presents every Christmas. She's the best!! I'm very worried about the year I don't get card but a call. She's in Boston. She's almost 80.

9. My hubby is the greatest and smart ta boot...I gave him 4 people to shop for. All men. He went on line last night and in 5 minutes bought all 4 gifts. 15 million watt table top spotlights. Done.

10. It's so not fair.

11. I've been shopping for 3 months.

12. I'm still not done.

13. I've just made the Thursday 13!!! Whoda thunk?

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