Friday, January 15, 2016

7 Quick Takes about the Birds and the Bees, Subtitles with Flair, and How To Appropriately Hail Our New Chief

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! The last 7 days summed up in 7 quick takes.


My kids pointed out to me this week that something was up with the cover of their copy of How Your Body Works.

The guy who wants to know about brains is by the brain, the guy who's curious about food is by the stomach, but the dude who wants to know where babies come from seems totally lost.

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Not getting any answers there, I'm afraid...

I should read it to see if he ever gets a clue.


The fact that I haven't watched a movie without turning on the subtitles in 10 years probably doesn't say good things about how gracefully I'm aging, but it's true.

I watched Selma over the weekend, and while it was a very serious movie, the subtitles made me laugh out loud several times.

Usually they're just not so descriptive. In between the dialogue the subtitles would insert asides like [chuckles wryly] or [white people shouting indistinctly.]

At the end when the credits started to roll, the subtitles said [inspirational song playing.]

Thanks, subtitles! If all movies were like you, I could turn the sound off altogether!


I'm not really sure how this happened, but Phillip and I ended up listening to 90s radio on Pandora for most of the day on Saturday.

After a while, he turned to me and said, "What was everybody whining about, anyway? It was the 1990s: everybody had a job and gas was 99 cents a gallon!"

My kids just thought it was weird.


Weeks ago, the angel from our Little People nativity set went missing. We all searched high and low, but finally gave up and put the rest of the set away without it.

And this week I found it! I sat down to use the facilities one day and there it was, randomly lying under the baseboard heater in the master bathroom. And I thought, "This sums up what parenthood is like."

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Finding random Christmas figurines in January in your bathroom? You must be a parent.


My 4-year-old has been having a lot of fun with the {affiliate link} colored bath drops she got for Christmas.

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Toddler not pictured; he refused to sit down so I removed him to preserve his modesty.

Blue was very soothing, pink was cool, but I wasn't a fan of yellow. I mean, I realize that she and her 1-year-old brother are probably soaking in a tub full of pee every time they take a bath, but seriously, I don't need the visual.


I signed up for weekly emails from BabyCenter to keep the older kids engaged in the baby's fetal development.

We got our first one this week, and on the sidebar they saw a illustrated video of a baby's head moving through a pelvis. "Isn't that uncomfortable?" my tween daughter asked incredulously.

Um, yes.


I've also been reading a couple of books about birth lately. One of them had a section outlining the responsibilities of a doula and included something like, "if the mother wants a specific kind of music played at the moment of the baby's birth, the doula can press play."

Whether we end up with a doula or not, Phillip and I are pretty sure we want this song:

What do you think? Too much?

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Chaun said...

Ha! I can't believe they thought to make a yellow bath water drop!

Unknown said...

We are seriously considering leaving Christmas stuff up year round. I am tired of having ornaments on the living room floor that have been chucked down through the loft railing, but not enough to do anything about it apparently.

Unknown said...

I think your song choice is perfectly suitable. Train them from day one!

Anonymous said...

I always use the subtitles! I don't know why but I just like it better that way. It drives my husband crazy. But then, he turns his up really loudly so maybe he SHOULD use them!

Jenny Evans said...

We pretty much do have Christmas stuff year round, but more because I find it in random places around the house for 6 months afterward than anything purposeful!

PurpleSlob said...

Nahhh, never too much! So, it's a boy? "Isn't that uncomfortable?" Hilarious!
I'm seriously thinking about leaving the Christmas tree up, and just decorating it for different holidays. PP nearly had a nervous breakdown when my Mom tried to take it down, so here it is. Purple hearts works for Valentine's Day, but can I get away with purple shamrocks???

Jenny Evans said...

Could be a boy or a girl. We'd salute a chief of either gender the same way.

Sarah said...

I always look forward to your 7 Quick Takes. You always make me smile and laugh with how real you are about what parenting/motherhood is like. Your #1 for this week is my biggest fear. My parents pawned that talk off on my health teachers growing up. We plan on homeschooling and I just... I can't even imagine.

Jenny Evans said...

We've been talking on and off since the kids were little, filling in one piece of the puzzle at a time. It really isn't awkward, especially if you start when they're young enough that you're the first one to introduce the concept of sex - if they've already started hearing about it from their friends, they've probably started developing associations that make them feel weird about talking to their parents about it.

Lynne at The Sweet Midlife said...

Those subtitles are hilarious. HILARIOUS.

Jenny Evans said...

Update: I actually wrote a post about how we've handled the sex/bodies/babies talks in our house if you're interested. Copy and paste this URL: