Friday, January 1, 2016

7 Quick Takes about Odd Product Reviews, Christmas Ham That Can Clean Your Corroded Car Battery, and Naming Your Unborn Child Darth Vader

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! That's the last 7 days of 2015 summed up in 7 quick takes.


Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun time celebrating and that you find success with whatever goals or aspirations you have for 2016.

I don't always make resolutions at the new year. I briefly thought about trying to find all the Mr. Potato Head parts scattered around the house, but decided I needed something more realistic. Never did come up with anything.


For Phillip's Christmas gift, I bought him a new suit (actually 2, because there was a BOGO sale.) Maybe some photos of his old one will help explain why this is so exciting to me.

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He literally wore his old suit to death.
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And judging by the ripped lining, he also wore it with an angry cat inside.

With that in mind, take a look at this:

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Finally, his outer beauty matches his inner beauty.

What I particularly loved about the suit was trying to judge the quality based on the online reviews. This one, though not particularly helpful, was definitely the biggest laugh I had all day:

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Please note that this reviewer recommended it for date nights. Why you'd need to look like a coy Dutch woman hiding a dark secret on a date, unless you in fact are a Dutch woman hiding a secret on a date, I'm still not sure.

But the suit looks nice, no?


Our Christmas dinner is traditionally ham, but because I'd (partly unintentionally) made enough soup to feed an army platoon on Christmas Eve, we put it off for a couple of days and had it over the weekend.

And you guys, it's not just any ham. Phillip (our holiday cook) marinates it in Coca-Cola for 24 hours and serves it drizzled with the yummiest Coke-jalenpeno glaze you can imagine.

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As you can see, we use the expensive stuff.

My mouth is watering just remembering it (over the next several days, I ate the leftovers cold while crouched in the corner like Gollum hoping the kids wouldn't catch me and ask for some.)


On Wednesday, we brainstormed baby names with the kids, but I think Phillip and I will have to do some more thinking on our own before s/he is born.

After that conversation, our pool of baby names consists the names of all their friends from school and the entire cast of Star Wars.

On the other hand, we did start referring to our toddler as Wickitt, the little Ewok from Episode VI, so the brainstorming session wasn't a total loss.


Speaking of Star Wars, they went to see The Force Awakens in IMAX and 3D with Phillip. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll just say that Phillip did say that the female lead was phenomenal and the movie was really well done.

At some point I'll have to see it when it comes out on video. I stayed home with the preschooler, because she practically cried every time R2D2 got hurt in the other movies and we didn't think she was up to the scary parts on the big screen.


The kids were thrilled to get our first snowfall this week. There was so little snow you could still see grass and by the time we woke up there was already freezing rain coming down on top of it, but the kids still went outside and had a grand old time.

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They really do love winter. In the spring and summer, I have to chase them outside with a cattle prod and they still wander back inside bored after 15 minutes, but in the winter they go outside twice a day without me even suggesting it. Even when, like today, the snow is frozen so solid you just walk on top of it.

I have no idea who birthed these children, because I couldn't possibly have contributed to their genetic makeup.


So far we've had a really warm winter (think record high temps and ceiling fans running at our friends' Christmas Eve party) but that's all over now. Not only do we have some crusty frozen snow on the ground, but it's cold and thoroughly miserable.

As I fumbled with numb, gloved fingers to pry open the trunk of our van (which had frozen shut) so I could haul our recycling to the town transfer station I kept asking myself, "WHY do we live here, again??"

If the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, I'll say that out loud to myself between 1 and 10 times a day for the next three months.

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Unknown said...

I SO with you on the cold weather! I was obviously meant to live somewhere tropical. The suit is GORGEOUS!

Anonymous said...

He is GQ worthy!
Come to Fl!!

Katy said...

If it had been up to my oldest,his little sister would've been named Lightning MCQueen or Chipmunk. You'll think of something! Very nice coy Dutch woman suit. :)

Jenny said...

We got a good amount of snow here. My kids love it took the problem is that they won't go play in it alone (we don't have much of our own back yard) and I hate winter. Now that the holidays are over I'm pretty sure it should be spring.

Jenny Evans said...

I agree. Who do we speak to about that?

Jenny Evans said...

Chipmunk is kind of cute but Lightning McQueen is quite a name for a baby to live up to.

Jenny Evans said...

I've always thought so. Would love FL except... let's talk about cockroaches...

Unknown said...

I wish my kids could play in the snow. :( We live in the desert, so snow. Although we had some of the coldest temps in the country this Christmas season. Gotta love El Nino, ya know?

Unknown said...

My mom makes Coke ham, too! It is one of her treasured recipes. And do you shop at JOSBank? They have BOGO sales regularly and that's where my hubby likes to get his suits. They're nice! It sounds like you had a great week. Happy New Year!

Jenny Evans said...

Never have. Those particular suits were at Men's Wearhouse. Between the suits and the ham, I'd say it was a successful week!