Friday, June 10, 2016

7 Quick Takes about Music Events You Don't See Every Day, The Most Dangerous Way to Dress a Baby, and Brad the Vampire Slayer

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?


I get a few daily deal type e-newsletters, which I usually delete unread because they're for things I'm totally not interested in. However, this one really caught my eye because it was titled "Jam Out to Dolly Parton, Gwen Stefani & More."


Now those are two pretty diverse styles of music. Are Gwen and Dolly touring together? Performing back-to-back in some bizarrely-themed music festival? What was their target audience here?

I was a little disappointed when I opened the email and saw the tickets were for two separate concerts on two separate dates. Because that could've been interesting.


In a brief ceremony in church on Sunday, we had our baby boy blessed (in our religion, kids can be baptized when they're older). Tell me the little outfit he wore isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen. You can't.

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Fake 3-piece suit that is actually all one piece and buttons up the back.

Its cuteness is only rivaled by my terror of an explosive diaper blowout while he's wearing it. Because we borrowed the outfit from a friend.


Of course by now you've heard about the gorilla/toddler incident from a few weeks ago at the Cincinnati Zoo. It's caused quite the ongoing stir on the Interwebs. Phillip came home talking about it and then asked, "It's on YouTube, do you want to see it?"

No, I do not. Do. Not.

I regularly interrupt movies to ask, "Does a kid get hurt in this?" If the answer is yes, I immediately stuff socks in my ears and leave the room yelling, "Lalalalala!"

That's actually most of the reason I don't keep up with the news. I can't take one more thing keeping me up at night. (I know the boy is fine, I just don't want the visual, thank you very much.)


Meanwhile, at the grocery store, I keep running into the strangest things.

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This delicious vegan snack also offers excellent protection against the undead!

I think this is just tricky marketing designed to make me pick up the container to figure out why it's called "Vampire Killer" and then hey, while it's already in my hand I might as well toss it in the cart!

Nice try, Brad. Nice try.

And then someone strategically placed one of these candy bars here specifically waiting for my child to come through the check-out. How did they know??

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Not to call you out or anything, but...


My son had a cub scout event where every family brought a cake decorated to symbolize part of the scout law.

Our attribute was "cheerful," so he and my husband whipped up this little beauty:

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We're totally thinking about opening up a bakery now.

Our cake took home the "most gluten-free" award. We're very proud... that they could think of something nice to say about it at all.


In a moment of extreme panic, I realized this week that Phillip changing jobs meant changing health insurance, and our pediatrician might not be in our new network.

I practically went into premature mourning for our pediatrician. I love our pediatrician. She knows and remembers what's going on with each of the kids. If we visit a specialist, she calls me at home that night to ask how it went instead of waiting for their office to fax her the results. She's amazing.

Luckily, she's in our new network so I didn't have to keep breathing into a paper bag. (I kept the paper bag handy, though, because 6 kids.)


Lastly, an update on how things are going with the baby, in the form of a text exchange with my husband:

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Marina @ Parental Journey said...

I don't watch news either - I just can't handle so many bad news. My life is better without it!

Audrey Louise said...

The text exchange between you & your husband is amazing. You guys are so funny- I love that you can play off one another :)
I've avoided the gorilla video, too. We were in the gym Monday morning and a freakin' news station started to play it and I almost tripped on the treadmill because I looked away so fast. UGH. How are they allowed to show that without a warning?? :(

Ellen said...

Over from 7qts. Now I'm curious what church you attend that does an infant blessing. What a cute outfit!

I laughed at the dairy cow exchange as I often make the same joke to my husband.

Michelle said...

There is no anxiety like putting your kid in a fancy (especially borrowed!) outfit and trying to avoid a blowout. THE STRESS.

I'm the same way with kids! Ever since having a baby, If a kid gets hurt in a book or movie I can't handle it. I was reading a book when Gracie was 4 or 5 months old, and the mom abandoned her newborn in the house and ran away (if I had known, I would've burned the book instead of reading it). The baby lived and all that, but I was up for HOURS crying about it. I even laid on the floor in G's room crying just to make sure she was ok. Ridiculous. I have not improved with time.

Unknown said...

Haha I cracked up at each one, especially the last! Although sorry about the crying babe! It makes the days so long. Trip finally got over a viral thing that kept him in a constant low monotone cry for weeks.
And I kind of saw Gwen and Dolly together... now that Gwen is with Blake Shelton... well, kind of!

Jenny said...

Most gluten free. Haha sometimes I wonder why they do awards with things like this. You end up having to make sure everyone gets some kind of award.

I feel you on the dairy cow thing. I already feel that way and our little guy will only be a week old tomorrow...

Anonymous said...

She's a Morman.

Jenny Evans said...

See? This is why I don't go to the gym.

Actually, that's a lie.

Jenny Evans said...

Our church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but Mormon is very effective shorthand.

People age 8 or older can be baptized in our church (we don't believe in having sins before the age of being able to understand right/wrong) but parents can show their commitment to raising their children in the faith with a baby blessing at any time before that. It's pretty neat.

Jenny Evans said...

Motherhood does funny stuff to you. I 100% believe this story.

Jenny Evans said...

And yet here you are, blogging! Glad he's here and everything went well. Solidarity, sister.

Sarah said...

I couldn't watch the Gorilla video either. No, thank you. We had a fake suit for my son, not as cute as that little white one, but it was a "cheat" (being only one piece). Still, it got the job done right?

Beth Cotell said...

That outfit is the cutest thing ever! Glad you made it through the service with no blowouts!!! And I think the cake looks great. Cheerful was the one to get because I don't even know how you would go about decorating loyal, brave, trustworthy, loyal, etc.

Jenny Evans said...

Actually, the "bravery" cake was awesome! They baked a 9x13" sheet cake and used Star Wars Lego figures to recreate an epic Jedi/storm trooper battle on top.

Unknown said...

I rarely watch news! Great and fun post, thanks for sharing!

The Lady Okie said...

Ha! #7. I love your response.

zerry ht said...

Thanks for this post on music events! Really pleased to read this post. Have been making plans for attending upcoming music concert at venues Chicago. Planning to book seats for everyone. All are really excited for the event.