Friday, April 28, 2017

7 Quick Takes about Decorative Tortillas, A Man Who Knows How to Take Orders, and Diagnosing Skin Conditions over Social Media

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


Some people have a welcome mat, other people have a stack of burnt tortillas on the doorstep.

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Welcome to my life.

I've told you before that the oven broiler is not my friend. I always try to do one quick thing while I'm waiting, and before I know it there's smoke pouring out of the oven and I'm flying across the kitchen shoving children out of my way and yelling, "Crap! CRAAAAP!!"

Two of these tortillas were literally on fire. I had to blow out the flames like giant birthday candles.

So I mostly threw them outside so they didn't stink up the house. But also because I was having a bad day and it was therapeutic.


My son has become this crazy Rubik's Cube genius. He turns the things so quickly when he solves them he complains about the friction slowing him down by .02 seconds, so he bought some silicone Rubik's cube lubricant on Amazon.

When it came, I heard him opening up the box from the other room and yelled "Make sure you read the directions first so you know how much to use!"

Which turned out to be less-than-helpful motherly advice, seeing as neither of us know Mandarin.

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While sitting on the sidelines at my son's soccer game, I asked Phillip to take some pictures of me playing with the baby.

Phillip is a great husband but he totally stinks at taking pictures. It just never occurs to him to photograph anything. This used to make me sad because as a result there were no pictures of me, but marriage is all about compromise so now I just tell him when to take pictures of stuff and he follows instructions.

Sometimes too well. I asked him to take pictures, and he didn't stop even when the baby accidentally throat punched me.

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Totally going in the baby book.

It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but as far as photojournalism goes it certainly does tell a story.


My kids' school brought home some paperwork about a fundraiser, including this donation envelope with suggestions for bugging every adult you know:

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School fundraisers: not just your parents' problem anymore!

The money isn't for the school, but for the American Cancer Society, which makes it a little better. I think.


As part of her science homework, my 7th grader had to watch a YouTube video on heat transfer. She chose one at random from the list and what did I begin to hear but the theme song to Bill Nye the Science Guy!

I haven't seen Bill Nye in 20 years but before I even knew what was happening I was raising the roof and chanting "Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!" along with the soundtrack like it was 1994.

My daughter wasn't as impressed as I thought she would be.


Sometimes it's a little scary how well Facebook knows you. I was working on the blog's Facebook page when I noticed that off to the side, Facebook recommended that I pay a visit to What Kind of Rash Is This?

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It's like Facebook knows my un-glamorous life exactly. (Also, that rash is obviously hand, foot, and mouth.)

Other groups I should join include Why Is This Sticky? and How Many Minutes Until Bedtime?


A while ago, my daughter got really into origami and someone had the bright idea to rope the entire family into making a thousand paper cranes for this organization called Cranes for Cancer. This totally sounds like something I would do so it was probably me.

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What have I done...

You'd think the hardest part would be folding all the cranes, but you'd be wrong. It was figuring out how to ship them.

Through trial and error, we finally decided the best route was placing them carefully in Ziploc bags and smooshing the air out.

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By doing that, we were able to fit all 1,000 of them in a 12"x12"x6" large Priority Mail box. That's not very big. I was quite pleased with myself.

I just hope all 1,000 of them don't explode out of the box and all around the room when the person at Cranes for Cancer opens it.

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Ari Mack said...

Your cranes are awesome! And for a great cause. Way to go!

AnneMarie said...

Wow, that's impressive that y'all made those cranes AND that you figured out how to ship them! Also, I didn't know that Rubik's cube lubricant existed,and that fact cracks me up.

Laura Darling said...

Love that pictures of the tortillas! So funny! And I love all those cranes!

Rachel said...

We used to just dump any unwanted/burned food straight out of our kitchen window for the cats to eat. Our cats would eat anything, probably even burnt tortillas. Angel always cooks his right over the gas flame on the stove, without a pan, which sometimes makes me nervous. 1,000 cranes is a LOT!

PurpleSlob said...

Burnt tortillas- nothing like it to say "welcome home!"
Throat punches are good for his boxing resume.
You go, crane crusher!!

Jenny Evans said...

You can find anything - ANYTHING - on Amazon.

Jenny Evans said...

Boys. If they're not little and making their moms nervous by doing something dangerous, they're grown up and making their wives nervous for the same reason.