Friday, July 7, 2017

7 Quick Takes about Neighborly Concerns, Happy High Fructose Corn Syrup, and Mortal Danger in the Hair Care Aisle

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How was the 4th of July for all my U.S. readers? Ours was relaxed and laid-back, just the way we like it. I was slightly concerned about the neighbors two doors down, though.

They were so excited for Independence Day they started lighting off fireworks in their yard starting on Saturday night. They did more and more every night until Tuesday.

We all woke up on Wednesday morning wondering what they're going to do for fulfillment now, since scaring our kids out of bed with a big fireworks display at midnight every night had become their life's purpose.


My 5-year-old lost a tooth, and the level of excitement I had over actually remembering (on the first night, even!) to put money under her pillow tells you exactly how bad I am at this.

I was congratulating myself all night and into the morning for remembering. When my daughter woke up, we asked her, "So did the Tooth Fairy come?"

"No," she said.

"What?!" I looked at Phillip in panic. I put it under her pillow! Did it fall behind the bed or did she just not see it or did I dream the whole thing or what?

"It's just you and Dad," she continued. "I don't believe in fairies."


But I will continue to allow my 3-year-old to believe his window in the van magically opens when he shouts "bibbidi-bobbidi-boo" and closes when he says "poof." Because I control the window buttons and I can.


I've been battling the world's worst cold sore for over a week now, and I get cold sores on my lip all the time so I know. It's taking forever to go away, and in the meantime it's so big and weird-looking I'm embarrassed to talk to people close up.

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Any suggestions on the best way to style your hair and makeup to offset the gigantic leprous sore on your face?

Seriously, it's become a family joke. Instead of a cold sore, the kids call it my "mold sore."


For family movie night we watched The Lego Batman Movie, and it was so hilarious I definitely want to watch The Lego Movie now. So many witty one-liners, so quick you'd definitely would miss them if you weren't paying attention.

Plus, listening to a 3-year-old talk in a gravelly Batman voice for days afterward was totally worth the price of renting the DVD.


My kids pointed out that the spout for pouring syrup out of the bottle is shaped like a smiley face:

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Because nothing makes you happier than high fructose corn syrup. At least I think that's the message I'm supposed to be getting from this.


As a Mormon, I believe that everyone in the world is a child of God no matter who you are or what you do.

But to the extra-special child of God who invented toy musical instruments, especially the ones that let out a squeal so unearthly shrill and loud you can even hear it through the closed door when you tell the kids to take it outside: I know Jesus said I'm supposed to love you, too, but frankly I'm just having a really hard time with that right now.


I needed to tame my flyaways so I borrowed some hairspray from a friend and happened to notice that the bottle instructed "Do not smoke until hair is dry."

That was a little scary.

Not because I smoke, but because now every time I use hair spray I keep envisioning my head bursting into flames if someone happens to walk by at the wrong moment with a cigarette in their mouth.

Which I guess might take the focus off my cold sore so it wouldn't be all bad.

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Jenny said...

Cold sores are the worst! I use abreva when I get them but it still seems like forever for them to go away.

I don't think you're alone in feeling love for the maker of that instrument

StorkWatcher said...

See the regular Lego Movie - I thought it had even more zingers and one-liners in there... Such a funny movie for the parents to enjoy, as well as kids. (Oh, and if it helps, Abreva is the only thing we use on our show lambs if they get sore mouth...So works on sheep AND humans!!!)

Jilly Bean said...

The real question is how much hairspray do you put on your hair that it would have to "dry" 😳

Colleen said...

Cold sores ... I feel your pain. A Valtrex script changed my life. And I'm also a big believer in Abreva at the first sign. It's crazy expensive but worth it. Dehydration, sun exposure and stress are my triggers. No fun.

Jenny Evans said...

Good to know, and I'll keep it in mind if we ever invest in livestock, too.

Jenny Evans said...

Mine is being overtired. It's God's way of reminding me that I need to sleep, I think.

Kate Marie said...

I get cold sores when I'm sick or stressed - I feel your pain! Have you tried taking an l-lysine supplement? It's the only thing I've found that's preventative and has made a huge difference (when I remember to take it that is). And this lip balm: works better at getting them to go away than anything else I've tried, including abreva. Hope that helps!

Jenny Evans said...

I'd never heard of that before! This time I tried some Abreva but it was already too late. I'll have to look into both. Being tired is my trigger and I'm tired a lot.

PurpleSlob said...

#6 Bwahahahaha!! Oh, they're "special" alrightey!!

Laura Darling said...

Hahaha. LOL at the do not smoke until hair is dry! Good to know!! :) Also there are STILL fireworks going on in our neighborhood tonight! It's like a month long celebration! I don't remember it going quite this long in years past.

Jenny Evans said...

Wow! I guess I shouldn't complain, then!