Friday, November 24, 2017

7 Quick Takes about Hiding Our Hallway Chaos, Places Not to Draw Cheese, and Things Moms Do When They Have the House to Themselves

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


Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers!

You are looking at the most delicious turkey ever, so tender it fell apart into bite-sized pieces when you looked at it:

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I just now noticed that a Beanie Boo apparently joined us at the table for Thanksgiving this year.

Phillip is our holiday cook around here, and he's a complete food snob which is why our turkey turned out like it did. The man doesn't take shortcuts.

I did, however, offer earlier this week to pick up anything he needed at the store. I was thinking he'd rattle off a handful of ingredients, but he came back half an hour later with a 2-page list.

And you guys, it was so hard.

"Carrots." Okay, like how many? The big bag or the small one? "Pumpkin." Do you mean a pumpkin pumpkin, or the canned stuff? If so, is that pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie filling? "Dried Cranberries." Are you aware of the metric ton of Craisins already in the cupboard or did you have something else in mind?

That day, I walked a mile in the shoes of the clueless husbands wandering the baking aisle calling their wives to ask basic questions, except I wasn't smart enough to even bring my cell phone so I just had to do my best and hope I didn't ruin Thanksgiving.


I love this Thankful Turkey my kindergartner made at school.

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The gibberish ones you can't read are "toys" and "friends." Written backwards, naturally.

It really makes me wish I could be a kid again. If "balloons" comes in at #7 on a list of the top 8 things you're most thankful for, you are leading a charmed life, my friend.


I'm not sure how it happened, but November really snuck up on me and I'm sort of freaking out.

Phillip started talking about going to get a Christmas tree this weekend, and I'm over here practically breathing into a paper bag because all I can think about is the fact that I still have the kids' shorts and flip-flops still in piles all over the house needing to be boxed up and stored in the attic.



In the entryway by our front door, we have a really cute console table. I love the styling, and it looks so pretty in a hallway.

That is, in the product images in the catalog.

In reality, it became a dumping ground for junk and the place where everyone scatters their scriptures. I think there is some decorative stuff on top but you can't even see it because of all the clutter surrounding it.

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It was time to embrace the fact that we aren't in the phase of life where decorative furniture serves its intended purpose, and so we decided to upgrade (downgrade?) to this functional buffet table that has doors to hide what pigs we really are.

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Mess contained! For now...

Because nobody needs to see that the second they come in the front door.


My 4th grader brought home a stack of completed school papers and this one caught my eye. He's been doodling Swiss cheese on things lately and I guess the teacher didn't like it.

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I thought her response was a little extreme (it was just a single tiny sketch of cheese, after all) but then I turned to the next page of the assignment.

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Okay, I guess she has a point.


Phillip's been traveling a lot for work lately and my stress level as been pretty high, so last weekend he took the kids to a hotel overnight to give me a break. And it was awesome.

I read parts of several books, took a bath, watched some old episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, slept the whole night long and woke up by myself in the morning, went out for breakfast, and most of all just enjoyed everything staying exactly where I put it for almost a full 24 hours.

In short, I tried to do only self-care stuff that was enjoyable and relaxing. (I admit that I did clean one toilet, but it only took 5 minutes and it was really dirty and had been bothering me for weeks.)


I realize I could have been the one to go to the hotel but honestly, I must be more introverted than I thought because I kind of recoiled at the idea. I wanted nothing more than to be in my own house, sleeping in my own bed.

Which worked out great, because the kids had a blast at the hotel. They went swimming, ordered pizza, watched a movie, had hotel breakfast in the morning, went swimming again, went to the library, and went out for lunch before coming home. Best time ever for them.

But Phillip was pretty frazzled by the time they came home.

When I asked how it went, he just shook his head and said, "I don't understand how you're not crazier than you are."

Me, either.

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Marilyn said...

Bloons. That's the sweetest.

And your day alone sounds heavenly! I hope your restaurant breakfast was great, because eating delicious food you didn't make is one of life's great joys. Although I guess since your Philip is such a good cook, you get that all the time! :)

Jenny Evans said...

I agree! Unfortunately it wasn't that great, but I got to eat alone and read a book so I can't complain. It doesn't hurt that Phillip makes delicious food, either.

Rachel said...

I really like your new buffet table! Horizontal surfaces really just are a magnet for attracting random piles of stuff. The hotel outing for the family and the stay at home to chill for you sounds basically perfect!