Friday, December 29, 2017

7 Quick Takes about Miniature Bond Villains, the Appropriate Lighting for Cookie-Eating, and Alternative Pizza Toppings that Are Just Wrong

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


So this is one of the funniest sights you can walk into a room and see.

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His head barely clears the back of the chair.

The 1-year-old recently found out he enjoys working at the computer, even when it's not turned on, so he crawls up there a lot and does his thing when he's got some free time. 

He looks like a movie villian who has just finished inputting the launch codes into the computer, and any second now he's going to swivel around and say something sinister.

We're still working on two-word sentences, though, so it might be a while.


After visiting no less than four orthodontists for consultations, I think we finally found one we like.

She seems thorough and competent, takes her time and explains everything to us, and her organizational system for toys in the waiting room seems to match my general philosophy at home:

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Put a label that says "things" on that box and you're good to go!

I think I'm going to like this one.


For my annual Christmas cookie plates to the neighbors, I decided to try a new recipe. And this is why I hate trying new recipes to give to people:

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Pecan pie cookies that are not even remotely cute like the picture on the recipe.

My son told me that "they look like volcanoes barfing." I won't repeat what he said it looked like they were barfing up.

But after I cut off the worst-looking parts and made them part of the overall cookie plate, I don't think it was so bad.

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In any case, I taste tested each kind and they were delicious. So worst case scenario, you just eat them in the dark. I'll be sure to make a note of that on the tag for next year.


How was Christmas Day in your house? Ours started off a little rough.

We woke up to a broken thermostat and the house was 65 degrees. We found three presents buried in the snow next to our mailbox we thought we'd lost. My son got a cool battery-operated car that he immediately drove into a bowl of cereal on the coffee table and spilled all over the living room rug.

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But in spite of all that, it was a really nice day.

We started out by reading about the first Christmas in Luke 2 (and the kids were really good considering they'd already been corralled in an upstairs bedroom for 20 minutes while Phillip fixed the thermostat.)

We opened presents with snow falling down in big, fat flakes. After we finished, the kids went outside to sled in the 6" of fresh snow in the yard.

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We Skyped with their grandparents and that evening we watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas while eating frozen stir-fry for dinner because we didn't put the fancy ham in the oven early enough.

And I actually couldn't have asked for a more perfect Christmas day.


One nice thing about having lots of kids is that you don't really need to buy anything for the younger ones: you've already got it.

This Christmas, we bought no new presents for the 1-year-old and only one for the 3-year-old. We had plenty of toys in the attic they'd never seen before and they loved unwrapping and playing with them.

I wrote last week about how our toddler somehow got attached to one specific stuffed animal, which makes me scream inside because I dread the day when we lose it or it gets thrown up on and is in the washing machine when we need it. Well, it was a Christmas miracle, but we successfully got him to accept a stuffed fox from Santa.

Its name is "Fock," which is apparently toddler-speak for "Fox." Maybe we should have given it a name that doesn't sound like something that would get a kid sent to the principal's office, but we didn't think of that and it is what it is.

We're just happy we can stop hyperventilating about the possibility of losing Tiger and the 1-year-old being so distraught he never sleeps again.


You know what's a really awful time to lose a tooth? Christmas Eve.

My 6-year-old was so excited when her baby tooth fell out and my very first thought was, "Great, I can't even remember to be the Tooth Fairy on a regular night. I give us a 0% chance of remembering to sneak money under her pillow after we're done wrapping all 24,572 presents."

I was totally right, and we didn't remember.

In the morning we tried to explain thow Santa needed help from both the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy to get everything ready in time, but my daughter being the no-nonsense kind of girl who would never believe in such a silly thing as the Tooth Fairy to begin with, just rolled her eyes and asked if she could get it out of my wallet.

True story.


For Christmas my kids got this little singing Leap Frog oven set, which is pretty cute but I have some serious questions.

One song is about bread, and how if there's not enough you should "put an egg on it! (yeah, yeah) put an egg on it! (yeah, yeah!) If you like eggs and bread, put an egg on it!"

That's cool, lots of people like eggs and toast.

Then I heard it singing the same song but with pizza. PIZZA. Who puts eggs on their pizza? I thought it was odd but figured there's probably some weirdo out there who tops his pizza with hard boiled eggs (the CEO of Leap Frog, maybe) and who am I to judge?

But I can only suspend disbelief for so long. The last song is about cupcakes.

I'm not kidding, it distinctly sings "Put an egg on it! If you like eggs and cupcakes, put an egg on it!" What is this thing teaching my kids?? Eggs on cupcakes? That's the most disturbing thing I've ever heard! What does that even mean?

At first I thought we'd received a model that was defective or maybe possessed, but several of the Amazon reviewers were just as confused as I was and I even found this video of a British oven spouting the same nonsense to unsuspecting children in the UK. What is going on??

Also, now when my kids play restaurant I'm being served pizza with a fried egg on top. Excuse me while I throw up.

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Unknown said...

My husband puts eggs on pizza... it's a Thing in France. We've been together 10 years and I still haven't quite come to terms with it.

Donna said...

LOL. There IS a pizza with the egg on top in Italy. My dad ordered it after my husband incorrectly translated the word uova for gusto? Not sure how he got “more” confused with egg (uova-if I remember spelling correctly) the look on dads face when it came out was priceless! Husband ate the egg from the top ��

Audrey Louise said...

What is this egg on all food conspiracy... That's super strange.
I love your description of Christmas morning. That's pretty much how it should be. (Also, I love that Little People nativity set! Cute!!)
We went sledding on Christmas, too! I think that's the first time I've ever done that!

Jenny Evans said...

So it's not as completely random as it sounds... for now, I've just started responding to things with "Put an egg on it" because no matter what we're talking about it usually makes more sense than the oven songs!

Jenny Evans said...

Maybe I should sue them because my kid is allergic to eggs. The Little People set is awesome, but be prepared for it to be played with in decidedly non-Nativity ways: "Help! Baby Jesus is falling off the cliff! Get your donkey and save him, Wise Men!" At least they're engaging with the scriptures. Sort of.

PurpleSlob said...

I love you, and your family. Your Christmas sounds perfect.
Happy New Year!