Friday, February 9, 2018

7 Quick Takes about Clean Carpets, Definitely Not Being Worried about My Hands, and the Kids These Days

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


When I take my kids to the children's room at the public library, they're usually more into the train table and the coloring pages than the play kitchen, but for some reason they went all-out creating an elaborate feast for me this time.

My 6-year-old explained that food comes from either the "delicious menu" or the "gross menu," but I shouldn't worry because "this is all from the delicious menu."

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Offerings on the "delicious menu" include grilled cinammon rolls and ice cream, evidently.

I asked her a few times which menu I usually cook from but she kept evading the question. What a tactful little lady.


While the kids were cleaning up their play food, I checked out a bunch of books for each of my 3 older kids.

When they get home from school I'm usually sitting upstairs making sure the little kids take their naps instead of dancing around buck-naked with lampshades on their heads (which hasn't ever happened but frankly wouldn't surprise me) so I thought it would be fun to leave out something special to welcome them home.

So I left each of their book stacks on the table with their name and a bow on it:

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If you aren't sure whether or not your kids are abnormally obsessed with reading, knowing they'll be thrilled at a surprise like this is a pretty good clue.


Something that's been on my to-do list forever is having the carpets in the kids' rooms professionally cleaned. The guys who came told me that "I look like the babysitter" but took my money, anyway.

With 6 kids there were obviously some stains that are cemented into the carpet for all eternity, but when they left it looked a whole lot better and you can't deny how deeply satisfied you feel right now looking at these vacuum lines:

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

I hesitated to even move the furniture back in and start using their rooms again. In a perfect world, I would cordon off the rooms with velvet rope and just go up there every once in a while to stand in the doorways and sigh at the perfectness of it all.


I took my oldest four kids to see some of their friends in a production of James and the Giant Peach.

I obviously knew it was a stage play but didn't know it was a musical. Which probably sounds terrible (because how can you possibly do justice to the weird and wonderful works of Roald Dahl with music?) but actually, the songs were a perfect complement to the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and so did the kids.

On a slightly different note, I've been wondering for a few years whether I had this thing called Raynaud's Phenomenon, which makes your hands hyper-sensitive to cold. It was feezing coming home from the theater, and when I got inside and took off my gloves I had my answer.

Definitely Raynaud's.

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It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

I've been trying not to Google it too much, because like most medical conditions Raynaud's could either be (1) nothing or (2) a sign of your imminent death.

I'm going to see my doctor, but most likely my Raynaud's is nothing more than an annoyance. There's only a slight chance of it being a symptom of an autoimmune disease that stiffens your hands into immovable, gnarled claws (yes, that's a real thing  why did I Google that?!?)


At school, my daughter took the Myers-Briggs personality test and gave the test to a bunch of our family members. The results totally vindicated my decision years ago to nickname the 13-year-old "Phillip 2.0" and the 11-year-old "Mini-Me."

That's right, those two are INTPs and my 11-year-old and I are INFJs.

According to this chart, only 1% of the population are INFJs like me and my daughter, and we're the rarest type.

No wonder nobody gets us.


At the dentist, I picked up a copy of Seventeen in the waiting room to see what the enemy was up to what these kids are into these days.

I see they're reading articles that use weird words like "inspo" instead of "inspiration," which probably isn't a good idea. The rising generation already thinks "ginormous" is an honest-to-goodness word that wasn't just made up by Will Ferrell. They have enough problems already.

Second, I kept seeing pictures of purses and shoes with these awful, huge, colorful jewels pasted haphazardly all over, looking like something a 6-year-old decorated at a birthday party. I started to wonder if one of their millennial staff writers got their hands on a Bedazzler, thought it was a new invention, and went totally nuts.

Third, it looks like the chunky heel of the 20-year-old shoes I just got around to throwing out is back in style again?? I can't even with this generation. Just blech.


On a final note, I'd just like to say that this picture makes me sad:

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Oh, to be young again and be blissfully ignorant of the dangers of eating raw flour.

P.S: I totally still do it. I was just more blissful.

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Jenny Albertson said...

I also noticed that chunky shoes were back in and whimpered a little. I’m hoping for a day with bootcut jeans and running shoes to be back in...was it ever in? Because that’s my main go-to all the time!

Jen said...

Oh man, I have totally been thinking I need to get our upstairs carpet cleaned....and now I'm swooning over those vacuum lines. And inspo? Really? I'm so glad I'm not a teenager anymore.

Michelle said...

Those vacuum lines just gave me a lot of joy.

I have Raynauds, too. It rarely hits me, but I get it in my feet. The first time it happened, I couldn’t figure out why my toe felt numb so I took my sock off and was horrified when my foot looked like the picture of your hand. I even poked myself with a needle to see if my toe would bleed! I was panicking and convinced they would die and be amputated. I stuck my feet in hot water and they were fine. I called my mom once the crisis passed, and she said my grandma used to get it and explained what it was. It’s only happened once or twice since, but it never gets less freaky.

Jenny said...

I just got my carpets cleaned this week as well and Oh em gee!!!!! They are so beautiful! I didn't even want anyone to walk on them ;)

Kate Marie said...

My husband and I are the two rarest Myers-Briggs types (ENTJ and INFJ, respectively) and are pretty opposite in most of our wiring. Reading about temperament and personality has had a big impact on our marriage, mostly for the better, although since I'm the type to care passionately about such things and he's more in the eye-rolling camp it can cause some friction too.

I for one would be super curious to read your thoughts on Myers-Briggs (and INFJ in particular) if you were ever to devote a post to the topic!

Catherine said...

Not a medical person, but yes, I'm pretty sure you're right about the Raynauds!
A few drops of cinnamon essential oil in a neutral carrier oil can help get things moving again, if you're into that kind of thing :-)
(p.s. another INFJ here! I suspect there may be quite a lot of us in this corner of the internet...)

Jenny Evans said...

Yes, when is the bootcut jean coming back? It's been too long. Too. Long.

Jenny Evans said...

At this point I just like to creep out my family members with them. It's pretty annoying though, because it happens a lot.

Jenny Evans said...

The description I read did say they make excellent writers and bloggers!

Jenny Evans said...

I may do that sometime! I personally got a lot out of the 4 colors personality theory (I'm a blue, my husband is a white). The book talks about relationships between all of the colors and I either read it early on in our marriage or possibly even before we got married. So it's always been something I've thought about.

Anonymous said...

Ginormous has been around since I was a child (I’m 56 and live in the UK)
Lynne Nicholson

Kathleen said...

Ahhh! Chunky shoes are baccccck! Also overalls!??

Jenny Evans said...

Oh, you remind me: I saw bodysuits in the mall yesterday. BODYSUITS. They are literally onesies for grownups. I don't know what else there is to say about that, except I remember the cool girls had them in 6th grade. This is terrible.

Lyndsay (Tiny House Homeschool Mom) said...

I have that exact same issue with my hands and feet. My toes turn blue in July! Google can be a very dangerous tool. Best not to use it in the middle of the night when you already can't sleep. Can we say panic attack? Lol

Lyndsay (Tiny House Homeschool Mom) said...

I recently switched back to boot cut jeans from skinnies.. I got tired if being cold all the time. :/