Pull Up A Chair…

…cause here we go again!!!

May the best team win.

(those of you who are not personally invested may start new threads.  Just remember the rules.  If you’re mean, you get thrown from the top row of the stadium into a really big pile of snow)

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15 Responses to Pull Up A Chair…

  1. Ellen says:

    Last week work at the school was different because of the upcoming Christmas break, but as usual, I enjoyed it very much. The kids I work ith, are so funny and express themselves in a way, you know there relatives must have said that: One 6 year old boy said to the teacher: “You make my life impossible!” Or another boy, ” Get out of my life!”. I hardly hear them say real bad words.

    Today we finally went our for a Christmas tree…way too late…no nice trees anymore 😦 .. so we looked for artificial (I love that word, we call it plain fake) trees. And we found one! Good price, with 400 lights…Only…colored lights! I hate that..and sadly enough, my husband likes it!! Shoot! So now we are gonna keep it..I hope I get used to it. Coming 3 weeks I am off work for the school district, I do have to work at Christmas Eve and Christmas day at the hospital…We plan to do a Christmas dinner on the 26th of December..that is fine with us.

    I hope you all will have a great week!

  2. SKL says:

    So on Saturday, after working from 8-3, I went to dinner and shopping with my sister and our three kids, and that was fun. Well, we only made it to 4 stops, LOL, but you can’t expect too much more when the little people outnumber the grownups. Her 1-year-old was so quiet and well-behaved, which apparently is unusual for her . . . well, eventually she barfed on her mom, so I guess that explained that. We were ready to call it a night anyway. I finished all of my essential shopping and probably went a little overboard, but at least I can stop worrying about Christmas presents now. (Still have to organize and wrap them, of course.)

    Sunday, the girls had their Christmas program at church. I got into the church early, but I still got the worst possible seat. Of course my kids are the shortest kids in the church, and they had them stand on the lowest level for their performance, so I literally could not see them at all. I was so bummed. (And I was sitting in the middle of a pew between two old ladies, so I couldn’t really move.) Luckily my friend, who brought my camera for me, came late and actually got a better spot as a result (there had been some forced shuffling after I took my seat, to accommodate the large crowd). She was able to get some photos and videos. Otherwise I would be feeling so badly right now. Anyhoo, as expected, Miss A was really into it and you could hear her voice the whole time. She was the littlest kid by far, and considering half of the kids didn’t sing much (including Miss E), I think her performance was appreciated. As for Miss E, at least she didn’t misbehave. She knew all the songs by heart and has a very nice voice, but I guess nobody will ever know that, LOL.

    I settled on some photos for my Christmas cards. I am not crazy about them, but at this point they will have to do. I will try to write the cards tonight, but considering it’s already 11:30 here, I’m not sure how far I’ll get. Next item on the photo agenda is to choose photos for the photo ornaments and such, crop and resize, order and pick up, cut and insert into the little frames. (That is a lot of work! But they sure look nice once they are done.)

    The other Christmas thing I still want to accomplish is decorating cookies. I bought some different flavors of cookie dough, so I am looking forward to trying them. I will probably work this into Tuesday somehow.

    We have one more Christmas party on Wednesday night (international community thing) and plan to attend church on Christmas Eve. Assuming we live through all of this in addition to the usual work and household stuff, we should then be ready for Christmas.

  3. SKL says:

    Now that we got the “facts” out of the way, I was wondering. Do you guys get all reflective toward the end of the year? I do. Every year I seem to come up with a different theme in my mind (not on purpose). Today I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can be a more positive person. The more I think about it, the more it seems like it would fix issues in my life. I know that sounds cliche, but I’m not just jumping on some bandwagon. I don’t know exactly how this is going to come out, but I think some changes will be forthcoming.

    Another thing I have been wondering about. Lately, I feel so tired all the time. Is it real, or is it in my head? Do I have too much to do, or just a bad attitude about it? Or, will I be back to Supermom once the vitamin D drops kick in and the congestion goes away? I don’t know. I really don’t like the feeling that I’m weak, you know? Not to mention that I can’t afford to be weak.

    The third train of thought that is active in my mind is the urge to get organized – to go through all my old crap (and my kid’s), inventory, discard, recycle, clean, organize, etc. I would love to get this done before New Year’s. Somehow I feel the need for a fresh start.

    And fourth, my mind is on my kids’ spiritual education. Now that they are about 4, they are able to understand things from a spiritual point of view, including behavior / discipline. (We could sure use a fresh approach to behavior around here.) The whole Mary Mary Quite Contrary theme doesn’t seem healthy, and neither does the whining / insecurity theme. So I hope I can figure out a way to inspire a bit of positivity in my chillies.

    Anyhoo, that’s kind of where I am right now.

    I hope everyone else is looking forward to a festive and manageable holiday week!

  4. Laura says:

    I still itch. It’s getting old, I’m tellin’ ya. Tried to get around yesterday, hopped up on Benadryl, but only succeeded in being tired. Which made me grumpy. So then I was tired, and grumpy and itchy. I was NOT a nice person to be around.

    I think SKL is on to something with the whole “positive” thing. So… This rash, whatever it is, is teaching me that I can still manage to get things done when I’m uncomfortable. And it isn’t itching as badly as it was before, so that’s an improvement. I will keep working on the “positive” thing throughout the day – it certainly can’t hurt, right? At least I’ll be less grumpy.

    Our Cub Scout Pack went caroling last night. We have three Nursing Homes which are operated in conjunction with our little town’s hospital – one attached, the other two located behind the parking lot. We took the kids to all three. They started out really quiet and mumbly, but when they finished the first song (“Frosty the Snowman”), one of the old guys said, ‘We’re all old and deaf! You gotta sing louder!!” The kids really belted it out after that. I have to say, considering that we didn’t get them all together to practice ahead of time? They did really, really well. And the best part was that several times, I caught the residents singing along. I think they enjoyed it, too.

    The only downside to the evening was that the kids were supposed to receive the prizes that they earned selling popcorn this Fall. Josh has been twitchily waiting for his Lego “Kingdoms” set and his Spy Kit, asking me almost daily when he’s going to get them. Unfortunately, our popcorn chairwoman won’t return the phone calls or the e-mails of any of our leaders. It’s getting very frustrating.

    • SKL says:

      You remind me of when my kid brother was about 8 and he went caroling with two friends (and I kind of shadowed them just in case). No advance prep either. Unfortunately one of the friends (the loudest one, of course) was hopelessly tone deaf. I think people paid them more money to get them to go away faster. Ha ha! Memories!

    • SKL says:

      Oh, and about the itching – yours sounds different from the one I had last month, but I think I can relate to the aggravation. I don’t like going to doctors so I tried to hold off, but it got so bad I just could not stand it any more. So they gave me a steroid which was helpful. I do think the steroid messed up my brain a bit, so I’m not necessarily recommending it right before Christmas. But I wouldn’t blame you if you went for it, either.

  5. Nikki says:

    This weekend had it’s good and bad points. Saturday was terrific, we went to Paul and Joys for one of our Christmas parties. Her dad, Jason grandfather and his wife live in AZ for the winter. they came back for a visit so we were able to see them for Christmas. I thought it was one of the best times with them, actually. We chatted, ate like kings or hogs, whichever, and laughed a lot. Sunday started out really bad for me though, woke up with an awful sore throat. It still hurts. Watery eyes, gosh I have never had such watery eyes in my life. I had to have a towel with me at all times. But the good news about Sunday is my oldest niece, who is 21 had her 1st baby boy. He wasn’t even full term and still weighed 9 lbs 4 oz. He’s HUGE!!! His arms are so chunky. Nothing better than a chunky baby boy! His name is Jaxen Murry and we’re all very proud of her, and happy to have another boy in this family of mostly girls! My dad had 4 girls, my oldest sister had 4 girls, another sister had 3!!

    As for today….well I can root for the Vikings, even though I didn’t pick them to win on my board. I sucked SO bad this week, this games wouldn’t make a difference. So I can say now I WANT them to win. LOL

  6. Joy says:

    The football game. I hate to say this but I don’t really care today. Our team is so up in the air. We’ve had the oddest season that I can ever remember. We have hurt players. Players who get headaches and can’t play. One of our best players (Sydney Rice) who had hip surgery in August!!! Who thought that was a good idea?? We lost our dome and now we’re playing outside at the gopher stadium. It’s all we’ve heard for a week. It heads every newscast and frankly, I’m sick to death of it. The only redeeming thing it’s their 50th anniversary and we’ve gotten to see a bunch of our old favorite Purple People Eaters from back in the day. Funny thing is our first game was against George Halas and his Bears. So really, I don’t much care at this point. I did pick the Bears to win and now as much as I’d like them to win, we need the draft choice. I am looking forward to watching the rookie Webb tonight. He’s the only reason I’ll watch. That plus all the people who are always crying “we need an outdoor stadium.” We’ll see how they feel after tonight with a huge storm setting to hit this afternoon dumping anywhere between 4-12 inches of snow. This kills me to say and I’d feel really bad for my boys but now the talk will be a new stadium and the state just doesn’t have the money and it wouldn’t surprise me if the owners took the team away.

    I feel pretty crappy today. Can someone tell me why there’s always one bad apple? Why is there always one person at a gathering who makes it miserable for everyone else? I worked my ass off all week. It’s not easy for me to get ready like it used to be but I did it nice and slow and did get it done. But nothing I did was right. Nothing we ate was good. Complain and bitch!!! I get so tired of it that I feel like leaving town next year and saying F-this. I feel very depressed today and on top of it all my cold crap came back. I will be holding down my chair today waiting for the snow and trying to get my sanity back. That is if I ever had it in the first place.

    Sorry for the negativity but I’m just not feelin’ the love today.

    • Nikki says:

      I thought it was a great time, and everyone but maybe that “bad apple” had a good time…towards the end everything was great. Something is going on somewhere, b/c that “bad apple” isn’t bad all the time…

  7. Joy says:

    Oh ya, I also forgot to mention my glasses got bent and really hurt my right ear so I’m now wearing my old pair which are REALLY scratched up and with this storm, I won’t be going anywhere today to get them fixed. The only upside to that is one of my grandkids hugged me so hard that they must have gotten bent funny. That’s the only thing that felt good AT ALL all day on Saturday.

    • SKL says:

      I’m sorry you had such a bad day! I know on my sister’s kid’s 1st birthday party, everything seemed fine to, me but she was clearly not into, it and even up to saying goodbye to me (I was the last to leave), she still had something on her mind that was making her upset. But she didn’t want to talk about it. Probably an in-law issue as usual. But I feel so bad when someone works so hard and really looks forward to something, and one person can mess it up. Try to forget about that person and remember the good stuff! This too shall pass.

      Is it possible that person was just ill or something on that day? It seems strange for anyone to complain about things at someone else’s house.

      Sounds like a bunch of us are sick this season! I hope we all get it out of our systems before the Big Day!

    • Joy says:

      This person is the shit disturber in the family. Normally everything is fine but if things are “too fine” then this person rears it’s ugly head. That’s why it hit me so hard. I didn’t expect it and things were really sailing smoothly when it hit and it hurt me feelings a lot. I really dread doing it again Saturday but will look for ward to my perfect 3. The grandkids were awesome.

      • Jenny says:

        This is Vicki on J’s computer.

        Joy, Sorry i didnt make it over for a drink on Sat. but i had unexpected visitors till 7pm..I did appreciate the invite though.
        I have one thing to say for this snow we’re getting AGAIN today, which is GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. 🙂

      • Joy says:

        That’s okay Vicki. I thought maybe you were all nice and cozy. We’ll have to plan on it for another time.

  8. SKL says:

    Oh, one other thing I keep wanting to mention. I got on a big book-reading streak yesterday. See, I bought some books (and found some that I’d bought before) for Christmas presents. Problem is, I want to read them! What are the chances I’ll be able to read them before giving them away? Last year I just kept several books, read them after Christmas, and put them aside to gift this year. At the moment I don’t actually know where they are, so . . . I am not sure that idea worked, LOL.

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