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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 16

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I think Beckett decided to help out around the house more now that he’s a big one year old. Yesterday he dumped out all the cloth wipes to find the perfect one to wipe the floor with. He also decided to help me clean out the fridge. Fun times.

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Something akin to the plague seems to be going around. Chris and Finn had it a few weeks ago, I had it last weekend and poor B was feverishly tossing and turning and coughing most of last night.

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Some mornings require coffee before you can think clearly enough to make a cup of coffee. Luckily Chris was sweet enough to make a pot before we left for drop-offs this morning.

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I just realized that between the Valentine’s for the kids, birthday cake and sick baby we completely forgot to have Beckett open his birthday presents. #TotalMomFail

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Due to the plague, I decided to be lazy and just pick up a little cake from Kroger. I found one that met my birthday cake requirements of being a white cake with buttercream frosting. Hmmm, does that look like white cake to you….
Shares his mommy’s feelings on chocolate birthday cake.
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Gratuitous baby picture.

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Have a great weekend and go get some half-priced chocolates. I’ll take them if you don’t need them. 😉

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 15

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There’s about a month until Valentine’s Day. All the stores have switched from Christmas red to Valentine’s red. Every time I see it, it makes me a little sad in a nostalgic sort of way, because last Valentine’s I was busy with this:

This year I’ll still be busy with that little creature, it will just be more of a please-don’t-climb-on-that-and-hey!-what’s-in-your-mouth-no!-don’t-put-that-there-come-back-here-I-need-to-change-your-diaper-don’t-chase-the-kitty-and-why-is-your-mouth-orange sort of way. I told Chris last night that I kind of miss the days of being able to put him down somewhere and him staying there.

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Of special note to new parents: Be wary when changing a morning diaper and discovering that it is dry. Particularly if the diaper-wearer is a boy. You would think I knew this by now.

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The other bad thing about Valentine’s Day being right around the corner is chocolate. Not that chocolate is bad. I love chocolate. That is precisely the problem. I can’t go anywhere without seeing Valentine’s chocolate. Valentine’s stuff makes me a little weepy. Weepy makes me need chocolate. Oh, hey! Look! There’s a four pound box of chocolate right here….

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The other thing that makes me weepy but in a why-do-I-torture-myself way is Elementary. Seriously, did the writers even read the Sherlock Holmes stories? Or did they just decide to make a crappy detective show about a semi-intelligent detective named Sherlock and his handler Watson, because Sherlock Holmes is cool now. If you hear a loud bang next Thursday night, it’s probably just my head exploding.

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What’s the scoop on Downton Abbey? Everyone is raving about it. I even had a sweet reader recommend it a few weeks ago. It looks a little too Austen-esque for my tastes, but maybe I’m mistaken. 
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Since we’re talking shows, I recently watched Farmageddon on Netflix. Now, I have never tried raw milk. I don’t really like milk to begin with, so having to hunt down a reputable source for raw milk isn’t something I’m that motivated to do. Why, though, is it such a big deal that we have all sorts of laws and restrictions on it? I mean, we can pasteurize eggs in the shell, but we don’t require it, and people can get sick from raw eggs. People can get sick from raw fish but you can sell and eat sashimi. Raw and under cooked meats can make you sick, but you can still buy rare cooked steaks and delicacies made with raw meat. Why does it seem like raw milk is singled out, and why don’t we just let people make their own decisions about what to put in their bodies in the first place?

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Ummmmm….. TGIF?

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 14

Today’s I’m being all multi-tasky and combining my New Year’s goals post and Quick Takes Friday post. I say goals rather than resolutions because goals are to work toward while resolutions imply immediate, permanent change. With resolutions, it’s easier to say “forget it” if you slip up. With goals, there’s no failure. You keep progressing as long as you don’t just give up.

My personal goal is to get healthier. I’m not just focusing on weight loss, but all around health. Steps to meet that goal are:
1. Eat more natural foods. Babysteps: avoid trans-fats and HFCS. Next: If I don’t have a clue what an ingredient is, I probably shouldn’t eat it. Ultimate: Rarely eat anything containing ingredients that aren’t easily available to me.
2. Drink more water! Ideally half my weight in ounces. I can do this. I feel great when I go this. Then I forget and it is torture to get back in the habit.
3. Eat out less. I really don’t mind cooking, as long as I can do it without a crying/clingy Beckett following me around while I cook AND for the cleanup.
4. Exercise. Walking, elliptical, Wii Fit, whatever.

My SubEarthan Cottage goal is growth. This past year was sad as far as sales. Granted, I intended to take it slow with Beckett arriving, but he’s almost a year now. It’s time to pick back up.
5. Create at least two new ready to sell items per week.
6. Have one day each week to photograph new items.
7. List new items weekly.
8. Post at least one SEC related tutorial or informative blog post per month.

Quick Takes Friday is being hosted here this week. Our usual host, Jen from Conversion Diary is in the hospital with pregnancy complications. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 13

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I pretty much stayed away from my computer while visiting our family, so Merry Christmas three days late. Sure, I could have auto posted on Christmas, but that would require far too much planning on my part.

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Before our trip, B was fine, but Finn’s recurring cough that sounds horrible enough to make everyone cringe was back in full force. Two days into the trip, Finn wasn’t coughing, but Beckett was coughing and running through boxes of Kleenex. Not in the fun toddler Kleenex all over the floor way, either. At this rate, I’m pretty sure It will be a few months before I can say we’re all healthy without feeling like I’m jinxing myself.

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Beckett has started waving. He clearly knows it’s cute, because he does it when he gets caught doing something he shouldn’t as well as the appropriate times.

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Beckett has also started turning his slobbery baby kisses into baby love bites. It’s cute, but I’m sure I need to make it stop before they turn into real bites.

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I haven’t uploaded trip pictures yet. Sorry.

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I did get my Holiday box from http://www.influenster.com/ and will be blogging about the awesome things I was given to try soon. I still have a few invites to give out, so if you blog/tweet/fb and are interesting in doing product reviews, send me your email.

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We decided to get a Wii after years of an Atari being the only game system in our house. (I’ll wait while you Google Atari….) My sis and her hubby were upgrading to a Wii U, so they gave us their Wii for Christmas. Yay!

I have seen that it’s possible to get a Wii to play DVDs. There’s an instructible for it and everything. I would love to be able to move our bulky DVD/VHS player, since we rarely watch our VHS tapes, but I don’t want to break the Wii trying to do it, either.

Yes, we have both an Atari and VHS tapes we actually use sometimes. And I am familiar with Pong. At least we don’t have a Betamax.

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 12

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Still getting the last of our Christmas prep done. Note to self and everyone else who travels for the holidays: no breakable gifts. It’s hard enough wrapping gifts to travel well. Worrying about one breaking is a nightmare.

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If you need a laugh-break, http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-25-funniest-autocorrects-of-2012

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What do you get when you combine a Charlie Brown-esque tree, a toddler, and a six year old tree decorator? This:

You can’t really tell in this photo, but the ornaments stop about three feet from the ground, and there aren’t any glass ornaments at all.

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I need a new series to watch on Netflix. My favorites are House, Sherlock, Monk, Doctor Who, and Endgame (Hulu). I tolerate Elementary, but since it’s a new series I only get it one episode at a time. I’ve watched every episode of them that are available multiple times, so I need something new.

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I really wish Chris’s ISD would have called school off today. I’ve been thinking about keeping Finn home. With all the end of the world stuff and idiots who think calling in threats after the horrific events of last Friday I’m a little on edge about what craziness might happen. I worry more about the school where Chris teaches, though, and unless they cancel, he has to go in.

I kept Finn home today. They had their Christmas party yesterday, it’s a half day (dumb, according to him, because no music or PE), and they’re not having a spelling test. Besides, it’s 29 degrees, so too cold to walk, esp. with his cough, and I didn’t want to have to get up extra early to drive Chris to work. It has nothing to do with end of the world nutjob paranoia.

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Hilarious.

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blahblah. Sorry. I got nothing. Oh, wait, I probably won’t post again until after Christmas, so have a safe and happy Christmas.

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 11


Today’s Quick Takes are going to be extra speedy because:

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I only have seven days to get everything ready for Christmas before our trip.

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Beckett turned 10 months today. He’s not walking yet, but he’s already into everything and as fast as if he was on two feet.

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I still have a bare Christmas tree.

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I am a crazy person who insists on making most of our Christmas gifts.

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The few things I planned on buying are mostly out of stock or require trips to multiple stores.

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People won’t stop making clothes and dishes dirty. They also want to eat frequently, thus interrupting my Christmas prep time.

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It is possible to have too much coffee. (Shocking, right?) Apparently the amount of coffee it would take for me to have the energy to get everything I need to done in a day is more than the “too much” threshold.

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 10

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It’s two weeks until I need to have my Christmas gifts finished. I haven’t really started anything yet. It’s my version of living dangerously.

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Finn had an awards assembly for the second six weeks on Wednesday. He got three awards. One for attendance, one for all around E’s and one for meeting his reading goals. This was the best picture I got:

Most looked like this:

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If it wasn’t for Gangnam Style, nothing would get done around here. At least it’s not Barney.

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Finnian has his first field trip without Chris or I going along as a chaperone. I’m sure he’ll do fine and have fun, but I’ll be a little extra happy when it’s time to pick him up today.

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On a hopefully unrelated note, I’m starting to see homeschooling as an option for us. I say hopefully, because I don’t want to be a helicopter parent, so homeschooling because I’m nervous about field trips would be bad.  He’s in a good school in a really good district. So far, school has been easy for him and he’s way ahead. I’m pretty confident that this district has the capability to do well by their advanced students. I do wonder if he would do better working at his own pace, because I don’t want him to get bored.

There are a few things here and there that make me a little uneasy, too. It seems like public school is treated more like a daycare by some parents and in response the schools have had to take on roles that should be filled by the parents. It’s sad that some children really do seem to need that. I don’t want my children to be parented by someone else, though. I want my children to be taught academics by their teachers and let me do the parenting.

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However, I suck at socializing. I have a few close friends that I never see. In school, I ate lunch with other people, not because I wanted to, but because I didn’t want to be seen as a weirdo. I would have preferred to eat alone or, better yet, skip lunch and go to the library. I hate parties. When I was young, I thought I’d never get married because the thought of walking down the aisle with people watching and then having to talk to them afterwards seemed horrible. I love spending time with my close family and I enjoy people watching in crowds. Anything with forced interaction outside of my little circle is torture. I know that’s a common misconception that homeschoolers lack socialization, but I really do think that if my kids have to rely on me to learn how to get along with others and make friends, they will be forever awkward. Not that there’s anything wrong with being an introvert. I’m just not sure that’s who my kids are, and I wouldn’t want to force them into little introverted lives just like I hate having to play an extrovert for even a few hours.

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And a random after school video where the baby attacks big brother.

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 8

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Thanksgiving was nice and relaxing, for the most part. The turkey was yummy, although the bacon prevented the skin from getting crispy. But, there was bacon. We kept things fairly simple. I didn’t even have a pumpkin or pecan pie. None of us LOVE them, and Blue Bell was on sale, so we went with ice cream. Last night, though, I oddly craved pumpkin pie. Must be some weird turkey association. If we’re crazy enough to leave the house today, I may see if Kroger has any pumpkin pies left.

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Sweet moment I caught while setting the table.

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Beckett has developed a way to critique food. If he likes something, he holds it up in the air and babbles about it for a few seconds. Foods he’s less than fond of get dropped unceremoniously off his tray. He approved of the turkey and disapproved the dressing. He seemed to like the cranberry sauce, but it was too slippery for a full, over-the-head approval.

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Beckett had his 9 month check-up Wednesday of last week. He’s doctor likes to do blood work at that check-up to check for anemia and lead and maybe some other things. I missed a call from her Friday evening, so I called the office Monday to find out the results. Normally they leave an “everything’s fine” message if the results are normal, so I’m assuming something is up. Her nurse returned my call Monday afternoon to tell me that the doctor wants to discuss the test results with me, the doctor is out of the office until this coming Monday and no, she can’t tell me anything, I have to wait for the doctor. Fun times. Last year at Thanksgiving I was hoping that Mr. B wasn’t anemic. This year, I’m all “Fingers crossed for anemia!”
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I woke up this morning with another sinus headache. It’s beginning to become a Friday tradition. 😛 Today I was lucky in that Chris was here to watch the kiddos, make me coffee and start a shower for me so I could attack it with hot steam and caffeine since the Sudafed and ibuprofen weren’t working. It has calmed to a dull ache, as long as I don’t bend over, or move my head in general. Thank you crazy Texas weather.

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I’m thinking I need to do a “5 Quick Takes Friday”, since I seem to lose steam after five. I know my life has to be interesting enough to post seven random, interesting things every Friday. I suppose I could go to Walmart for five minutes. That should give me enough material for all seven posts today. The only problem is that I am not insane.

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I can’t decide where to put the Christmas tree. We have a nice, fluffy, big tree that is huge in our house, and we have a smaller, slightly Charlie Brownish tree that I bought last year thinking it would work better. I would really like to go all out and do the pretty tree, but I’m having a hard enough finding the room for even the Charlie Brown tree.

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol 7

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Headache. Sinus headache. Bad sinus headache. Must not get sick. Must be able to cook turkey. And real dressing.

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Usually my library sends me an email reminding me a few days before my books are due. This time they waited until they were already late. Sneaky snake.

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Beckett’s favorite activity:

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What Finn kept doing while I tried to take that picture:

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Ready to attack the videos again:

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My headache isn’t getting any better and I need to go to the library. 😛 I hate driving with a headache, but my books are overdue thankyouverymuchrobolibraryemailer.

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Sorry for the lame quick takes. Check out this post for a much cooler giveaway. It doesn’t seem that anyone has entered yet, so your odds are pretty good, lol.

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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 6

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B is still congested. It is getting better, but laying down=congestion=no sleep. Luckily B is perpetually happy, sleep or no sleep. Me, on the other hand…

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I just got this cute bag in the mail yesterday. (I got the blue one.) I can’t wait to stuff it’s zillion pockets with emergency supplies that I’ll probably never need unless I forget to pack them. I’m even more excited to see that the sale price I paid for it last campaign was less than half of the current campaign price.

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I found out that the driver behind the 911 fun yesterday morning had been arrested sometime after the mailbox/gas line destruction for similar shenanigans up the road. I’m very thankful that nobody was hurt. I’d also like to know what kind of indestructible tank he drives.

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Beckett loves Elmo. I think he even said “Eee-uho” yesterday. Sorry Sweetie. I’m sure da-da will be next.

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Finnian had started writing and illustrating his own books. He can crank out two or more a day. I love his creativity, but I’m now faced with the problem of what to do with all of them, not to mention his schoolwork, report cards, random artwork, etc.

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Finnian and one of his friends have decided that their pets who died have returned as ghosts to play with and protect them. So far it seems to be fun pretend, but knowing Finnian’s imagination I’m waiting for it to get a little extreme.

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Why is it taking so long for a laundry washing/drying/folding machine to be invented? Even just an automatic folding machine would be nice. In other words, I‘ll be spending the day with a mountain of laundry. I am seriously contemplating a “naked at home” policy.
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