Sunday, December 5, 2010

Just being real...

I was feeling a bit like this raven lunatic at times today, but I learned a few things, and that's always good. I thought I would share them with you, to possibly save you a little time and trouble.  I'm always wanting to help, you know.  Maybe you already know some of them, but just in case, here are a few of my learnings and (mostly) holiday tips:
  1. If your mood is already 'iffy', going through the garage and pulling out all the holiday decorations is not going to help improve it.  Seriously.
  2. If somebody (a grown son, let's say) offers to put up the outdoor lights, don't assume that just because he's an engineer, he'll actually think through where the cords will be plugged in.  You might just find yourself having to plug them in in three different places (one being the dark corner of the garage that requires the use of a flashlight); with a long extension cord hanging down the side of the house from the 2nd floor; and another thick cord coming in through a window on the 2nd floor so that you can't close it.  It could happen.
  3. Before you go meandering through the neighborhood because there's a break in the rainy weather, turn off the homemade soup that's heating on the stove.
  4. If something has not been displayed in years, count on it taking ten times longer to set up than it should.  (For example, a German wooden pyramid purchased 30 years ago when living in Hamburg.)  By the time you dust it using Q-tips to get in the tiny spaces, glue together the loose candle holders, take it apart to figure out why it's not spinning smoothly, put it back together again, glue loose candle holders together again and again and again, then finally get it going, you'll have lost a couple of hours and it'll be dark outside.                                 
  5. It's a mathematical certainty that 80% of the glues you own are dried up (this isn't so much a tip, more like a fact.)  Count on it.                                    
  6. Do not expect the cute little kitty to be as excited about the reindeer kitty hat as you are.
  7. Always keep tissue handy for when in case kitty draws blood.
But the best tip of all?  When your frustration level reaches a peak, a good old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich will change everything!  True!

Of course, it'll all be worth it when the grand-girlies lay their eyes on the magical twirling pyramid (just so long as we keep cute kitty's tail away from the flames).  Ahh, note to self:  keep the fire extinguisher within easy reach...


Maija said...

I am laughing my behind off!! So true!

You look fabulous Cindy!!

Stephanie said...

Too Funny! Treasured words of wisdom oh wise one! I'm just waiting for Lilly to set her kitty tail on fire with the Chanukah candles...Then again, if Chanukah is 8 nights and a cat has 9 lives I shouldn't have to worry right?

(good thing i didn't say 'wizened one' 'cause that means 'shriveled or wrinkled with age'...and THAT you are not!!)

Lorri Scott said...

Oh my, thanks for the tips. Was just thinking about getting said son to string outdoor lights today ....... of course he's not an engineer so maybe I'll fare better? lol! I'll be sure to have grilled cheese ingredients ready.

Mo'a said...

This is too funny...I have the same kind of German Whirl ornament. I gave up on gluing the candle holders after a fifth try. I admire your fortitude...then you have little shining eyes of wonder in mind. My little ones will not be with us this Christmas so I felt it was OK to give up and to put it back in the box for another time :)

Beth said...

ooh you make me crave a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup....just the thing for a rainy day! Beth