Friday, January 28, 2011

7 Quick Takes (Vol 102)


Wow, it is almost the end of January. And it is time again for Quick Takes. In the immortal words of Calvin, “The days just fly”. So after you read my inane drivel below be sure to click on the pic above to be whisked, at a MUCH faster speed than the State of the Union Address, over to Conversion Diary to see what everyone else is doing.

And now without further ado…….

Remember when I mentioned last week that I have been backing up to Carbonite? Because it would really harsh my mellow if I had some kind of computer failure and couldn’t get back all the useless pictures I take.


And since I was only two days away from the end of my free two week trial I just went ahead and signed up for a year (plus two free months).


Max is very much enjoying the winter, as he usually does. He is very regimented in his enjoyment.

Ask to go out for the 30K time since breakfast
Run outside as if he has NEVER BEEN OUTSIDE BEFORE!
Stick snout in snow bank and munch on snow, preferably not of the yellow variety
Run over to the ravine side of the yard and search for the possibility of deer 
Bark viciously because there might be deer somewhere.
Run back to driveway and bark at the street.
Stick snout in snow bank and eat more snow.
Check to see where the Alpha Male is and if she says it is time to go in.

IMG_1218A IMG_1219A IMG_1229A Squirrel!

I have started back knitting the never ending sweater.

Iwillnotbeintimidated. Iwillnotbeintimidated. Iwillnotbeintimidated.

It is just yarn and pointy sticks. I knit complicated patterns all the time.

For the love of Pete, Deb, snap out of it! I can do this.

Yesterday was hand knit sock washing day. I will admit that I throw MOST of them in the washing machine on really, really gentle and then lay them flat to dry.

IMG_1234Ummmmm, yeah. This is about half of my sock collection. And I have to say that I actually threw away TWO pairs of socks this year. I dispatched the first pair of socks that I ever knit. I couldn’t stand them, I never wore them, they were horrid.

They had to go.

AND I threw out a pair of socks where I had actually worn through the heel. Yes, I am sure that I could have fixed them but I decided that I would just rather knit another pair. They had gotten a lot of good use and it was time for them to go to that big sock drawer in the sky.

Looking at this picture I have decided that I need some purple socks.

And some pink socks. I know that Bonnie would tell me that I definitely need some pink socks.

You know what the worst part about “after the holidays” is? It is the fact that we have finally made it through all of the holiday sweets and THERE IS NOTHING GOOD AND NON-NUTRITIOUS to eat around here. Even the candy jar is running dangerously low. We are back to eating healthy all the time.

And it is SO boring.

I need a cookie.

HHBL and I have been watching and re-watching this video. It makes me laugh every time.

It is hard to believe but, as of Sunday, HHBL and I will no longer be the parents of a teenager.

Let me say that again, both for my benefit and for yours….

We will no longer be parents of a teenager.


Shoe Queen will turn 20 years old on Sunday.

I am still pinching myself.

And I still haven’t sent her present. I am a bad, bad mother.



  1. A fun read, as always. That's quite a milestone to officially not have anymore teenagers. Our youngest turns 17 in March so we have a few years to go.

  2. Oh, I know what you mean about the end of all the little holiday delicacies. I am having withdrawals, and it isn't pretty.

    Hysterical video, thanks!

    Congrats on the completion of your first parenting mission. On to new frontiers!

  3. That was a very funny video (especially being in the IT biz). Hard to believe yours is leaving teen years and mine's going to just be 5 this year. ::sigh::

  4. Erica says you need more blue socks!


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