Friday, December 02, 2011

Friday Five

1. This has been the first post-NaBloPoMo December where I'm actually feeling the urge to keep blogging continuously. Last month didn't feel like a chore like it has the past few years, and it's nice.

2. At the end of Cycle 1 of The 17 Day Diet, we binged took a break. I took a trip to Costco this morning, and we start Cycle 2 tomorrow. I'm looking forward to not having that heavy feeling in my stomach all the time. I think I'm, as the book notes, "carb sensitive." I feel all sluggish and yucky. Clean eating for the win! Thankfully I didn't cancel out all my hard work from Cycle 1, so that's good.

3. We're getting our tree this weekend. A real, live tree for the first time...ever. I researched "living trees," which are dropped off in a giant pot and then picked up after the new year to be planted. However, you can't receive them any earlier than December 15th, and we want our sooner than that.

4. I acknowledge that this is lamesauce, but I got a little emo last night when I saw the umpteenth friend say that they thought the Elf On The Shelf was creepy and would freak them out as a kid. I'm not usually sensitive about that kind of stuff, but it made me wonder if I need to put aside some of our gift fund to pay for Em's future therapy. Like each "Ugh, he creeps me out" was a personal attack on my parenting skills, which I KNOW is not the intention of any of my friends who've said that. With me being so publicly excited here, on Twitter and Facebook about having the elf around, though, I couldn't help but think that maybe I should stop sharing each daily set-up. I'm not so sensitive about it today, though, and have just put those stupid feelings aside. I'll continue doing what I've been doing and not take those comments personally.

5. Chelsey at The Paper Mama not only gave me a sweet neighborly shoutout in her post today, but you can also see a little blogger ad for yours truly in her right column. My first "ad spot," in exchange for donating toward her Alt Design Summit fundraiser last month. So fun!

12 comments:

  1. I love the Elf on the Shelf and cant wait to do it with my own kids someday. Please keep sharing!

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  2. The people who would have been creeped out by the elf were probably also those who were freaked out by clowns. Don't worry about Em, you'd know if it were bothering her already. Some people are extra sensitive to dolls/clowns/characters in makeup. Some aren't. I think it's great that you are making fun memories for Em.

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  3. Anonymous7:24 AM

    FYI on the real tree Dec 15 may not be all that bad, if you get a real tree to early it will die on you, I get a real tree every year and it will be at least another week before I get it, especially if you keep yours up till the weekend after New Years as I do. Just a tip from one real tree getter to another! Love and miss you.xoxo! Andrea

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  4. visiting from your ad on the paper mama's website! i got an ad space too for the first time! lovely blog. new follower!

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  5. Nanette,

    It should make you feel better that I think that A Fat Man entering one's house via Chimney is a bit Creepy, too.

    xoxo,
    TDR

    P.S. But the Tooth Fairy, a woman who enters one's house in the middle of the night to trade teeth for money is Totally Okay.

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  6. Please keep sharing your Elf on the Shelf photos!

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  7. Yep, what Randi said. And also as one of my friends said to me--during Passover we put a glass of wine on the table for an angel to drink and whom we let in through the front door. So uh, that's even more creepy.

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  8. Em will not need therapy- maybe the people who have to take the fun out of things for others are the ones that need the therapy. I liked the elf and I asked today at our little toystore downtown if they had one because I wanted to get it for my boys. So there. The elf stays.

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  9. Even if the tree isn't currently "living," real trees can be composted (and more than likely are in Portland -- just skip the tinsel). And a new one is always planted to replace the one you bought. Oregonians appreciate their trees and protect them because they know their livelihoods depend on it.

    And the Elf freaked me out a little when I was growing up. But it was at an aunt's house and she was a little creepy, as well. :)

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  10. Oh no, I was one of the people who said that it creeps me out on twitter. I really didn't mean to hurt you. I think the way you're doing it is super fun and creative and I like that. I also see a lot of people who are using it for discipline and saying, "the Elf is hiding in the house and he's WATCHING YOU RIGHT NOW." and that's creepy to me (as is, "He sees you when you're sleeping/he knows when you're awake..." Buddy being mischievous and not creepy is kind of cool.

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  11. I love Buddy the Elf on the Shelf. He's so fun!

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  12. Stacey12:35 PM

    I have been following you since you spoke on Curvy Girls about moving to Portland. Just wanted to say I love that you used the term lamesauce- I have been saying that for years and people always say its not lame sauce it's waek sauce, but I know better!

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