-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

5 wishes under $10

I was tagged by my friend Karen@ Baking in a Tornado to come up with 5 wishes for the holiday season. (Yes, I really do have other blog friends in this world, people. Karen is just the only one who readily admits to knowing me).

Anyway, there are authors all over the blogosphere this week telling their five wishes. There are sentimental wish lists (see Karen's,) as well as many hilarious ones. See any "5 wishes" posts on my sidebar...

When I was little, I could rock a wish list. Alphabetical and in perfect handwriting via the Toys R Us catalog. As a teen, I would wish for anything in a mall window. We never had a lot of money, so wishes were about all that was happening, but still, it was always fun to dream. As I got older, my wishes became more of a "needs" list, like pots and pans or other things for the home. Nowadays, my wishes are for the health and happiness of my family and friends, or you know, fabric.

With the past week's happenings, I felt like I couldn't do justice to any sentimental type of personal wish post. I have a warm home, my husband and my children. What more, after last Friday could anyone ask for? Absolutely nothing, other than mended hearts, trust and hope. Those are things that will take some of us the rest of our lives to get back.

Until I get my sarcasm or humor back, (Did I ever really have them in the first place? Oh, of course I did.) I'm leaving you with my semi-serious wish list. Semi as in it is a partial list. Serious as in, seriously, feel free to wrap it up for me. Each one under ten bucks. That's my gift to you.

1. A tennis ball and string. The kind my husband can hang in the garage so I can park my car. I know; I am my grandmother. I could blame it on my vision, but the truth is, my garage is so full off crap, I can't judge where it (the crap) begins and my garage door ends. Approximate cost: $5

2. A pack of pencils and/or pens.  Yes, I was a teacher. Yes, I have three kids and tutor students. Still, I can never find a writing utensil. I'm always writing lists or notes. I'd like for once to record an idea without having to scribble it down with the nub of a blue crayon. Approximate cost: $3 per pack





3. Paper. To write those lists on. I don't like using my phone for that. It takes me 3.5 days to write out a post for this blog. My fat thumbs can't type that quickly. So paper, it is. Not the back of napkins or my counter tops. Not even the palm of my hand. Just available, easy-to-reach, paper. Approximate cost: $3. Less, if you make it yourself.

4. Box-Tops. You cut them out of any of YOUR participating groceries at home and give them to me. At the end of the grading quarters, my younger children race to collect them for school. I'm sick of reaching for cereal or cake mix and having the boxes torn apart and looking like we have rats. The "box-tops" have nice cutting lines around them. Use a shiny pair of scissors, cut those babies out, and give them to me. Approximate cost: Free, unless you now feel the need to go buy cake mix or toaster strudel.

Wrong way to remove Box-tops


Correct way to remove Box-tops

5. Fuzzy socks or a tank top. If I am not freezing cold, I'm having hot flashes. You can't go wrong with either one. Or both. Approximate cost $9.99 and under. Target. Go. Now.

Cheers to your wishes coming true, friends.

-Michele

36 comments:

  1. I love your list! If only everyone in my life had a list like yours, sweetheart ;) ...my world would be a happier place. Just post your address here and we'll get some pens to you...and probably a few stalkers you don't want, so nevermind. But, I hope your family hooks you up! You deserve the best!

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    1. I thought I'd keep it short and sweet this year. Why I haven't bought my own pens is beyond me. And hey. Everyone needs a stalker, right? Thanks for commenting, Jen. It feels good to write every now and then.

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  2. You are still funny when you're semi-serious! Here's to wishing all your wishes come true this Christmas.(And now I'm thinking of all the fun ways I could utilize a tennis ball and string!) xxx

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    1. Thank you, girl. I have a lot of catching up to do. I find myself saying that way too often these days. You utilizing a ball and string? That's nine posts all on its own. XOX

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  3. you are so wonderfully practical, I love it!! And, can understand how annoying it is to get box tops just ripped off the box!!

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    1. Cheap might be a better word, Roshni! But, thank you very much. Don't you think box tops could at least be a bit bigger? My eyes are getting bad! Ha!

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  4. Well, i most certainly wish i colud have seen this list before sending out your christmas box, today. It is funny how the little things really are important too. I can never find a pen, matching socks or brown sugar when i need it. I will be making my 5 under 5 list as well. Santa knows I have been a good girl. Love you!

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    1. Wow girl, I didn't even mention that the socks had to be matching!! Don't set that bar too high! I love you too.

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  5. I'm making you some paper. It should be dried out and ready in about 2023, let me know where you'll be that year. And is it wrong that I read "pack of pens" and wondered what you plan to do with a pack of penis? I need fuzzy socks, a tank top and stronger reading glasses. LOVE you. If I had one more wish it would be that you'd post every day!

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    1. Talk about setting the bar a bit high, Karen!!! A whole pack???? Ahahahahhaah. Thanks for tagging me. Be careful what you wish for on the blogging front...
      Love you too. Thanks for not judging my cheesy writing or overuse of all punctuation. See you Friday, sister!

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  6. hey yo: you gotta know i'm all over the "wrong way" and the "correct way." just makes more sense, huh???

    have a great weekend, slu

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    1. That's what I appreciate about you, Slu. Someone who understands how to cut on the lines. Now. If you'd like to have a heart attack, go back up to the post and click on the word "garage". Take an aspirin first. I'm not kidding.

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    2. yikes!!! times 1,000... holy smokes (lol). probably where my man & i go in different directions. but the sad thing is: he's probably the "normal" one. too funny. take care, slu

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    3. I told you! The sad part is, the man IS organized. When I quit teaching, I moved my whole classroom into that garage. Now, it's packed to the ceiling. I'd say that it would be his biggest wish to get that place cleaned up, but it's all on me. I need to get going on it, like yesterday...Thanks for still speaking to me... Ha!

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  7. I thought we decided we weren't exchanging gifts this year. Well, maybe I can rustle up some Box-tops...

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    1. Hmm. Not sure who this is since I NEVER turn down a gift....Who would turn away tennis balls or pencils? Those are the kind of heartfelt gifts I believe in!!

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  8. The box tops chewed by rats--that is freakin' AWESOME and had me cracking up! I hated finding my boxes like that when my kids were collecting box tops for their school. Worse, they'd break into the plastic lining too, and then the food inside was always stale. They probably tried to blame the rats as well. And the missing pens and paper? Yup, still dealing with that, too. Even the hubs has become a pen thief. I've learned to hide my stash from now on.
    Great post, Michele. Hope your holidays are beautiful and bright!! XOXO

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    1. Hey you. I think box tops should be separate entity all together. By now, there should be some code you can just enter to get the points. I'm thinking about using them (the torn box tops) as stocking stuffers...Ha! You're still missing pens and paper? It never ends.. I hope you have a beautiful holiday with surrounded by all the ones you love XOXO

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  9. I think what I am reminded by your list is that it is the simple things in life that matter most - warm feet, communication, providing our children with the tools to succeed and being able to park the freaking car in the garage. (the last I say as my car sits in the driveway frosting over and Rick's sits nice and cozy in the garage, while the my side of the garage is once again filled with honey-do projects waiting to be done.) Have a very Merry Christmas.

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    1. Ann, that was so sweet. You can't park your car either? What's with all this honey-do stuff? Our pile just keeps getting bigger! I hope your holiday is a blessed one. I look forward to keeping in touch. Merry Christmas to your whole fab family <3

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  10. I think Santa knows what to put in your stocking now :) The little things can mean the most sometimes. Glad to also learn that we don't have rats but rather resourceful children looking to earn some extra credit with box tops. No need to worry about getting your sarcasm or humor back - your writing shows it never left.

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    1. Aha, thank you, man. If I get a tennis ball from you for in my stocking, it won't be a fun day. That will just remind me that I can't park. You better stick with chocolate. Love you.

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  11. I think those were very practical wishes. They will probably all come true. I am also tired of writing with crayons and markers. I have more than enough pens and pencils, but for some odd reason they are never where I need them to be.
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

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    1. I'm so glad you write with crayons too. Hey, we do what we have to do. I think I need to carry a pen around my neck. I'm glad you think the gifts are practical. I would have totally changed number five to sugar cookies had I read your post about making them, first! BTW, my easy bake was Holly Hobbie...Good times.

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  12. I like your wishes! Simple and doable! I hope they come true for you!

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    1. Thank you, Vickie! I hope you are doing well!

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  13. The simplest things in life are the best things in life. Merry Christmas Michele, I hope all your wishes come true.

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    1. Thank you, Jon. The simplest things do make me the happiest. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas as well. I look forward to blogging along-side a fellow Michigander in the new year!

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  14. Great post! Never underestimate the power of a rigged, star-shaped, torn-up box top. Although cutting it from the "easy self-guided lines" can be a disaster on its own, those box tops surely mean a lot when it comes to racking up last minute extra credit. ;) You almost had me fooled, Chel. But I caught on fairly quickly. I know that you want the tennis ball and string so that you can keep your car nice, so that when you hand it down to your eldest, it will tip top shape.. Paper and pens for writing grocery lists and 'tutoring'? Please. We all know you just want to write to me when I'm gone. And the fuzzy socks.. well. Maybe they'll feel the same as a hug from your favorite child. Maybe. But I guess you might just have to settle with Chris'. ;)
    Love you mama Chello <3

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    1. Oh dear Alice, too bad box tops don't work in college. (not that you'd need them, but they certainly would have helped me!) I love your reasoning though, of the tennis ball. When I get my brand new car, wrapped in a big red bow on Christmas day, we'll talk about you inheriting the old SUV. Is that what kids these days are driving?
      You know I'll be saving up the stationery to write you every single day...since I'm terrible at texting. Oh, and every day IS like a hug when my favorite child is around....where is he, BTW? Thanks for finding time to comment on your favorite mom's blog. It's like an early (but hopefully not the ONLY) Christmas gift.... <3 you back. - mama cello.

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  15. Great list. You can never have enough pens in a house, if your house is like mine they are always disappearing.

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    1. Thanks, D. The pens must live with the socks that get lost in the dryer. One day, man. I'm going to find the mother-load. :)

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  16. Its the little things, right? I love this list....Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Definitely, Helen! Thank you. Enjoy your holidays, my friend!

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  17. Love your wish list,If your family are looking for Christmas gifts for you well they may have gotten some ideas :-), smiles.

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    1. Ha! I hope we are all finally done. It was a pared down Christmas for a few reasons this year, but I'm hoping it will still be wonderful for the kids. I just want to be able to soak it all in. If I get a tennis ball though, I won't be disappointed :) Smiles to you too

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