The Cool Kids

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Always late to the party...

Man, friends. I know I'm a procrastinator, but this is a bit ridunkulous. Before the holidays, two of my blogger buddies invited me to play in their reindeer games. I was as excited as Rudolph, but truly, I do belong in the land of misfits, because…well, it's freaking January 8th and I'm just now getting around to playing. It's dark. There's an echo. I hear crickets in the distance. I'm the hare who fell asleep during the race.

Let's see. First of all, I was tagged by my friend Karen@ Baking in a Tornado. By now you should know, she really does exist and keeps kicking me in the butt to blog. She even made it easy by giving me ten questions to answer. Annnnnd yep. They're about Christmas.

Take a second to imagine, if you will, a magic snow globe that takes us back to October/November/December when people actually celebrated Christmas. I do realize that I am asking a lot since I can usually be found taking ornaments off the tree at 6:00 on Christmas night. But…keep reading, will you? Here we go…(jazz hands) Falling snow. Swirling snow. Backwards we travel…The Halloween candy has just been pulled off of the store shelves…and there we are. Christmas Season in full effect.

1. What do you love about Christmas time?
I could write forever about my family and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. It's all a beautiful, holy time. I love that, but if I'm to answer the question honestly, it's easy. Christmas cookies. Any shape, most kinds. I pull on the elastic pants, happily accept plates from my neighbors, hide in my closet and go to town.

2. Do you celebrate the holiday in style or "bah humbug" your way through it?
Christmas cookies in the closet, people. If that doesn't scream panache, I don't know what does.

3. Are you leaving anything out for Santa this year in the hopes that he'll leave presents?
Milk. Carrots. Christmas cookies.

4. What is the one present you're excited to give?
I waited for months to surprise my husband with an old NES system from the eighties. My son helped me find gamers who had old games. The man was pretty happy. My favorite part was watching/helping  him make fun of the kids when Super Mario died or when they failed (miserably) at Tetris. I know, our parenting rocks.

5. What is your all-time favorite Christmas movie?
White Christmas. When else can you break into song on a train, fall in love after a modern dance AND support your Army General? And its all on a stage in a farmhouse in Vermont. So much better than shooting your eye out with a Red Ryder BB gun.

6. What's your favorite Christmas song?
When I taught Kindergarten, our song was always, "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". It still makes me smile when I hear it. My favorite Christmas carol is "Still, Still, Still" by ANY choir. I just love that song.

7. Would you participate in an Ugly Sweater Party? If yes, what would you wear?
There is a fine line between ugly Christmas sweaters and all of the holiday sweaters worn by elementary school teachers everywhere. I donated mine a few years ago. Snowman sweaters. Sweaters with trees that lit up. Jingle bells that jangled. Heck yes, I'd go to an Ugly sweater party, but only if I could hit up one of my teacher-friend's closets.

8. Any new traditions this year?
Because we have a lot of family to visit and because our children are growing and have places of their own to go to, we decided that anyone could go anywhere on any day to visit, but Christmas Day was ours. We spend the day in our pajamas, playing with our new gadgets, napping, snacking and just being together.

9. It's Christmas morning. What does it look like outside of your house?


10. You find yourself under the mistletoe. Who comes up to give you a first kiss?
Okay. You KNOW I'm going to say the dogs. And then my kids. But I have this cheesy picture of the man and me sitting on my Instagram, so let's go with that. Even though it was taken on New Year's Eve. We're time travelers, remember?

One wants a kiss, the other is mortified :)

Thanks for the tag, Karen!

I've been "Jingled," y'all!

The second tag was from the lovely Cassandra @ Dates 2 Diapers. Cassandra picked a few bloggers and mentioned two nice things about them. That really is a sweet idea. I'm also supposed to list 4 things about myself and jingle a few others. Now. We know I'm too late for that. But I invite anyone to borrow this idea and get "Jangled". I love what Karen says. These tags are compliments. Participation is voluntary. (Whew!!)

Four things about me:
*I put on 4 pounds over the holidays from eating cookies. I have no idea why. 
*My daughter and I open windows and knock down icicles with NERF swords because we have zero installation rock like that.
*With my soul, I love crossing out words and phrases stuff.
* Cherry Coke. Why can't I quit you?

I couldn't list all of my favorite bloggers. Some are on my sidewall, some are on Twitter, FB or in my head ;)  This is such a fun community, the blogging world. I laugh and cry, relate and communicate with many talented people. That's a Christmas gift all by itself.

If it wasn't for Karen, I wouldn't have written anything in the last six months. She's kept me chugging along on the blog and in the real world. She emails me to see if I still have a pulse. She bakes. Sweets. And gives the recipes. She writes and makes me laugh. Need I say more?

Slu @ Slu's World… Slu is a wonderful man who is in love with his wife and his family. He writes about that and all of his journeys. He always leaves his readers with a smile, an idea for a good meal or libation and the latest FB stock changes. Slu, you had me at , "I'm not a Cowboy's fan…"

Marcia @Menopausal Mother.  Marcia's stories usually make me laugh until I have tears in my eyes. As a fairly new, ahem, member of meno-land, Marcia writes relatable stories about "the best years of her life" :) Check out her blog on an empty bladder. She's a gem.

Ashley@ Sorry Kid, Your Mom Doesn't Play Well With Others. First of all, how wondrous is that blog name? I've read Ashley's blog for as long as I can remember. She is raw, honest and tells the stories of life at home with her 6 kids. (God bless her.) I always try to leave Ashley funny comments because she deserves them. If you don't like potty language (literally!), don't visit. If you are awesome and love the gut-busting side of motherhood, grab a diet coke and run to her site.

Sarah @ The Momisodes- Sarah is my twin blogger. She loves her coffee and her episodes of Friends. She sets her snooze at nine minute intervals and takes full advantage of using them. That right there demands my respect. She has differing opinions on certain topics and isn't afraid to talk about them. She is simply wonderful. 

Thanks for thinking of me, Cassandra!

There isn't enough space to talk about all of the spectacular blogs/bloggers out there. I'm going to do what I can to share others with you in the future.

Is it Easter yet?

Happy Thursday, friends.


  1. Now THAT is the woman I know and love. It's true you haven't written as often as I'd like, but then I'd like you to write twice a day and I'm fairly certain that's not going to happen, but I'm so glad to "hear" your voice again. You're one of the funniest bloggers I know, even while on hiatus.

    So glad you've still got that pulse.

    1. Karen, I think we've talked more in the last few days than in a long time. You know how much I love your support. It actually felt really good to write again. Two days in a row and the swap tomorrow. What is that all about? I may need a big break after that. LOL <3

  2. Awww. You are so sweet :) I agree Karen is a gal that keeps us slackers on our toes, in a good way...

    1. Absolutely. I'm glad to be counted among the cool slackers, though! Haha! Hope you are well, lady. xox

  3. I love this post. I am so happy that Karen keeps after you to keep writing! You really should write more, I always love reading your post!!!

    1. Thank you, Dawn. You are so nice. I really do love to write and hope that I can get back to it on a regular basis. I enjoy your blog as well. You KNOW how much I like to eat! Thanks for always giving me recipes to share with my family. Yum. :)

  4. Love learning more about you. Hmmm…cookies in the closet, eh? Gonna have to try that next year. Thank you so much Michele, for thinking of me. You are by far one of the kindest, big-hearted bloggers out there. I adore you and am so happy to see you back at writing. Don't stay away so long next time--I've missed you! <3

    1. The thing is, cookies can be eaten any day in the closet. They just become more plentiful at the holidays :) Your compliments made me cry. THank you for letting me be part of your world. <3

  5. Oh how I love Christmas cookies, Christmas fudge, Christmas pie and Christmas beer....wait.

    1. Christmas beer? THis is what living in Utah has done to me. Hahahah! How about a Christmas hot cocoa?

  6. Guess I am late to the party, too. No surprise that Christmas cookies are at the top of your list - we know you love them. It was nice of you to eat the cookies for Santa so he didn't have to and could keep his weight down. I'm sure he was thinking that as he enjoyed the milk and carrots. The NES was a real hit with the whole family - thanks for such an awesome gift. As for the kiss pic - definitely not mortified, just waiting for you to lay it on me :) Love ya! -M

    1. @eating cookies for Santa: You know, I do what I can :) It's been fun watching the second generation enjoy the NES. Who needs awesome graphics? Muah!


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