Christmas Club

I’ve been out of blogging for a few weeks, new job and all that, but I have been trying to keep up with reading everyone else’s’ posts.  Last week Sian at From High in the Sky, suggested bringing back her Christmas Club meme from a  couple years ago.  Journal Your Christmas is not happening this year. I’m not even going to pretend to myself that I will start it.  Even 30 days of lists is too much work for me right now. 

But I think I can manage a post.

"At Christmas we…"

* Have an elf on the shelf


I know a lot of people are all “Oh those elves!  Too much work!  Having to move them around every night & spend an hour or more creating elaborate scenarios of mischief.  Not for me.  I’ll leave that to those over achiever moms.”  Or “That elf is too creepy”

I am one of the laziest people you will ever meet.  I agree the standard elf is creepy.

Elvin is a stuffed toy & can be played with. (the ‘no touching rule’ would have lasted 10 minutes in our house followed by hours of copious weeping and recriminations by the boys about who caused the elf to lose is magic)

The thing about the elf is there are no rules. Do as much as you like, as often as you like.  Or you know, decide at the last minute to put some green food coloring in the toilet water and leave the elf sitting on the counter & hope the kids make the connection.

Forgot to move the elf?  Add a quick prop.


Can’t think of anything to do with him? Stick him in the fridge. (elves like cold.  they can end up in the fridge multiple times.)


This is as creative as I get with Elvin.


It takes 5 minutes.

The boys are currently 12 and nearly 11.  At this point all bets are off on the whole ‘he’s a magical elf who moves’ thing.  They just like having him come by and do a few silly things during the month.  It is now a tradition. And because I started with lowered expectations it is a low maintenance one.

A Choice Has Been Made!

Holy crap!

Honest and for true. A choice has at long long last been made.

After 2 years and 1 day.

But here’s the thing.  You start this story thinking the choice is the end. That’s how it works. The story builds to a climax and then there is an Event or a Choice of some sort; the bad guy is defeated and the good guys live happily ever after.

Except happily ever only works in romance and then only about half the time.

So, while a Choice has been made, this story still ain’t over.

And what a Choice it was!

The Chosen One pondered long and hard about the situation with the renegade wizard and the Gang of 3 or 4 and then took 60 pages (!) to let it be known through out the land that the wizard owned up unto half of the kingdom and must be given full right and control of it and the Gang of 3 or 4 owned the other half.

The Wizard was pleased and immediately began scheming to bite off a chunk of the Gang of 3 or 4’s remaining territory. 

Because that is the sort of guy he is.

The Gang of 3 or 4 were not pleased and immediately began scheming to lay waste to the land in it’s entirety.  If they can’t have all of it, no one gets any of it.

Because that is the sort of guys they are.

The Wizard likes this plan because he claims he will take over the whole of the kingdom if they lay waste to it.

A Chosen One from a while back also likes the idea because he claims HE will take over the whole of the kingdom if they lay waste to it.

But he may not want it enough to duel with the Wizard, so who knows?

The Kinda Pissed Off Band of Adventurers would really like it if everyone involved would get their heads out of their asses, stop acting like a bunch of spiteful toddlers and start behaving like rulers of the damn kingdom already.

Because those zombies that have been hounding the various Chosen Ones through all this do not come cheap and the kingdom is almost entirely out of brains at this point.

Zoom In Zoom Out

a meme hosted by Helena


Football season is over so I am back to menu planning!

Which means there will be more grocery store zoom ins & outs!

Scrapbook Sunday

I’m still plugging away at Project Life.  I’ve found a rhythm for doing this.  It means I am regularly a few weeks behind but since I tend to be that anyway its no big deal. I am caught up with pages through September.  I have October’s photos chosen & my notes.  Now I am working on layout design & assembly.

Here are some highlights

week 27aweek 27bweek 29bweek 29aweek 31bweek 31aweek 33aweek 33bweek 39aweek 39b

The job is going…. well, it’s going.  I’m not exactly being given the work I was hired to do and I find that a bit annoying.  Especially as I see people hired after me are given that work.  But for now I am letting it go.  After Black Friday… well, that’s another story. I’m only guaranteed a job through the holiday season so I don’t really want to rock the boat as I want to be kept on regularly.  But doing what I was hired to do, not what they have me doing.

So I suppose we’ll see.

And customer service?  Sometimes it’s a lot like reading the comment section of news articles online.  Makes you wonder what the hell people are thinking.  Shakes your faith in humanity really, the things people feel empowered to say when they are not within slapping range.  But most of the people are okay & I like it mostly.  I’m not really a people person so getting back into that sort of headspace has been a challenge for me.

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