Thanksgiving, Jars & Bags #NaBloPoMo

Yes, I missed posting a bunch of days. I will make up for it – I promise!

Thanksgiving was a total hit, thanks to me pulling yet another holiday all-nighter. It was totally worth it though – the food was great, even though the turkey was done over 2 hours early (thanks Stop & Shop for not stocking fresh Butterball turkeys and FORCING me to use one of yours so that nothing else was even prepped for cooking when your turkey was done!). It didn’t get all dried out like I was afraid it would.

I was so tired from staying up to clean the house – don’t judge…if I don’t wait until the absolute last minute, Kyle will just trash it again and I wanted the house to at least resemble something humans live in – that I KNOW I had to have said something either totally non-understandable or hilarious at one point. I remember my mother saying something to the effect of “I can’t believe the turkey is ready 2 hours early and she’s cool as a cucumber”. (Little did she know I didn’t have enough energy to freak-the-hell out!) And I do remember lying in bed with hubs, both of us fully clothed at around 8pm, with the boys playing on the floor nearby, and us calmly chatting away and neither of us making any sense at all. I think it’s the closest I’ve ever been to stoned without having touched anything alcoholic or illegal. I can imagine myself stumbling around in a stupor – thank goodness my sister, mother and brother-in-law kept asking what they could do to help!

To whoever decided that anyone pursuing a bachelor’s degree had to study AP Math, I want to stab you in the eye with a sharpened spoon.

As for helping the environment this week, we saved every jar and every plastic bag that went into bringing all the different foodstuffs home and they aren’t entering the trash. The jars are going to be used to hold craft supplies, and the bags are either going to be used as packing material (hubs sells lots of stuff on eBay) or they’re going back to the store to be recycled. Supplying their shoppers with a way to make sure their bags get recycled is one of the few things Stop & Shop does that I actually like.

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No Sleep & Bread Clips #NaBloPoMo

Kyle decided to get up at the butt-crack of dawn this morning. For those of you who are fortunate enough to not understand what the “butt-crack of dawn” is, it means it was still fricking dark out.

Apparently, Kyle then decided to go into his brother’s room and wake him up, because the next thing I know, Connor is standing at the top of the stairs yelling “MAMMA!” as loud as he possibly can, with the stairwell helping him out by making it echo through the entire house. My guess is that yelling was easier than pushing the door he was standing right next to all the way open to check if I was still in bed.

Since I was still pretty much in a coma, I tried (without opening my eyes or sitting up) to get Connor to put a movie on – quickly – so that Kyle would sit and watch for a few minutes while I caught up on some much-needed shut-eye. Unfortunately, to a 6-year-old boy, remembering to close your bedroom door is akin to remembering to use a napkin rather than wipe your hands on your shirt, so Kyle made a bee-line for Connor’s room – and all the wonderful toys in there that have umpteen million pieces. I gently reminded Connor that Kyle was going to get into his room, which made him run to keep Kyle out, which of course went against Kyle’s master plan. In his defeat, Kyle began screaming toddler-profanities as loud as he could.

Yeah, I didn’t think it was going to work either, but I figured giving it a shot would at least allow me the satisfaction of knowing that I had given it my best shot. (And it will work at some point in the future, as long as I keep trying!)

Why am I thankful for any of this? Because hubs just got home, let me take a nice, hot shower, made spaghetti for dinner, and is keeping Kyle occupied! I think I owe him big-time.

Last week I started a new collection. For someone who is dead set on getting rid of stuff, a collection sounds pretty crazy, right? Well, this collection is going to make finding things easier!

I started collecting the tabs from loaves of bread and bags of rolls. Turns out, these little suckers are fantastic at labeling cables and wires! Check it out…

Yes – they do fit cords and various computer cables. And yes, they really work!

This is going to be a life-saver – we have cables and cords for plugging in various items in a large drawer of the basement, and finding the one we need isn’t going to feel like a quest for the Holy Grail anymore!

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