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Putting Up the Lights

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I started putting up our Christmas lights yesterday. Nothing elaborate. just a few candy canes around a planter border. As I was spacing the ground pegs, the DH stood on the balcony looking down at me and shook his head. The DH does not do Christmas lights.

As I finished (note to self, need to return to Target for at least two more strands of these solar candy cane lights), I pondered the DH’s lack of participation. Oh, he would help if I ask, ask, and then ask again. Of course by that time I’m over the lack of enthusiasm so it’s really no fun anymore. That’s why now I just do it myself.

In lieu of the DH, I have convinced KidC that he helps me each year. We make it “our” project and I’ll excitedly show him a new purchase or share my plans to store the lights in a more organized manner or the hooks and hangers that are sold to neatly hang the strands of lights.

So why am I blogging this? Am I a little irritated? Am I sometimes melancholy about not sharing the activity together? Of course! However, as I get closer to the 17th anniversary of being married to this man, I also know that it is totally fine.

The DH doesn’t like to put up the Christmas lights. I do. It should never become a “make or break kind of deal.” I think what is more important is that I know that he doesn’t enjoy something as much as I do and I don’t force him to enjoy it just because I do. Also, because as my Auntie Cindy once told me, there are always two sides to every story, and so I’m pretty sure the DH could hold up football, paintball, and most activities requiring physical exertion against my “putting up Christmas lights” just to start!

Thanks for reading and enjoy the Christmas season everyone!

PS: Hawaii peeps, if you are shopping at Target and see these, please pick up a couple of boxes for me! I’ll pay you back!



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Career Choices

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As I was grinding the coffee beans for my morning cup of java, I thought, I could have been a barista. Then I giggled. When I was in college, making my “oh, so important” career decisions, coffee houses were bohemian haunts where patrons snapped instead of clapped and poetry reading included odd sources and extremely liberal ideals. Pretty much, not my scene, so yeah, no to being a barista!

Along that vein, I’ve often thought I’d also make a great waitress. I am good at multi-tasking. I am attentive to needing a refill or extra napkin. I enjoy delicious food. Of course, I’m a little sketchy in the “customer is always right” department, however, if you are generally agreeable with me, I’m sure your service would be superb!

I guess teaching and education is where I belong. I mean, I love telling people what to do, er, I mean, teaching people new things. Have a great day everyone!

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Thoughtful Daughter


My middle child amazes me. Well, to be fair, all my children do amazing things. Really. I’m not just saying that as their mother. In this particular instance, it was a birthday present.

I’ve never been the best “gift-selector.” You know the type of people who are — I mean, the ones that remember your favorite color, an off-handed remark about a favorite books or designer, and then find the ideal gift that has nothing to do with cost and everything to do with kindness, sincerity, and just plain considerate effort. Yeah. I WANT to be that person, but being a last-minute “celebrator” it never happens.

That’s probably why I was so touched my KidA’s gift this year. I got the always appreciated promise to do extra chores from KidC and the extremely relaxing extended to 20-minute foot massage from KidI. Love them. Then KidA pulled out her gift. She had taken the DH shopping and bought me a mini backpack!

You see, I’ve been stuffing my wallet and phone in her mini backpack every time we go to a gymnastics meet or the pumpkin patch or a volleyball game or a quick pop in to the school office. I had mentioned a while back that I probably should get my own. I just have never gotten around to it.

Well, now I have my own. Love ya KidA! When you’re grown up and have a great job, mommy is so going to drop hints for things like vacations and jewelry!

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