December 28, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday - Vol. 2


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Babies have a knack for making the funniest sounds at the most inappropriate moments. Take Christmas Mass, for example. Right at the quiet moment after everyone said, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. But only say the word and my soul shall be healed," our two-month-old let out a loud, explosive-sounding poop. That's not the word we were expecting.
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The little one also amused us right after Christmas Mass as we walked up to the nativity scene to wish Jesus a happy birthday. I snapped this quick picture. Check it out. Yawning at the baby Jesus! [gasp]



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New Year's Eve isn't a big deal in our household. In fact, I can't even remember the last time I attended an official New Year's Eve party. It's probably been seven or eight years. And ever since we became parents in 2006, staying up until the clock strikes 12 has been even less appealing. Remember one of the first rules of being a parent of small children: Sleep when the kids are sleeping. I suppose if the baby happens to wake us up just before midnight Monday night, we'll say happy new year, listen for the neighbors' illegal fireworks and then hopefully go back to sleep quickly.

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While many people partied on New Year's Eve in 1999 to ring in the year 2000, I was hard at work (or at least at work). That was back in my previous professional life when I worked in TV news. In case the world was going to end due to the Y2K problem, my employer was doing live updates every hour all day and night to show the ball dropping in every time zone across the globe. But despite the fears that all computers would spontaneously combust, here we are 13 years later. My computer is working fine, but thankfully it's not the same computer.

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I don't do new year's resolutions. It seems like a practice that would only make me sad to think about all the things I should have done in 2012. Besides, if there's something I need to do (or do better), I'll take that up with God in prayer.
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I had forgotten that Sherman Hemsley had died this year until I just saw one of those end-of-the year musical obits on TV. Here are my two favorite George Jefferson lines from The Jeffersons: 1) Florence the maid was helping to organize a housekeeper's union to push for higher wages and working conditions. She hosted a union meeting in the Jefferson's apartment while they were out. George came home and was angry and wanted to kick everyone out. He said to one of the maids, "Do you know how to use a broom." She said, "of course," so he said, "Then hop on yours and fly out of here!" 2) George came home from work one day and Weezie asked him how his day was. He said, "I'll give you the good, the bad and ugly. Business was good, traffic was bad, and then there's Florence!" Poor Florence.

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What kind of shifts to UPS drivers work during the holidays? Our UPS guy delivered a package at 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Do they start their day early in the morning and have to stay out as long as it takes to deliver everything? I would have asked him, but whenever he delivers he does the ol' ding dong dash. You know, when you ring the doorbell and make a run for it. Usually by the time we get to the door, the big brown truck is already on its way. Wow, long day. Here's to you, UPS guy.

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